The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognised CHP (combined heat and power) firms whose innovations have succeeded at reducing emissions.

The Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award was presented at the International District Energy Association’s Annual Campus Energy Conference in San Diego on February 20th.
Texas A&M team with EPA's Gary McNeil
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Texas A&M University was a recipient for installation on campus of a combined heat and power system that requires only 33 to 50 percent of the energy consumed in a typical off-campus power plant.

“Through the recovery of otherwise-wasted energy to provide heating, cooling and domestic hot water to campus facilities, Texas A&M has demonstrated exceptional leadership in energy use and management,” said Gary McNeil, who heads the CHP Partnership Program in EPA’s Climate Protection Partnership Division.

Citing the significant savings in fuel, he said Texas A&M’s CHP system “prevents an estimated 99,600 tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions, while providing enough electricity to serve more than 11,000 homes.

“Moreover, by generating electricity on site, the CHP system displaces grid-supplied power, increasing the reliability of the energy supply while reducing demands on existing transmission and distribution infrastructure.”

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