The Australian state of New South Wales saw its government release a guide this week that could lead to greater uptake of cogeneration technology.

The government released a guide and tool so businesses can determine whether a cogeneration or trigeneration system is financially and technically viable for their particular organisation.
Launching the guide, NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the Energy Saver Cogeneration feasibility guide was the first major project delivered under the Government’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which has a goal to save 16,000 GW-hours of energy a year by 2021.

“The guide gives businesses clear information about the benefits and appropriate use of cogeneration and trigeneration and is a demonstration of our commitment to help business to be more energy efficient,” Ms Parker said.

“The guide is a practical document designed to guide business decision-making by answering the questions: where, what and how for on-site cogeneration and trigeneration.

Ms Parker said that a cogeneration system could save a business up to 60 per cent on energy bills during peak times, and cut carbon emissions by up to two-thirds.

“However, whether a system is viable depends on the operating hours, how much heat is required on-site, whether heat and power are used concurrently, and fuel costs.

The Government has also created a cogeneration feasibility tool to be used in conjunction with the guide, which allows the input of a site’s energy and tariff data to help make an informed decision about the financial viability of cogeneration.

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