Non-renewable Distributed Generation and Combined Heat & Power
Unlike traditional centralized power plants that require electricity to be transmitted over long distances, distributed generation (DG), also known as local generation, produces electricity on-site, close to the point of consumption. Efficient, flexible and dispatchable local generation technologies fueled by natural gas can be deployed cost-effectively to meet grid and customer demands for reliability, resiliency and sustainability. The most prevalent of these technologies are aero-derivative combustion turbines, reciprocating internal combustion engines, and fuel cells.
These technologies can be integrated directly with the customer to provide combined heat and power (CHP) opportunities to further enhance the efficiency and improve the overall carbon footprint of the technology. CHP applications recover waste heat from the power generation equipment and reuse it to supply heating, cooling, steam and/or hot water to nearby buildings or industrial processes. The integration and effective design of DG with CHP can provide environmental, economic and energy infrastructure benefits for customers and the power grid.
We believe that providing non-renewable local generation and/or CHP solutions ranging from 1 to 50 MW in locations where it can best benefit the grid and the customer can be highly beneficial in both regulated and competitive environments. Careful consideration of services that these systems continue to rely upon, such as capacity from the power grid, need to be properly evaluated.