Opportunities for and Hurdles to Combined Heat and Power in New York City

Saba, Alexis; Howard, Bianca Nichole; Gerrard, Michael; Modi, Vijay

Combined heat and power (CHP or cogeneration) is the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. In many ways, New York City is a hospitable environment for CHP development. Nonetheless, there are also many characteristics of New York that make it a difficult place to advance CHP. The utility infrastructure is dense and complex--and largely underneath a dense and complex built environment. This paper first seeks to quantify the potential for CHP development in New York City and describe the primary hurdles to optimal deployment in Parts I and II. Part III provides policy solutions for overcoming these hurdles and recommendations for how stakeholders can use information and analysis to maximize the opportunities for CHP.

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October 13, 2014