Combined Heat and Power Saves Money, Reduces Emissions and Improves Energy Security

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Event Date: May 22, 2013
Location: Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SE Room 210, Washington, DC

This briefing will introduce participants to Combined Heat and power (CHP) technology and present a number of recent case studies in which CHP systems helped communities pull through extreme weather events when the grid went down. Speakers will discuss both some of the opportunities and the barriers to deploying more CHP systems.

BeFunky_green citypeople.jpgSpeakers for this forum are:

Susan Wickwire, Chief, Energy Supply & Industry Branch, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, EPA

Anne Hampson, Senior Associate, ICF International

Robert Araujo, Manager for Sustainable Development and Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), Sikorsky Helicopter

Tom Bourgeois, Deputy Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Pace University

Dale Louda, Executive Director, CHP Association

A recent study from ICF International details numerous case studies on the critical role CHP played keeping the lights, heat and air conditioning on during recent extreme weather events across the country. New York State Emergency Services and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority have been identifying and developing strategies to increase the use of CHP in key facilities to advance disaster preparedness, business continuity, and community sustainability.

Combined heat and power systems combine the production of heat and power into one process, using much less fuel than when heat and power are produced separately. CHP systems can achieve energy efficiencies of 80 percent or more, compared to producing heat and power separately, which is on average less than 45 percent efficient. CHP provides reliable energy to users on site and nearby, minimizing electricity transmission losses (which can range up to 7 percent) and increasing the resilience and reliability of local energy supplies. More than 3500 CHP systems are in use in the U.S. today. Most are fueled with natural gas, but renewable biomass, process wastes, and coal are also used. In 2011, the United States had more than 80 gigawatts (GW) of installed CHP capacity, representing about eight percent of total U.S. electric power generation capacity.

Contact Information

Company: Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
Name: Amaury Laporte
Phone: 202 662 1884
Website: Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

U.S. Cities With The Greenest Buildings


This week, the EPA released its annual list of the 25 American cities with the highest number of Energy Star certified buildings.

According to the EPA, 16,000 Energy Star certified buildings in the U.S. helped save “nearly $2.3 billion in annual utility bills and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual energy use of more than 1.5 million homes” by the end of 2011.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a press release, “More and more organizations are discovering the value of Energy Star as they work to cut costs and reduce their energy use. This year marked the twentieth anniversary of the Energy Star program, and today Energy Star certified buildings in cities across America are helping to strengthen local economies and protect the planet for decades to come.”

Jackson blogged for HuffPost in March, “After 20 years, our vast network of partners gives Americans a wide-array of innovative choices for saving energy and cutting costs every day.”

America’s 4.8 million commercial buildings and 350,000 industrial facilities expend $107.9 billion and $94.4 billion a year on energy costs, according to the EPA’s Energy Star program. Yet an estimated 30% of that cost – enormous as it is – is actually wasted due to inefficient technologies. What’s more, according to Energy Star, if the energy efficiency of our commercial and industrial buildings was boosted by an attainable 10% across the board, that would result in reduction of greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 30 million vehicles off our roads (or about as many cars and trucks as are registered in Illinois, New York, Texas and Ohio combined).

How do you make sure a green building is really greener? One convenient way is third party certification. The gold standard has been the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program from the U.S. Green Building Council. Another one increasingly gaining familiarity is the EPA’s Energy Star label program, which was extended from appliances and electronics to whole structures fairly recently.

According to the EPA, the number of Energy Star-qualified buildings across the U.S. has soared by more than 130% from 2007. What does that really mean? Energy Star buildings use 35% less energy than average buildings and emit 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

In January, the U.S. Green Buildings council released its 2011 list of top states that have implemented their LEED certification program. LEED, which stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” is a system that “provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions,” according to the USGBC.

Below, find the EPA’s top 25 cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings and see if your city made the list in 2012.
1. Los Angeles

2. Washington, DC

3. Chicago

4. New York

5. Atlanta

6. San Francisco

7. Houston

8. Dallas-Fort Worth

9. Phoenix

10. Boston

11. Philadelphia

12. Denver

13. Cincinnati

14. Charlotte

14. Minneapolis-St. Paul

15. San Diego

16. San Jose

17. Seattle

18. Miami

19. Detroit

20. Sacramento

21. Indianapolis

22. Albuquerque

23. Kansas City, Mo.

23. Portland, Ore.

24. Riverside, Calif.

25. Virginia Beach

For the full list of cities, click here.



Arizona State University Honored For Sustainable Cities Program

cropped-city1.jpgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network for its vision and leadership. The Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Green Government Award was presented to Anne Reichman, Program Manager for the Sustainable Cities Network at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

“EPA applauds the Sustainable Cities Network and its work to bridge the gap between the university’s research and communities working to advance solar and renewable energy, mitigate urban heat islands, and deal with water challenges associated with a changing climate,” said Blumenfeld. “The dialogue fostered by the Network is crucial to the development of a green future for Arizona.”

The Sustainable Cities Network (the Network) is a collaborative program created by Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) to increase regional dialogue and action amongst Arizona communities. In partnership with local city, county and tribal leaders from the Valley, GIOS established the voluntary Network in late 2008, linking together municipal and tribal sustainability practitioners from over 25 jurisdictions and Maricopa County. Through the regular meetings of its five workgroups, the Network educates and works with local community partners to streamline green city operations and design sustainable neighborhoods.

The Network has been successful in obtaining grant funds to further workgroup initiatives associated with green infrastructure, low impact development (LID), and streamlining solar processes. The Sustainable Cities Network is one of the first university/community-based sustainability outreach programs in the country. It serves as a successful model that can be replicated by other universities to create community engagement focused on greening government and increasing local sustainability.

The EPA Pacific Southwest Region’s Environmental Awards program acknowledges commitments and significant contributions to protecting the environment in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and tribal lands. Groups and individuals were selected from nominees received this year from businesses, government officials, tribes, media, academia, environmental organizations and community activists. For more information on the other 2012 award winners please visit:

The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of Arizona State University’s sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. Visit