Eugene Smar, P.E.
Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, Commercial Programs
Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Baltimore Gas & Electric
Time, reliability, and cost-savings are chief drivers in global business decisions. Solutions to energy price volatility, energy security and resiliency, emergency preparedness, sustainability compliance, base optimization, and cyber threats are becoming more important to commercial customers. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as a distributed energy resource plays a key role in providing energy security through energy efficiency (EE), reliability, and resiliency for multiple sectors and end-users. In situations similar to what were experienced after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the challenges of loss of primary power are mitigated by CHP systems as they provide base load and continued operation for critical facilities like hospitals, shelters, and data centers. Since restarting in 2009, energy efficiency programs in Maryland have grown dramatically, and the state is recognized as being among the leaders in the nation and continues to have aggressive savings goals. In 2012, CHP was added to the EE portfolios of BGE, Pepco, and Delmarva Power. The response of customers and CHP system vendors to the outreach efforts of the three utilities has been strong, and the number of projects has exceeded expectations: 6 operating by the end of 2015, with another 12 following in 2016 and 2017, ranging in capacity from 65 kW to 8,000 kW. Our presentation will cover the many lessons learned through our extensive energy program management experience in Maryland. Key Topics • Understand how CHP offers energy savings at very low cost, low GHG emissions and enhanced resiliency. • The sweet spot for power generation through CHP: it is not for every site – determine what drives your projects. • Understand the intricacies of construction, permitting, and utility interconnection procedures. • Forecasting and project timelines, understand the lifecycle of CHP projects • Design and coordinate the system beyond CHP. • Safety before aesthetics: engineering, functionality, and safety first. • Understanding and leveraging incentives and grants.
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