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Combined Heat and Power Project Gets Boost from Maine PUC

Story posted January 06, 2010

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has awarded the College a $400,000 grant in support of a combined heat and power (CHP) project on campus.

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The project consists of replacing a 46-year-old oil-fired steam boiler with a new 60,000 PPH boiler and backpressure steam turbine generator to create both heat (steam) and electric power (400kW) for the College's central utility plant, which provides heat to 75 percent of the campus.

The CHP project would reduce campus energy consumption by nearly nine percent (1.749 million kWh), reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,400 tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per year or more than 18 percent of the College's 2008 net emissions, and decrease overall consumption of BTUs by 6.25 billion BTUs or six percent of current plant BTU consumption.

The CHP project is also a key component of Bowdoin's recently announced commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.

Bowdoin was the only college among 16 recipients of the PUC's Large Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects grants, which were formally announced January 6, 2010, at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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