Sunday, September 11, 2011

NYU's Energy Efficient Power Generation

Energy Use in New York City schools is down 11% since 2008, and New York University's (NYU) super efficient CoGeneration power plant is now fully operational. NYU has been making their own power since the ’70s and they recently replaced their oil-fired CoGeneration power plant with a $125 million power plant that is 90 percent more efficient than their old plant. It creates 23 percent less carbon dioxide emissions and has twice the power output.

The new plant will provide electricity for lights, elevators and computers as well as heating and cooling. “This CoGen plant is unique in New York and certainly around the country because of its efficiency,” said John Bradley, assistant VP for Sustainability, Energy, and Technical Services at NYU. “ NYU’s CoGen will be well into the 90 percent range of efficiency, where a typical boiler plant is 50-60 percent efficient.”

The plant is part of NYU’s carbon reducing plan know as the Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP program was started by New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Climate Challenge which asked all city colleges and universities to cut their carbon emissions voluntarily by 30 percent by 2017.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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