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On February 2, Cornell University was recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a 2011 ENERGY STAR CHP Award winner 

Cornell University wins 2011 ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power Award

February 7, 2011

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On February 2, Cornell University was recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a 2011 ENERGY STAR CHP Award winner for its 37 MW natural gas/oil-fired combined heat and power (CHP) system.

2011 Energy Star Award

The ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award recognizes highly efficient CHP systems that reduce emissions and use at least 5 percent less fuel than comparable, state-of-the-art, separate heat and power generation.

Through the recovery of otherwise-wasted heat to produce steam for space heating and other campus uses, Cornell has demonstrated exceptional leadership in energy use and management. With an operating efficiency of nearly 79 percent, the CHP system requires approximately 29 percent less fuel than the separate production of thermal energy and electricity. Based on this comparison, the CHP system prevents an estimated 89,300 tons per year of CO2 emissions, equivalent to the emissions from more than 15,500 passenger vehicles. Moreover, by generating electricity on-site for campus use, the system displaces grid-supplied power, increasing the reliability of the campus’s energy supply while reducing demands on existing transmission and distribution infrastructure.