Combined Heat & Power efforts earn EPA certificate

05/13/2020 5:24 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized FSPA's achievement in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide in the United States.

"On behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, I am pleased to provide you with your organization’s 2019 CHP Partner Certificate," writes Matt Clouse of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  "The certificate documents the estimated 2019 carbon dioxide reductions, expressed in metric tons, attributed to your CHP projects and the equivalent emissions from the generation of electricity used by U.S. homes. This estimate is calculated by comparing the emissions associated with each CHP system's output to the combined emissions from equivalent amounts of conventional energy sources (i.e., grid electricity and on-site thermal generation)."

EPA certificate

Since 1905, FSPA has utilized district heating. The community’s district heating plant generates steam to heat over one million square feet in St. Rose Convent, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare and Viterbo University. Through district heating, FSPA is realizing its goals — reducing operation and maintenance costs as well as emissions. FSPA also uses a computerized energy management system that operates air handlers and chillers for cooling St. Rose. Peak electrical demand is monitored and the steam plant operator has the ability to change various equipment schedules while maintaining a reasonable building comfort level. 

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