Insight for Industry – NYSERDA-DOE Partnership Fosters Cogeneration to Enhance Resiliency and Support Energy Efficiency in Buildings
On May 13, 2016, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced its partnership with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power Resiliency Accelerator to foster combined heat and power (CHP) technologies for improved efficiency and enhanced resiliency. CHP systems produce both electricity and heat on-site or close to the point of use and, therefore, can continue to power a building under a utility grid interruption. CHP has been given a crucial role in achieving energy efficiency goals and enhancing system resiliency under New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.
Launched in 2011, the DOE’s Better Buildings initiative is a multi-pronged strategy aimed to improve the energy use of commercial, industrial, residential, and public buildings by 20 percent over 10 years. Within the program, ten different Better Buildings Accelerators demonstrate innovative policies and approaches and, in so doing, boost investments in energy efficiency. Progress is already being made under the Energy Data Accelerator, which has been the first among the accelerators to complete its mission. The Energy Data Accelerator is a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy efficiency by expanding energy data accessibility. The accomplishment will enable 18 utilities to provide access to energy data for entire buildings to their owners by 2017, significantly advancing the kind of energy benchmarking needed for efficiency improvements. The DOE noted that states and local governments involved in the Better Buildings initiative have made a number of strides through policies, regulations, and programs, including building performance policies and energy efficiency standards.
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