WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2001 – Trigen Energy Corporation has been inducted as a founding partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newest voluntary partnership program, the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership.
The program has been established as a direct result of President Bush’s National Energy Policy Report released in May 2001, which directed the EPA to implement several actions to promote CHP in the United States.
The CHP Partnership is designed to allow and encourage the EPA to work closely with industrial, commercial, nonprofit, and public organizations to encourage the use of CHP. Partners in the CHP program agree to work with the EPA to promote the benefits and the development of new CHP projects.
The EPA provides recognition of partners’ CHP projects and associated benefits, and supports accelerated development of new projects through education and outreach on environmental benefits, permitting/regulation, and technical tools and services.
“Combined heat and power is not only better than conventional electricity generation at reducing air pollution and fuel consumption, its more reliable and costs less to do so,” said EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman. “Founding partners in this program are the way toward a cleaner future.”
“We are pleased and honored to be asked to participate in this important new partnership to promote CHP,” stated Richard E. Kessel, president and chief executive officer of Trigen. “The economic and environmental benefits of CHP can be realized more broadly if our government agencies take an active role in promoting more modern energy approaches like CHP. We applaud the EPA’s initiative.”
According to the EPA, founding partners’ existing CHP projects represent more than 5,800 megawatts of capacity. Annual environmental benefits of these projects are more than 8 million tons of CO2, the greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. In addition, through their very high efficiency, these projects eliminate the consumption of energy equivalent to 19 million barrels of oil annually.
Other founding partners in the CHP Partnership include: Abbott Laboratories, Archer Daniels Midland, Bethlehem Steel, Caterpillar Energy Products Group, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, General Motors, International Paper, Real Energy, Solar Turbines, Texaco Power & Gasification International, U.S. Steel, Verizon Communications, Weyerhaeuser, the College of New Jersey in Ewing, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. CHP Partnership endorsing organizations include: Gas Technology Institute, International District Energy Association, Midwest Application Center for CHP for Buildings, Midwest Cogeneration Association, Northeast-Midwest Institute, and the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association.
This newest EPA voluntary program was announced at a Partnership Kick-off Event on October 15 at the EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. Trigen was previously recognized by the EPA in 1998 with a Climate Protection Award for corporate leadership in energy efficiency and CHP. Additionally, five Trigen projects received the U.S. Department of Energy and EPA’s inaugural CHP Energy Star Award in 2000.
Trigen is a developer, owner and operator of industrial, commercial, institutional and district energy systems in North America. Trigen combines the use of highly efficient energy technologies including combined heat and power (CHP) systems with flexible, customer-centered business structures to deliver innovative and reliable utility solutions. By reducing the amount of fuel consumed and the air pollution emitted into the environment, every day Trigen demonstrates that economic and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand. Trigen is wholly owned by Elyo, a subsidiary of Tractebel, the energy arm of Suez .