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Following a trail blazed by a large dairy plant, a private college and a U.S. defense agency have collectively embarked on the second and third microgrids in Virginia while overcoming challenges integrating with their utilities.
Cogeneration [from ZF Energy] enables Geisinger Health System (https://www.geisinger.org/) to both heat and power its buildings more efficiently, and Alan Neuner, Geisinger’s vice president of facility operations, ensures that the structures are healthy both inside and out,
Microgrids are popping up in the strangest places – such as a small upstate New York town and a commercial dairy.
No one likes power outages. But dairy manufacturers really don’t like them. And it’s easy to see why. If the power goes out for even just a moment, the dairy plant may have to shut down for 6 to 12-hours.
How can such a short blip have such a big impact?
Z-FED was notified by the EPA CHP Partnerships that it's facilities had avoided 290,000 metric tons of atmospheric CO2 emissions, when comparing to prevailing energy sources.
Delivering over 15% in energy cost reductions, the 15 MW advanced energy management system, developed by ZF Energy Development LLC, will offer the price-sensitive product portfolio a bottom line advantage.
The HP Hood plant in Winchester, VA produces about 150 million gallons of dairy and nondairy beverages per year, and recently implemented a combined heat and power (CHP) application from Z-FED to help it reach a dairy industry initiative of reducing its greenhouse gas production by 25% by 2020.
Since it launched in 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system has created the market for green buildings, with more than 13.8 billion square feet of building space now LEED certified. With LEED as guidance, architects and their clients reduce their buildings’ impact on the environment by implementing such strategies as connecting their projects to public transportation nodes, finding ways to reduce water use, and perhaps, most importantly, reducing energy usage and subsequent carbon emissions.
By Zach Mortice of lineshapespace.com
PEER, a new rating system administered by GBCI, is based on a microgrid architecture framework that can help utilities and consumers on the path towards high-performance, sustainable power systems.
By John Kelly
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