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Steam Operations Wins Big in 2009 at IDEA

Steam Operations Earns the Energy Star Award, Wins Two Golds, and is Recognized for Best System of the Year Awards in 2000 & 2007 

East River Station is Presented with the Energy Star Award for Significant Energy Savings

At the most recent IDEA 100th Anniversary Conference held on June 28 -July 1, Steam Operations' East River Station was presented with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award for the East River Repowering Project.

The following press release was issued by EPA on July 9, 2009

EPA has presented Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) awards to two organizations for using highly efficient CHP systems to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. CHP (cogneration) is 60 to 80 percent more efficient than producing heat and power separately.

Consolidated Edison Company of New York received an award for using a CHP system that produces up to 360 megawatts (MW) of electricity and 3.2 million pounds of steam per hour at their East River Generating Station in Manhattan.

The Energy Star Award East River Generating Station

The facility is part of the largest district steam system in the country, and is a key component of the infrastructure of New York City. The CHP system operates with an efficiency of nearly 80 percent, better than the industry average, reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions from approximately 150,000 cars.

Duquesne University Energy Center in Pittsburgh received an award for its usage of a 5 MW CHP system. This is Pennsylvania's first approved distributed generation system (onsite distribution only) for creating alternative energy credits. With an operating efficiency of nearly 65 percent, it effectively reduces greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions from approximately 1,700 autos.

CHP is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source, such as natural gas, biomass, biogas, coal, waste heat or oil. CHP is not a single technology, but an integrated energy system that can be modified depending upon the needs of the energy user.

Since 1999, EPA has given the Energy Star CHP Award to recognize organizations and institutions that install exceptionally efficient CHP systems. EPA's CHP partnership seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation. EPA works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments and other interested parties to support the development of new projects that have significant energy, environmental, and economic benefits.

 For more information about the CHP partnership and the awards, please visit: 

Steam Wins Two GOLDS

Steam Operations won two International District Energy Association (IDEA) District Energy Space GOLD Awards for Most Total Square Footage – 6,546,229 and the Most Total Buildings – 18 added to its district energy system in 2008.


Left to right: Armand Agasian, project specialist, Business Development; Vincent Badali, section manager, Business Development; Robert Thornton, president, IDEA.


Business Development Team
Left to right - Back Row:
Patrick Wheeler, department manager, Business and Customer Services; George Gerritsen, project specialist; Robert Forte, project specialist; Sheria Stallings, Analyst; Charles Viemeister, project specialist; Armand Agasian, project specialist; Vincent Badali, section manager.
Left to right - Front Row: Liz Marrero, project specialist; Elizabeth Perry. senior specialist; Beth Wynne, senior specialist.

Steam Operations was also recognized for having won two "Best System of the Year" Awards, in 2000 and 2007, the only district energy utility to have ever done so. All prior winners, dating back to 1993 were recognized as well.

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