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N.J. Energy Master Plan Eyes Guidelines for Efficient Energy

Fri March 13, 2009 - Northeast Edition
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The N.J. Energy Master Plan (NJ EMP) proposes guidelines for a “responsible energy future with adequate, reliable energy supplies that are both environmentally responsible and competitively priced.” Both long-term plans, as well as immediate actions, need to be considered to effectively ease energy costs, create jobs and grow clean energy businesses. The ultimate goal is to “place New Jersey at the forefront of a growing clean energy economy.”

In an attempt to inform and educate regarding the NJ EMP, Foley Power Systems has recently participated in several speaking engagements related to generation of clean, energy efficient power in New Jersey. Scott Yappen, business development manager at Foley Power Systems, joined a panel of experts speaking at the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s Utility Construction Conference on Dec. 12. During the conference, executives from major utilities such as PSE&G, JCP&L, Verizon, and NJ American Water also updated their future capital spending plans.

Many representatives from N.J. businesses and the government, including Lance Miller of the N.J. Board of Public Utilities, joined Yappen in an open panel to discuss the implications of the NJ EMP. NJ EMP calls for significant governmental incentive funding for power generation sources such as Combined Heating and Power (CHP), solar and wind.

When asked by the audience about the specific benefits of CHP, Yappen replied that “according to the NJ EMP, the major advantage of CHP is in providing onsite electricity and heat in a highly energy efficient manner from a single source of fuel, like natural gas or renewable gas. Because of this, CHP significantly lowers a company’s carbon footprint. By generating power and heat onsite, a company can manage risk by controlling power reliability and mitigating future energy price fluctuations.”

CHP often utilizes continuous rated gas fueled generator sets, paralleling switchgear, heat recovery and emissions aftertreatment equipment, all of which can all be supplied by Foley Power Systems. In addition to the conference, Foley Power Systems has promoted the NJ EMP, and its recommendations for CHP, at several lunch and learn seminars with many of New Jersey’s leading consulting engineering firms. With the help of Caterpillar subject matter experts such as Patrick Barrett, market professional for Distributed Generation, Foley is promoting the benefits of CHP for various applications which have consistent 24/7 heat and power requirements including hospitals, hotels, process manufacturing, and many others.

According to Joe Amabile, Foley Power Systems sales manager, “At Foley, our goal is to work with engineering firms to jointly design systems that generate reliable, safe and cost effective energy. We believe it is important for engineering firms to fully understand the NJ EMP and to consider systems such as CHP to generate the most efficient energy possible.”

For more information, call 732/885-3040.

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