Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, CHP  -  February 12, 2021

Howard University adds CHP plant to increase energy efficiency

Howard University, a private research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges, announced on Feb. 11 that it is planning a new central utility plant to provide electric and steam services to buildings on its Washington, D.C. campus. The plant will help reduce the campus’ carbon footprint and further Howard’s energy efficiency goals. 

The new CHP plant, which will generate 35-40% of the university’s electric consumption on site. This technology produces a single source of energy that generates electricity or power at the point of use and uses recovered exhaust heat that would normally be lost in the generation process to produce steam.

ENGIE North America will design and construct the new plant and, once complete, provide operations and maintenance services over the next 20 years. ENGIE plans to begin construction in late-February with expected completion in late 2022.

“Guided by our shared ‘Howard Forward’ strategic vision, Howard is taking a proactive approach to strategizing and modernizing the university’s aging steam plant,” Howard’s executive vice president and COO Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D., said in a statement. “Our partnership with ENGIE to address one of the campus’s more critical infrastructural risks will not only move our existing steam plant into the 21st century but provide a blueprint for other HBCUs in their efforts to reduce vulnerabilities and become more energy efficient.”

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