The Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for taking an efficient, clean approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single source has been awarded to two Department of Defense (DoD) facilities by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By using CHP technology, the award winners reported annual energy savings of $6.8 million.

The CHP awards were presented to the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Bragg, N.C., and the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif. CHP, a technology suitable for use for process heating applications, produces both electricity and steam or hot water from a single heat source, using fuels such as natural gas, biomass, or wasted energy.

By using this technology, the bases' CHP systems achieved operating efficiencies of nearly 65 percent ‑ much higher than the efficiency of separate production of electricity and thermal energy, which is typically less than 50 percent.

For more information about the CHP Partnership, visit www.epa.gov/chp/.

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