Green Power at NCRC
Co-generation happens when natural gas is burned to generate electricity via a gas turbine generator, and heat from the exhaust is collected to create steam for heating with a heat recovery steam generator. By producing its own energy using natural gas, NCRC has more reliable power generation during outages.
By utilizing a gas turbine generator in its Power House, NCRC co-generates electricity and useful heat, alongside our DTE partner for the site. In addition, the lower price of natural gas, compared to electricity, means that co-generating power for NCRC results in an estimated savings of $500K per year. Over time, this cost savings will offset lease rate increases at NCRC.
Annual emission reduction
Co-generation reduces CO₂ emissions by 9,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide (MT CO₂) per year. This is equivalent to:
- 1,971 average sized vehicles’ annual CO₂ emissions
- 1,407 average sized households’ annual CO₂ emissions
- Planting 7,705 acres of trees