FVB Energy, Inc. of Minneapolis has been awarded the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) CARD grant. The $199,976 grant, administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, calls for FVB Energy to (1) develop a CHP white paper that will evaluate regulatory issues and policies specific to Minnesota, and (2) perform a Minnesota CHP potential study. The information from this effort will inform electric and natural gas utility conservation improvement program (CIP) development and state energy policy. It will determine the economic feasibility for CHP in Minnesota and how CHP might fit into Minnesota’s state energy goals. CHP, also known as cogeneration, generates electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system.
FVB Energy earned the grant through a competitive selection process and will partner with ICF International and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. FVB Energy is a district heating specialist with more than 40 years of experience. In the 1980s, it designed Saint Paul’s hot water district heating system, the largest system in North America.