|Cogeneration for Cohousing?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 10:57:04 -0500|
At Berkeley's Earth Day last week, a cogeneration consultant suggested to me that we consider cogeneration for our project. As he described it, the differential between retail and wholesale gas prices, and the high electric prices in California, make cogeneration so viable right now that energy companies will provide the equipment for free. After five years, we (or more likely the developer) owns it and our electric prices drop in half. Side effect: heat (in potentially useful form). Size: equivalent of a small tent, or a couple of cars (of interest given that the developer has been unable to secure leases on all the restaurant space as part of our urban city-block-size project). Weight: significant, but this would be on ground level or in basement, ideally in the non-residential side of the project. Noise: supposedly minimal, but I'd want to see it. Other requirements: ventilation. Other benefits: lower power transmission costs, more efficient use of energy. Ideal for: mixed-use projects about our size. Anybody with experience/expertise in this area? Raines Raines Cohen <coho-L [at] raines.com> Member, Swans Market Cohousing - Old Oakland neighborhood, CA All units reserved; Groundbreaking ceremonies May 27; occupancy April '99
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