EPA Adds Encorp to CHP Partnership

July 24, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Encorp Inc. (Windsor, CO) announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added Encorp to its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership. The goal of the EPA partnership, comprised of approximately 93 companies, institutions, end users and government agencies across the country, is to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy sector through expanded use of combined heat and power installed in the US.

An example of a CHP system can be found at California Natural Products (Lathrop, CA). In addition to generating electricity when needed, the system, which features Encorp technology, turns excess engine heat - often considered an unusable byproduct of an on-site power system - into a tool that helps process rice and other ingredients in the company's round-the-clock manufacturing process. Designed to provide backup power for specific critical loads in the event of a utility brownout or blackout, Encorp expects the California Natural Products system to produce more than 9.4 million kilowatt hours annually - enough electrical energy to power 135,000 100W light bulbs for a year.

"It's quite an honor to be included in the EPA partnership," said Dennis Orwig, Encorp CEO. "Encorp technologies already are featured on CHP projects nationwide that produce a substantial amount of electrical and thermal power. Our involvement in the partnership will rapidly expand our involvement in additional CHP projects."