New Jersey simplifies permit process for cogen

New Jersey is streamlining its permitting process to expedite small projects involving combined heat and power facilities in an attempt to promote development of more efficient ways of producing electricity.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to introduce a general permit to make it easier for small- and medium-sized manufacturers, hospitals, and other institutions to build CHP facilities.

CHP is actively promoted in a draft plan developed by the administration of governor Chris Christie, recommending the state build up to 1500 MW of new CHP capacity.

The administration is now seeking to reduce the lengthy air permitting process that has delayed projects in the past, according to a market analysis prepared for the Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center, an arm of the US Department of Energy.

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin says: "This general permit will allow operators of a wide range of facilities to more quickly install cleaner technology, save on their energy bills, reduce demand for electricity from the power grid, and stimulate economic growth."

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