Municipal PCD Draft Credit 1: Thermal Conversion Technology Efficiency (x points)


Maximize thermal efficiency of thermal conversion facilities.


Demonstrate a “Primary Energy Savings” (PES) greater than [0.5 utilizing the PES calculator.

PES = (Reference Plant* Primary Energy – Primary Energy Use of Thermal Conversion) ÷ (Embodied Energy of RDF +  Primary Energy Use of Thermal Conversion)

* A natural gas combined cycle plant with a heat rate of 7,650 Btu/kWh shall be the Reference Plant.

Potential Strategies:

  • Reduce moisture content of incoming fuel
  • Pelletize or otherwise form input fuel
  • Minimize need for co-firing with fossil fuel
  • Utilize biogas or other recovered gas as a co-firing fuel

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