Central Plant

Berea’s Central Plant, which replaced its old coal-fired heat plant in 2006, eliminated the annual use of about 4,000 pounds of coal.  The Central Plant burns natural gas, with fuel oil as a back-up, and uses special insulated pipe that has helped reduce the energy loss in transfer from about 30% to less than 5%.  The new system also reduced Berea’s gas use by 39% in the first year alone.

The Central Plant has significantly reduced the amount of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions compared to the coal-fired heat plant. The Central Plant was also built to accommodate the possibility of future retrofitting it for co-generation of electricity by capturing the surplus heat.

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