The Montclair State University cogeneration plant produces thermal energy (steam) and electricity. Steam expended in the generation of electricity is cycled to our campus buildings for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. The cogeneration facility has a yearly availability of over 95% and a production of over 32 million kilowatt hours. Excess energy is sold back to the local distribution utility company under their existing buy back tariff. Total steam production from the co generator is over 160 million pounds per year. The Montclair State University Cogeneration Plant consists of a Caterpillar Centaur Solar dual fuel (gas/No.2 fuel) 4.3 megawatt turbine/generator. The cogeneration plant is operated 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Montclair State University and UMM Energy Partners, LLC have formed a major public-private partnership to develop a new combined heating, cooling, and power (CHCP) system for the campus.