Support for District Energy and Microgrid Engineering and Financial Feasibility Assessments in the National Capital Region (NCR)

District Energy in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The US General Services Administration (GSA) operates a district heat and chilled water system in the downtown core of D.C. centered around the National Mall.

The goal of this project is to assist GSA and other stakeholders in the National Capital Region (NCR) in their efforts to analyze the engineering and financial feasibility of advanced district energy and microgrid system options, to evaluate and optimize design and operational plans, and to analyze various business and ownership structures of the system. This involves analysis of district energy and microgrid system options, including considerations of optimal design, construction, operation and ownership.

LBNL analyzes current engineering and operations at the plants including generation, distribution, and customers for heat and electrical demand loads, future planning, and long term business viability; reviews multiple engineering and business structures to determine the most reliable and cost effective way to continue to offer existing services of heating and cooling buildings; characterizes potential or actual site locations, including buildings, other infrastructure, electrical and thermal loads, existing electric and thermal utility generation, distribution, and control assets using tools such as the Distributed Energy Resource Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM); and works with external stakeholders to include Congress, the Public Utility Commission, EPA, DOE, Washington DC Government and others.