Cogeneration is a highly efficient means of generating heat and electric power at the same time from the same energy source.
At its primary facility, HCE produces 3,500 kilowatts of electricity through a clean burning, natural gas-fired reciprocating engine connected to a generator. HCE captures 3,100 kilowatts of thermal heat which is then distributed to district heating customers.
Cogeneration is also a form of embedded energy generation, which means that electricity is produced near users, reducing pressure on local power grids.
The HCE Cogeneration Unit played a vital role in keeping City of Hamilton operations functioning during the 2003 blackout.