High Density Housing, Mega-Developments: An Assessment of Arizona and Nevada Comparing Central Power to a Distributed Energy Approach

Categorized Under: Community Development



With the populations of Arizona and Nevada projected to more than double from 2000-2035—triple the national growth rate—large “megadevelopment” projects are being considered to meet the demand for housing. Current standard approaches to utility and regional planning may be inadequate to deal with infrastructure changes and the impact on energy supplies, water resources, and the environment. This July 2006 study, prepared for Oak Ridge National Laboratory by EEA, an ICF International Company, analyzes the expected energy and infrastructure requirements and considers distributed energy resource (DER) strategies as a solution, including gas-powered heat pump (GHP) and combined heat and power (CHP), to meet needs for base-load electricity and heating more efficiently and with lower capital cost and water consumption than would be required with conventional central power stations.

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Published: Jun 1, 2006
Source: ICF International

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