In connection with plans to upgrade its Central Utilities Plant, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has applied to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for the necessary approval and permit to construct and operate two nominal 22 megawatt (MW) combustion turbine generators, each with an associated heat recovery steam generator equipped with duct firing capability and one 2 MW emergency engine. In addition, MIT seeks approval to change fuel use scenarios for five existing boilers. 

The Central Utilities Plant produces on-campus electricity and steam through a combined heat and power (CHP) process. CHP systems efficiently generate electricity and steam at the same time and are often referred to as co-generation.

MassDEP has issued the documents below for public hearing and comment:

Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the Public Hearing, which has been scheduled for:

Monday, May 22, 2017
7:00 p.m.
MIT Building 4-270
182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139

Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and should be sent to:

Edward Braczyk
Environmental Engineer
MassDEP Northeast Regional Office
205B Lowell Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
-or-
edward.braczyk@state.ma.us

If you wish to review MIT’s application for these approvals, the appendices/attachments to that application, or related air modeling files, please contact:

Susan McConnell (978-694-3292)
Environmental Engineer
MassDEP Northeast Regional Office
205B Lowell Street
Wilmington, MA 01887

MIT has established a web page providing information about the Proposed Central Utilities Plant Project.