Mohegan Sun Casino Powers Up and Reduces Carbon Footprint With New Generator
The Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino is powering up with a brand new generator. A $3 million cogeneration energy plant was added to the casino to help offset energy costs as well as the casino’s carbon footprint.
The savings amount to roughly 3,900 metric tons of carbon annually, or the equivalent of eliminating 820 vehicles and their emissions from roadways. The system operates on combined heat and power to generate electricity and provide heat in the form of processed waste heat.
It relies on natural gas, which is considered a cleaner-burning fuel. The gas produces electric power and hot water, and the engine’s exhaust gasses are recycled to produce heating. It amounts to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions while guaranteeing the casino will have a continuous power supply.
According to a press release from the tribe, the new system is capable of producing over 6.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is less than 25 percent of what the property typically consumes.
The new generator was purchased with the help from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. However, it is unclear if the Commonwealth provided the money at 5 percent interest or in the form of a grant. UGI HVAC Enterprises supplied it and installed in a parking lot adjacent to the casino.
The tribe says the project took several years in the making. They do not yet have an estimate of the dollar amount that the casino will save on annual electricity but anticipate a significant reduction in energy costs.