Plant & Distributed Generation Feasibility

When considering ways to upgrade, supplement, or replace central plant equipment, facility managers may be inundated with proposals for boilers, chillers, microgrid, co-generation, etc. Most boast that ROIs, upon a professional review, may lose some of their luster. Luthin Associates knows how to spot those that make sense and those that do not. Through lifecycle modeling that uses actual (not averaged) utility rates, Luthin develops an independent and accurate financial assessment and sensitivity analysis of new energy assets.


To ensure credibility for their proposals, vendors and investors have also availed themselves of Luthin’s expertise. Many find that such polishing of their offerings gives them a competitive advantage when presenting their products.

The financial assessment is one aspect of a complete feasibility study that analyzes:

  • Installation, operation, and maintenance costs, as well as potential issues (e.g., impact on the pricing of remaining load).
  • Potential savings by switching to a different utility rate with, or without, the new equipment.
  • Changes to a facility’s load profile that may affect its electric and gas pricing.
  • Regulatory risk due to changes in emissions and other regulations.
  • Existing energy contracts for potential conflicts (e.g., installing on-site generation).
  • The potential value of new assets under existing grid or utility programs (e.g., demand response).
  • Maximizing financial incentives for certain types of new plant equipment.
  • Impacts on a facility’s carbon footprint.
  • Building in a backup capacity to handle utility outages.

A Luthin plant feasibility study provides all that an end-user, developer, or investor needs to be completely comfortable pursuing a major opportunity.