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CityCenter MGM Resorts, Las Vegas, NV - 8.2-MW CHP System - Case Study

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Quick Facts

LOCATION: CityCenter MGM Resorts Las Vegas, NV
MARKET SECTOR: Hotel/Casino/Mixed Use
FACILITY SIZE: 18 million sq. ft.
EQUIPMENT: Two Turbines (Mercury 50)
FUEL: Natural Gas
USE OF THERMAL ENERGY: Water heating
CHP TOTAL EFFICIENCY: 73%
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS: Reduction in carbon emissions.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $12.6M
ANNUAL ENERGY SAVINGS: $1.8M per year
PAYBACK: 7yrs
CHP IN OPERATION SINCE: 2009

Site Description

MGM Resorts International (MGM) is a global entertainment company headquartered in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas, Nevada. CityCenter is an 18-million-square-foot mixed-use resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Its centerpiece is the ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM is recognized in Las Vegas for offering best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts developed the CityCenter project with an eye on sustainability and functional design. Sustainability and earth-friendly design were at the heart of every step in the development of CityCenter. Overall energy efficiency is a key component of its performance today.

Reasons for CHP

The Aria Resort operations require consistent and reliable access to electricity and hot water for guest services and hotel security functions so CHP was an integral component to the campus’ development.

The installed CHP plant provides more than 25 percent of the annual electricity used at the CityCenter campus and gives the Aria Resort& Casino a measure of resiliency from the local electricity grid not available at other resorts.

In the event of a grid failure, CityCenter has the ability to maintain operations of critical functions. It has this alternate resource that lessens the demand for more conventional, diesel fuel-powered standby generators.

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