During and after Hurricane Sandy, CHP enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue operating when the electric grid went down. A new Guide on CHP's Role in Promoting Reliability and ResiliencyPDF—developed by DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)—provides practical information on factors to consider when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the grid, and what steps are involved in a typical CHP project development process.

A CHP blog post and infographic provides details on the Energy Department's ongoing activities in support of President Obama's August 2012 Executive Order "Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency."

Combined heat and power (CHP) is a key component of distributed energy within the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). CHP—sometimes referred to as cogeneration—provides a cost-effective, near-term opportunity to improve our nation's energy, environmental, and economic future.

Accelerated CHP has proven its effectiveness and holds promise for the future—as an:

  • Environmental Solution – Significantly reducing CO2 emissions through greater energy efficiency

  • Competitive Business Solution – Increasing efficiency, reducing business costs, and creating green-collar jobs

  • Local Energy Solution – Deployable throughout the United States

  • Infrastructure Modernization Solution – Relieving grid congestion and improving energy security.

CHP Project Profiles Database

CHP project profiles compiled by DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) can be accessed via a user-friendly database. Project profiles can be searched by state, CHP TAP, market sector, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, system size, technology/prime mover, fuel, thermal energy use, and year installed. Access the CHP Project Profiles database.

CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs)

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DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat recovery, and district energy technologies and concepts throughout the United States.

State & Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action)

DOE has partnered with EPA on the State & Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action). SEE Action is a state and local effort facilitated by the federal government that helps states, utilities, and other local stakeholders take energy efficiency to scale and achieve all cost-effective energy efficiency by 2020. The Industrial Energy Efficiency/Combined Heat & Power Working Group is developing a number of resources, including a Guide to Successful Implementation of State Combined Heat and Power Policies, and coordinating Regional Dialogue Meetings that bring together key stakeholders to focus on developing and implementing state best practice policies and investment models that address the multiple barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP.

Boiler MACT Technical Assistance

EPA finalized its Clean Air Act pollution standards that apply to large and small boilers in a wide range of facilities and institutions. DOE is offering technical assistance to ensure that major sources burning coal or oil have information on cost-effective clean energy strategies for compliance, such as natural gas CHP, and to promote cleaner, more efficient boilers to cut harmful pollution and reduce operational costs.

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