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Benefits of Combined Heat and Power

Combined heat and power (CHP) positively impacts the health of local economies and supports national policy goals in a number of ways. Specifically, CHP can:

Through continued research, development, and outreach, DOE and its partners could help to dramatically increase CHP's share of U.S. electricity generating capacity. Recognizing the benefits of CHP and its current underutilization as an energy resource in the United States, the Obama Administration has a goal to achieve 40 gigawatts (GW) of new, cost-effective CHP by 2020. As discussed in the August 2012 DOE and EPA report, Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy SolutionPDF, achieving this goal would:

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Content Last Updated: 03/18/2013