U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Advanced Manufacturing Office – Industrial Distributed Energy


Combined heat and power (CHP) is one of the most cost-effective technologies on the market for achieving near-term results in energy efficiency, emissions reductions, performance, and reliability. However, CHP projects often face barriers in the form of environmental permitting regulations, utility interconnection and tariff practices, and air quality standards. Guidance on these issues at the federal, state, and local levels is provided below. For example, the Guide to Successful Implementation of State Combined Heat and Power Policies informs state utility regulators and other state policymakers with actionable information to assist in implementing key state policies that impact CHP.