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

Advanced Manufacturing Office – Industrial Distributed Energy

New Guide on CHP's Role in Promoting Reliability Released by DOE, EPA, and HUD

September 23, 2013

During and after Hurricane Sandy, combined heat and power (CHP) enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue operating when the electric grid went down. The Advanced Manufacturing Office is pleased to announce the release of a new guide developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide practical information on what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the grid and what steps are typically involved in CHP project development. The Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings is intended to assist State and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process. The guide also responds to a rebuilding strategy report released last month by President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild. The Task Force's report contained numerous policy recommendations, many of which have already been adopted, that will help homeowners stay in and repair their homes, strengthen small businesses and revitalize local economies, and ensure entire communities are better able to withstand and recover from future storms. CHP was featured as part of the report's recommendations.

Read the full guide: Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings