Guide to the Successful Implementation of State Combined Heat and Power Policies

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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 them in implementing key state policies that impact combined heat and power (CHP).

It discusses five policy categories and highlights successful state CHP implementation approaches within each category:

  • Design of standby rates
  • Interconnection standards for CHP with no electricity export
  • Excess power sales
  • Clean energy portfolio standards (CEPS)
  • Emerging market opportunities—CHP in critical infrastructure and utility participation in CHP markets.

Achieving greater use of CHP is consistent with President Obama's Executive Order 13624—Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency, which calls for 40 gigawatts (GW) of new, cost-effective CHP by 2020.

CHP can provide significant energy efficiency and environmental advantages over separate heat and power. By being more efficient, less fuel is consumed and greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other emissions are reduced. Properly designed CHP can bolster the grid, provide security benefits, and potentially support intermittent renewable energy sources.

The Guide to Successful Implementation of State Combined Heat and Power Policies is available as a full report or as individual chapters:

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The Guide to Successful Implementation of State Combined Heat and Power Policies was developed by SEE Action's Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power Working Group and the Driving Ratepayer-Funded Efficiency through Regulatory Policies Working Group.

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