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First NC CHP Initiative Meeting of the year hosted by Piedmont Natural Gas

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by shannon No Comments

The first meeting of the North Carolina Combined Heat and Power Initiative (NC-CHPI) was hosted at Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte, NC on June 28, 2012.  NC-CHPI is an industry led group that promotes market development for combined heat and power, waste heat recovery and district energy technologies and concepts.  CHP technologies can help the industrial and manufacturing sector become more competitive and grow by controlling energy costs and improving efficiency.  CHP is also an important strategy at institutional and government facilities, and when deployed delivers benefits of reduced facility energy costs, reduced emissions, peak demand management, and energy security for critical infrastructure.

Representatives from Piedmont Natural Gas, Lime Energy and the North Carolina Solar Center led agenda items with key discussions on the market opportunity for CHP in NC.  Thirty-five participants attended representing CHP development interests and end-users; including Abundant Power, Burns & McDonnell, Calor Energy, Capstone Turbine Corp., Caterpillar, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated , Crowder Construction Company, Duke Energy, Forsite Development Inc., the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Solar Turbines and MMS Solutions.  Former SE-CEAC Director Keith McAllister, noting the impressive turnout, stated that “The goal of this meeting should be to come out of here with a core group of leaders to make something happen.  With the policies, regulatory climate, low cost of fuel and awareness of CHP, the business opportunity and savings opportunity is right”.

A key outcome from the meeting was the creation of an 11 member Organizing Committee that will steer the group’s goals, decisions and activities. In addition, sub-committees are under formal organization that will deliberate Policy, Technology & Boiler MACT Compliance, Financing and Marketing & Outreach.
These focus areas were defined during this all-participant meeting and the committees will work to identify measures to promote market access for CHP technologies.

The North Carolina Solar Center hosts the U.S. DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (SE-CEAC) as part of its Renewable Energy, Clean
Power and Industrial Efficiency program. The SE-CEAC organized this meeting to re-fuel the initiative which started in 2010. The NC-CHPI has met throughout the past two years, however this year there is a push for the organization to be more action oriented with a specific agenda to advocate the CHP market in North Carolina.

The NC-CHPI Organizing Committee will be meeting throughout the rest of the summer, working towards establishing a formal Board that will collectively work on NC policy issues and support to the CHP market.  To receive updates and meeting notices, follow the NC-CHPI on its LinkedIn: Follow NC-CHPI on LinkedIn

The U.S. DOE Clean Energy Centers offer new CHP screening qualification tool

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The U.S. Department of Energy updated the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) end-user Technical Assistance process for the Clean Energy Application Centers (CEACs) in June 2012. As host to the Southeast CEAC, the N.C. Solar Center delivers CHP end-user services, including an initial Qualification Screening that may be followed by a Feasibility Analysis for proven opportunities. The Qualification Screening is provided at no cost to end-users through a combination of Federal and  State funding, while the Feasibility Analysis requires a 50% cost share from the client. Clients who are interested in conventional or renewable fueled CHP  systems will benefit from the Technical Assistance, which is intended to help in early decision stages at low initial cost.

The new Qualification Screening process is a streamlined process, with an initial conversation and follow-up questionnaire to aid in determination  of whether CHP is an appropriate application for a site. During this stage, client questions on appropriate CHP technologies and how they can meet energy  objectives are discussed. The result of the Qualification Screening is a clear estimate of investment and energy cost savings opportunity, and resulting  simple payback.

If the Qualification Screening results meet expectations, the client may decide to proceed to a more extensive Feasibility Analysis. This more detailed process involves a site visit to review existing infrastructure, CHP integration requirements and discuss objectives for the project. With this service the SE-CEAC will analyze baseline energy consumption, recommend a best-fit technology and size for the CHP system, and complete an analysis of energy, economic, emissions and fuel price sensitivity for the project. Based the Feasibility Analysis, the client may decide to work with an engineering firm or project developer to procure the project after more detailed design and investment analysis.

If your organization is interested in a CHP project Qualification Screening for your facility please contact Kevin Witchger at 919-513-4244 or

The Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (SE-CEAC) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. The SE-CEAC supports the transformation of the market for CHP through services that include Market Assessments to analyze CHP market potential in industrial and commercial, Education and Outreach to provide information on the benefits and applications of CHP, and Technical Assistance to energy end-users and others to help them consider if CHP, waste heat recovery or district energy makes sense for them. Click here
to learn more about the SE-CEAC.