Regional partnership will provide technical assistance on CHP for end-users and other stakeholders, including communities
Raleigh, NC – This week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of seven regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) to support businesses and communities in understanding the benefits of developing CHP. The CHP TAPs support DOE in leading the regional and state deployment of CHP technologies to address “a number of our national priorities including improving the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions, enhancing our energy infrastructure, improving energy security and growing our economy.” One of these regional partnerships, the Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, is located at the North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University. The Southeast CHP TAP will offer information on best practices for CHP project financing, management and state policies, market analysis tools and resources and technical site evaluations.
CHP is a significant resource that many industries and institutions in the Southeast U.S. already use to efficiently generate onsite power and thermal energy. By lowering energy consumption and improving the bottom line, CHP strengthens manufacturing competitiveness while reducing harmful emissions.
CHP technologies can also help strengthen energy infrastructure by providing sites and communities the capability to maintain power during severe weather events. Several sites in the Southeast in the hospital sector, including Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville, Florida and Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, have CHP systems that have helped them continue their services during hurricane events, including Hurricane Katrina.
Recognizing the value of CHP, President Obama issued an Executive Order in 2012, establishing a national goal of developing 40 gigawatts of new CHP capacity by 2020 – a 50 percent increase from what is installed today. The Southeast CHP TAP is supporting this national goal.
The Southeast U.S. has a significant amount of potential CHP to be developed, and the Southeast CHP TAP’s services are directed at identifying cost-effective CHP installations and assisting in developing the market for them. The Southeast region covers the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
For further information on the Southeast CHP TAP, visit www.southeastCHPTAP.org.
See Additional information on the Energy Department’s broader efforts on CHP at www.energy.gov/articles/fact-sheet-energy-department-actions-deploy-combined-heat-and-power-boost-industrial
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 Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy Solution. August 2012. US DOE and US EPA.