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