The Energy Department has launched seven new regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships across the country in a bid to strengthen US manufacturing competitiveness, lower energy consumption, and reduce harmful emissions.
Located in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington state, these organizations will offer best practices for CHP project financing, management and state policies, market analysis tools and resources, and technical site evaluations.
Specifically, CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships will provide:
Market opportunity analyses – supporting analyses of CHP market opportunities in diverse markets including industrial, federal, institutional, and commercial sectors.
Education and outreach – provide information on the energy and non-energy benefits and applications of CHP to state and local policy makers, regulators, energy end-users, trade associations and others.
Technical assistance – provide technical assistance to end-users and stakeholders to help them consider CHP, waste heat to power, and/or district energy with CHP in their facility and to help them through the project development process from initial CHP screening to installation.
Last year, President Obama established a new national goal of 40 gigawatts of new CHP capacity by 2020 – a 50 percent increase from today. Meeting this goal would help American manufacturers and companies save as much as $100 billion in energy costs over the next decade and reduce emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road.
Every year, more energy is lost as wasted heat in power generation in the US than the total annual energy use of Japan. But the use of combined heat and power technology, can cut wasted energy nearly in half, according to a Department of Energy blog post released earlier this week.