CHP: A Clean Energy Solution

Worth the read: This clear, readable, engaging paper explains the what, why, and how of CHP, provides a foundation for national discussions on effective ways to reach our 40 GW target, and includes an overview of the key issues currently impacting CHP deployment and the factors that need to be considered by stakeholders participating in the dialogue.

What is CHP?

​Combined heat and Power (CHP) is a better solution for our country's energy supply, economy, and environment. CHP is an advanced and highly- efficient approach to generating electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel right at the point of use. Every CHP application involves recovering otherwise-wasted thermal energy and putting it to use for heating, cooling, process thermal energy, or electricity. CHP already supplies over 10% of our nation's electricity, and can and should supply more.

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Who's Using CHP?

CHP already accounts for nearly 10 percent of our nation's energy - numbering over 4,000 local, clean, and efficient systems and counting - and we have the potential for far more. See our project profiles of 100+ individual CHP systems, illustrating the diversity, benefits, operating conditions, equipment configurations, and lessons learned from these sites.

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CHP Quick Tips

CHP is inherently an energy efficiency measure. It improves efficiency by 50% or more compared to generating heat and power separately. For instance, CHP is included in Utah's policy to advance energy efficiency in the state. It is also in New Mexico's energy efficiency strategy and Colorado's Climate Action Plan.

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Good Reads

Get up to speed on the latest CHP trends by reading these recent papers about CHP benefits, technologies, policies, status, emerging ideas, and more.

* The papers here are not necessarily endorsed by the U.S. DOE and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. DOE.