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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Are you considering a CHP project? We offer complimentary screenings, technical assistance, and expert advice to help determine if CHP is a good fit for your site, technically and financially. Contact Us to set up a screening or ask us a question.

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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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SoCalGas Distributed Energy Resources (DG/CHP) Seminar
March 10, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm PST
Downey, CA

Seminar will focus on natural gas-fired technologies that generate power while also providing heating and cooling needs. Get the latest information on incentives, the market environment, technology developments and current regulations affecting on-site generation. Learn how to make the most informed decision. 

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CHP Quick Tips

Good reads: To learn more about current trends in CHP, check out either Cogeneration and Onsite Power Production and Distributed Generation - two free bi-monthly magazines focused on CHP issues, technologies, applications, and case studies.

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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.