Combined Heat and Power Partnership
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What Is the Partnership?
The CHP Partnership seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of electric power generation by promoting the use of CHP. The Partnership works closely with energy users; the CHP industry; state, local, and tribal governments; clean air officials; and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects.
The Partnership works with companies and organizations operating in the United States and its territories to promote the economic, environmental, and reliability benefits of CHP and provides tools and services to support development of new CHP capacity. EPA welcomes the following types of organizations as Partners:
- CHP project developers, consultants/engineers, and equipment manufacturers
- Energy end users in the industrial, commercial, district energy, and multi-family residential sectors
- Clean air officials
- Energy, environmental, and economic development agencies
- Nongovernmental organizations
- Other relevant CHP stakeholders
Why EPA Supports CHP
EPA promotes greater use of CHP because significant cost-effective emissions reductions can be achieved by increasing the efficiency of the nation's energy supply. CHP systems achieve fuel use efficiencies of 60 to 80 percent, compared to a typical separate heat and power (i.e., purchased grid electricity from the utility and an on-site boiler) efficiency range of 45 to 55 percent. This improvement in efficiency translates to:
- Reduced total fossil fuel use
- Reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants
What We Offer
- Basic information about CHP and its benefits
- Technical tools and resources such as the Catalog of CHP Technologies and the CHP Emissions Calculator
- Information about state and federal CHP policies and incentives
- Guidance on CHP project development
- ENERGY STAR® CHP Awards
- CHP news and webinars
Additional resources and benefits are available to Partners.
Accomplishments from 2001 through 2013 include:
- Assisting 917 CHP projects, representing 6,199 megawatts (MW) of new CHP capacity
- On an annual basis, these projects avoid the emission of 15.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent