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Ohio Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

Date Last Updated11/26/2012
Policy TypePortfolio Standard
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficePublic Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)
Policy Initiation Date1/1/2009
Policy SummaryOhio's Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) includes CHP and waste energy recovery (WER) as qualified efficiency measures. The original EEPS targets took effect in 2009, requiring electric distribution utilities to implement energy efficiency programs that achieve energy savings equivalent to at least 0.3% savings from a baseline that is the average of the total kWh's sold in the preceding 3 years. Savings requirements reach 1% per year in 2014 and 2% per year in 2019 and forward, reaching a cumulative, annual energy savings in excess of 22% by the end of 2025. The percentage savings claimed by a utility from CHP and WER systems cannot exceed the percentage ratio of total industrial customer load relative to total load for that utility.

There is a separate target that began in 2009 which requires electric distribution utilities to implement peak demand reduction programs designed to achieve a 1% reduction in peak demand in 2009 and an additional 0.075% each year through 2018. In 2018, the legislature is charged with making recommendations to the general assembly regarding future peak demand reduction targets.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsAll types of CHP and waste heat-to-power qualify under the EEPS. Under the energy savings component of the EEPS, projects must have commenced operation or have been retrofitted on or after September 10, 2012 to qualify. Topping-cycle CHP systems at state institutions of higher education may qualify if they were placed into service between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2004.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
CHP is defined as the "co-production of electricity and useful thermal energy from the same fuel source designed to achieve thermal-efficiency levels of at least 60% with at least 20% of the system's total useful energy in the form of thermal energy."
Resource Website(s) http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4928.66 exit EPA

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