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Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership

About the CHP Partnership

What Is the EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership?

EPA’s CHP Partnership is a network of CHP stakeholders promoting CHP’s role in providing affordable, reliable, and low emission energy, with a focus on CHP’s evolving role in enhancing resiliency and in supporting renewable integration and electricity dispatch flexibility. The Partnership serves as a knowledge base for impartial tools, policy information, and other resources to support enhanced understanding of CHP opportunities and benefits.

EPA’s CHP team welcomes the following types of organizations as Partners (see Organization Type Descriptions (DOC)(1 pg, 26 K) ):

  • Attorney
  • Consultant
  • End-user
  • Energy Service Company (ESCO)
  • Engineering/Construction
  • Financier
  • Government Agency
  • Manufacturer/Distributor
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Project Developer
  • Utility

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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 65 to 75 percent, compared to a typical separate heat and power (i.e., purchased grid electricity from the utility and an on-site boiler) efficiency of approximately 50 percent. This improvement in efficiency translates to:

  • Reduced total fossil fuel use
  • Reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants
  • Reduced water consumption compared to conventional electric power generation in some cases

CHP can also serve an important role in enhancing the resiliency of commercial, industrial, and government facilities and in supporting renewable integration and electricity dispatch flexibility.

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