The Department of Energy recently launched seven new Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships nationwide to help local communities and businesses strengthen manufacturing, lower energy consumption, improve power reliability, and reduce harmful emissions through combined heat and power (CHP) technology.
The seven new CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships will help commercial, institutional and industrial businesses, state agencies, utilities, and trader organizations understand how CHP can improve their businesses and cut energy costs. The new partnerships are located in Calif., Colo., Ill., N.Y., N.C., Pa., and Wash.
Last year, President Obama established a national goal of 40 gigawatts of new CHP capacity by 2020, which is a 50 percent increase from current capacity. Meeting this new goal would help American manufacturers and companies save as much as $100 billion in energy costs over the next decades as well as reduce emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road. CHP can also help make the nation’s infrastructure smarter, stronger, and more resilient to severe weather events.
In addition to technical assistance efforts, the Energy Department is supporting CHC research, development, and demonstration nationwide.