The US Department of Energy has established Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) as part of the country’s drive to deploy 40 GW of new CHP plants.

The move comes in the wake of the presidential executive order, “Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency,” and it is intended that the partnerships will help remove market and non-market barriers and help cogeneration to proliferate.
President Barack Obama
The Energy Department will make up to $1.5m available in fiscal year 2013 for as many as eight awards under this funding opportunity announcement, and subject to congressional appropriations, the department plans to make an additional $9.5m available in fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016 to fully fund these projects, which will take four years to complete.

The regional CHP TAPs will play a critical role in overcoming these barriers by providing education, outreach and technical assistance on CHP to stakeholders. They will provide fact-based, unbiased information on CHP, including technologies, project development, project financing, local electric and natural gas utilities interfaces, and related state best practice policies. They will be vendor, fuel and technology-neutral.

CHP currently represents approximately 8% of U.S. generating capacity compared to over 30% in countries such as Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. Its use in the United States has been limited, particularly in recent years, by a host of market and non-market barriers, something this action looks set to help remedy.

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