An industry-led initiative to promote in-state utilization of Marcellus Shale natural gas by developing combined heat and power (CHP) systems has been announced at Penn State, Pennsylvania, US.

The Commonwealth Recycled Energy Economic Development Alliance (CREEDA) says it wants to jumpstart the development of CHP systems as they are more efficient than conventional electricity generation and offer the lowest-cost means of reducing carbon emissions by operating for longer throughout the year than either solar photovoltaic or wind-powered systems.

As recently as 60 years ago, many of Pennsylvania’s state institutions were powered by CHP. But the technology faces a lack of awareness among potential users, policymakers and the public of its benefits such as greater fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions.

The development of CHP systems must also overcome regulatory and investment barriers. CREEDA, an alliance of natural gas utilities, end users, developers, manufacturers and academic researchers, will be key in developing a statewide CHP energy policy.

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