Policy Profile

Combined Heat And Power

Policy description:

Combined heat and power (CHP) allows large industrial users with on-site electricity generation to leverage the heat produced by that generation for beneficial uses in production and building or district heating and cooling. Sometimes referred to as cogeneration, the primary benefit of CHP is very high system efficiency. Whereas separate electric and heating systems may have 40-50% efficiency, CHP offers system efficiencies in the 70-80%+ range. For more information, see the full policy brief.

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  1. Does a state EERS or RPS include eligibility for CHP or cogeneration technologies? Or, does the state have a separate CHP target or goal?
  2. Is net metering available to CHP / cogeneration systems?
  3. Do interconnection standards address CHP?
  4. Are favorable or neutral CHP stand-by rates available?
  5. Is there an active program, other than inclusion in an EERS or RPS, to promote CHP?