Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education>Information provision, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme >Technology development
Policy Target:Energy Sector>CHP
Agency:Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership is a voluntary programme that seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration. CHP is an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. By installing a CHP system designed to meet the thermal and electrical base loads of a facility, CHP can greatly increase the facilitys operational efficiency and decrease energy costs. At the same time, CHP reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change. The CHP Partnership works closely with energy users, energy service companies, the CHP industry (manufacturers, consultants, and project developers), state and local governments, federal agencies, private organizations, and other stakeholders to support the development of new projects and promote their energy, environmental, and economic benefits. The CHP Partnership encourages implementation of clean energy technologies by providing information, connections to technology providers, and government-branded recognition to participants. For example, the Partnership maintains the CHP Partnership Funding Database which tracks federal and state CHP and biomass finanical incentives as well as regulations that remove unintended barriers to CHP or biomass project development such as standardised interconnection rules, net metering rules, or output-based regulations. Through 2009, the CHP Partnership has helped install more than 460 CHP projects, representing 4,850 megawatts (MW) of capacity. The high efficiency of these projects resulted in annual carbon emissions reductions equivalent to the annual emissions from 2.3 million passenger vehicles.

This record is superseded by:Clean Energy Supply Programs

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