PUC Promotes Combined Heat and Power Technology in Pennsylvania

The EPA Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership recently announced that it completed an annual policy update in April 2020 to dCHPP, an online EPA database that allows users to search for state and federal CHP policies and incentives. In total, there are now 430 entries across 17 categories in the database—10 policy categories and 7 financial incentive categories.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PaPUC) adopted a policy statement to advance CHP in 2018 and launched a CHP Working Group to address key issues including Pennsylvania’s interconnection standards and standby rates.

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Earlier this month, April 5, 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)CHP Partnership Logo adopted a policy statement geared toward helping advance the development of combined heat and power (CHP) technology. Additionally, the PUC’s Bureau of Technical Utility Services will initiate a CHP Working Group to engage with stakeholders and encourage the deployment of, and reduce barriers to, CHP initiatives in Pennsylvania.

What is CHP? CHP captures the waste heat energy that is typically lost through power generation, using it to provide heating and/or cooling for manufacturing and business. CHP is an efficient means of generating electric power and thermal energy from a single fuel source, providing cost-effective energy services to commercial businesses like hospitals, universities and hotels.

“CHP offers a variety of benefits,” noted Chairman Gladys M. Brown in a supporting statement at recent PUC public meeting,” First and foremost, CHP supports environmental stewardship through increased efficiency. Also, it provides economic…

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EPA announces $3.9 million in Brownfields Grants for Pennsylvania

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PUC Approves First-Ever Review on Uber’s Driver Background Check Process in Pennsylvania; Recommends Future Improvements

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Pipeline Safety Investigation Underway Involving Sunoco Pipeline Located in Berks County

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