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Answers to Frequent Questions about CHP

Considering Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to save money, enhance reliability, and benefit the environment?  The EPA CHP Partnership and Prince Law Offices can help. 

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What is CHP?

Typically, nearly two-thirds of the energy used to generate electricity is wasted in the form of heat discharged to the atmosphere. Additional energy is wasted during the distribution of electricity to end users. CHP is on-site electricity generation that captures the heat that would otherwise be wasted to provide useful thermal energy—such as steam or hot water—that can be used for space heating, cooling, domestic hot water and industrial processes. In this way, and by avoiding distribution losses, CHP can achieve efficiencies of over 80 percent, compared to 50 percent for conventional technologies (i.e., grid-supplied electricity and an on-site boiler).

Learn more in Discover CHP.

What are the benefits of CHP?

CHP offers a number of benefits compared to conventional electricity and thermal energy production, including:

  • Efficiency Benefits. CHP requires less fuel to produce a given energy output and avoids transmission and distribution losses that occur when electricity travels over power lines.
  • Environmental Benefits. Because less fuel is burned to produce each unit of energy output and because transmission and distribution losses are avoided, CHP reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.
  • Economic Benefits. CHP can save facilities considerable money on their energy bills due to its high efficiency, and it can provide a hedge against electricity cost increases.
  • Reliability Benefits. Unreliable electricity service represents a quantifiable business, safety, and health risk for some companies and organizations. CHP is an on-site generation resource and can be designed to support continued operations in the event of a disaster or grid disruption by continuing to provide reliable electricity.

Learn more in CHP Benefits.

Where does CHP make sense?

CHP is ideally suited for energy users that have both electric and thermal energy demands.

CHP is used in many different types and sizes of facilities nationwide, including:

  • Commercial buildings—office buildings, hotels, health clubs, nursing homes
  • Residential—condominiums, co-ops, apartments, planned communities
  • Institutions—colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons, military bases
  • Municipal—district energy systems, wastewater treatment facilities, K-12 schools
  • Manufacturers—chemical, refining, ethanol, pulp and paper, food processing, glass manufacturing

Learn more in Discover CHP.

Desire more specific assistance regarding CHP, renewable energy projects, energy law, or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

 

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Join Us at GlobalCon Energy Expo

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The GLOBALCON Expo will emphasize four critical areas of leading edge technology and related services:

  • Energy Management, HVAC and Smart Building Systems
  • Renewables, Alternative Energy and Onsite Generation
  • Lighting Efficiency and Integrated Energy Solutions
  • Plant and Facilities Management

GLOBALCON 2017, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, is designed specifically to facilitate those seeking to expand their knowledge of fast-moving developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies.  Get a Free Expo exhibits only pass for a limited time here: GLOBALCON Expo

March 22-23, 2017

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Desire more specific assistance regarding CHP, Solar; renewable energy projects, energy law, or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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CHP-Equipped District Energy: A Winning Strategy for LEED and PEER

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Questions about energy efficiency LEED and PEER  and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for your buildings?  Join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST for a free EPA CHP Partnership and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) co-hosted webinar about CHP-equipped district energy in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) rating systems.

This webinar will highlight:

  • The potential significant LEED point impact for buildings that connect to CHP-equipped district energy systems.
  • How buildings connected to district energy systems earn points in the LEED for Building Design and Construction: New Construction and Major Renovations rating system.
  • Overview of USGBC’s PEER rating system and how the energy-efficiency benefits of CHP-equipped district energy systems are recognized.
  • Opportunities to get involved with the development of LEED and PEER as they relate to district energy and CHP.

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Desire more specific assistance regarding CHP, renewable energy projects, energy law, or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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Is My Facility a Good Candidate for CHP?

Considering Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to save money, enhance reliability, and benefit the environment?  The EPA CHP Partnership and Prince Law Offices can help.  Answering “yes” to any of the following questions indicates that the facility may be a good candidate for CHP:

  • Do you pay more than $0.07 per kWh on average for electricity (including generation, transmission, and distribution)?
  • Are you concerned about the impact of current or future energy costs on your business?
  • Is your facility located in a deregulated electricity market? (Hint: If in PA, it is.)
  • Are you concerned about the reliability of your facility’s electricity supply? Would there be substantial business, safety, or health impacts if the electricity supply were interrupted?
  • Does your facility operate for more than 5,000 hours per year?
  • Do you have thermal loads throughout the year (such as steam, hot water, chilled water, or hot air)?
  • Do you expect to replace, upgrade, or retrofit central plant equipment (such as generators, boilers, and chillers) within the next 3 to 5 years?
  • Do you anticipate a facility expansion or new construction project within the next 3 to 5 years?
  • Have you already implemented energy efficiency measures and still have high energy costs?
  • Are you interested in reducing your facility’s impact on the environment?

Visit Project Development Steps to learn more about the steps to CHP project development, from initial qualification to CHP system operation and maintenance.

CHP Spark Spread Estimator

The CHP Spark Spread Estimator (XLSM)(1 pg, 1 MB) is an Excel-based tool that helps evaluate a prospective CHP system for its potential economic feasibility. The CHP Spark Spread Estimator calculates the difference between the delivered electricity price and the total cost to generate power with a prospective CHP system.

The tool is intended to help CHP end users and other interested parties conduct an initial screening of potential CHP cost savings at a facility based on basic site data – annual electricity usage, annual thermal loads, average electricity and fuel prices, and annual hours of operation.

In addition to comparing a preliminary estimate of the cost to generate power on site (in terms of $/kWh) to the retail price of power at the site, the estimator provides an approximate comparison of energy consumption and costs with and without CHP.

Desire more specific assistance regarding CHP, renewable energy projects, energy law, or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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dCHPP Helps Find CHP Dollars For You

Looking for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grants or rebates to save money?  The EPA CHP Partnership and Prince Law Offices can help.

dCHPP (CHP Policies and incentives database) is an online database that allows you to search for CHP policies and incentives by state or at the federal level. dCHPP has two primary purposes:

  • Policy makers and policy advocates can find useful information on significant state/federal policies and financial incentives affecting CHP.
  • CHP project developers and others can easily find information about financial incentives and state/federal policies that influence project development.

The glossary contains definitions for the policy and incentive types included in dCHPP.

So give the dCHPP database a try to locate grants, rebates, and more for CHP projects to save you and your company money on electric and heating in an efficient, environmentally friendly way.

Desire more specific assistance regarding CHP, renewable energy projects, energy law, or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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EPA Clean Power Plan Comments Due Soon

EPA is soliciting comments on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Federal Plan and Proposed Model Rules, to be submitted by January 21st. EPAPlease note that there are a number of topics that may be of interest to combined heat and power (CHP) stakeholders, including those in the following sections of the Preamble:

  • Section IV.C.3 on Eligible Emission Reduction Measures for ERC Generation (80 FR at p. 64994)
  • Section IV.D.6.b on Issuance of ERCs for Measures Used to Adjust an Emission Rate (p. 64999)
  • Section IV.D.8.d on Non-Affected CHP EM&V Requirements (p. 65005)
  • Section V.D.3.b on Set-Asides for Renewable Energy Projects (p. 65019)
  • Section V.D.4 on Provisions to Encourage Early Action through the Clean Energy Incentive Program, including low-income energy efficiency projects (p. 65025)

More Information

How to Comment Comments on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Federal Plan and Proposed Model Rules must be received by January 21, 2016. Be sure to reference Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0199.

If you or your business have questions regarding CHP, renewable energy projects, energy law or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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EPA New CHP Partnership Website

A new EPA Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership website is now available. The new website is available at www.epa.gov/chp, but internal page URLs have changed (so update your bookmarks).  Prince Law Offices, P.C. is a proud partner of the EPA CHP Partnership program.

The website was updated to consolidate information, remove outdated information, conform to a new EPA web template, and to enhance the user experience with the site.

The CHP Team’s key resources can now be found at the following URLs:

All resources can be found on the Documents and Tools page.

We encourage you to check out the new site.

CHP is used in over 4,400 facilities nationwide, including:

  • Commercial buildings—office buildings, hotels, health clubs, nursing homes
  • Residential—condominiums, co-ops, apartments, planned communities
  • Institutions—colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons, military bases
  • Municipal—district energy systems, wastewater treatment facilities, K-12 schools
  • Manufacturers—chemical, refining, ethanol, pulp and paper, food processing, glass manufacturing

A number of site-specific factors will determine if CHP might be a good technical and economic fit for your facility. Answer a few simple questions to determine if your facility is a good candidate for CHP.

If you or your business have questions regarding CHP, renewable energy projects, energy law or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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