Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Industrial CHP

September 7, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Industrial CHP


Industrial Combined Heat and Power (CHP, also called cogeneration) uses a single fuel, often natural gas, to co-produce electricity and heat for use in industrial operations, usually on-site. Industrial CHP accounts for more than 75 GW out of the approximately 82 GW of installed CHP in the United States.[read more]

Are Utilities Deliberately Ignoring CHP Over Large Centralized Power Plants?

September 30, 2013 by Rasika Athawale

In July the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released three papers highlighting the benefits that electric and natural gas utilities can derive, if they invest in new combined heat and power (CHP) projects. But utilities have seldom shown an interest in CHP facilities.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: Reversing the Drop in Combined Heat and Power Use

May 10, 2013 by Adam James

combined heat and power

Combined heat and power (CHP) is an underutilized tool that could have a huge impact on industrial energy efficiency. But how do the benefits of CHP stack up against building new wind, solar, or natural gas facilities?[read more]

How CHP Stepped Up When the Power Went Out During Hurricane Sandy

December 7, 2012 by Anna Chittum

As noted in recent blog posts by Forbes contributor William Pentland and the New York Times’ Andrew Revkin, it’s instructive to look at where the lights stayed on during Hurricane Sandy to understand what makes certain places more resilient than others. While 8.5 million customers lost power during Sandy, a small number of facilities (...[read more]

US CHP Markets: Sometimes Supportive Policies Aren’t Enough

September 29, 2011 by Anna Chittum

Image Courtesy DOE/NREL Here at ACEEE we love combined heat and power (CHP). CHP is a critical, affordable, and proven energy resource that can produce electricity and thermal energy at the same time from a single fuel input. CHP does this at up to double the efficiencies of traditional utility power plants. CHP units already provide...[read more]

A negative-carbon corn ethanol plant?

January 3, 2008 by Joseph Romm

I am not the biggest fan of corn ethanol. But I am the biggest fan of cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power, CHP (well, maybe the second biggest fan). It is probably the single most overlooked strategy for sharply cutting greenhouse gas emissions while reducing overall energy costs. Now a new EPA report finds that running...[read more]