Combined heat and power (CHP) positively impacts the health of local economies and supports national policy goals in a number of ways. Specifically, CHP can:
- Enhance our energy security by reducing our national energy requirements and helping businesses weather energy price volatility and supply disruptions
- Advance our climate and environmental goals by reducing emissions of CO2 and other pollutants
- Improve business competitiveness by increasing energy efficiency and by managing costs
- Increase resiliency of our energy infrastructure by limiting congestion and offsetting transmission losses
- Diversify energy supply by enabling further integration of domestically-produced and renewable fuels
- Improve energy efficiency by capturing heat that is normally wasted.
Through continued research, development, and outreach, DOE and its partners could help dramatically increase CHP's share of U.S. electricity generating capacity. As discussed in the August 2012 DOE and EPA report, Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy Solution, expanding new, cost-effective CHP would:
- Increase total CHP capacity in the United States by 50% in less than a decade
- Save energy users $10 billion per year compared to current energy use
- Save 1 quadrillion Btu (Quad) of energy — the equivalent of 1% of all energy use in the United States
- Reduce emissions by 150 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually — equivalent to the emissions from over 25 million cars
- Result in $40-$80 billion in new capital investment in manufacturing and other U.S. facilities over the next decade
Wondering where you can deploy CHP? Explore the landscape of CHP in all 50 states with this collection of fact sheets.
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