In early 2013, DOE initiated an effort to provide site-specific technical and cost assistance to the major source facilities affected by the Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (Boiler MACT) rule. Through the CHP TAPs, DOE contacted nearly 700 facilities with over 1,500 affected boilers to discuss compliance strategies, as well as to provide information on potential funding and financing opportunities.
More than 50 sites were considering CHP after utilizing DOE technical assistance resources. If all of these sites move forward with installing CHP, they would add more than 700 MW of CHP. Three facilities alone were moving forward with 71 MW of CHP. More than 290 sites reported they were already in compliance with the rule. More than half of those sites reported they had switched to natural gas, while the remainder reported they had either changed their operating characteristics to avoid being a major source facility or were converting to biomass. Only 11 sites reported that they planned to install emissions controls to come into compliance and 76 sites had been permanently closed.