DOE currently provides technical assistance on combined heat and power (CHP) technologies to commercial and industrial facilities through its seven regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs).
Starting in January 2013, DOE supplemented this effort by providing 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 are 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 are moving forward with 71 MW of CHP. More than 290 sites reported they are already in compliance with the rule. More than half of those sites reported they have switched to natural gas, while the remainder reported they have either changed their operating characteristics to avoid being a major source facility or are converting to biomass. Only 11 sites reported that they plan to install emissions controls to come into compliance and 76 sites have been permanently closed.