Upper-West CHP TAP Events

The Upper-West CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) aims to deliver its message to a wide variety of organizations interested in the efficiency, environmental, and security benefits of CHP. Please contact us if you would like the Upper-West CHP TAP to deliver a presentation to your organization.

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The Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAPs held a webinar with an expert panel who explained how CHP can enhance thermal comfort across different sectors and reviewed case studies detailing how excess heat can be used for cooling. The webinar also featured information on the role of CHP in reducing GHG emissions and provided tools and resources to help you meet your facility cooling and sustainability goals.

The Upper-West CHP TAP hosted this webinar on the use of CHP with agriculture production. Agriculture facilities have distinct energy use profiles and opportunities for CHP. Participants learned how dairies, dryland and irrigated agriculture, greenhouses, and more can improve energy efficiency, save money, and reduce GHG emissions with CHP.

The U.S. Department of Energy held the 2022 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit on May 17-19, 2022. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provided the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy efficiency, decarbonization, and water and waste reduction. Attendees took part in interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders as well as multiple opportunities to network with peers. "Results from the Packaged CHP Accelerator" was presented on Wednesday, May 18, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

An expert panel from the Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAPs explored solutions to finance CHP, WHP, and microgrid projects. This webinar dove into market trends and explained how to access incentives and tax credits as well as how to find the financing that is right for your project.

College and university campuses around the globe are leaders in education, research, and innovation, and an evolution is underway to renew, decarbonize, and strengthen these important community assets. College and university campuses have emerged as global leaders in the operation and optimization of world-class district energy systems. Register for the IDEA CampusEnergy2022 Virtual Program, featuring session recordings of nearly 100 educational sessions featuring more than 170 speakers.

Accelerating building decarbonization presents both exciting opportunities and challenges. Participants joined an expert panel from the Upper-West CHP TAP to learn how CHP fits into the energy transition. Experts discussed the pressing issues in energy systems and opportunities for a variety of power options including CHP and hydrogen.

The CHPA hosted a free webinar about how CHP fits into future energy systems. Participants learned about the current state of the electric grid and gas system in the United States, the future of each, and how CHP will continue to work with these systems to provide cleaner, reliable energy that will support our communities and make them more resilient in the face of a changing climate. Attendees also heard about the U.S. Department of Energy's work on CHP and learned about the CHP system at the Ford Motor Company campus in Dearborn, Michigan.

Congratulations to Marina Badoian-Kriticos, Assistant Director of the Upper-West CHP TAP, for being recognized by the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative for her accomplishments and leadership in clean energy. Marina is the winner of the 2021 U.S. C3E Education and Advocacy award. Marina accepted her award at the (virtual) U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards.

What’s your brew? Breweries use large amounts of energy as the brewing process involves heating and cooling. Experts from New Belgium Brewing and the Upper-West CHP TAP held an interactive session that explained how CHP can efficiently provide the energy needed for every stage of the brewing process.

The second annual National Summit on CHP, hosted by the Combined Heat and Power Alliance, focused on CHP’s resilience and reliability benefits. On September 13, the Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAPs presented a session titled “CHP TAPs Update.”

  • Webinar: CHP and WWTP, July 20, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy shared how to identify candidate CHP projects opportunities, provided an overview of the CHP project development process, and explained the step-by-step screening analysis for CHP—a no-cost service provided to end users through the U.S. Department of Energy CHP TAP program.

Multifamily buildings have significant energy costs, concurrent electricity and thermal energy demands, and power reliability and resiliency needs that, when met, enhance residents’ quality of life. CHP systems can help meet these demands and improve energy efficiency and decrease emissions. This webinar covered multifamily CHP market trends, technologies, case studies, and available technical assistance resources.

This webinar focused on strategies for industrial and manufacturing sectors to increase energy utilization, improve resilience, and meet clean energy goals through the installation of CHP.

Participants learned how CHP works as an alternative energy source, how facilities can meet energy efficiency goals with CHP, what policies and regulations are targeting CHP and energy efficiency, and how to implement a CHP project with the help of a CHP TAP.

The U.S. Department of Energy held the 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit virtually on May 17-20, 2021. This four-day leadership symposium consisted of online webinars and peer exchanges with fellow industry stakeholders and experts. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other stakeholders provided the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency.

A panel of experts discussed the roles of CHP and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in sustainable and resilient cities. The webinar covered market trends, technologies, and technical resources in addition to highlighting how end-users can earn LEED points with CHP.

One opportunity for industrial and manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency is to recover waste heat and use it to generate power, also known as WHP. This webinar provided information on state-of-the-art CHP and WHP technologies, applications, market trends, case studies of successful projects, and available technical assistance resources.

New important features have been added to National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s free solar+wind+storage online optimization tool, REopt Lite. This webinar focused on REopt Lite’s new CHP module, which allows users to evaluate the economic and resilience benefits of different types of CHP prime movers as well as chilled water storage, hot water storage, and absorption chillers. These technologies can be evaluated on their own or in combination with solar PV, wind, and battery storage.

CHP is an effective way to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and decrease carbon emissions while improving facility resilience and meeting sustainability goals. On this webinar, a panel of experts from the Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAPs and U.S. Green Building Council explained how facilities can earn LEED points by using CHP.

Participants learned how microgrids and CHP can provide significant operational savings and benefits to facilities. The Upper-West CHP TAP discussed the benefits CHP can provide to local and state facilities, including improving resilience, reducing emissions, integrating onsite renewable energy, and lowering overall operating costs. Doug Edgar, VP of Operations with White Harvest Energy, shared a case study of Wesleyan University’s CHP project.

Financing CHP projects can be a challenge. This webinar provided analysis of various ways to finance CHP projects. The interactive discussion included market trends, savings and efficiency benefits, and best practices for how to finance technologies that help facilities stay powered up.

This webinar focused on the growing opportunities for CHP technologies in the hospitality industry. Kyle Krow, Strategic Accounts Manager at Aegis Energy Services, joined the Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAP presenters and discussed different successful installations, including their technical features and the business models adopted by the users.

The webinar focused on innovative ways to finance the development of efficiency and resiliency strategies, including CHP systems. A panel of experts discussed a variety of ways to finance projects, including Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), rebates and incentives, and U.S. Department of Energy tools and resources.

This webinar focused on the opportunities to enhance the resiliency and reliability of multifamily buildings with CHP. Participants learned about the drivers, strategies, and best practices that have helped multifamily facilities successfully adopt CHP. Speakers included the Upper-West CHP TAP and Eric Morrow, Product Application Manager, Lochnivar LLC.

This webinar introduced state-of-the-art CHP and WHP technologies, applications, and market trends as well as discussed case studies of successful projects, their best practices, and lessons learned in different market sectors. The webinar also covered available technical assistance resources.

ICLEI and the Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAPs hosted a webinar about how CHP can support local governments' goals to boost energy resilience while lowering energy costs. The presentation showcased tools and resources that can help build capacity of leadership within local governments and communities to promote cost effective and efficient ways to keep critical infrastructure operational regardless of external events.

Facilities are increasingly considering biomass to fuel their CHP plants due to growing availability of this fuel source as well as the desire by plants to have a sustainable and renewable fuel source. On this webinar, the Upper-West CHP TAP educated participants about how biomass-fueled CHP can help lower energy costs and help meet sustainability and renewable energy goals. The webinar also featured a CHP project at Stoltze Lumber in Montana.

The Upper-West CHP TAP hosted a webinar on the opportunities and applications of CHP at data and IT facilities. The application of CHP is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money, and improve facility resilience. This interactive session covered the drivers and strategies that have helped facilities in the data center and IT industries successfully adopt CHP as well as discussed lessons learned and best practices.

  • Improving Infrastructure with CHP Workshop, September 11, 2019

This workshop focused on how CHP can provide cost effective, reliable power and enhance the resilience of public and private facilities across Colorado. This session covered the drivers and strategies that have helped facilities in this region successfully adopt CHP as well as discussed lessons learned and best practices. Local and national subject matter experts shared information about market trends, technologies, procurement and operations, and resilience strategies related to CHP. Attendees also learned about federal, state, and local incentives, project financing options, and free technical screenings and feasibility studies provided by the Upper-West CHP TAP.

Manufacturing facilities are increasingly concerned with power resilience for continuity of operations during outages that can occur with storm events or other causes. The drive to improve efficiency and reduce cost is ever-present. CHP offers both power resilience for confident emergency preparedness and energy efficiency essential for reducing energy costs. The Upper-West CHP TAP led this webinar on the opportunities and applications of CHP at manufacturing plants.

The U.S. Department of Energy held the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provides the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency.

  • Webinar: CHP in Cities - Improving Resilience, Reducing Emissions and Lowering Operating Costs with CHP, June 13, 2019

Cities across the United States are having to place a greater focus on community power resilience due to increasing intensity and number of severe weather events. Further, cities are under constant pressure to identify ways to operate more efficiently and lower emissions. CHP offers both power resilience for confident emergency preparedness and energy efficiency essential for reducing energy costs. In partnership with ICLEI, the Upper-West CHP TAP led this webinar on the opportunities and applications of CHP in cities.

  • Improving Infrastructure and Resilience with Combined Heat and Power, May 16, 2019, Denver, CO

The Upper-West CHP TAP and ICLEI hosted a half-day workshop on how CHP can provide cost effective, reliable power and enhance the resilience of public and private facilities across Colorado.

WHP is the process of recovering waste heat and using it to generate power with no combustion and no emissions. WHP and CHP projects are gaining traction among utilities as a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money, and improve the resilience of the power grid. The Upper-West CHP TAP led this webinar in collaboration with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) on the opportunities and applications for CHP and WHP in the utility market.

CHP is a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money, and improve the resilience of hospitals. On this webinar, participants learned about these CHP benefits, federally funded engineering services, case studies, and opportunities for hospitals.

  • Oil and Gas Workshop, October 29, 2018

WHP and CHP provide cost-effective, reliable power to oil and gas operations, whether in the oil field, midstream operations, or refining. Attendees explored ways to use resources more efficiently to provide power and thermal to oil and gas processes. Attendees also learned about federal, state, and local incentives' project financing options and free technical screenings and feasibility studies provided by the Upper-West CHP TAP, supported by the Colorado Energy Office.

  • Webinar: CHP for the Modern Oilfield, September 13, 2018

The oilfield is evolving to exploit the many advantages of electrification, automation, and other technological advances to reduce costs, enhance safety, and improve efficiency. The electrified oilfield presents enormous opportunity to realize value from on-site power generation using locally-produced natural gas. CHP provides both electric power and thermal energy (heat) from a single on-site source for the production facilities. HARC Research Scientist Carolyn LaFleur, P.E., presented on this no-cost, one-hour webinar.

  • Energy Exchange/Better Buildings Summit, August 21-23, 2018, Cleveland, OH

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Summit is one of the premier events for energy professionals to engage with one another and explore and share innovative strategies, emerging technologies, financing trends, and much more. For 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy held the Summit with its annual Energy Exchange, focused on federal facility energy management, to provide greater access to technical discussions and training while also providing the great panel sessions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities attendees expect at the Summit.

CHP is a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money, and improve the resilience of the hospitality industry. During natural disaster events and major power outages, it is vital that the hospitality industry can maintain safe operations for its guests. The Upper-West CHP TAP led this webinar on the opportunities and applications for CHP in the hospitality sector.

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