Upper-West States, Policies & Incentives

Featured Program Profile

Backup Services and Standby Rates in Colorado

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The growth of self-generation makes planning complex for power utilities, especially when they are required to provide full backup power to their customers when their CHP systems stop operating (e.g., during CHP generator maintenance). Utilities collect revenue to cover the associated costs. These fees, known as standby rates, are often inconsistent between utilities and not transparent to users, which can create obstacles for CHP project development. In 2015, Colorado implemented more favorable and straightforward standby tariff frameworks. Read the program profile.

Policy and Program Profiles
The Upper-West CHP TAP is developing a series of profiles describing important policy issues or programs impacting the deployment of CHP systems in the region. These profiles highlight successful programs and best practices that can be used as models throughout the country.

State of CHP in the Upper-West CHP TAP Region
The CHP Deployment Program has compiled a fact sheet series that provides a general overview of the state of CHP technologies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including data on current installations, technical potential, and economics for CHP.

U.S. EPA's CHP Policies and Incentives Database
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Combined Heat and Power Partnership program maintains an online database that allows users to search for CHP policies and incentives by state or at the federal level.