Screening / Site Qualification

If you answered "yes" to 3 or more of these of the following questions, your facility may be good candidate for CHP. The U.S. DOE Northwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership can offer technical assistance to evaluate your site for CHP feasibility:

  • Do you pay more than $.06/kWh on average for electricity (including generation, transmission and distribution)?
  • Are you concerned about the impact of current or future energy costs on your business?
  • Are you concerned about power reliability? Is there a substantial financial impact to your business if the power goes out for 1 hour? For 5 minutes?
  • Does your facility operate for more than 3000 hours per year?
  • Do you have thermal loads throughout the year (including steam, hot water, chilled water, hot air, etc.)?
  • Does your facility have an existing central plant?
  • Do you expect to replace, upgrade, or retrofit central plant equipment within the next 3-5 years?
  • Do you anticipate a facility expansion or new construction project within the next 3-5 years?
  • Have you already implemented energy efficiency measures and still have high energy costs?
  • Are you interested in reducing your facility's impact on the environment?
  • Do you have access to on-site or nearby biomass resources (i.e. landfill gas, farm manure, food processing waste, etc.?

If you were able to answer yes to 3 or more of the questions, then we encourage you to get in touch with us for a free site screening and other additional support.

DOE Boiler MACT Technical Assistance

On December 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Air Act pollution standards, National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (known as ICI Boiler MACT). This standard applies to large boilers in a wide range of facilities and institutions. DOE will offer technical assistance to ensure that major sources burning coal or oil have information on cost-effective clean energy strategies for compliance, such as natural gas combined heat and power (CHP), and to promote cleaner, more efficient boilers to cut harmful pollution and reduce operational costs. This technical assistance effort is in accordance with the August 2012 Executive Order on accelerating investment in industrial energy efficiency, including CHP. The Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership is offering this supplemental Technical Assistance for affected facilities in the Northwest region. Contact John Cuttica at the Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership for more information.

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