- Focus Areas
Combined Heat and Power.
Our progress to date has demonstrated that widespread deployment of costeffective CHP can help the nation advance its economic and climate goals. CHP is now installed at more than 3,500 commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities across the nation, improving energy efficiency, preserving environmental quality, promoting economic growth, and fostering a more robust energy infrastructure. The Department of Energy has been integral to this effort and has long championed CHP technologies. By leveraging strategic partnerships with key industrial and institutional players, the Department has produced cutting-edge technologies and spearheaded market-transforming projects, commercialization activities, and educational and outreach efforts. Today, DOE continues to advance the critical technologies and market transformation activities needed to rapidly expand the use of CHP. But more can and must be done to tap CHP's full potential. Despite its successes, the Department recognizes that, by adopting high-deployment policies to achieve 20 percent of electricity generation from CHP by 2030, the United States could save the equivalent of nearly half the total energy currently consumed by US households. Through 2030, aggressive policies could also generate $234 billion in new investments and create nearly 1 million new, highly-skilled technical jobs throughout the country while reducing CO2 emissions by more than 800 MMT per year. As America looks forward to a new energy horizon, DOE is primed to lead the charge. The Department is pursuing a strategic approach that involves developing and deploying more energy-efficient CHP technologies and integrated energy systems, demonstrating and promoting these technologies, and validating system performance to achieve its goals. Ultimately, this balanced approach will allow DOE to seize the clear opportunity afforded by CHP and will help the nation create high quality green collar jobs, enhance domestic manufacturing competitiveness, and combat climate change.
ACCELERATED COMBINED HEAT AND POWER (CHP), CLEAN ENERGY APPLICATION CENTERS, INTEGRATED ENERGY SYSTEMS (IES), RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, SUSTAINABILITY