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Combined Heat And Power Backslides. But for How Long?

Energy Efficiency Markets, July 7, 2013

Combined heat and power, or CHP, continues to be one of those great ideas that can’t seem to get traction. In fact, the technology has lost ground, according to a recent energy efficiency report.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that CHP installations fell 1.5 percent at industrial facilities from 2010 to 2011 in the July 2, 2013 white paper,  “Energy Efficiency: Is the United States Improving?” The other 14 energy efficiency markers that ACEEE evaluated – such as building codes, appliance standards and state efficiency programs – all showed at least some growth, most somewhere between 1% and 19%.

CHP’s story, however, soon may take a turn. The resource is receiving a boost from two powerful sources: President Barack Obama and Superstorm Sandy.

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