HARC's Gavin Dillingham, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, participated on a panel for Smart Building Technologies at the Third Annual UT Energy Week in Austin on February 8th.
Overcoming Barriers to Combined Heat and Power and Industrial Energy Efficiency
In partnership with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), HARC is launching the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grant. There is tremendous opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of Texas’ industry, as well as install a significant amount of CHP. The state of Texas has over 17 GW of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installed with a technical potential of installing another 11 GW.
The expectation of this work is a significant improvement in energy efficiency which will result in lower emissions, greater industry market competitiveness and a more resilient infrastructure. To improve market opportunities, the program evaluated the current market, regulatory and policy barriers to industrial energy efficiency and CHP implementation and developed an Action Plan to reduce barriers using practical, real world solutions. HARC engaged with state, local, and private-sector stakeholders to help identify real barriers to IEE and CHP implementation and the solutions that can be used to overcome these barriers. The outcome of this project include:
The final Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Barriers and Opportunities Action Plan for Texas can be found in Distributed Generation Interconnection Tools for Texas.
HARC will partner with Lime Energy Co. to launch an energy efficiency program, "Achieving Energy Efficiency in Small Businesses in Low-Income Areas", in the Houston area.
The application of combined heat and power (CHP) for industrial applications is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money and improve the resilience of the communities.
The U.S. Department of Energy Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (SWCHPTAP) will present CHP at Industrial Facilities Webinar on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 10 am CST/11 am EST.