Texas looks to CHP to counter future freak weather

The State of Texas, US has passed new legislation providing guidelines on installation of combined heat and power technology as it looks to prepare itself for future weather conditions impacting on power supplies.

With extreme weather more prominent legislators have recognised the value of CHP in keeping critical infrastructure operational.

HB 1864 sponsored by Rep. Gene Wu (Dist, 137, Houston) and shepherded through the Senate by Senator Craig Estes (Dist. 30 Wichita Falls) was passed by the Texas Legislature and now awaits approval by Governor Perry.
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The measure instructs the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to issue compliance guidelines for how to conduct a CHP feasibility analysis prior to the construction or renovation of any government facility deemed to be critical for disaster preparedness and response.

The analysis is currently required by law as part of the Hurricane Ike Disaster Preparedness statutes previously passed in the 81st Session of the Legislature, but the current law lacks guidance for how to effectively perform the analysis. Installation of CHP is recommended if there is a favorable cost/benefit ratio, and the analysis will help accurately determine the ratio.

Installing CHP prevents loss of electricity at critical infrastructure including: Hospitals, security command centers, data centers, prisons and jails, and facilities used as shelters.

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