US Department of Energy targets Californian CHP drive

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced this week it will allocate $2.2m over four years to the San Diego-based California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) to direct the Pacific regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, one of seven regional partnerships.

The cash will enable the non-profit CCSE to provide support and technical assistance throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii to drive wider development of cogeneration energy technologies.
US Department of Energy
CCSE will lead the effort in collaboration with Energy and Environmental Economics, or E3, in San Francisco and DE Solutions in Encinitas, CA.

In August 2012, President Obama signed Executive Order 13624, dubbed "Accelerating Industrial Energy Efficiency," which aims to promote U.S. manufacturing via energy efficiency strategies at industrial facilities. The order establishes a goal of removing market barriers in order to deploy 40 GW of new, cost-effective CHP in the US by the end of 2020.

Industrial processes consume about one-third of all U.S. energy production, and almost all U.S. CHP capacity serves industrial plants.

The Pacific Technical Assistance Partnership will provide education, outreach and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders including commercial and industrial end-users, state decision-makers, electric and gas utilities, trade associations and nonprofits.

The aim of the assistance is to overcome barriers to CHP use by evaluating the technical, economic, energy, reliability and environmental value of systems.

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