Energy efficiency groups announce support for CHP Support Act

Published on October 09, 2018 by Kevin Randolph

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Several energy efficiency groups recently announced their support for a bill, H.R. 6949, that encourages the use of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat and power (WHP) systems.

The CHP Support Act promotes CHP and WHP technology by authorizing continued funding for 10 Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) for five years. These programs provide education, screening, and guidance to companies before, during and after installation.

The energy efficiency groups are the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the American Chemistry Council. The groups wrote a letter to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce urging them to schedule a hearing this fall to discuss the legislation.

“The CHP TAPs and related activities at DOE encourage the use of technologies that reduce energy use, save consumers money, increase economic competitiveness, enhance electric reliability, and reduce emissions at the nation’s hospitals, universities, and manufacturing sites,” the groups wrote in their letter. “We urge members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to further these important national priorities by scheduling a hearing to shine a spotlight on this valuable program.”

Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), David McKinley (R-WV), Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the bill.