Our Work

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.

Project Announcements

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

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.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC's Gavin Dillingham will organize and present at Houston Green Office Challenge Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) 101 at the City of Houston Permitting Center on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Houston.

Researcher Announcement

Gavin Dillingham will moderate panels at the 2015 Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency Conference in Galveston, Texas in December.

Researcher Announcement

Gavin Dillingham is featured in the Cogeneration Channel video speaking on CHP and the importance of cogeneration to manage air and water quality in the next few years.


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