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Combined Heat & Power Action Plan Implementation

Based on the findings of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) stakeholder engagement process and Commerce’s CHP studies, Commerce prepared the Final CHP Action Plan as a deliverable for the DOE grant.

The purpose of the Action Plan is to summarize the key findings of Commerce’s CHP work, and to synthesize these findings to inform clear and achievable recommendations that could help lead to potential CHP implementation in Minnesota. 

Commerce will continue to disseminate information about CHP opportunities through updates to this webpage, including additional resources and ongoing communications about next steps established in the Final CHP Action Plan. 

Table 1. Final CHP Action Plan Summary Recommendations
  Priority Areas Actions Itmes Timing
I CHP Evaluation Methodology and Criteria Establish CHP Energy Savings Attribution Model and Project Evaluation Criteria Near Term (2015-2016)
II Mapping CHP Opportunities Map CHP Opportunities at Waste water Treatment Facilities and Public Facilities Intermediate Term (2016-2017)
III Education and Training Opportunities Expand Education and Training Resources on Commerce's Website Near Term (2015-2016)
IV CHP Ownership Problems and Soluations Leverage Existing Financing Programs Applicable to CHP Near Term (2015-2016)
V CIP CHIP Supply Side Investments Examine Electric Utility Infrastructure Policy Long Term (2015 onward)
VI Standby Rates Continue Discussion through PUC's Generic Proceeding Long Term (2015 onward)

Action Item I: Establish CHP Energy Savings Attribution Model and Project Evaluation Criteria

More information to come.

Action Item II: Map CHP Opportunities at Wastewater Treatment Facilities and Public Facilities

Wastewater Treatment Mapping Project Webpage

  • CHP Public Facility Mapping: Project TBD based on project funding procurement
    • Other feasibility study resources available:
      • Funding for feasibility studies is available to public entities through the Public Entity Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Loan Program. Please contact Eric Rehm with questions about the program and how facilities can qualify for a feasibility study.
      • The Midwest DOE CHP Technical Assistance Partnership offers unbiased, non-commercial feasibility screenings to help determine if CHP, waste heat to power, or district energy is a good fit for your site, financially and technically. Please contact Cliff Haefke or Graeme Miller at the DOE’s Midwest CHP TAP for more information

Action Item III: Education and Training Resources

Links to CHP Resources

The Midwest DOE CHP Technical Assistance Partnership provides a wide variety of technical assistance resources, including: 

  • Market Opportunity Analyses – Supporting analyses of CHP market opportunities in diverse markets including industrial, federal, institutional, and commercial sectors.
  • Education and Outreach – Providing information on the energy/non-energy benefits and applications of CHP to state and local policy makers, regulators, energy end-users, trade associations and others.
  • Technical Assistance – Help end-users consider CHP, waste heat to power, and/or district energy with CHP in their facility, including assisting project development from initial CHP screening to installation.
  • Contact Information – Contact Cliff Haefke or Graeme Miller at the DOE’s Midwest CHP TAP for more information. 

Action Item IV: Leverage Existing Financing Programs Applicable to CHP (.pdf)

Action Item V Examine Electric Utility Infrastructure Policy

More information to come.

Action Item VI: Standby Rates

More information to come.

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