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CCBJ Vol VI No 11: The Climate Change Industry Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), is the generation of electricity and heat (and cooling) from the same fuel. After several years in the doldrums, CHP is on an upward trend and benefiting from a gradually improving investment climate. Concerns over greenhouse gas emissions and energy security focus policy attention on this technology, but the biggest driver of today's CHP market is the low cost of natural gas. EPA's pending mercury air emission rules and the presence of third party CHP developers also contribute to market growth.

After seven or eight years of little activity the U.S. market for combined heat and power appears to be poised for significant growth again. From 2000 through 2005, CHP capacity grew by an average of nearly 3,000 megawatts electrical capacity (MWe) annually before dropping to an average growth rate of less than 500 MWe from 2006 through 2011, a pattern that roughly mirrored the level of investment in central generation power plants. By the end of 2012, analysts were tracking an upward trend, noting that 3,700 MWe of new CHP proposed by the end of August 2012. A little over a year later, CHP specialists in the engineering and project development industries reported that while the market isn't exactly blazing away, a new growth surge has definitely been ignited.

Table of Contents

01.CHP market and business tredn 1

02.U.S. division of 2G Energy AG is realizing the potential for CHP 9

03.Leidos and Integral Power discuss the economies and strategies of 12

04.Close-up on Veolia, a global leader in district heating and cooling (DHC).pg 16

05.CCBJ talks to MWH Global about CHP in Belarus and 18

06.Hybrid solar CHP offers advantages to a variable energy 20

Exhibits included in this issue:

  • Top 10 Combined Heat & Power Plants by MWe in United States, 2012
  • Commercial Sector CHP Sites
  • Installed CHP Capacity at End of 2012 by Size in MW
  • CHP Installed Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2012-2022
  • CHP Value Comparison With and Without Backup Power Capability
  • Industrial Heat Demand and Potential for CHP and DHC10Top 10 Waste Heat to Power Plants by MWe in United States, 2012
  • Existing WHP Projects in the U.S. By Application
  • Veolia Energy North America, Sustainable Solution: District Energy


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