Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has releasedCombined Heat and Power: Effective Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future, a new report highlighting combined heat and power (CHP) as a realistic solution to enhance national energy efficiency, ensure environmental quality, promote economic growth, and foster a robust energy infrastructure. The report provides an in-depth discussion of current opportunities and challenges to more widespread national CHP deployment, and sets the stage for future policy dialogue aimed at promoting this clean energy solution.
The report asks "What if 20 percent of generating capacity came from CHP?" If the United States attained this goal by 2030, benefits would include:
- A 60 percent reduction of the projected increase in carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030, the equivalent of
removing 154 million cars from the road.
- Fuel savings of 5.3 quadrillion BTU annually, the
equivalent of nearly half the total energy currently consumed by U.S.
- Economically viable application throughout the
nation in large and small industrial facilities as well as commercial
buildings, multi-family and single-family housing, institutional facilities,
The report is a joint effort between the Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and involved substantial input and review by a range of industry, association, and non-governmental stakeholders.