For more information visit the CHP Technical Assistance Partnership website.
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is part of a team that supports the U.S. DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) to promote, assist, and transform the market for combined heat and power in the Southwest region. HARC provides resources and expertise to help industrial, commercial, federal, institutional, and other large energy users consider and evaluate CHP for their facilities, and helps them through the project development process, from initial CHP screening to installation. They also work with engineers, architects, city planners, project developers, state agencies, and policymakers to increase understanding and awareness of CHP, including its technology, benefits, applications, regulatory requirements, and other project-specific information.
For more information about this program visit: http://www.harc.edu/feature/CHP_Community_Resilience_and_Energy_Efficiency_HARC_Operating_DOE_SW_CHP_TAP/
Texas HB 1864 (83R) 10 Tex. Gov. Code §2311 was passed by the Texas Senate on May 22nd 2013 as an amendment of HB 1831. The bill requires all critical governmental facilities to formally consider the feasibility of implementing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology prior to construction or extensive renovation or replacing major heating ventilation and air conditioning equipment of critical buildings and facilities.
Beginning September 1, 2013, all government entities must comply with the law by following these three steps:
The interconnection process in Texas for greater than 10 MW loads is very demanding. The average interconnection time takes anywhere between 270 days to 1020 days depending on project complexity. To decrease the time for interconnection and facilitate installation, SECO and HARC have designed a web-based dynamic, process map that walks project developers step by step through the interconnection process. The web tool provides all of the required information in one place with easy access to forms and material required for each step of the process. Further, the tool provides helpful hints and additional context as the project developer goes through the process.
Visit the CHP Interconnection Tool on HARC’s website.