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Combined Heat and Power in Texas

Upcoming CHP Webinars - April and May 2016

  • April 18 - CHP and Microgrid Applications
  • April 21 - CHP and Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • May 4 - CHP for Higher Education

For more information visit the CHP Technical Assistance Partnership website.

CHP Technical Assistance Partnership

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/

CHP Evaluation Guidelines

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:

  1. Identify which government owned buildings and facilities are critical in an emergency situation.
  2. Prior to constructing or making extensive renovations to a critical governmental facility, the entity in control of the facility must obtain a feasibility study to consider the technical opportunities and economic value of implementing CHP.
  3. When the expected energy savings of the CHP system exceed the expected costs of purchasing, operating, and maintaining the system over a 20-year period, equipping the facility with a combined heating and power system is preferred to promote energy security. The benefit/cost ratio over a life cycle period of 20 years should be greater than 1.0.

CHP Interconnection Tool

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.

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