More than 550 Megawatts of New Combined Heat and Power Capacity Added in United States, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands

August 13, 2018

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The 2017 update to the Combined Heat and Power Installation Database includes more than 4,400 installations across the country representing 81.3 GW of capacity.
The 2017 update to the Combined Heat and Power Installation Database includes more than 4,400 installations across the country representing 81.3 GW of capacity.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) announced today the release of the updated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation Database, a comprehensive listing of CHP installations throughout the United States and its territories. The DOE CHP Installation Database is a data-collection effort sponsored by DOE and maintained by ICF Incorporated. Users can search for specific CHP systems or groups of systems, sort and filter data by categories, download a list of currently operating CHP systems and summary tables, and provide updated information on operating or retired CHP systems.  

This year’s update includes data through December 31, 2017, and new data on CHP systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today, there are 81.3 gigawatts of CHP installed at more than 4,400 sites around the United States and its territories.

This new release of the CHP Installation Database includes the following highlights:

  • There were 111 new CHP installations, representing 554 megawatts of new capacity in 2017.
  • The states with the most new CHP installations were New York (53), New Jersey (10), California (5), and Pennsylvania (5).
  • The top three sectors were multi-family buildings (32), systems at retail sites (14), and hospitals (13).
  • The top two fuel types for new CHP installations were natural gas (94) and biomass (13).
  • More than 39% of all new installations were smaller CHP systems like microturbines and fuel cells. These smaller systems are lower-cost and more versatile than larger systems and can be incorporated in new markets like the commercial and institutional sectors.

According to ICF’s updated calculations based off of new data, CHP systems save the United States 1.8 quads of fuel each year, avoiding 241 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

CHP technologies can help manufacturing facilities, federal and other government facilities, commercial buildings, institutional facilities, and communities reduce energy costs and emissions and provide more resilient and reliable electric power and thermal energy. 

AMO provides technical assistance for the consideration of CHP solutions by states, communities, and utilities through CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships and the CHP for Resiliency Accelerator

Visit the DOE CHP Installation website to find the newly released 2017 data on CHP systems operating in the United States.

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