May 28, 2019
Combined heat and power (CHP) – also known as cogeneration - provides onsite, highly-efficient electricity and heat to power a variety of utility customers. Manufacturers, hospitals, hotels, urban centers and universities are among the organizations that can benefit from adopting CHP.
To help those types of facilities determine whether cogeneration is right for them, the Michigan Energy Office (MEO), now a part of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, has selected the Energy Resources Center for help. The center will offer financial assistance to deliver CHP feasibility studies and training to potential adopters in Michigan who are likely to significantly benefit from cogeneration CHP at their facilities.
This is a $50,000 matching grant opportunity.
Modeling has demonstrated optimal levels of additional CHP in Michigan at 1 gigawatt (GW) or more.
Last year's CHP Roadmap for Michigan, supported by the MEO and the U.S. Department of Energy, identified a lack of information and technical assistance as one key barrier to achieving the optimal level.
The roadmap concludes that CHP has the potential to be a significant, reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally protective contributor to Michigan’s future energy mix.
There are 80 cogeneration systems in Michigan with an installed capacity of 3,500 megawatts.