Fast Track Your CHP Project With FEMP's Screening Assistance

April 1, 2002

For some facilities, combined heat and power (CHP) technology (also known as building cooling, heat, and power; or cogeneration) can offer big improvements in energy efficiency. CHP technology can reduce the costs of government, increase energy security, and improve air quality. How can you tell if CHP is right for your facility? To make advanced CHP technologies more accessible to Federal agencies, FEMP is offering free screenings to Federal facility managers. The screenings are offered under FEMP's program for accelerated development and deployment of CHP—and are based on basic data provided by interested sites. FEMP produces a summary report that helps managers understand factors affecting their CHP economics and decide whether to take the next steps toward a CHP project.

Estimated Potential CHP Capacity (megawatts) in Federal Sector with Simple Payback Under 10 Years, by Agency*
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Source: "Analysis of CHP Potential at Federal Sites" ORNL/TM-2001/280. February 2002.
*This CHP market assessment, based on total building stock, average energy costs, and energy intensities, shows a few larger Federal agencies with significant potential in buildings with high thermal loads (e.g., R&D, hospitals). Actual CHP potential depends on site-specific factors including mission requirements for energy security and existing equipment. All agencies may have significant opportunities for CHP to help them meet energy conservation and emission reduction goals.

Federal sites that appear to have potential after the first screening will have the opportunity to assemble additional site-specific data, which can support a higher level of CHP analysis. Sites are encouraged to partner with private sources of technical and financial assistance. Many options are available to sites with interest and strong potential for CHP. The CHP approach may offer an opportunity to make distributed generation systems more efficient and cost-effective at many sites.

Once partners begin developing proposals for CHP projects, FEMP can provide additional support with proposal and design reviews, fair and reasonable price determinations, and other assistance. These services can help agencies interested in CHP avoid common pitfalls, reduce project development costs, and make more informed decisions.

For more information about FEMP technical support for CHP, please contact your Regional FEMP Manager (see list of DOE Regional Offices on contacts page of FEMP Focus). To request a free screening, contact Linda Stansberry of ORNL at 865-574-0266 at