Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power Workshops a Success—Resources Available

November 11, 2003

The Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power Workshop, sponsored by FEMP, was held in conjunction with the Third Annual DOE/United Nations Hybrid Power Systems Conference, May 13-15, 2003, in Newport Beach, California. Co-sponsored by DOE's Denver and Seattle Regional Offices, this meeting concluded a four-part regional series.

Similar workshops were held over the past year in Atlanta, Chicago, and Boston. Each brought together federal and state government facility and energy managers, distributed generation (DG) and combined heat and power (CHP) equipment manufacturers, system developers, and consulting engineers, regional, state, and local energy and environmental code and permitting officials, financing professionals, trade organizations, and non-profit associations to discuss project implementation, energy security, and reducing energy costs. Topics included:

  • DG and CHP technologies and systems

  • DG and energy security

  • Resources for developing DG and CHP projects

  • Financing DG and CHP projects,

  • Case studies of successful DG and CHP projects, and

  • Getting started with a DG or CHP project

The combined total of 500 participants, one-fifth from the federal sector, learned about the costs, benefits and installation issues related to DG and CHP technologies in federal facilities.

Two of the sessions had the added value of being held in conjunction with other industry related meetings. The Boston region's workshop was held jointly with the United States Combined Heat and Power Associations CHP annual roadmap workshop. The Newport Beach workshop gathering also facilitated new conections with the hybrids program as attendees from both conferences participated in joint welcoming and plenary discussions and met during technical sessions.

Participants noted that the combination of educational sessions, networking opportunities, site visits, and social time made for a very valuable experience.

The final agenda with PDF versions of the presentations for all four workshops are available on the FEMP Web site at www.eere.energy.gov/femp/techassist/news.html#workshops.

For information on the DER/CHP program, please contact Shawn Herrera, FEMP DER/CHP Program Manager at 202-586-1511 or shawn.herrera@ee.doe.gov. For additional information on the Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power Workshops, contact Marion Rawson at mrawson@energeticsinc.com.