Last week in Chicago, we were part of a CHP-themed panel discussion at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). CEE is composed of energy efficiency managers at leading North American utility companies - you can view their membership directory here.
Our message was simple – CHP should be an arrow in utilities’ quiver as they try to manage a complex myriad of challenges including grid outages, energy efficiency targets, federal obligations, clean power mandates and ratepayer demands.
Historically, the CHP industry and utilities may have been at odds, especially since the onset of PURPA, which required certain power providers to purchase CHP-produced energy since the 1970’s.
Today, the world is a much different place. Domestic natural gas is abundant, climate change is regarded seriously by many in government, businesses and the public alike, and decades of deregulation have transformed who provides energy and how.
It’s time for the CHP industry and the utility industry to work together to tackle these challenges. We look forward to continued collaboration with CEE going forward.
On a related note, stay tuned for the upcoming public release of ComEd’s new CHP incentive for Illinois...