CHP Basics & Benefits
Combined heat and power (CHP) technologies hold enormous potential to improve the nation’s energy security and resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. CHP supports our move to a clean energy economy and the creation of green jobs. The Department of Energy (DOE) has long championed CHP technologies and is now prepared to harness the full power of CHP to help the nation meet its energy and climate goals.
CHP solutions provide efficient, reliable, and more affordable power for businesses and institutions. CHP is now installed at more than 4,400 commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities across the nation, improving energy efficiency, ensuring environmental quality, promoting economic growth, and fostering a more robust and resilient energy infrastructure. CHP systems today represent over 81 gigawatts (GW) – or almost 8 percent – of the nation’s total electricity capacity.