Posts by Thomas Simchak

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Expanding the Solution Set: How CHP Can Support 111(d) Compliance

Combined heat and power (CHP) is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy using the same fuel. Replacing conventional boilers with CHP at industrial, commercial and institutional facilities improves the efficiency of energy use, and results in significant emissions reductions, both conventional air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. And because CHP displaces electricity generation... continue reading »

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EPA Launches New Tool to Calculate Emissions Reductions from Clean Energy

EPA released its new ‘AVERT’ tool in February in recognition of the need for a more robust means of crediting energy efficiency and renewable energy in air regulation compliance plans. AVERT, which stands for AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool, is meant to enable state air regulators and clean energy project and program implementers to estimate... continue reading »

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CHP Offers Opportunity for Industrial Competitiveness and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

By producing both electrical and thermal energy together from the same fuel, combined heat and power (CHP) can lower energy bills for users while at the same time reducing the amount of pollution associated with meeting electrical and thermal energy demand. Because CHP displaces electricity production, it offers a low-cost way of reducing greenhouse gas... continue reading »

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EPA Publishes Rule for Industrial Boiler Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency published its final Boiler MACT rule on January 31st. The Boiler MACT (maximum available control technology) requires emission reductions for the most polluting industrial boilers and incinerators under the authority of the Clean Air Act – including those used for both industrial processes and for electricity generation. continue reading »

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Making the Case for Industrial Combined Heat and Power

US industry used more than 30 quadrillion BTU of energy in 2011 – more than 30 percent of domestic energy consumption – yet roughly one-third of energy used in industrial processes is lost as waste heat. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems can capture this heat for productive use. continue reading »

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Executive Order Seeks to Foster Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power

On Thursday, August 30, the White House published an executive order that lays out policies and goals to encourage investment in industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP) to reduce air pollution, improve domestic industrial competitiveness, and create jobs. At the heart of the executive order is a goal to increase domestic CHP... continue reading »

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