New Northeast CHP Alliance Formed

August 25, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

An alliance of environmental, industry, academic, and government organizations has formed a coalition, the Northeast CHP Initiative (Turners Falls, MA), to spearhead the installation of clean, reliable, energy-efficient, combined heat and power (CHP) systems throughout the Northeast. The mission of the Initiative is to facilitate a doubling of the amount of CHP in the Northeast by 2010. The Northeast CHP Initiative will focus on the strong base of CHP already in use in the Northeast and provide coordinated technology transfer to share information about success stories in order to facilitate cost-effective replication throughout the region and beyond.

To achieve its mission, the Northeast CHP Initiative will work to remove marketplace and government barriers to CHP development. The Initiative's strategy includes streamlining the environmental permitting process, developing interconnect and free access guidelines for states, educating pertinent policy makers and industry groups, and developing a pro-CHP policy platform for legislative changes in Northeastern states.

The founding organizations of the Northeast CHP Initiative include the Gas Technology Institute, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, TurboSteam Corp., the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the University of Massachusetts, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, RealEnergy Corp., the Pace University Energy Project, Southern Connecticut Gas Company, and the Northeast-Midwest Institute.