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Combined Heat and Power in Oregon

Promoting energy efficiency and cost-effective energy solutions for Oregon’s businesses is a high priority for the Oregon Department of Energy. One way to help advance these goals is through what’s called combined heat and power.

What is Combined Heat and Power?
Combined heat and power systems – or cogeneration systems – are facilities that simultaneously produce useful thermal energy and electricity, or power, in an integrated energy system. In Oregon, CHP systems have been used primarily in the industrial sector, such as in wood products manufacturing.

Combined heat and power can also be a money-saving opportunity for colleges or other large district energy systems, water treatment facilities, food processing plants, landfills, commercial buildings and many others.

Here are a few examples of combined heat and power projects in Oregon:

What are the benefits of Combined Heat and Power?
Combined heat and power is an efficient and clean method of generating both electrical power and useful thermal energy. Producing these two sources of energy in a single, efficient step can decrease emissions and reduce energy costs.

CHP also provides other benefits. By delivering the same energy more efficiently, less fuel is used, the security of our energy supply is enhanced, and Oregon business and industry saves money. Combined heat and power can also provide site-specific benefits, such as utilizing fuels like biomass, enhancing power quality and reliability, and reducing stress on the electrical grid.

What is ODOE doing to advance Combined Heat and Power projects?
The Oregon Department of Energy is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest Clean Energy Application Center, industry groups and utilities to evaluate the potential for CHP in Oregon. ODOE is working with these groups to design policies and programs to support the development of additional CHP systems.

The Oregon Department of Energy offers an annual CHP opportunity announcement for these types of projects, which are selected on a competitive basis. Projects may qualify for tax credits of up to 35 percent of eligible project costs. For more information, sign up for email notifications here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDOE/subscriber/new

Oregon is also a partner with the U.S. Department of Energy on advancing the President’s Executive Order on Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency.

Who can I contact for more information?
To learn more about Oregon’s CHP efforts, please contact ODOE’s Jessica Reichers at 503-934-4004 or at jessica.reichers@state.or.us.  

Other Combined Heat and Power Resources:
1. Sector profiles on Food Processing and Forest Products (July 2014)
2. Assessment of the Technical and Economic Potential for CHP in Oregon (July 2014)
3. Northwest Clean Energy Application Center
4. U.S. DOE Industrial Distributed Energy
5. Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy Solution
6. Guide to the Successful Implementation of State Combined Heat and Power Policies
7. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
8. EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership
9. Energy Information Administration CHP overview
10. CHP as a Boiler Replacement Opportunity


Northwest Combined Heat and Power workshop materials
June 16, 2016, Portland, Oregon

This workshop was intended to:

  • Present useful tools to assist participants in working through project development details for CHP,
  • Share practical experiences from those who have implemented their own projects,
  • Highlight available resources to help get projects jumpstarted, and
  • Offered networking opportunities to engage with technical and programmatic experts.