Regulatory Practices to Advance Combined Heat and Power
On October 16th, RAP Senior Associate Lisa Schwartz addressed the National Governors Association Policy Academy on regulatory practices to promote use of combined heat and power (CHP). Based on experiences by the Oregon Public Utility Commission, Ms. Schwartz presented examples of how CHP use was advanced by systematically updating distributed generation policies. She outlined approaches for purchasing capacity from CHP facilities, based on both the value and cost of CHP projects. Examples of alternative energy portfolio standards from the State of Ohio and the Massachusetts’ Green Communities Act rounded out the presentation. Implementing policies to advance CHP encourages energy efficiency, removes disincentives to utilities, and helps avoid future emissions.