Who We Are
The Combined Heat and Power Alliance, formerly known as the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, is a coalition of business, labor, contractor, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions who share the vision that CHP can make America’s manufacturers and other businesses more competitive, reduce energy costs, enhance grid reliability and reduce emissions.
Combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) could provide 20 percent of America’s electricity while cutting emissions and slashing energy costs for U.S. manufacturers and other businesses. The Alliance leads its members’ education and lobbying activities with Congress and the Administration and state policymakers, develops coordinated communications strategies, and mobilizes members and affiliates to support expanded awareness of the use of CHP and WHP.
The Alliance is guided by its Steering Committee and Affiliate Members and staffed by David Gardiner and Associates. To learn more about the work we do, review our 2017 accomplishments and 2018 accomplishments. Who’s involved? Check out a current list of our members.
About CHP and WHP
Conventional power generation is inefficient. In fact, roughly two-thirds of energy inputs (68 percent) are simply emitted into the air, with a mere 32 percent actually delivered to customers. The results are lost competitiveness and jobs, as well as increased pollution. The Alliance supports the use of CHP and WHP to harness the heat that is lost during conventional power generation – and using it to make American businesses, manufacturers, and institutions more efficient and competitive. And because CHP systems can operate independently of the grid, sites that use it can keep the lights on during extreme weather events. CHP could supply 20 percent of U.S. electric capacity by 2030, reducing business costs and creating good-paying jobs, according to a 2008 scenario by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. More recent technical analysis is consistent with this scenario. If CHP provided 20 percent of U.S. electric capacity, we could:
- Create nearly 1 million new highly-skilled technical jobs across the country;
- Save the United States more than 5 quadrillion Btu (Quads) of fuel annually, the equivalent of nearly half the total energy currently consumed by U.S. households;
- Produce 200,000 megawatts of power, equal to the capacity of 400 power plants;
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 800 million metric tons per year – the equivalent of removing more than half of the current passenger vehicles from the road.
Read our National Combined Heat and Power Overview fact sheet. CHP and WHP are not new technologies. In fact, CHP already provides 9 percent of the electric capacity in the United States – and with the right policies, this number will continue to grow. To see CHP in action, watch this short illustrated video prepared by Alliance partner, The Pew Charitable Trusts:
For more information or to participate in this effort, contact us or call 703-717-5501.
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