Who We Are
The Combined Heat and Power Alliance (CHP Alliance) is the leading national voice for the deployment of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Heat to Power (WHP). We are a coalition of business, labor, contractor, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions with the common purpose to educate all Americans about CHP and WHP, and how CHP and WHP can make America’s manufacturers and other businesses more competitive, reduce energy costs, enhance grid reliability, and reduce emissions. We operated as the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency from 2010 to 2019, but in September 2019 we changed our name and refocused our mission on CHP and WHP.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 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 advocacy 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.
About CHP and WHP
CHP could supply 20 percent of U.S. electric capacity by 2030, and deliver a host of benefits, according to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, including:
- 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.
CHP is the most efficient way to produce power and should replace wasteful conventional power generation. In traditional power plants, 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 carbon pollution.
The CHP Alliance supports using CHP and WHP to harness the heat that is lost during conventional power generation 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 and WHP are not new technologies. In fact, CHP already provides 9 percent of the electric capacity in the United States. The public and policymakers should support efforts to increase it to 20 percent to capitalize on benefits.
To learn more and see CHP in action:
Watch this short illustrated video prepared by The Pew Charitable Trusts:
Board of Directors
The CHP Alliance Board of Directors elected the following Executive Committee members to oversee the operation of the CHP Alliance for 2020:
- President, Thomas Smith, Sterling and Wilson Power Solutions
- Treasurer, Richard Sweetser, Exergy Partners Corporation
- Secretary, Jen Derstine, Capstone Turbine Corporation
- Aaron Tasin, 2G Energy
- Claudio Martino, Caterpillar
The full Board of Directors includes representatives from each General Member organization.
The Combined Heat and Power Alliance is staffed by David Gardiner and Associates, who, in coordination with the Board, the Executive Committee, and other committees established by the Board, conduct the CHP Alliance’s research and analysis, national and regional communications, and outreach.
- David Gardiner, Executive Director
- Lynn A. Kirshbaum, Deputy Director
- Isabel Harrison, Communications Manager
- Will Sherman, Research Analyst
- Betsy Gardiner, Chief Operating Officer
- Antone Daniels, Bookeeper
The CHP Alliance Lobbying Firm is SC Partners, which is staffed by Katie Cullen and her colleague, Joseph Snow.
The Combined Heat and Power Alliance is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is filing with the Internal Revenue Service to be a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Documentation regarding our corporate governance and financial information will be provided upon request. Send your request to Isabel@dgardiner.com.