WASHINGTON D.C. (January 5, 2021) — On Sunday, December 27, 2020 President Trump signed a comprehensive end-of-year legislative package that includes major wins for the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Heat to Power (WHP) industries. The Combined Heat and Power Alliance (CHPA) applauds Congress and the Trump Administration for its bipartisan support of CHP and WHP. The bill, which initially passed Congress on Monday, December 22, 2020, includes 2021 Fiscal Year Appropriations bills, COVID-19 relief, the Energy Act of 2020, and other provisions.
David Gardiner, Executive Director of the Combined Heat and Power Alliance, said: “The Combined Heat and Power Alliance applauds Congress for its bipartisan support of CHP and WHP. The new provisions in the comprehensive bill will cut energy bills for America’s manufacturers and commercial building owners, make the grid more reliable, and reduce carbon pollution. These measures will help to reduce emissions in the industrial and building sectors, which are large and growing sources of carbon pollution. We are particularly pleased with the inclusion of the Waste Heat to Power tax incentive. This new provision will allow American manufacturers and others to produce as much as 15 power plants worth of new zero emissions energy.”
The bipartisan deal contained critical policies for the CHP and WHP industry, including:
- An extension of the Investment Tax Credit for CHP;
- An expansion of the tax credit to include WHP;
- Reauthorization of and appropriations for the Department of Energy’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships;
- Funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s CHP Partnership and direction to the Agency to develop standards under the Clean Air Act which credit emission reductions achieved through efficiency including CHP;
- The Clean Industrial Technology Act;
- The Grid Modernization Act; and
- The LEADING Act.
The CHP Alliance thanks the many congressional leaders from both parties whose leadership made these provisions possible. We would like to thank Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Reprensetatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Greg Walden (R-OR) for their leadership in including the Energy Act of 2020 into the legislative package.
We would also like to thank:
- Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Paul Cook (R-CA), the leading sponsors of the ITC extension;
- Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL), the leading sponsors of the WHP ITC;
- Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), David McKinley (R-WV) and Robin Kelly (D-IL), the leading sponsors of the CHP Support Act, which would reauthorize the Department of Energy’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships;
- Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representaties Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Mike Simpson (R-ID), the leading sponsors of the CHP TAPS appropriations;
- Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and David Joyce (R-OH), the leading sponsors of the EPA Appropriations;
- Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL) and David McKinley (R-WV), the leading sponsors of the Clean Industrial Technology Act;
- Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the leading sponsor of the Grid Modernization Act;
- Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), the leading sponsors of the LEADING Act; and
- Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), for advocating for the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, output-based standards, and the TAPS and EPA appropriations.