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Distributed Generation (DG)
for Resilience Planning Guide
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U.S. DOE CHP Deployment Program

This program from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office provides technical assistance and information on CHP markets, applications and technologies. Read about the key services of DOE’s CHP Deployment program in this fact sheet.

U.S. EPA CHP Partnership

The EPA hosts a voluntary partnership program to promote the use of CHP in order to reduce air pollution and water usage associated with electric power generation. The website contains several documents and tools, including a database of policies and incentives for CHP.

CHP Project Development Resources

There are several steps in the process of developing a CHP project, from making a preliminary assessment to actually building and operating a system. The following resources provide additional information about the CHP project development process:

  • DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) – The CHP TAPs assist end-users with project development from initial CHP screening to installation.
  • EPA Project Development Guide – EPA’s CHP Partnership offers a guide to development of CHP projects with a detailed description of each of the five steps in the process including: qualification, level 1 feasibility analysis, level 2 feasibility analysis.
  • DOE’s CHP Project Profiles – DOE maintains a database of two-page summaries profiling real world CHP projects with detailed information about system design, project costs, annual energy savings, environmental benefits and more.
  • CHP in CI Case Studies – Selected case studies are highlighted to identify examples of CHP providing benefits to critical infrastructure facilities.
CHP Technologies

For more information on CHP technologies, benefits, and other key details, please see the resources listed below:

CHP Policy Resources
Energy Planning Resources
  • Microgrid Design Toolkit (MDT) - A software tool that assists microgrid designers in the preliminary stages of microgrid design. The model uses user-defined objectives focused on the cost, performance, and reliability of various DERs.
  • Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) - A customer adoption model of DER based on economic, technical, and environmental metrics. The model aims to minimize the cost of operating distributed generation resources, including CHP.
  • Interruption Cost Estimator - Developed by LBNL, the ICE tool is designed for reliability planners, but can provide estimates for the cost per interruption of an outage event and the total cost of sustained electric power interruptions.
  • RETScreen - Developed by Natural Resources Canada, software system that provides project feasibility and energy performance analysis for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and cogeneration projects.
  • 2015 Energy Sector-Specific Plan - This section of the DHS NIPP provides information with regards to resilience planning for critical infrastructure facilities specific to the energy sector.
Resilience Planning Resources
  • NIPP Critical Infrastructure Plan – This report provides information about critical infrastructure sectors that are of concern to national security, and a vision, mission, and goals focused on risk management to influence future critical infrastructure security and resiliency planning.
  • 2015 Energy Sector-Specific Plan - This section of the DHS NIPP provides information with regards to resilience planning for critical infrastructure facilities specific to the energy sector.
  • City of New Orleans Resilience Plan - The City of New Orleans is assessing the risks of energy outages to critical infrastructure systems and conducting feasibility studies for backup generation or microgrids as part of its plan, Resilient New Orleans.
  • Connecticut Comprehensive Energy Strategy - The state of Connecticut addresses a number of resilience objectives in its Comprehensive Energy Strategy, including promoting programs that would keep critical facilities and core services in cities and town.
Healthcare Sector Resources
  • DHS Best Practices Guide – DHS developed a best practice guide to assist healthcare providers in pursuing resilient infrastructure options, which highlight CHP and other onsite generation options to increase energy security and reliability.
  • Healthcare Without Harm Resilience Report - Healthcare Without Harm's report details resilience changes that healthcare providers could make to be better prepared for future natural disasters and stronger storms.
Additional Resources
  • CHP Technical Potential in the US – This market analysis report provides data on the technical potential in industrial facilities and commercial buildings for “topping cycle” CHP, waste heat to power CHP (WHP CHP), and district energy CHP in the U.S.
  • CHP Installation Database – The DOE maintains a comprehensive database of all U.S. CHP installations, updated annually.