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OHio CHP Connection

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What is the Ohio CHP Connection?

The Ohio CHP Connection is a voluntary network of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) vendors, developers, technical experts and policy advocates dedicated to encouraging the development of CHP and WHP projects in Ohio.

The Ohio CHP Connection is committed to reducing regulatory and policy barriers preventing Ohio manufacturers and businesses from deploying cogeneration technologies that improve the efficiency of their operations, reduce carbon dioxide and other air emissions, and increase power reliability and energy independence.

Ohio policies and initiatives

The following are a few of the policies and initiatives the OCHPC is currently engaging on in Ohio.

RPS AND EERS

In 2008, Gov. Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 221, creating Ohio’s renewable energy (RPS) and energy efficiency resource standards (EERS). SB 221 required Ohio distribution utilities to gradually increase the amount of energy they acquire from renewable energy and implement a certain amount of energy efficiency measures each year. The initial versions of the RPS and EERS did not include either CHP or WHP in the technologies qualifying for compliance with either of the standards. The problem was fixed by Gov. Kasich when he signed into law Senate Bill 315, which specified CHP was a qualifying technology for the EERS, and WHP was a qualifying technology for the RPS. SB 315 created smart and aggressive incentives for Ohio utilities to invest in CHP and WHP technologies.

Unfortunately, the strong support for aggressive CHP and WHP policy did not last. In 2014, after a multi-year campaign, a coalition of legislators, distribution utilities and select Ohio businesses were successful in passing Senate Bill 310, which froze the RPS and gutted the EERS for two years. This legislation ended almost all CHP and WHP investment in Ohio. SB 310 also allowed industrial customers in Ohio to opt-out of the requirement to fund and implement energy efficiency programs at their facilities, eliminating many of the prime candidates available to take advantage of a CHP system.  Happily, the RPS and EERS standards came back into place in 2017 after Gov. Kasich vetoed HB 554, which would have extended the freeze on the clean energy standards, and CHP and WHP are qualifying technologies under Ohio law today.

 

Contact

➤ LOCATION

1145 Chesapeake Ave. Suite I
Columbus, Ohio 43212

☎ CONTACT

mleppla@theoec.org
(614) 487-7506