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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.

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What is Combined Heat and Power?

Combined heat and power is a system that allows a large energy user to derive their heat and electricity from an energy source located on or nearby the premises of the user. CHP systems cut down on the electricity powering a host’s facility, resulting in substantial savings and reducing the energy needed to power the facility.

Ohio statute specifically defines a CHP system as “the coproduction of electricity and useful thermal energy from the same fuel source designed to achieve thermal-efficiency levels of at least sixty per cent, with at least twenty per cent of the system's total useful energy in the form of thermal energy.” Ohio Rev. Code § 4928.01(A)(40).

What is waste heat to power

A WHP system (also known as a Waste Energy Recovery System “WER”) allows a large industrial energy user to generate electricity using the heat given off by the industrial process at the host’s facility. A WHP/WER system cuts down on the costs and electricity required to power a facility.

Ohio statute defines a WHP/WER system as “[a] facility that generates electricity through the conversion of energy from either of the following:

  • Exhaust heat from engines or manufacturing, industrial, commercial, or institutional sites, except for exhaust heat from a facility whose primary purpose is the generation of electricity;
  • Reduction of pressure in gas pipelines before gas is distributed through the pipeline, provided that the conversion of energy to electricity is achieved without using additional fossil fuels.” Ohio Rev. Code § 4928.01(A)(38).