Policymakers Tour Solvay Specialty Polymers CHP Facility in Marietta
In August, Ohio policymakers toured the combined heat and power facility owned and operated by DTE Energy Services that provides the Solvay Specialty Polymers chemical plant with efficient power and thermal energy in Marietta, Ohio. In addition to getting a first-hand look at the inner-workings of the CHP facility, Rep. Jay Edwards, Sen. Frank Hoagland, Rep. Andy Thompson, Fletch Zimpfer, Director of Legislative Affairs at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), and PUCO Legislative Liaison Michael Guastella heard about the benefits the CHP plant has provided to Solvay's business, and about the policy, market, and regulatory challenges and opportunities of deploying CHP technology in Ohio.
The tour, organized by The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) and Varo Engineers, featured a "CHP 101" overview by Graeme Miller, Energy Policy Analyst with Energy Resources Center at University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Miller discussed Ohio's potential for CHP as well as federal policies and programs encouraging the use of CHP technology, including the U.S. Department of Energy's Midwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership which provides technical assistance and initial assessments for businesses considering CHP systems. Trish Demeter with OEC gave an overview of Ohio policies affecting deployment of CHP in the state and how best to encourage increased deployment. Attendees also heard a presentation by Al Wanosky of Solvay and Michael Larson of DTE Energy Services, who gave an overview of the financing and development of the Solvay/DTE CHP project, and James Landers of Varo Engineers, who was the lead designer of the plant prior to joining Varo, discussed project design and feasibility of projects in Ohio. Finally, Andrew McCabe of AEP Ohio discussed the incentives offered for customers installing CHP projects through AEP Ohio's energy efficiency program. Check out photographs from the event below.