During and after Hurricane Sandy, combined heat and power (CHP) enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue operating when the electric grid went down. So now, the Advanced Manufacturing Office has released a new guide developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide practical information on what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the grid.The guide also covers what steps are typically involved in CHP project development.

The Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings is intended to assist state and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process. It includes the following topics:

  • The Context for CHP in Sandy Rebuilding Efforts
  • CHP in State and Local Resiliency Planning
  • CHP Basics and Benefits 
  • CHP System Requirements for Reliability
  • Determining if CHP is a Good Fit
  • Options for Financing CHP
  • Resources for More Information