Combined Heat and Power (CHP) & Waste Heat to Power (WHP) Focus of
National Conference

Industrial competitiveness, recent federal initiatives and various state policy changes have spurred great interest in combined heat and power and waste heat to power technologies. Addressing these interests the Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative (TXCHPI), Heat is Power Association (HIP) and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) are joining forces to convene CHP2013 & WHP2013 to be held October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza in Houston, Texas.


The Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative (TXCHPI), Heat is Power Association (HiP) and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) joined forces to convene CHP2013 and WHP2013 held October 7-9, 2013 in Houston, Texas – the “Energy Capital of the World.”

Combined heat and power systems (CHP), also known as cogeneration, reduce fuel costs associated by taking full advantage of waste heat recovery to significantly increase energy efficiency. On-site generation with CHP provides energy security during times of grid strain and extreme weather conditions. Waste heat to power systems (WHP) enhance industrial efficiency by capturing waste heat from industrial processes, converting it to power, and returning the energy back into the process or exporting it for others to use. WHP systems, which require no combustion and produce no emissions, improve overall industrial energy efficiency and competitiveness and are considered renewable energy systems in over 15 states.

The conference attracted business and energy leaders, engineering consultants, project developers, policy specialists and end-users from all across the United State and the world. The presentations addressed a wide-range of topics including: market enablers and financing, innovations and emerging technologies, state and federal policy changes and the growing demand for the energy security and resiliency offered by CHP and WHP systems in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.

As reported at the conference, there are over 4,400 MW of CHP currently being developed or are under construction and there is technical potential for many thousands more megawatts. The potential for WHP projects is equally impressive, with more than 11,000 MW available at industrial sites as well as gas compressor stations, landfills and locations where gas flaring is occurring.

Clearly, combined heat and power and waste heat to power technologies are a significant part of the nation’s “all the above” energy strategy. They are a viable and reliable on-site clean energy option that can be implemented in a wide variety of applications, and the existing projects, and the projects under development, are proof that these systems are an integral part of a robust energy infrastructure.

To view the presentations given at CHP2013 & WHP 2013 go to

Congressman Tonko Delivered the Conference Welcome Address!

The Honorable Paul Tonko (D. - NY), a stout supporter of CHP and waste heat to power, delivered the welcome address on the first day of the conference. Rep. Tonko represents the 20th District in New York who currently Serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is co-chair of Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). He is a mechanical engineer by training and served as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Representative Tonko has long advocated for technologies, such as combined heat and power (CHP), that save energy and withstand extreme weather events and for the federal government lead by example by retrofitting federal buildings to operate using less energy. In early August Rep. Tonko reintroduced two bills specifically designed to help combined heat and power and waste heat to power projects: The Innovative Energy Systems Act of 2013 and The Heat is Power Act. In the past, Rep. Tonko has introduced legislation to provide a 30-percent investment tax credit for highly efficient CHP projects (those with efficiencies above 70 percent) and recycled energy.

Keynote Speaker

Charles D. McConnell, former U.S. Assistant Energy Secretary and current Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative.

Charles D. McConnell
Mr. McConnell’s keynote address was titled "U.S. Energy Policy: What is 'All of the Above' and How Do We Get There?". He had great insight on this topic having served as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy where he was responsible for the strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the Department's Coal, Oil and Gas, and Advanced Technologies programs. The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve operations and management, as well as the National Energy Technologies Laboratories, also fell under his jurisdiction.

Prior to joining DOE, McConnell served as Vice President of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio, with responsibility for business and technology management, including leadership of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. McConnell also spent 31 years with Praxair, Inc., in various positions in the U.S. and Asia and most recently in Houston, Texas, as Global Vice President. His duties included providing business leadership and strategic planning to the global hydrogen business, refining and chemicals markets, enhanced oil recovery, carbon dioxide management, and the full range of energy technology R&D activities. McConnell holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1977) and MBA in Finance from Cleveland State University (1984).

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