Using Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for Efficient Resilience  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This 2019 Energy Exchange recorded session explores combined heat and power (CHP) on-site generation. Installation, campus, and facility resilience is often anchored by CHP on-site generation. Having an efficient, prime-power source of electrical and thermal energy as the basis for a resilient microgrid helps agencies ensure their missions. Over time, CHP systems can also be improved and optimized as internal and external factors change. Speakers discuss CHP systems and how they have been integrated into their buildings' electrical and thermal energy systems. They also identify areas where they have modified operation as needs for mission resilience have changed over time.


Patti Garland, Senior Technical Advisor

Sam Alvord, Chief, Office of Energy Management, U.S. Coast Guard

Teresa Isenhour, Director of Utilities, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will understand:

  • Recent industry trends in CHP deployments and technologies;
  • Technologies used in CHP systems (including reciprocating engines, gas turbines, and steam turbines);
  • Drivers for deciding on which technology is the best fit for the customer system (including the quantities and balance of electrical and thermal loads);
  • System requirements within the installation, campus, or building that facilitate the use of CHP (including heating and cooling system design and distribution systems); and
  • Identification of internal and external factors that have triggered changes in system design or operation including load growth, utility reliability concerns, and fuel reliability issues (including interruptible natural gas supply).

The session featured in this on-demand course was recorded on August 20, 2019, at the 2019 Energy Exchange held in Denver, Colorado (Track 4, Session 3).

Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: