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New combined heat and power initiative online

CHP Focus will contain comprehensive information on all aspects of CHP and provide help to those who are new to the technology or are looking for specific information, DECC said.

The website will also contain tools to help businesses determine whether a CHP solution is suitable for their needs.

For those who have decided that CHP is suitable, further tools are available to help them assess the potential for CHP and then implement an appropriate project, by exploring issues such as environmental and financial benefits, DECC said.

DECC has provided £170,000 for the entire programme, and is providing a free helpline to complement the website, offering help for those requiring specific expert advice.

In a further demonstration of its support for the technology, CHP Focus workshops have been held in conjunction with the Regional Development Agencies to provide local authority planners the practical tools to allow them to make informed decisions about CHP in the planning process.
Launching the website at the Combined Heat and Power Association’s 2008 conference earlier this week, Mike O’Brien, energy and climate change minister, said there was great potential for CHP in the UK. Drawing on research from a Defra report published last year, he said CHP could provide over 8GW of economic potential.

He also said fossil fuel good quality CHP was a low carbon source of heat and electricity, and that renewable CHP (biomass/biogas/biofuel) would play its part in meeting the UK’s share of the EU target of 20 per cent of energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.