Ohio Coalition for Combined Heat and Power Webinar: Implementing Ohio Senate Bill 315 – How to Count CHP and WER under the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS)
February 4, 2013
In September 2012, Ohio Senate Bill 315 went into effect, allowing for Waste Energy Recovery (WER) technologies to qualify as a renewable energy resource under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and both Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and WER to qualify as an energy efficiency measure under the state’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). While incorporation of WER technologies into the state RPS seems to be fairly straightforward, counting CHP and WER as an efficiency measure is complex and raises questions such as: how do you calculate energy savings and thermal efficiencies? How will a system’s performance be assessed? How should utilities apply their efficiency program incentives to CHP and WER systems?
As the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) moves forward with drafting rules, this webinar, sponsored by the Ohio Coalition for Combined Heat and Power (OCCHP) explored the issues around implementing CHP and WER as an efficiency measure. Presenters reviewed Ohio Senate Bill 315’s CHP and WER provisions, discussed existing models and other states’ approaches to calculating energy savings of CHP and WER systems, and discussed a potential model on how utility-led efficiency programs could adequately incentivize CHP and WER projects under the state EERS. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of presenters and review presentation materials after the conclusion of the webinar.
The webinar was hosted by Trish Demeter, Director of Clean Energy Campaigns for the Ohio Environmental Council and Chair of the OCCHP. Presenters included Bruce Hedman, Vice President of ICF International and Dylan Sullivan, Staff Scientist of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The archived webinar and presentations are available below:
Audio and Video Recording of the Whole Webinar
Trish Demeter Presentation
Bruce Hedman Presentation
Dylan Sullivan Presentation