Developing CHP Resources

California has set the following goals for developing CHP resources:

  • The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Climate Change Scoping Plan, under to Assembly Bill 32 (Núñez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006), sets a target of 4,000 megawatts (MW) of additional CHP capacity and 6.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide of associated annual GHG emissions reductions, by 2020.
  • Assembly Bill 1613 (Blakeslee, Chapter 713, Statutes of 2007), the Waste Heat and Carbon Emissions Reduction Act, creates a feed-in tariff to encourage the development of small CHP projects that is no larger than 20 MW.
  • Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Clean Energy Jobs Plan alls for an additional 6,500 MW of new CHP capacity by 2030.
  • California Public Utilities Commission’s Qualifying Facilities and CHP Program Settlement Agreement mandates that California’s three largest investor-owned utilities achieve 4.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide of the GHG reductions recommended in the Climate Change Scoping Plan.
  • California also supports CHP development through the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which provides financial incentives for a variety of small-scale distributed energy resources – including conventional- and renewable-fueled CHP.


Bryan Neff


California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-20
Sacramento, CA 95814


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