Combined Heat and Power–Finding Common Ground

Combined Heat and Power Workshop

This program is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Administration and the State Energy Office

Friday, January 23, 2015

Register for Free

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Pyle Center, Room 325

If the state embarks on an initiative to accelerate the adoption of CHP and industrial operational efficiency, and, if the utilities were put in charge of the program, what might the program look like?

9:30 – 9:50  DOA/SEO Program objectives—what will the DOA/SEO do with the stakeholder work and future plans for this work?  | Kevin Vesperman and Amanda Mott, DOA

9:55 – 10:20| Anne Hampson, ICF International

  • Benefits of CHP from an environmental and economic perspective
  • Utility experiences – What makes a good business case for CHP
  • Lessons learned from incentive programs

10:25 – 10:40 Experience for contracting CHP across Wisconsin | Randy Bertram, WMEP

10:45 – 11:00 Utility experience in contracting CHP | Rob Benninghoff, WPS

11:05 – 11:30 Open discussion on barriers and opportunities as outlined by three previous speakers

11:30 – 12:30  Panel Discussion 

In this session, we will explore how operational efficiency and moves to add such enhancements as CHP can lead to new production and thus new load.  The example will be drawn from current efforts: What needs to happen to ensure that this kind of effort is a benefit to utilities and stakeholders? 

  • Small/mid-size rural farm perspective | Dale Olson, USEMCO/Peters Farm
  • Financial success and potential resource recovery centers | Chris Lefebvre, Stevens Point WWTP
  • Phosphorus, etc. | Paul Nehm, Madison WWTP
  • Tribal/Industry | Charlie Opferman, Potawatomi Digester
  • Matt Cole | Big Ox Energy
  • Joel Laubenstein | Baker Tilly

12:30 – 1:00  Lunch

Technical and Contracting Options

1:00 – 1:30 Utility CHP Contracting | Tim Baye, Professor Business Developments, State Energy Specialist

1:30 – 1:50 CHP Technology Changes and Applications | Jeff Ihnen, Michaels Energy

1:50 – 2:10 Is there something here of interest? Discussion

2:10 – 2:50 We will divide the attendees into two groups: CHP or Operational Energy Efficiency.  

Questions will include:

What benefits do you (utility, public interest, customer)  see from adoption of these technologies ?

What are the downsides?

Are there policies that help the state move forward with these technologies?

Are there policies that stand in the way?

What would make you (utility, public interest, customer) welcome this change?

What would make you not welcome this change?

2:50 – 3:15 View other team’s work

3:30 – 4:00  Return to group and discuss findings on flip charts and any issues placed into a “parking lot” topic. 

Can we find some common ground for further discussion:

  • Anything needs further investigation on possibility—if so, who and timeline
  • Closing comments from  participants, SEO/DOA

Site Location

Pyle Center, Lake and Langdon, Parking in the Lake Street Ramp
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