Area nonprofit awarded $2.2 million grant for promotion of energy efficiency

87789908A nonprofit in Colorado was recently selected for a $2.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to promote energy efficiency through the use of heat and power.
Based in Boulder, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project was awarded the grant to assist regional businesses and other entities in creating “green” practices and carrying on in such a way that is energy efficient, according to a Dec. 6 SWEEP news release.
The Department of Energy describes combined heat and power systems as those that concurrently produce both electricity or mechanical power and useful thermal energy from a single energy source, which can be either fuel or waste heat and is typically located near the source.
“These local, on-site systems are clean, efficient, and cost-effective,” said Christine Brinker, director of the U.S. DOE Southwest CHP TAP and a senior associate at SWEEP, in the release.  “The challenge now is to show businesses and communities how this technology could work for them, greatly reducing their energy use and costs and improving reliable energy service. We help provide the information and resources they need to evaluate and move forward with these projects.”
The award is for a four-year term and dictates that SWEEP will operate the U.S. DOE Southwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, which is one of seven such resources to provide national coverage, according to the release. The CHP TAP “will provide technical assistance to large energy users and other stakeholders to help them consider CHP in their facilities and to help them through the project development process, from initial CHP screening to installation,” officials stated in the release.
This Southwest system will work in cooperation with businesses and communities in Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.