Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

The Iowa Economic Development Authority's Energy Office is collaborating with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to streamline the CHP permitting process to further assess the application of CHP technology in Iowa. Iowa will explore the market potential for CHP in the commercial and institutional sectors, sponsor CHP educational events and create a guide that will serve as a resource directory for future CHP projects.

National Governors Association Policy Academy

Iowa was one of four states chosen from around the country to work with the National Governors Association (NGA) in an effort to improve industrial use of combined heat and power and enhance economic development. The academy began in October 2012 and continued through April 2013. Other Policy Academy states were Alabama, Arkansas and Illinois. The NGA supported this inter-agency effort with technical assistance and expertise, workshop training, in-state visits and grant funding of $12,000.

Iowa has a very diverse manufacturing base, which creates both challenges and opportunities for combined heat and power. The scope of Iowa’s Combined Heat and Power Policy Academy was to address CHP across a broad range of industries in order to better define the opportunities, barriers and types of policies which would facilitate progress in Iowa. In addition, more information about the current status of the existing stock of Iowa CHP was gathered to help utilities and policymakers assess potential age-related impacts on Iowa’s electrical supply/demand balance.

The goals of this effort were to identify potential obstacles to cost-effective, large-scale combined heat and power and to ascertain the best means of bypassing hurdles and facilitating CHP improvements and economic competitiveness in Iowa.

The Iowa Policy Academy team was composed of five core team members who gathered additional information and expertise from other Iowa CHP stakeholders. The core team was comprised of staff from the Iowa Utilities Board (lead agency), Iowa Economic Development Authority, two representatives from the utility industry and one representative from Governor Terry Branstad’s office.

Visit to access IUB/IEDA’s joint press release on the NGA Policy Academy.

CHP Operators Workshop - November 6, 2014

The Energy Office hosted a workshop geared toward operators of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems to provide a forum to discuss the operation and maintenance of these unique systems with consultants, service providers, other operators and technical assistance providers. The workshop included a tour of the University of Iowa’s recently upgraded Oakdale campus district energy system that includes two gas fired internal combustion engine generators with heat recovery. The electric system is capable of operating in island mode, or in parallel with the grid for load management. When operating in CHP mode, the system operates at an overall efficiency of 80 percent. Presentations also included tips to improve the performance of a CHP system and keep operating costs down, best management safety practices, gas conditioning information and more from industry experts. View the event presentations.

BOMA Iowa - March 10, 2015

Cliff Haefke, Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago, co-presented with Shelly Peterson, IEDA, to the Building Owners and Managers Association of Iowa (BOMA Iowa) on March 10, 2015 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. The presentation focused on the concepts, benefits, and opportunities of combined heat and power (CHP) in the commercial and institutional building sector. View the event presentation.

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