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NY-NJ CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP-TAP)

Program Name: NY-NJ CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP-TAP)
Program Sponsor: US DOE
Program Type:          Information Sharing/ Technical Support
Technology:         Alternative Energy Generation/ Renewables
Fuel:              Natural gas; RNG; Biomass/ wood, landfill gas, hydrogen, co-generation
Eligibility:  Commercial, Industrial, Multifamily, & Government/ Non-Profit Buildings
Cost:  Free


The U.S. DOE’s New York-New Jersey Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) is one of ten regional CHP-TAPs formed by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide technical assistance for adoption of CHP. The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s Land Use Law Center operates the New York-New Jersey CHP-TAP.

CHP-TAP provides expertise at no cost to help industrial, commercial, federal, institutional, and other large energy users evaluate CHP for their facilities.


Industrial, commercial, federal, institutional, and other large energy users of at least 30 kW of power demand. The current CHP TAP will cease operation on 12/31/2023. However, commencing 1/1/2024 a new Onsite Energy TAP will be housed at the Land Use Law Center for Sustainability and will provide services to all forms of Onsite Energy systems.

How the Program Works

CHP-TAP conducts an analysis of prospective projects to evaluate their economic and energy saving potential. The first step is talking through a series of screening questions, combined with a high-level qualification assessment of the economic and technical viability of CHP at your site, using energy data and basic site information. TAP then helps evaluate whether energy costs, thermal loads, site operating hours, and other key site characteristics show potential for a highly efficient, cost-effective CHP project. If the screening and site qualification suggests good CHP potential, TAP recommends continuing with a more detailed feasibility analysis.

When the results of the screening show that CHP could be both cost-effective and technically viable, the next step is a Feasibility Analysis using more detailed site-specific information. This analysis is typically based on utility bills from the previous year, information on daily and seasonal electric and thermal load profiles, and insights into site-specific issues such as expansion plans or power reliability problems that may factor into CHP system selection or sizing. Different CHP technology or system options may be evaluated with budgetary pricing and economic analysis developed for each option. The results of the analysis:

  • Provide a sense of the estimated economic, operational, reliability, energy security, and other benefits that CHP might offer your facility,
  • Help determine if investing in CHP can meet your facility’s long-term goals,
  • Give you the necessary information to decide on investing funds in an investment grade analysis and system design,
  • Help you understand potential energy savings and emissions reductions from a potential project, and
  • Help you understand state or local energy policies which may affect the project.

In addition, the TAP can provide:

  • Assistance reviewing vendor proposals and engineering-grade analyses.
  • Expert technical advice in response to questions.
  • Customized presentations for upper management.
  • Project profiles of successful projects.
  • Information on financing, grants and incentives.
  • Information on regulatory considerations.
  • Updates on technology or operational advancements that can improve project economics.

How to Apply

If your business has a potentially qualifying project and you are looking to join CHP-TAP, contact Tom Bourgeois at the email provided below to begin the process.

Contact Information

U.S. DOE New York-New Jersey CHP TAP
Tom Bourgeois

Meegan Kelly
Technology Manager
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy