About Us

The U.S. DOE Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership is one of seven regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) formed in 2003 by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote greater adoption of clean and efficient energy generation and use through recycled energy. Recycled energy includes combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, and waste heat recovery. We serve the midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. A brief brochure of the center is available for your downloading.

The TAP educates prospective adopters of clean energy, fosters clean energy technologies as viable technical and economic options in the southwest, coordinates networks of stakeholders, works to remove policy barriers, and leverages existing and potential regional resources.

The U.S. DOE Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, together with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, helped the U.S. to nearly double the installed CHP capacity from 46 GW in 1998 to 84 GW in 2010.


Our Services

Free Technical Assistance
We facilitate clean energy projects that are well-designed, technically sound, and economically beneficial. As part of that goal, we offer free assistance with

  • Feasibility screenings and analyses from our staff to help determine if a clean energy project is a good fit for your site. Screenings can be done either on-site or remotely. Any business in IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI is eligible.
  • Expert advice as you proceed with project development.
  • Installation and implementation concerns including utility, emissions, and siting issues.
  • Third-party review of vendor proposals.
  • Information on any available grants or incentives.
  • Case studies of similar businesses that have installed CHP.
  • Evaluations and verifications of existing systems.
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See our Project Support page for the step-by-step process of project evaluation and installation, and additional details of where we can help.

Policy Analysis and Barrier Removal
The TAP works directly with legislators, regulatory commissions, state and local government officials, and their staffs to educate them on effective CHP policies and existing barriers that need addressed. We generally work alongside our network of stakeholders in implementing policy changes, including utilities, municipalities, trade associations, equipment manufacturers, commercial and industrial businesses, and clean energy advocates. See our Policy Page for more details.

We also interact regularly with key investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and rural electric cooperatives in the region to encourage these utilities to promote CHP among their customers, adopt CHP-friendly tariff and interconnection policies, incorporate CHP into their resource plans, and design appropriate demand-side management programs.

Education and Outreach / Speakers Bureau
The U.S. DOE Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership develops case studies, project profiles, technology briefs, project screening tools, sector-by-sector information, and other resources that help educate end users, design firms, utilities, and regulators. The Center also makes presentations and organizes workshops and seminars, often for particular market sectors that have a high potential for cost-effective Clean Energy projects.