Today, Massachusetts currently has 209 CHP sites. Of the 209, 12 are located in hospitals or healthcare centers, 11 in hotels, 30 in colleges or universities, and 39 are in multi-family buildings, with many others employed in nursing homes, office, or other uses. Altogether, these systems boast a capacity of over 1,625 MW. This information along with further details can be found at the U.S. DOE Combined Heat and Power Installation Database.
In a study conducted by the Department of Energy in March 2016, it was apparent Massachusetts's CHP capacity still has room to grow. Massachusetts has 3,434 MW of overall CHP capacity identified at 6,659 sites. The majority of this potential, 2,249 MW, is in the commercial sector, primarily in the hospitals, colleges and universities, commercial (office) buildings, multifamily buildings and government sectors. Additionally, 777 MW of industrial on-site CHP potential is in the chemicals, paper, food, rubber and plastics, and textiles sectors.
A current list of CHP units in Massachusetts is available through this ICF International Database.
Policies & Incentives
Massachusetts has a number of programs and incentives designed to promote and support new and existing CHP projects. The Mass Save program continues to fund renewable projects, including CHP. It offers system-owners incentives in a tiered format ranging from $750-1,200 per kW.
Another policy is the "Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard", which applies to CHP systems and offers incentives. See a summary of APS here.
The state's Resiliency Initiative was given $40 million to invest in resiliency projects. CHP projects were amongst the six funded in its first phase.
Several branches of the Commonwealth government are active in areas affecting CHP. Links to the following agencies can be found here.
Department of Telecommunications and Energy (MA DTE) is the primary energy regulator in Massachusetts, including setting rates.
The Division of Energy Resources (MA DOER) supports energy development in Massachusetts with the mission of implementing policies that ensure an adequate supply of reliable, affordable and clean energy for the businesses and residents of Massachusetts, and improving and streamlining energy regulation, promoting greater efficiency in all energy uses, reducing energy costs, and mobilizing energy education. One of DOER’s responsibilities is to oversee the Massachusetts RPS.
The MA Renewable Energy Trust seeks to maximize environmental and economic benefits for the Commonwealth’s citizens by pioneering and promoting clean energy technologies and fostering the emergence of sustainable markets for electricity generated from renewable sources.
The Policy Unit of the Renewable Energy Trust aims to increase the availability, use, and affordability of renewable energy by collaborating with interested stakeholders to address market and regulatory barriers facing renewable energy technologies and installations.
Massachusetts Electric Utility Providers