Mid-Atlantic CHP Technical Assistance Partnership map of represented states

States - CHP in Pennsylvania

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A significant percentage of the electrical generation in Pennsylvania takes advantage of its waste heat, at 7.2% of total generating capacity this is below the 8% national average in 2003. 3.8% of this capacity is in the industrial sector, 1.6% is in the commercial. Electrical prices are below the national average and have gradually fallen over the last 10 years. Natural gas has experienced price fluctuations along with the all other states in the region and seen prices climb 24% over the last 12 years. There has been small amount of CHP and distributed energy activity in the state to this point. There remains 36,627MW of CHP potential within the state, the bulk of it within the industrial sector.

Installed CHP Capacity

Currently, Pennsylvania's CHP market generates 7.2% of its total energy market, amounting to a capacity of 2,638MW. This energy is primarily generated through 95 major CHP facilities. Commercial attributions account for 587.5MW of the total market through the use of 37 different facilities. The remainder is attributed to industrial and other uncategorized sectors, having 47 facilities producing 1389.1MW and 11 facilities producing 661.6MW, respectively.

Representative Local Installations

Descriptions of successfully-implemented CHP projects can be used to get ideas for the planning, financing, approval and installation processes involved. The lessons learned in these projects are a valuable resource for those considering CHP, whether in commercial, institutional, or industrial applications. Selected Mid-Atlantic CHP projects are available here, having been obtained from a variety of sources, including other RACs or through DOE.

Potential Market for CHP

According to the PENNSYLVANIA COMBINED HEAT AND POWER MARKET ASSESSMENT, developed by ICF International for the Department of Energy, the technical potential for additional CHP in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, primarily in existing industrial and commercial facilities, is close to 11,000 MW. The study, provided in the link below, also highlights the impact of incentives on the development of CHP in Pennsylvania.
[view study]

State Restructuring Activities

Status of State Electric Industry Restructuring from DOE EIA

State Energy Data System (SEDS)


Electricity Pricing

DOE EIA - Electricity Prices
(a variety of monthly and annual data is available at this site)

Natural Gas Pricing

Average natural gas rates in PA graph

DOE EIA - Natural Gas Prices by State
(select residential/commercial/industrial in the "Data Series" box at top of this page)

Pennsylvania Links

Electric Utility Website:

CHP Requirements & State Support Programs Links

State Agency Contacts: