December 2001

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPI firms spend millions to produce own electricity

Co-production of electricity and steam are not new ideas, but theirpopularity in the U.S. is growing. Recent estimates have chemicalcompanies responsible for nearly one-third or 17,000 megawatts (MW)o..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Co-production of electricity and steam are not new ideas, but their popularity in the U.S. is growing. Recent estimates have chemical companies responsible for nearly one-third or 17,000 megawatts (MW) of all electricity generated through cogeneration in the U.S., says an analysis by Industrialinfo.com. Dow Chemical Co., BP and Occidental Chemical Co. are among a growing list increasingly turning to combined heat and power (CHP) generation, more commonly known as cogeneration, as a solution for their electricity and process steam needs. Aided by legislation passed in 1978 allowing the sale of excess electricity to local grids and more recent deregulation, projects of all

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