The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance
At the end of 2015, the Energy Efficiency Requirements set by the European Union were revised and have now been incorporated into Note 44 and the Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA) standard and guidance. This has resulted in new issues of the CHPQA standard and Note 44, both of which are now on issue 6 and the amendment of 8 statutory instruments under which CHP plants can receive policy benefits.
CHP (Combined Heat and Power) is a technique that creates both heat and power from fuel in a single process and is highly energy efficient. In fact, compared to those processes where heat and power are created separately from the same fuel CHP can deliver carbon and fuel savings of up to 30%. It is a voluntary programme in which all CHP plants that benefit from Government support must undergo an annual assessment to ensure they are meeting the minimum levels of energy efficiency that are set.
As the Combined Heat and Power incentives are controlled by different departments of the Government, incorporating the Energy Efficiency requirements into CHPQA is designed to make it easier to make required changes simultaneously.
Explanatory Memorandum: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1153/memorandum/contents