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2020 Midwest Cogeneration Association
Combined Heat & Power Virtual Conference

August 18 -20, 2020

Combined Heat & Power: A Competitive, Resilient, Clean Energy Resource in a Carbon Constrained World

Energy Efficient combined heat and power (CHP), also referred to as cogeneration, provides a cost-effective, near-term opportunity to improve our nation’s energy, environmental, and economic future. Although there are many benefits to operating a CHP system, the implementation of a CHP project can present some challenges. At the same time, new opportunities are emerging for recognizing and valuing CHP as an energy efficiency and supply-side energy resource. Network and learn from a number of industry representatives, CHP operators, government agencies, and presenters about challenges and lessons learned on CHP market adoption, as well as emerging issues and opportunities. Timely topics will include: utility incentive programs, utility rate impacts, interconnection barriers, grid modernization, valuing CHP’s energy efficiency, reliability, and resiliency, institutional and commercial sector CHP issues and opportunities, and more.

Session Schedule

10:00AM CDT – 11:30AM CDT

Opening Remarks from the MCA President

Cliff Haefke, President, Midwest Cogeneration Association

MI Power Grid: Michigan’s Transition to Clean, Distributed Energy Resources

Launched in October 2019, MI Power Grid is a focused, multi-year stakeholder initiative supported by Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to maximize the benefits of the transition to clean, distributed energy resources for Michigan residents and businesses. 

Commissioner Daniel Scripps, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission

Combined Heat and Power Potential for Carbon Emission Reductions – National Assessment 2020-2050

A July 2020 study published for the Energy Solutions Center shows that CHP systems fueled by natural gas are expected to continue the reduction of carbon emissions for most of the country through 2050.  The study analyzes the positive CHP impact of RNG in many U.S. regions.  The study’s findings indicated that CHP can play a role in decarbonization efforts well into the future for most U.S. locations.

David Jones, Manager – Distributed Grid Strategy, ICF

1:30PM CDT – 2:30PM CDT

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is a clean energy efficient solution that offers economic competitiveness and resiliency benefits among many other benefits.  CHP is also experiencing new challenges that are affecting the market development, including the future of a carbon constrained world.  Learn from the panelists about the future of CHP and where the industry is going.   

  • Moderator: Pat Sharkey, Policy Director, Midwest Cogeneration Association
  • Ken Duvall, Sterling Energy Group, LLC
  • Neal Elliott, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund
  • John Prunkl, Ironclad Energy Partners

10:00AM CDT – 11:30AM CDT

This session will discuss the key steps to developing CHP projects and alternative financing models.     

  • Moderator: Jane Epperson, US DOE Central CHP Technical Assistance Partnership   

Ford Dearborn Campus Implements a District Energy Plant with Cogeneration utilizing DBOOM Financing and Utility Rate Base Funding

  • Mike Larson, DTE Energy Services

The Growing Greenhouse CHP Market and Securing a Project with PACE Financing

  • Paal Elfstrom, Whitefield Gardens

1:30PM CDT – 3:00PM CDT


This session will explore how various utilities are finding value in CHP and how to engage with utilities. 

  • Moderator: Graeme Miller, US DOE Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership
  • Joe Birschbach, Leidos, Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Contractor
  • Ed Kriz, Nicor Gas (invited)
  • Jim Leidel, DTE Energy
  • Milos Stevanovic, ComEd Energy Efficiency Program

10:00AM CDT – 11:30AM CDT

In this session, hear from operators and developers about lessons learned in the process of deploying their recent CHP projects.  Learn about the drivers that led to these projects being implemented, their project development process, system operation strategies, lessons learned, and more.

  • Moderator: Bob Conway, President, Charles Equipment Energy Systems

Reducing Energy Costs and Increasing Energy Reliability at Adkins Energy with Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and Waste Heat to Power (WHP)

  • Jason Townsend, Adkins Energy, LLC

Demonstrating Resiliency with a Groundbreaking Microgrid Project at a Minnesota Data Center:   Integrating Microturbines, Absorption Cooling, Hot Water Heat Recovery, Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, Batteries, & More         

  • Justin Rathke, Vergent Power Solution

Expanding Biosolids Treatment Process and Implementing a 2.4 MW CHP Project at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Allan Busick, City of Springfield

1:30PM CDT – 3:00PM CDT

  • Co-Moderators: Cliff Haefke, President, Midwest Cogeneration Association
  • Thomas Smith, President, Combined Heat and Power Alliance           

US DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Efforts to Advance Combined Heat and Power

  • Dr. Robert Gemmer, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Reducing Risk with Recognized Packaged CHP Systems in the U.S. DOE eCatalog

  • Richard Sweetser, EXERGY Partners Corp. (US DOE Contractor)

CHP Industry Updates and Initiatives of the Combined Heat and Power Alliance

  • David Gardiner, Executive Director, Combined Heat and Power Alliance

For More Information Contact

Sam Rinaldi | Membership Chairman | Midwest Coegeneration Association (MCA) | 312.996.2554

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