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Combined heat and power (CHP) is a clean and efficient approach to generate power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. CHP places power production at or near the customer’s site, so the heat released from power production can be used to meet the customer’s thermal requirements, while the generated power meets all or a portion of the site’s electricity needs. Applications with steady demand for electricity and thermal energy are potentially good economic targets for CHP deployment.


The customer provides certain elements needed to evaluate the project’s eligibility:

A generation interconnection application must also be submitted to DLC. See https://www.duquesnelight.com/energy-money-savings/customer-owned-generation.

Based on the outcome of the initial evaluation, Duquesne Light works with the customer, or its designated contractor(s), to develop a complete Act 129 CHP project application.

Downloadable / Printer-Friendly CHP Fact Sheet


As part of its Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, Duquesne Light provides cash incentives to customers that install CHP equipment. The cash incentives serve to offset installed costs and reduce payback time. These cash incentives are in the amount of $0.05 per kWh saved (not to exceed $750,000) by the CHP projects in the first full year of operation.


To qualify for the cash incentives Duquesne Light provides to customers who install CHP equipment as part of its Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, customers and/or their project developers should provide a recent copy of the customer’s Duquesne Light electric bill and a completed US EPA CHP Partnership CHP Screening Tool.

For CHP project questions and/or any assistance needed to complete the US DOE CHP Technical Assistance Partnership Worksheet, please contact Dave Defide at 412 393-6107 or ddefide@duqlight.com.



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