Texas Approves Simplified Regulations for Combined Heat and Power

On September 1, 2011, H.B. 3268 went into effect requiring the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality to develop a streamlined air permitting process for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators.  Previously, CHP generators faced the same regulations as large-scale powerplants, but under H.B. 3268, they are freed from these regulations and recognized for their net emissions and electricity savings benefits.  The reduced regulatory burden on CHP is expected to lower overall CHP system costs, which will ease the strain on the Texas electricity grid as well as create related job opportunities.

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