The US DOE Northeast Clean Energy Application Center was established in October 2003 for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) and Pace University (Pace). The Center is a partnership between DOE, UMass, Pace, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and MA Division of Energy Resources (DOER). Its mission is to provide application assistance, technology information, and educational support in the seven Northeast states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The Center educates prospective adopters of clean energy, fosters
clean energy technologies as viable technical and economic options
in the southwest, coordinates networks of stakeholders, works to
remove policy barriers, and leverages existing and potential
The U.S. DOE Intermountain Clean Energy Application Center, together
with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, helped the U.S. to
nearly double the installed CHP capacity from 46 GW in 2000 to 84 GW
in 2010. Now, we all have a new target: 20% of the U.S. installed capacity by 2030.
Free Technical Assistance
We facilitate recycled energy projects that are
well-designed, technically sound, and
economically beneficial. As part of that goal,
we offer free assistance with
- Feasibility screenings and analyses from our staff to help
determine if a recycled energy project is a good fit for your
site. Screenings can be done either on-site or remotely. Any
business in CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI or VT is eligible.
- Expert advice as you proceed with project development.
- Installation and implementation concerns including utility,
emissions, and siting issues.
- Third-party review of vendor proposals.
- Information on any available grants or incentives.
- Case studies of similar businesses that have installed CHP.
- Evaluations and verifications of existing systems.
We are generally able to provide up to 20 hours of assistance for
each business or organization. See our Project Support page for the
step-by-step process of project evaluation and installation, and
additional details of where we can help.
Policy Analysis and Barrier Removal
The Center works directly with legislators, regulatory commissions,
state and local government officials, and their staffs to educate
them on effective CHP policies and existing barriers that need
addressed. We generally work alongside our network of stakeholders
in implementing policy changes, including utilities, municipalities,
trade associations, equipment manufacturers, commercial and
industrial businesses, and clean energy advocates. See our Policy
Page for more details.
We also interact regularly with key investor-owned utilities,
municipal utilities, and rural electric cooperatives in the region
to encourage these utilities to promote CHP among their customers,
adopt CHP-friendly tariff and interconnection policies, incorporate
CHP into their resource plans, and design appropriate demand-side
Education and Outreach / Speakers Bureau
The U.S. DOE Northeast Clean Energy Application Center develops case studies, fact sheets, technology briefs, project
screening tools, sector-by-sector information, and other resources
that help educate end users, design firms, utilities, and
regulators. The Center also makes presentations and organizes
workshops and seminars, often for particular market sectors that
have a high potential for cost-effective recycled energy projects.