The U.S. DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center is one
of eight regional clean energy centers formed in 2003 by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote greater
adoption of clean and efficient energy generation and use through
recycled energy. Recycled energy includes combined heat and power
(CHP) , district energy,
and waste heat recovery.
We serve the southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina,
The Center educates prospective adopters of clean energy,
fosters clean energy technologies as viable technical and economic
options in the southeast, coordinates networks of stakeholders,
works to remove policy barriers, and leverages existing and
potential regional resources.
The U.S. DOE Southeast 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 the region 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.
See our Project Start-up 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 & Incentives page for more details.
Education and Outreach / Speakers Bureau
The U.S. DOE Southeast 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 webinars,
often for particular market sectors that have a high potential for
cost-effective recycled energy projects.
The U.S. DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center is funded
by the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technology Program and is run by the
North Carolina Solar Center at
North Carolina State University and the
Micro-CHP and Bio-Fuels Center at
Mississippi State University. We are located in Raleigh, NC and Starkville, MS.