University of Illinois Energy Resources Center

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The University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center was recognized for their collaborative work in the Midwest Combined Heat and Power Initiative. The Midwest Combined Heat and Power Application Center (MAC) is a partnership between the Energy Resources Center and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote and foster Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies and applications throughout the Midwest. Working with the region’s state energy offices, industry advocates, equipment suppliers and CHP clients, the MAC provides credible and objective information, technical assistance and targeted information to promote the installation of CHP systems. CHP capacity in the MAC region has increased by 50% ­ which yields $1.5 billion in energy bill savings and avoids 2.2 metric tons of carbon equivalents from being released. It has become a model for four other centers around the U.S.