Policy Priorities

Through education and advocacy, The Heat is Power Association (HiP) seeks inclusion of waste heat to power (WHP) in federal and state legislation, regulations, and programs as an energy efficient power resource that generates electricity with no additional fuel, combustion or emissions.

HiP lobbies for policies that provide parity for WHP with other sources of emission-free power. We frequently recommend language, evaluate and comment on proposed policy, and write letters of support and appreciation for legislation that would add WHP to the federal investment tax credit (ITC), define WHP as a renewable energy resource, or support WHP in some other way.

Since the Heat is Power Act was first introduced in 2010, the Association has been successful in working with members of Congress and other organizations to get WHP included in a number of other pieces of legislation, including:

Defense Authorization Act (2016)

POWER Act (2014, 2015)

Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (2013, 2015)

Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act (2015)

A number of other bills have included WHP as well, showing the breadth of support for this suite of technologies.

In state policies, WHP is considered a renewable energy source in seventeen state renewable portfolio standards and an efficiency resource in three energy efficiency resources standards.


We also reach out to federal agencies to include WHP in their regulations and programs. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) specifically includes WHP as a zero-emitting resource that can be used by states to help meet their CPP carbon reduction targets. And DOE’s most recent evaluation of WHP in the U.S. shows 15 GW potential.

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WHP Technology Overview

Waste Heat Recovery Opportunities in the U.S.

EPA Waste Heat to Power Systems Paper (2012)