Since the word “cogeneration” was coined in President Carter’s energy message to Congress in April 1977, most articles covering the topic have dealt with defining its meaning, estimating the quantity of recoverable waste heat energy in various industrial segments, and describing the many drawbacks, i. e., federal energy policy, electric utility rate structures, tax credits, etc. associated with major industrial-utility co-operative power generation concepts. So much emphasis has been placed on the problems of large scale cogeneration projects that many operating industrial plants either lose sight of the potential benefits obtained by generating their own electrical power or shy away from the subject altogether.

Paper published with permission.

This content is only available via PDF.