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electricity supply onto the grid.          the fact that heat demand is not purely       industry more energy efficient;
Industries using CHP have much to          a consequence of seasonal household           they improve the performance of
offer electricity networks in addressing   heating needs, but is also the result of      renewables overall by stabilizing
issues of capacity and predictability      year round industrial processes. This         intermittent RES supply through
of supply. Industrial CHP electricity      new approach is encouraging and we            energy storage; in addition, market
is reliably available with scheduled       hope to see it reflected in legislative       for CHP technologies using 100%
maintenance times, and plant capacity      reform.                                       renewable fuels is growing rapidly.
is normally modest in size compared
to central generation, allowing            Maintaining the Energy Efficiency First   •	 Within the Circular Economy,
industries to play a role in aggregated    approach of the Strategy not only             CHP facilitates waste to energy
supply. However, the availability of       strengthens the trilemma of the EU’s          processes by making heat intensive
flexibility will vary among different      energy goals but also synergizes: the         incineration 90% more efficient.
industries and their participation to      security of supply, competitiveness
capacity and balancing services will       and environmental protection. Policies    Cogeneration is ideally placed to
depend on the opportunity cost of          directed towards industrial CHP would     facilitate energy savings in industry,
deviating from existing production         facilitate all these objectives for the   and industry is in the right position
schedules.                                 following reasons:                        to Cogenerate. Utilizing untapped
                                                                                     potential of CHP in industry will lead
At European level, the Junker              •	 By optimizing on site production,      to substantial and dynamic efficiency
Commission’s focus on energy                   energy supply becomes more            gains that will strengthen EU energy
efficiency has led to the first ever           secure and less contingent on         and industrial policy as a whole.
Heating and Cooling Strategy. This             fluctuating market conditions;        Legislative reforms currently in the
will encourage policy makers to focus                                                pipeline are promising, particularly in
on the added value of CHP for energy       •	 Efficiency gains from CHP              the context of energy intensive industry.
efficient industry across a range of           production further the aims of the
legislative fields. The Strategy has           Energy Efficiency Directive. For      The CODE2 project, co-funded by the
clearly been informed by a strong              this reason, on site energy savings   European Union, demonstrates that
awareness of the energy saving                 should be encouraged.                 20% of electricity and 25% of heat
potential of CHP in industry: it takes a                                             could be produced in cogeneration
holistic approach to energy production     •	 CHP technologies enhance               mode by 2030 in a cost-effective
and demonstrates an institutional              environmental protection on           manner. It is high time to bring the
trend away from an electricity centric         many levels: they significantly       Power of Heat to the European
energy policy. It also takes into account      reduce C02 emissions by making        Assembly line. l

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