Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA)

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the simultaneous generation of heat and power in a single process and provides one of the most cost-effective methods for reducing carbon emissions; it also plays a crucial role in the UK Climate Change programme.

The CHP Quality Assurance programmes (CHPQA) is the Government initiative that provides a practical approach to assessing all types and sizes of CHP schemes in the UK.

Organisations can maximise CHP efficiency and gain access to incentives, such as Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption, by getting their system certified as ‘Good Quality’ under the CHPQA scheme.

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CHPQA is an annual certification process. Shortly after the end of each calendar year it is necessary for participants to:

  • Compile the CHP scheme energy data captured from the previous year
  • Assess the scheme’s performance
  • Submit the resultant figures on the appropriate forms for validation to CHPQA

Those wishing to renew their CHPQA Certificate and avoid their CCL exemption being suspended, forms must be submitted by 31 March.

How TEAM can help

Our Energy Services Consultants can help in the following ways: 

  • Determine your organisation’s exemptions from the Climate Change Levy 
  • Calculate your predicted performance data to ensure your scheme meets the CHP standard 
  • Help with the necessary paperwork and assessment documentation 
  • Submit the annual energy figures to renew the CHPQA certificate 
  • Report your CHP performance 
  • Help maximise your CHP operation considering energy costs, carbon emissions, boundary, energy demand on-site and efficiency 
  • Advise on metering strategy 
  • Guidance on reporting annual figures to the CHPQA programme based on CHPQA calibration requirements. 

Benefits of using our service

CHPQA aims to monitor, assess and improve the quality of UK Combined Heat and Power. Certification enables organisations to access additional benefits from their CHP system through a number of schemes.

These include:

  • Contracts for Difference (CfD)
  • Renewable Heat Incentive
  • Carbon Price Floor (heat) relief
  • Climate Change Levy exemption where applicable
  • Preferential Business Rates
  • Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP).

Get help with your CHPQA

Our Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance service can help your organisation understand the CHPQA process and acquire certification. Call us on 01908 041511 for more information.


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