Thermal Energy Corp. Joins Combined Heat and Power for Resiliency Accelerator

Organizations participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge saved $1.3 billion by reducing their energy use over the past five years, thanks in large part to guidance from Better Buildings Accelerators. This important effort continues, with Houston-based Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) becoming a new partner in the Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for Resiliency Accelerator, one of three new accelerators DOE announced in May 2016.

TECO and other CHP for Resiliency Accelerator partners will work to support and expand CHP use across the U.S. to improve efficiencies and keep critical infrastructure operational every day and night regardless of external events. Specific tasks include (1) examining the perceptions of CHP among resiliency planners; (2) identifying gaps in current technologies or information relative to resiliency needs; and (3) developing plans for communities to capitalize on CHP’s strengths – providing reliable, high-efficiency, lower-emissions electricity and heating/cooling.

“Events like Superstorm Sandy have shown the value of CHP systems and how they can support critical services when normal energy delivery is disrupted,” says TECO’s President and CEO Steve Swinson. “Because we installed CHP six years ago, TECO brings a unique perspective to the CHP for Resiliency Accelerator. TECO is a model of how projects can be planned, constructed and operated in a cost-effective manner. We look forward to sharing our experience so others can move forward quickly and efficiently.”

DOE’s Better Buildings initiative was launched in 2011 as a strategy to improve energy efficiency in U.S. commercial, industrial, residential and public buildings by 20% over 10 years. The program includes 10 different Better Buildings Accelerators that demonstrate innovative policies and approaches that encourage investments in efficiency to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs.

For a detailed progress update on Better Buildings Accelerators, partners and their energy efficiency work, visit

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