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Combined Heat & Power Systems for Emergency Back-up

COURSE NO: R01-008
Combined Heat & Power Systems for Emergency Back-up
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides practical information on developing a combined heat and power (CHP) system that would enable a building to operate independently of the electricity grid, in the event of a major storm or other disruption. This course details what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the electricity grid, and what steps are involved in a typical CHP project development process.


During and after Hurricane Sandy, combined heat and power enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue their operations when the electric grid went down. Time and again, CHP has proved its value as an alternative source of power and thermal energy (heating and cooling) during emergencies, and demonstrated how it can be a sound choice in making energy infrastructure more resilient in the face of extreme weather events.


This 1 PDH online course is intended for civil, electrical, mechanical engineers, and planners for emergency events affecting cities.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Policy context for CHP
  • CHP in State and local resiliency planning efforts
  • CHP basics and benefits
  • Opportunities for CHP to contribute to reliability
  • Determining whether CHP is an appropriate choice
  • Steps in the CHP project development process
  • Options for financing CHP
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document, “Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings,” developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, September, 2013.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Combined Heat & Power Systems for Emergency Back-up (919 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on this joint DOE, HUD and EPA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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