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The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance Scheme

CHP quality assurance scheme

The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA) Scheme is a voluntary programme for assessing CHP schemes. The responsible person - the person in charge of managing the scheme - can register to apply for certification in accordance with the criteria for Good Quality CHP.

The CHPQA Scheme is administered by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

You can find out what benefits you may be entitled to by submitting a self assessment and certification form.

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC): Application forms for the CHPQA

DECC: guidance on the CHPQA Scheme

In order to maintain certification with the CHPQA Scheme, you will need to submit information about your scheme annually to the DECC. They can assess the actual performance of your CHP scheme, as well as the expected performance of newly designed or upgraded schemes.

How assessment works

Assessment for the CHPQA Scheme is based on threshold criteria - there are indices for efficiency - which must be met or exceeded for your scheme to qualify.

In order to determine the quality of your scheme, DECC will assess data on:

  • how much fuel is used
  • how much power is generated
  • how much heat is supplied.

If your scheme qualifies for the CHPQA Scheme, you will be sent a CHPQA Certificate and a proforma letter to apply for a Secretary of State Exemption Certificate. You will need this to claim your benefits.

Further information

CHPQA Enquiry line: Tel 0870 190 6196

CHP Focus helpline: Tel 0845 365 5153

In this Guideline

What is Combined Heat and Power?

What are the benefits of Combined Heat and Power?

Who can benefit from Combined Heat and Power?

Different types of CHP systems for businesses

Combined Heat and Power maintenance

The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance Scheme

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