S. 2425 would codify activities of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnership Program. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $12 million annually through 2024 for those purposes. In 2019, the Congress allocated $12 million for the program, and CBO expects the department will allocate a similar amount from its 2020 appropriation, but that information is not yet available.
Under the bill, DOE would encourage deployment of CHP technologies, support building and industrial professionals, and fund grants for academic and research centers to operate regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships.
CBO estimates that implementing S. 2425 would cost $50 million over the 2020-2025 period and $10 million after 2025, assuming appropriation of the specified amounts. Estimated outlays are based on historical spending patterns for the program. The costs of the legislation, detailed in Table 1, fall within budget function 270 (energy).