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Heat is Power Association Launches to Boost Production of Emission-Free Electricity from American Manufacturing

Feb 7, 2012

Energized and committed to realizing the potential of Waste Heat to Power

WASHINGTON – A coalition focused on the wide-scale development of an American Waste Heat to Power (WH2P) market re-launched today as the Heat is Power Association, and will serve as the leading trade association for those involved in the WH2P business. Initially public in 2010, the new Association has gained an extensive roster of committed members and a keen focus on supporting the deployment of this valuable American resource.

Representing businesses across the United States, the not for profit association is committed to educating decision makers and the public about the benefits of waste heat as an American economic driver and resource capable of generating emission-free electricity. Waste heat recovery is the process of capturing heat generated through industrial applications, with the intent to productively use the byproduct—waste heat. While all waste heat recovery projects provide an opportunity to enhance efficiency, WH2P creates entirely new emission-free electricity. Harnessing the possibilities of this technology can create jobs, support American industrial and manufacturing base while meet the country’s growing energy demands.

“It is an exciting time for the association but also for the country,” said Kelsey Southerland, Executive Director, Heat is Power Association. “Waste heat is a perfect opportunity to stop pitting industry versus the environment – we have the ability to bolster both efforts by capturing heat and generating home-grown emission-free electricity. It is time to start realizing that potential.”

Capturing waste heat’s potential could generate as much as $3 billion in annual savings for American industry, create 160,000 new American jobs, and generate a significant amount of previously unrealized emission-free electricity. Efforts to identify viable solutions to a challenging economy, meet growing domestic energy demand and balance this demand with environmental stewardship have been stiflingly limited, focused solely on traditional renewable energies such as wind and solar. Yet recent studies indicate that realizing the potential of waste heat could generate 10 GW of emission-free electricity annually, enough to power 10 million American homes.

The Heat is Power Act (HR 2812) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in August 2011, and will achieve equal tax parity for waste heat with other sources capable of generating emission-free electricity. The association is advocating aggressively for the passage of this low-cost bill that can help address America’s clean energy needs, while stimulating the economy, and creating thousands of new jobs for our citizens.

The Heat is Power Association website, www.heatispower.org, also re-launched today. This site is an educational resource and an advocacy center for those interested in learning about and supporting the WH2P industry.