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The Heat is Power Association Announces New Chair and New Executive Director

Nov 18, 2013

The Board of Directors of The Heat is Power Association is pleased to announce the election of John Prunkl, President and CEO of Primary Energy Recycling Corporation (Primary Energy), as the Chair of the Board and Susan Brodie as the Executive Director of the Association.

HiP Press Release on Board and Exec Changes 11 18 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Brodie
November 18, 2013 susan@heatispower.org
630.292.1304

The Heat is Power Association Announces New Chair and New Executive Director

Association is Poised to Capitalize on the Momentum of the Past Year’s Accomplishments

Oak Brook, IL –November 18, 2013 – The Board of Directors of The Heat is Power Association is pleased to announce the election of John Prunkl, President and CEO of Primary Energy Recycling Corporation (Primary Energy), as the Chair of the Board.  Primary Energy is a founding Steering Member of The Heat is Power Association.  John replaces Tony Straquadine of Alliance Pipeline and NRGreen Power who served as Chair since August of 2012.  The Board also took action to appoint Susan Brodie as the Executive Director of the Association, replacing Kelsey Southerland of TAS Energy who has served as the Executive Director since 2011 in addition to her role as Director of Government Relations for TAS.

“I am looking forward to taking on the role of Chair for the coming year,” said John Prunkl.   “We have made great progress under Tony’s leadership and I look forward to doing my part to help the Association continue to promote the benefits of waste heat to power.  I want to thank Tony and Alliance Pipeline and NRGreen Power for all their contributions to the work of our Association.”  The Heat is Power Association is the only trade association focused exclusively on educating lawmakers, policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders about waste heat to power as a source for emission-free electricity and an economic driver for global competitiveness.

John Prunkl commented further, “I also want to thankSusan Brodiefor agreeing to become the Association’s next Executive Director.  She has done a great job this past year in the role of Association Manager and we are very pleased that she will continue to provide critical leadership and day-to-day management of the Association’s activities.”  Susan has been managing the Association since April 2012.  Her prior experience includes managing environmental, health, safety and quality programs at GE, energy policy strategy and analysis at Conoco, Inc., and environmental consulting with Stone and Webster Environmental Services.  Susan has a Master of Science in Environmental Management fromYaleUniversity’sSchoolofForestry& Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies/Ecology from theUniversityofPennsylvania.

“I also want to express the Association’s deep gratitude to Kelsey Southerland for all the time and effort she invested over the last several years to start up and guide The Heat is Power Association,” said John. “It is a real testament to her efforts that we have built the membership to a place where we can support paid staff and be actively involved in promoting waste heat to power at the federal and state levels.  We greatly appreciate the investment that Kelsey and TAS Energy have made in promoting this industry.”

Capturing the vast amount of waste heat American industry releases could add 160,000 new American jobs and generate enough emission-free electricity annually to power 10 million American homes.  The Association has made significant progress toward expanding the market for WHP by educating stakeholders about the efficient industrial use of emission-free electricity generated through WHP processes.  In the past year, the number of states that recognize waste heat to power as an emission-free resource in their renewable energy portfolio standards has grown to fifteen.  HR 2972, the Heat is Power Act, recently introduced in the US House of Representatives, would provide tax incentives for electricity produced from wasted heat.  The Master Limited Partnership Parity Act, a bipartisan bill which would give investors in renewable energy projects, including waste heat to power, access to decades-old tax advantages now available only to investors in fossil-fuel based energy projects, is under consideration by the US Senate.   These are just a few examples of how the industry is gaining momentum and recognition as a smart, efficient, emission-free electric generation option.

Members of The Heat is Power Association include Alliance Pipeline, Alphabet Energy, Echogen Power Systems, ElectraTherm, Inc., Ener G Rotors, GE Energy, Gulf Coast Green Energy, Hyundai Ideal Electric, Integral Power, NRGreen Power, Primary Energy Recycling Corporation, Recycled Energy Development, Smardt Energy Systems Inc, Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, Alliance to Save Energy, and SMU Geothermal Lab.

About Waste Heat to Power (WHP)

Waste heat to power (WHP) installations capture the heat generated as a by-product from industrial processes and convert that heat into electricity through a process that does not involve burning any additional fuels or emitting any additional pollution or greenhouse gases. The process to convert industrial waste heat to electricity is almost identical to the process used to convert geothermal energy to electricity; both processes use the same technologies and produce the same emission-free electricity as other renewable resources.

Waste heat to power encompasses a suite of technologies and applications that can improve industrial energy efficiency and reduce emissions anywhere heat is vented or wasted.  Cement, paper, steel and oil and gas are good examples of energy intensive industries where waste heat to power applications have been successful.

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The Heat is Power Association is the trade association of the Waste Heat to Power (WHP) industry.  The not-for-profit organization is committed to educating decision makers and the public about the characteristics of waste heat to power as a source for emission-free electricity and an economic driver for global competitiveness. The Heat is Power Association promotes the efficient, industrial use of emission-free electricity generated through WHP processes.  Our members include technology developers and manufacturers, project developers, component suppliers, industrial end users, academics, and energy and environmental advocates throughout the United States.  To learn more visit www.heatispower.org.