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The Heat is Power Association Applauds President Obama’s Support and Commitment to Industrial Energy Efficiency

Aug 30, 2012

 New Executive Order will help efforts to deploy more Waste Heat to Power Projects across the U.S.

 WASHINGTON – The Heat is Power Association applauds President Obama for his commitment today to industrial energy efficiency through an Executive Order setting a national goal for deploying 40 gigawatts of new, cost effective industrial efficiency projects including combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) by 2020.

In order to achieve this 40 GW goal by 2020, the President directs eight agencies and councils to, “coordinate policies to encourage investment in industrial efficiency in order to reduce costs for industrial users, improve U.S. competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce harmful air pollution. In doing so, they shall engage States, industrial companies, utility companies, and other stakeholders to accelerate this investment. ”

“Today’s support from the President of the United States reinforces this country’s commitment to industrial efficiency and boosts our efforts to date,” said Kelsey Southerland, Executive Director of the Heat is Power Association. “The United States has enormous potential to sustain and create new American jobs in manufacturing by lowering the cost to do business while also increasing American generated clean power through the wide-scale deployment of industrial efficiency projects like WHP.”

According to a recent paper published by the Environmental Protection Agency, industrial waste heat, if captured, could generate enough to power over 10 million American homes with zero emissions electricity; just like traditional renewables.  To date, 13 states include WHP in their renewable portfolio standards.  In May, Governor Kasich signed into law the addition of waste heat to power to Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

“The Heat is Power Association is especially thrilled with the support at the highest levels of the government to promote states’ industrial efficiency efforts.  We hope that by working together with all states with renewable portfolio standards, we will be able to incorporate waste heat to power into their standards as a renewable equivalent, which will encourage further investment in WHP by utilities and manufacturers.” said Tony Straquadine, Chairman of the Association and Manager, Government Affairs for Alliance Pipeline.

The Heat is Power Association is the trade association of the Waste Heat to Power (WHP) industry. Representing businesses everywhere, the not for profit association is committed to educating decision makers and the public about the characteristics of waste heat as a resource for emission-free electricity generation, and the development of waste heat as an American economic driver and boost to U.S. global competitiveness. The Heat is Power Association promotes the efficient use of American-generated power through industrial waste heat to power processes. To learn more, visit www.heatispower.org