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The Heat is Power Association Applauds the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Resolution Supporting Waste Heat to Power

Feb 7, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Brodie
susan@heatispower.org
630.292.1304

Oak Brook, IL – February 7, 2013 – The Heat is Power Association applauds the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) for passing a Resolution Supporting the Inclusion of Waste Heat to Power Technologies in State and Federal Clean Energy Policies and Programs.  NARUC’s Resolution will help bring attention and understanding to waste heat to power, an underutilized resource for generating emission-free electricity. 

“We have appreciated the opportunity to work with members and staff for the Committee on Energy Resources & the Environment to highlight the opportunity presented by commercially available waste heat to power technologies” said Tony Straquadine, Chair of the Heat is Power Association. “The next step will be to work with state regulatory Commissions interested in exploring the role that waste heat to power can play in their individual states.”

The Heat is Power Association, the trade association of the Waste Heat to Power (WHP) industry, works to advance the market for WHP projects and technologies by educating decision makers and the public about the characteristics of waste heat as a resource for emission-free electricity generation and an economic driver for global competitiveness.

Waste heat is generated in significant quantities atU.S.industrial facilities every day and it has been estimated by the U.S. EPA that if harnessed to make power, it could generate 10 GW of emission-free electricity.  Importantly, this would typically be highly reliable, baseload distributed generation.  Project sizes range from 50 kW to 90 MW but the typical installation is between 2 and 10 MW.  Technologies used to capture the waste heat from industrial processes are essentially the same as those used in the geothermal and solar thermal generation industries.

A number of states already include waste heat to power in their renewable or efficiency incentive programs.  Although the terminology used to describe this process varies widely,[1] no matter what you call it, the capture and conversion of waste heat to electricity is being done with existing and readily available technologies.  In fact, although waste heat to power rarely receives the same support and incentives that traditional renewable energy resources enjoy, it produces the same emission-free kilowatts as renewable resources.

The Heat is Power Association is eager to work with NARUC Commissioners and other state decision makers interested in improving opportunities for waste heat to power in their states and for their constituents.

 

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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.  To learn more visit www.heatispower.org.



[1] A review of the 13 state programs that include waste heat refer to it as waste heat recovery, recycled energy, industrial cogeneration, bottoming cycle CHP, a qualified energy recovery process, waste gas and waste heat capture, a resource that makes efficient use of waste heat, and industrial by-product technologies.