Take Action: Ask Congress to Turn Heat Into Clean Energy

Take Action: Ask Congress to Turn Heat Into Clean Energy

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Tell Congress that you support the Power, Efficiency, and Resiliency (POWER) Act.

Each year, more than two-thirds of the fuel used to generate energy in the United States is lost as wasted heat—enough to power the entire nation of Japan. Proven technologies such as combined heat and power (CHP) or waste heat to power (WHP) capture wasted heat from electricity generation and industrial processes and use it to heat buildings or generate additional electricity.

CHP could produce up to 20 percent of U.S. electrical capacity by 2030, leading to $234 billion in new investment, creating nearly 1 million highly skilled jobs, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and improving the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing by reducing energy costs. It is estimated that WHP could be used to produce 10 gigawatts of emissions-free electricity (enough to power 10 million homes), reduce costs to industry by $3 billion annually, and create 150,000 jobs.

Furthermore, by generating power where it is used, CHP systems ensure that critical facilities—such as hospitals, police stations, and water treatment plants—are able to continue operating even when the electrical grid goes down.

Solar energy and fuel cells benefit from a 30 percent investment tax credit, but for CHP, the credit is set at just 10 percent and includes limits on project size that make large industrial systems ineligible. WHP systems are excluded from the credit. The POWER Act places CHP and WHP on par with other renewable energy technologies, reducing the initial capital cost of deploying these energy-efficient projects.

Let Congress know: The POWER Act is a win-win for America!

 

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