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U.S. House Passes Legislation to Improve Energy Efficiency Standards and Reduce Barriers to Greater Industrial Efficiency


Contact: Warren Robinson (202) 249-6516  
Email: Warren_Robinson@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (December 4, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement in response to passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the “American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act” (H.R. 6582) introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.):

“Today’s action by the House of Representatives is an important step toward reducing barriers to improved industrial energy efficiency, and provides common-sense, bipartisan fixes for federal energy efficiency technical standards.”

“The bill calls for collaborative research and development partnerships across various programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) to promote early-stage energy efficiency technology development. This includes support for the use of innovative manufacturing processes and applied research for development, demonstration and commercialization of new technologies and processes to improve efficiency.

“Importantly, H.R. 6582 also calls for the study of the legal, regulatory and economic barriers to the deployment of industrial energy efficiency in all electricity markets. Since 31 percent of energy in the United States is used in industry applications, removing barriers to the deployment of energy efficiency technologies will lead to significant energy savings. 

“Chemical makers and many other manufacturers primarily use natural gas to create steam for industrial processes and electricity that can power their facilities. This energy is generated close to where it is needed, so little is lost in transmission, and the process of combined heat and power (CHP) captures excess energy that can then be sold back to the grid as electricity. As a result, CHP generates surplus electricity without requiring any additional energy, while also reducing energy consumption from the grid to meet on-site demand.

“ACC commends the House for taking an important step toward greater energy efficiency, and encourages the Senate to advance the bill before the end of the year.”

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