Who We Are
The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency is a growing coalition of business, labor, and non-profit organizations that advocate for policies that increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through industrial energy efficiency, especially the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Heat to Power (WHP). CHP and WHP could provide 20 percent of America’s electricity while cutting emissions and slashing energy costs for U.S. manufacturers. To date, the Alliance has focused on improving financing for CHP and WHP, increasing demand for CHP and WHP, and incorporating CHP and WHP in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act rules.
The Alliance coordinates its members’ lobbying of Congress and the Administration, develops coordinated communications strategies, and mobilizes members and affiliates to support expanded awareness of industrial efficiency. The Alliance is guided by a Steering Committee of its members and staffed by David Gardiner & Associates.
To learn more about the work we do, review our 2016 accomplishments.
About CHP and WHP
Roughly two-thirds of energy inputs are simply emitted into the air – costing businesses money and increasing pollution. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Heat to Power (WHP) capture this lost heat and reuse it to produce more power or to heat or cool buildings. By using a single source to generate both heat and power, a CHP facility can be twice as efficient as traditional power generation, while WHP can produce emission-free power from heat otherwise vented into the air. This lowers energy use and makes American manufacturers both cleaner and more competitive. Moreover, because CHP systems can operate independent of the grid, facilities with CHP are able to keep the heat and lights on if the grid fails during extreme weather events.
According to the Department of Energy, CHP and WHP could supply 20 percent of U.S. electric capacity by 2030. At that level of deployment we could:
- Create nearly 1 million new highly-skilled technical jobs across the country;
- Save the United States more than 5 quadrillion Btu (Quads) of fuel annually, the equivalent of nearly half the total energy currently consumed by U.S. households;
- Produce 200,000 megawatts of power, equal to the capacity of 400 power plants;
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 800 million metric tons per year – the equivalent of removing more than half of the current passenger vehicles from the road.
CHP and WHP are not new technologies. In fact, CHP already provides 9 percent of the electric capacity in the United States – and with the right policies, this number will continue to grow. To see CHP in action, watch this short illustrated video prepared by Alliance Steering Committee member, The Pew Charitable Trusts:
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For more information or to participate in this effort, email the Alliance or contact Jennifer Kefer, Executive Director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, (202) 816-9302, firstname.lastname@example.org
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