Who We Are
The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency is a growing coalition of business, labor, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that educate the public and decision-makers and 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 leads its members’ education and lobbying activities with 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 its Steering Committee and Affiliate Members and staffed by David Gardiner and Associates.
About CHP and WHP
Conventional power generation is inefficient. In fact, roughly two-thirds of energy inputs (68 percent) are simply emitted into the air, with a mere 32 percent actually delivered to customers. The results are lost competitiveness and jobs, as well as increased pollution. The Alliance supports the use of CHP and WHP to harness the heat that is lost during conventional powering generation – and using it to make American businesses, manufacturers, and institutions more efficient and competitive. And because CHP systems can operate independently of the grid, sites that use it can keep the lights on during extreme weather events. CHP could supply 20 percent of U.S. electric capacity by 2030, reducing business costs and creating good-paying jobs, according to a 2008 scenario by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
More recent technical analysis is consistent with this scenario. If CHP provided 20 percent of U.S. electric capacity, 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 partner, 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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