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Senate passes legislation that will order DOE to study regulatory, economic and legal barriers to new investment in industrial efficiency technologies

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to passage of legislation by the U.S. Senate to identify ways to remove barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency technologies:

"The American Chemistry Council applauds the bipartisan leadership of Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman for their efforts to identify ways federal agencies can reduce legal, economic and regulatory hurdles in the adoption of industrial energy efficiency technologies. Important elements of S. 1000, the 'Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011', added to Senator Jeff Bingaman's legislation on appliance efficiency and now passed by the Senate, means Congress has taken an important step forward in ensuring federal agencies are supporting industrial energy efficiency technologies and applications."

"The more federal policymakers know about regulatory barriers that are preventing new types of investment in emerging efficiency technologies, the more likely that these barriers will be removed for businesses across the country."

The legislation orders the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a study of legal, regulatory and economic barriers to industrial energy efficiency, including combined heat and power (CHP), and to provide policy recommendations to states and relevant federal agencies on the best ways to address barriers to deployment. The bill would also require DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office to better coordinate efficiency research and development throughout the agency, and to work with the National Academy of Sciences to study the development of advanced manufacturing capabilities for various energy technologies.

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.  The business of chemistry is a leader and innovator in industrial energy efficiency, including CHP, also known as cogeneration. Chemical makers and many other manufacturers use natural gas to create two forms of energy-steam and electricity-for industrial facilities. Known as CHP, this energy is generated close to where it is needed, so little is lost in transmission. CHP can produce energy twice as efficiently as older coal-burning electric utilities.

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