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WASHINGTON (March 5, 2013) - The American Chemistry Council released the following statement in response to today's hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power that focused on the role of a diverse electricity generation portfolio:

"The American Chemistry Council welcomes today's hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the role of fuel diversity in achieving a reliable and affordable supply of electricity for all Americans.

"Chemistry innovations are enabling the sustainable technologies that are revolutionizing the way we generate and store energy-including technologies such as solar cells, wind turbines, and rechargeable batteries. The U.S. chemical industry is also the nation's largest user of combined heat and power (CHP), a technology that can support the goal of energy diversity by dramatically improving the efficiency of the fuels we use to produce power.

"CHP can play a pivotal role in replacing generation from the many coal-fired power plants that have been recently retired or are expected to retire in the coming years. Because CHP stretches the existing fuel supply, it is one of the most cost-effective technologies on the market.

"Unfortunately, this technology is significantly underused. ACC today offered a number of recommendations to the subcommittee to support further deployment of CHP across the country, including creating incentives and removing disincentives for industrial energy efficiency; streamlining the permitting process for CHP and ensuring equal footing with renewable energy; and including CHP in state Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) or Renewable Energy Standard (RES) programs. 

"We applaud the Energy and Power Subcommittee for working to expand deployment of technologies like CHP that can help our nation achieve further diversity in our nation's sources of power generation."

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