States urged to drive up industrial energy efficiency

September 11, 2015
, Washington

IIP has joined 14 other energy efficiency, environmental, labor and business organizations to urge US Governors to use industrial energy efficiency (IEE) and combined heat and power (CHP) to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

The push came in the form of a letter and briefing packet with recommendations. Click here to access an interactive map with links to the state letters. The briefing packet is available online here.

The aim of the letter was to encourage state heads to drive IEE and CHP projects as part of their compliance plans under the CPP, which will in turn help make the industrial sector more efficient. The associated energy savings would offer significant emission benefits. CHP, which generates both thermal energy and electricity from a single fuel source, can produce electricity with roughly one-quarter the emissions of an existing coal power plant. Waste heat to power (WHP) can generate electricity with no additional fuel and no incremental emissions.

The signatories:

  • Jennifer Kefer, Executive Director, Alliance for Industrial Efficiency
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)
  • R. Neal Elliott, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Director for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Anne Kelly, Senior Program Director, Policy & BICEP, Ceres
  • Dick Munson, Director, Midwest Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
  • Susan Brodie, Executive Director, Heat is Power Association (HiP)
  • Jigar V. Shah, Executive Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP)
  • Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
  • Patricia Sharkey, Policy Director, Midwest Cogeneration Association (MCA)
  • John McNerney, General Counsel, Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
  • Katherine Kennedy, Director, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Trish Demeter, Managing Director, Energy & Clean Air Programs, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Joseph Sellers, Jr. General President, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers (SMART)
  • Stan Kolbe, Director Government Relations, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA)
  • Bill DiCroce, President and COO, Municipal & Commercial Business, Veolia North America