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Advanced technologies are growing manufacturing sector

Mar 11, 2016

Alliance says CHP/WHP will boost jobs, increase competitiveness

New methods of extracting power from waste heat and producing both heat and power from a single source are playing a growing role in cutting America’s electricity consumption, driving down emissions, and improving the country’s industrial competitiveness.

The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency is a coalition of business, labor, and nonprofit organizations, including SMACNA, that advocates at the state and national level for policies that support industrial energy efficiency, especially the use of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP).

The Alliance’s new website,, provides news, updates, fact sheets, and a resource library with documents, interactive maps, reports, coalition letters, and legislative and state materials that support these innovative energy efficient power sources.

Using CHP and WHP could supply 20 percent of the U.S. electric capacity by 2030 and grow the country’s manufacturing sector, according to the Alliance. It would reduce energy costs. It could generate 1,000,000 jobs, save five quadrillion BTUs, produce 200,000 megawatts annually (equal to the capacity of 400 power plants), and reduce 800,000,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year—the equivalent of removing more than half the current passenger vehicles from the road.

Energy efficiency applications such as CHP and WHP are up for tax incentives in the POWER Act legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. If passed, the law would improve investment tax credits for industrial energy efficiency applications, including reducing the capital costs of CHP and WHP projects and providing parity with other energy efficient technologies.

Visit the Alliance website for more details and fact sheets on how you can support these new energy efficient technologies.

Support this energy efficiency legislation by contacting your lawmakers through SMACNA’s Advocacy Web page.