Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

SMACNA Endorses “CHP Support Act,” Industrial Energy Legislation

Capitol Hill UpdateCongress is turning bipartisan attention to advancing infrastructure, sustainable power, and energy efficiency packages in the post-election lame duck session and in the opening session of the 116th Congress in January. The legislation would promote energy savings, amanufacturing competitiveness, and creation of skilled jobs.

To support this momentum, SMACNA and the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency have endorsed The CHP Support Act, H.R. 6949, co-sponsored by SMACNA’s leading energy efficiency allies in Congress.

The legislation would boost the combined heat and power efforts across the industrial, commercial, and large-scale residential market. SMACNA and its industrial efficiency coalition allies have worked with each of the co-sponsors on combined heat and power and waste heat to power legislation for years and advocated for this and additional incentive bills awaiting action in Congress after the elections are concluded.

This important legislation would help promote the deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) systems by authorizing a network of 10 Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) to provide education, assessments, and guidance to potential project hosts through 2022.

The CHP Support Act will allow for continuous support for potential and existing CHP and WHP projects, increasing the certainty of success and continuing interest in and installation of these systems. Bipartisan leadership is instrumental to the future of these technologies, and with the top efficiency advocates in the House of Representatives the outlook is greatly improved.

CHP is a proven and effective energy resource that can help efficiently address current and future energy needs, according to the Alliance. Eighty-three-gigawatts of CHP are currently installed in the United States, accounting for 12 percent of U.S. electricity generation. Each year, this installed capacity decreases U.S. energy use by 1.9-quadrillion BTUs, reducing costs for American businesses, hospitals, and universities. Yet, tremendous potential for energy savings remains. In fact, the Department of Energy has identified 149 GW of remaining technical potential for CHP installations.

The CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs), which are authorized in the CHP Support Act, will help realize this potential. Doing so will enhance manufacturing competitiveness at future host facilities as well as create job opportunities in the design, construction, installation, and maintenance of equipment. Because CHP projects can operate independently of the grid, they can enhance electric reliability during natural or manmade outages.

SMACNA, through its leadership, and as a co-founder of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, has focused on innovative efforts to enhance American manufacturing competitiveness, reduce energy costs, increase skilled job creation, and improve electric reliability.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-16th-Ill.), Peter Welch (D-A.L.-Vt.), David McKinley (R-1st-W.V.) and Paul Tonko (D-20th-N.Y.),

SMACNA members can support this legislation by contacting their members of Congress through SMACNA’s Take Action web page