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$256M Pledged To Industrial Energy Efficiency

factory2The Department of Energy plans to put $256 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act toward improving energy efficiency across major industrial sectors, with special emphasis on manufacturing and information technology.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that $156 million of the total will go toward projects involving combined heat and power, district energy, and waste energy recovery.

Chu believes these technologies can be readily deployed in both industrial and residential settings to improve efficiency, control costs, and limit greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, combined heat and power and district energy systems can achieve efficiencies of 80 percent or more, as compared to about 45 percent for conventional heat and power production, according to a press release.

Meanwhile, waste recovery systems cumulatively could  save 17 gigawatts of energy annually nationwide.

About $50 million of the package will go toward information and communication technology improvements.

The final allotment of $50 million will support research into advanced industrial materials for fuel flexibility programs, combined heat and power technologies, energy intensive processes, as well as nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing, according to the release.

These funds are but a small part of the Department of Energy’s proposed $38.7 billion budget.

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One thought on “$256M Pledged To Industrial Energy Efficiency

  1. This is definitely a positive development, since CHP and waste energy recovery save consumers a lot of money in the long run. Then again, I’m biased: I’m associated with Recycled Energy Development, a company that does precisely this kind of work and therefore stands to benefit from the new incentives. However, I’m involved because of the massive opportunity. Studies done for the EPA and DOE suggest these techniques could slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. That’s as much as if we took every passenger vehicle off the road. Meanwhile, energy costs would fall due to increased efficiency. We should be doing much more of this, and the new incentives are a good start.

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