USCHPA Executive Director Jessica Bridges has commended Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) for introducing legislation to establish a national Clean Energy Standard (CES) that aptly recognizes the energy and environmental benefits of combined heat and power (CHP) and effectively incentivizes greater deployment of CHP in the American marketplace.
In a letter to Bingaman, Bridges said USCHPA is pleased that greater efficiencies under the proposed CES will be awarded with greater credit.
CHP system efficiencies average above sixty-five per cent, and many new systems achieve efficiencies above eighty percent. In addition, Bridges said the industry is also pleased that the CES recognizes the thermal benefits of CHP by making additional credits available under the CES for emissions avoided from not using a separate thermal source.
“Chairman Bingaman really ‘gets’ combined heat and power and we appreciate that the CES bill similarly recognizes both the electric and thermal benefits of CHP,” Executive Director Jessica Bridges stated. “We applaud Chairman Bingaman’s continued leadership toward advancing combined heat and power deployment and look forward to working with him to advance this important piece of legislation,” Bridges concluded.
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