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President Obama issues executive order promoting industrial energy efficiency; targeting 40GW of CHP capacity by 2020, up 50% form today

US President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency, including combined heat and power (CHP) systems. The Order establishes a new national goal of 40 gigawatts of new combined heat and power capacity by 2020, a 50% increase from today.

Meeting this CHP goal would save energy users $10 billion per year, result in $40 to $80 billion in new capital investment in manufacturing and other facilities that would create American jobs, and would reduce emissions equivalent to 25 million cars, according to the Obama Administration.

The Executive Order directs the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to coordinate actions at the Federal level while providing policy and technical assistance to states to promote investments in industrial energy efficiency and CHP.

The Executive Order also directs the agencies to foster a national dialogue through ongoing regional workshops to encourage the adoption of best practice policies and investment models that overcome barriers to investment, provide public information on the benefits of unlocking investment in industrial energy efficiency, and use existing Federal authorities that can support these investments.

The order directs the agencies to utilize their respective relevant authorities and resources to encourage investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP, such as by:

  • providing assistance to States on accounting for the potential emission reduction benefits of CHP and other energy efficiency policies when developing State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to achieve national ambient air quality standards;

  • providing incentives for the deployment of CHP and other types of clean energy, such as set asides under emissions allowance trading program state implementation plans, grants, and loans;

  • employing output based approaches as compliance options in power and industrial sector regulations, as appropriate, to recognize the emissions benefits of highly efficient energy generation technologies like CHP; and

  • seeking to expand participation in and create additional tools to support the Better Buildings, Better Plants program at the Department of Energy, which is working with companies to help them achieve a goal of reducing energy intensity by 25% over 10 years, as well as utilizing existing partnership programs to support energy efficiency and CHP.



Had He done that 3+ years ago, USA's economy and his re-election would be doing better.

Henry Gibson

There are ongoing financial difficulties in the world.

To reduce the production of CO2, co-generation is the least expensive fastest to implement method. Micro-turbines of long life and low maintenance are now sold world wide after being tested for over twenty years. Honda machines can fit even small homes. They are now being sold in Europe. Sealed long life Stirling units have been promised for over ten years. Infinia makes a solar powered unit that could be converted. Bladen jets may be able to make a really small jet turbine for homes. Computer control and power electronics can eliminate the need for an electric grid connection, especially if GE reduces the price of Durathon batteries with mass production. FZSONICK now makes their units in a voltage range for home lighting, but they are first intended for railway waggons.

If good home insulation can be required, so can cogeneration starting with large commercial buildings especially luxury hotels and office buildings.

One facility uses a direct current distribution system for its computer servers, and all buildings could use a direct current distribution system for most lighting now that CFLs and efficient ballasts are required. In emergencies CFls can be run directly from a Prius battery in pairs with rudimentary voltage division provided by a single pair of tungsten bulbs in series in an Edison style of Direct Current distribution system. There is actually a center tap to most of the Prius batteries but that is too much work to find quickly. The Prius can be set up to keep the battery charged so it is a co-generation system already outside of a building. Whilst the engine is running, a small amount of natural gas can be fed into the intake air to replace part of the gasoline used. People who charge their plug in hybrids or full electric automobile at home are advised to use co-generation systems in the future if natural gas is available. High power public charging stations should use micro-turbines to avoid putting stress on the grid, but when the grid is stressed, the turbines can feed power to it while not charging. ..HG..


The same old tired clichés.

Spend money on technology that may be financially unsound.

May be financially unsound because it usually does not work without gov support.

If it does work without gov support, let it.

Roger Pham

You're right, TT!

A carbon tax is all that'll be needed to reduce fossil fuel consumption and to promote renewable energy development. No need to spend borrowed money (and run up huge deficits) on green tech companies that will more likely than not fail.
Whoops! Wait a minute, how are we going to reward our campaign donors with this simple scheme?

Likewise, the only way for start-up US Green Tech Companies not to go bankrupt is to put tariffs on equivalent imported products from countries with unfair cost advantage. No amount of federal guaranteed loans can make an US manufacturing company stay in business if they have to compete with China, Inc., with all the unfair cost advantages.
Whoops! Wait a minute, if this is done, what excuses are we gonna have left to cover for our campaign contributors if they decide to pocket the guaranteed loan monies and fold the start up companies?


So, what's the alternative?

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