N.C. Solar Center’s Clean Power Team Supports DOE Southeast Industrial EE & CHP Dialogue

 

The Southeast Clean Energy Application Center, a project of the N.C. Solar Center’s Clean Power & Industrial Efficiency Program, is supporting a Southeast Regional Dialogue Meeting on Industrial Energy Efficiency & Combined Heat and Power being hosted in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 24th, 2013, by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, in conjunction with the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action Network).  The meeting is part of a series of regional dialogues gathering industry, utility, public utility commission representatives, state energy officials and other stakeholders to discuss policy strategies to accelerate investments in these strategies to increase competitiveness of industry.   Representatives from the North Carolina organizations, including the North Carolina Utilities Commission and Duke Energy, will participate alongside regulatory and utility representatives from throughout the Southeast region.

Two other workshops are being held that support the state energy policy oriented objectives of the August 30, 2012 Executive Order on Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency , including one in Baltimore, MD on March 13, 2013 and in the Western United States in May, 2013.  The Executive Order sets a goal of 40 gigawatts of new, cost-effective industrial CHP in the U.S. by 2020.   It directs several federal agencies, including DOE, with convening stakeholders to develop and encourage the use of best practice State policies and investment models that address the multiple barriers to investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP through a series of public workshops.  Discussions will cover developing and implementing state best practice policies and investment models that address the multiple barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP).

Click here for an agenda and more information on this meeting.

CHP is essential to Eastman Chemical’s Kingsport, Tennessee operations; Photo Courtesy of Eastman Chemical Company

CHP is essential to Eastman Chemical’s Kingsport, Tennessee operations; Photo Courtesy of Eastman Chemical Company

The N.C. Solar Center hosts the U.S. DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (SE-CEAC) as part of its Renewable Energy, Clean Power and Industrial Efficiency program.  The SE-CEAC promotes market development for CHP throughout the Southeast region as a clean distributed energy resource. As part of this the SE-CEAC supports policy analysis and barrier removal, as well as education and outreach resources. Together the N.C. Solar Center and SE-CEAC combine efforts to work with legislators, regulatory commissions, state and local government officials, and their staffs to educate them on effective CHP policies and existing barriers that need addressed.