Franken Honored As Champion Of Energy Efficiency Policy

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Press Release

Earlier this week U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was honored for his work on energy efficient technologies by the Combined Heat & Power Association. Sen. Franken has introduced legislation aimed at helping industries, universities, hospitals, and communities reduce their energy costs by giving them tools to deploy energy efficient technologies like combined heat and power—which captures energy that is otherwise wasted and puts it to use. Sen. Franken has highlighted combined heat and power’s importance in multiple Senate Energy Committee hearings.

The Combined Heat & Power Association brings together companies like General Electric, Cummins Power Generation, which is based in Minnesota, and others to help increase the deployment of combined heat and power and waste energy recovery systems to benefit the environment and the economy.

Today in the United States, up to 35 percent of the total energy consumed is being lost from power plants, industrial facilities, and other buildings largely in the form of “waste heat.” In June, Sen. Franken introduced the Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act to help businesses, communities, and nonprofits capture that waste heat for use in heating, cooling, and power generation. You can read more about Sen. Franken’s Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act here.

“Making investments in energy efficient technologies will boost the economy, create jobs, and decrease our dependency on foreign oil,” said Sen. Franken. “The way we currently consume energy is not nearly as efficient as it could and should be. Capturing waste heat and putting it to good use is not just commonsense, it’s a great way to save money and reduce emissions. I was honored to receive this award and will continue to do my best to champion job-creating, energy efficient technologies.”

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