The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), the Northeast-Midwest Institute, and the Distributed Energy Caucus held a briefing to discuss distributed generation (and how it integrates into the current norm of centralized power plants), as well as policy options for energy and climate-change legislation. By generating electricity near the demand for power, the nation can dramatically increase energy efficiency, reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, curtail the need for new transmission investments, and cut power line losses. With its probable focus on efficiency, a new energy bill offers a great opportunity to eliminate barriers to distributed generation, combined heat and power (cogeneration), recycled energy, fuel cells, renewable energy, and other innovative technologies.
Speakers for this event included:
- Reps. Lee Terry (R-NE) and Mike Doyle, (D-PA) Co-chair, Distributed Energy Caucus
- Robert Roche, Product Manager, Stationery Fuel Cells, UTC Power
- Thad Ewald, Executive Director, Power Electronics and Global SCM, Cummins, Inc.
- Dick Munson, Senior Vice President, Recycled Energy Development
Contact Diane DeVaul, ddevaul [at] nemw.org or (202) 544-5200, for more information.