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Recycled Energy Development captures energy that’s normally wasted and turns it into clean electricity and heat. RED profitably reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helping manufacturers and other large institutions save money and cut pollution at the same time.

YouTube video shows how to turn heat into power; webinar on clean energy investments

July 30th, 2013

Pew Charitable Trust’s Clean Energy Program has created a new video highlighting the economic benefits of combined heat and power (CHP). The video begins by explaining that many facilities and neighborhoods were able to keep their power running after Hurricane Sandy because of CHP. It then shows that doubling electricity generation through industrial efficiency technologies could create up to 1 million highly skilled jobs, spur $200 billion in new investment, and increase U.S. competitiveness.

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Price it right — clean energy is valuable, but it’s being compensated in the wrong way

July 1st, 2013

Sean Casten offers some advice to Ron Binz, President Obama’s pick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): Price it right and clean energy will be developed.

The bottom line, says Casten, is that not all megawatt-hours (MWh) are equal. It takes fewer MWh of generation to serve a MWh of load, for instance, if that MWh is generated near the load. Second, the ability to produce (or curtail) peak power output at a moment’s notice is valuable regardless of actual MWh generated. Third, one MWh from a generator that can boost system power factor is worth more than one MWh to the system; the reverse is also true.

Unfortunately, current incentives (e.g., production tax credits and renewable energy credits) focus only on MWh output. Generators, as a result, are rewarded as a function of fuel use and whether or not their ownership structure allows them to monetize tax attributes. We need to change the structure by which non-utility generators are paid.

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Final hurdle cleared for RED to purchase Eastman Business Park’s utilities

June 25th, 2013

A final hurdle has been cleared in the path to RED acquiring the assets for utility services generation and distribution to the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, NY. Kodak has created an Environmental Trust of $49 million to cover pre-existing environmental issues. The bankruptcy court must approve this agreement and an amendment prior to RED completing the purchase of the utility assets

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Factbook on today’s energy revolution

May 22nd, 2013

“A revolution is transforming how Americans produce, consume, and even think about energy,” says a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). “Traditional sources are in decline, while natural gas, renewables, and energy efficiency are on the rise.”

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Solar joins CHP as relevant to utility planning

April 16th, 2013

Utility monopolies long have managed to impose egregious costs in order to thwart CHP deployment. Utilities, in contrast, have paid surprisingly little attention to solar power and even allowed photovoltaic panels to benefit from net metering, where consumers can run (economically, but not literally) their meters backwards. Yet as its costs have fallen and its consumer popularity has increased, solar has joined CHP in the utility industry’s bull’s eye.

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RED acquires utility infrastructure of Eastman Business Park, helping attract new businesses and jobs to Rochester region

December 21st, 2012

RED today announced it will acquire from Eastman Kodak Company the utility infrastructure of Eastman Business Park (EBP), one of the nation’s largest industrial complexes. RED will upgrade the Park’s electric, steam, and other systems in order to provide reliable and economical utility services while reducing pollution.

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Cersosimo Lumber speeds toward sustainability, powered by Turbosteam

September 26th, 2012

Turbosteam has delivered a clean energy system to Cersosimo Lumber, a leading producer of high quality Northeastern Hardwood and Eastern White Pine lumber, at its Brattleboro, Vermont hardwood mill. The project will allow Cersosimo to extract energy from the steam they produce to dry lumber in kilns, converting it to approximately 600 kilowatts (kW) of electrical energy at very high efficiencies. The system will utilize waste wood from milling operations used to fuel Cersosimo’s existing biomass boiler, allowing the mill to effectively use its steam three times

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Executive order calls for more cogeneration

August 30th, 2012

Efficiency should be common sense since wasting energy costs money and pollutes the environment. While efficiency options often have been highlighted for the residential and commercial sectors, President Obama today focused appropriately on industry, which consumes the most energy and enjoys the most opportunities to reduce waste.

The president also recognized that efficiencies can be achieved on the supply side (e.g., improving the generation of heat and power) as well as the demand side (e.g., installing better light bulbs and insulation in order to cut electricity consumption). The supply-side focus is important since the average efficiency of U.S. power generation, unfortunately, has not improved since Dwight Eisenhower occupied the White House.

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Not all megawatts are created equal

August 27th, 2012

It’s time to recognize – and properly reward – distributed generation of power, particularly where efficient cogeneration and clean waste energy recovery are used, argues Tom Casten in the lead article of Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, all megawatts are not equal. In fact, distributed generators (those power plants located near their consumers) are cheaper and cleaner than central generation

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RED purchases CHP projects at Dean Foods facilities

July 10th, 2012

RED has acquired combined heat and power (CHP) projects located at Dean Foods‘ facilities in the City of Industry, CA, and Franklin, MA. Each project will produce approximately 2.0 megawatts of electricity and 4.5 MMBtu/hr of thermal energy from clean natural gas.

The CHP systems will provide clean, efficiently generated energy to Dean Foods’ processing facilities. By recycling waste heat, the units will help Dean Foods achieve its targeted goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from its 2008 baseline, part of the company’s Environmental 2013 Roadmap.

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Scientists find ways to recover waste heat and contribute to energy sustainability

July 9th, 2012

America’s top scientists have found substantial potential in waste heat recovery. The National Research Council’s Science and Technology for Sustainability Program organized a meeting in November 2011 of research leaders and technical experts and recently released a report on ways to recover waste heat and how it can contribute to energy sustainability.

The report’s overarching themes include focussing on the big picture.

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RED forms strategic partnership with Tulum Trust

June 14th, 2012

Recycled Energy Development (RED) has announced a strategic partnership with Tulum Trust, a private equity firm that invests in low carbon energy businesses.

Under the terms of the deal, Tulum will provide RED with development funding and project capital, with an initial commitment from Tulum and RED Management of $26 million. In addition, Tulum intends to deploy up to $300 million in projects that RED will develop across North America in the next few years.

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Ohio legislature supports CHP and waste energy recovery

June 11th, 2012

With strong support from Governor John Kasich, the Ohio legislature approved a measure that allows waste energy recovery to qualify as a clean resource within the state’s renewable portfolio standard or within the state’s efficiency standard. The legislation, moreover, places fuel-fired CHP within the efficiency standard.

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US senator proposes national Clean Energy Standard (CES) highlighting CHP

March 5th, 2012

Senator Jeff Bingaman introduced the Clean Energy Standard (CES) Act that highlights the economic and environmental benefits of efficient combined heat and power (CHP) and clean waste energy recovery (WER). The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee claimed his framework “lets the market and American ingenuity determine the best path forward.”

The CES legislation would require the nation’s largest utilities to generate a rising percentage of their electricity from clean energy resources, including solar, wind, nuclear power, biomass, and natural gas.

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President: “Eliminate energy waste”

February 1st, 2012

There’s something a little stirring about the president of the United States praising your efforts. It’s particularly heartwarming when he does it before a national audience and a gathering of all the key federal policymakers. So there were understandable cheers among clean energy advocates when President Obama embraced industrial energy efficiency in his State of the Union Address.

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Put one million Americans to work

January 27th, 2012

More than 200 companies signed a full-page advertisement declaring industrial energy efficiency will put a million Americans to work. The ad, coordinated by The Pew Charitable Trusts, explains that U.S. utilities and factories send enough heat up their chimneys to power all of Japan. But with existing, proven technologies, we can harness that wasted energy, dramatically cut electricity costs, and make our manufacturers more competitive.

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Bipartisan flash – Distributed generation makes sense

November 1st, 2011

In this politically partisan era, it’s refreshing to see the liberal Brookings Institution and the conservative Hoover Institution agree on something.  That something, in the wonky words of such policy reports is distributed power systems (DPS) have “the potential to make a significant positive contribution to the U.S. power system.” The report pays particular attention to combined heat and power, lamenting that CHP is “homeless”.

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Create markets and watch clean energy flourish

October 25th, 2011

Probably the biggest barrier to clean energy development is the lack of markets. Utility monopolies traditionally blocked independent generators from competing with their own power plants, even if the utilities’ facilities were more expensive and polluting. Congress tackled this problem in 1978 with the passage of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) and many states responded with policies that launched aggressive growth of renewables and cogeneration. The concept was simple – clean energy projects should be able to compete with traditional generators and receive power purchase contracts equal to what a utility would pay to generate and deliver its own electricity.

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US industries can promote a clean energy economy

July 12th, 2011

A recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory finds efficiency, particularly combined heat and power (CHP), would make U.S. industry become more competitive as it also cuts manufacturers’ energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. “The U.S. industrial sector,” state the researchers, “presents a large and significant opportunity to promote a clean energy economy.”

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RED takes EPA to the MACT on industrial efficiency

June 1st, 2011

The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its “Boiler MACT,” a set of rules to reduce hazardous air pollutants from the nation’s industrial boilers. (MACT stands for the “maximum available control technology” standards that must be met by these boilers.) The Alliance views the rules as an important means to enhance industrial efficiency, especially through the use of waste heat recovery (WHR) and combined heat and power (CHP) projects.

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