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POWER Act Briefing

The findings from Pew’s report Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger—Industrial Efficiency in the Changing Utility Landscape, which detailed how an array of forces is changing the way the United States generates power and how Americans interact with the electric grid, were shared at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Oct. 28. The study also explored the impact of national policies on clean, efficient energy technologies.

As part of the research, Pew commissioned ICF International Inc. to analyze the impact of the Power Efficiency and Resiliency (POWER) Act, proposed in both the House of Representatives (H.R. 2657) and the Senate (S. 1516), on future market deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP), key distributed generation technologies used in industrial, institutional, and manufacturing facilities.

Co-sponsors of the House version of the POWER Act, Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), spoke about how this legislation can help achieve national economic, environmental, and energy goals.

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