Westborough, MA (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
The organizers of CHP 2012 are pleased to announce that the Honorable Bill White, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy, energy executive and three-term Mayor of the City of Houston, and now Chairman of Lazard Houston, a global investment bank with a leading energy and infrastructure practice, will provide the Keynote Address on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Westchase Marriott in Houston, TX.
IDEA President and CEO Robert Thornton stated, “As a former mayor, federal energy official and private sector executive, and now leading an energy practice at a global investment bank, Mr. White is uniquely qualified to address the industry gathering at CHP 2012. In light of the August 30th White House Executive Order calling for development of 40 new gigawatts of CHP by 2020, coupled with the example of successful integration of 48 MW CHP at Thermal Energy Corp (TECO) in Houston, we welcome Mr. White’s perspective on the opportunities for private capital formation to help drive deployment of highly-efficient, industrial CHP across the US.”
Mr. White has extensive experience in the energy industry. Prior to being elected as mayor of Houston in 2003, he served for six years as Chief Executive Officer of WEDGE Group, a firm that built successful upstream and downstream service companies. As Deputy Secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Energy, Mr. White led an initiative to expand the use of natural gas for power generation. In addition to practicing law and crafting legislation to deregulate oil and gas prices, Mr. White has consistently been a strong advocate for investments in energy efficiency. He received the prestigious Profile in Courage Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his leadership in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law.
On August 30, 2012, the White House issued an Executive Order “ Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency” which calls for federal agencies (DOE, EPA, Commerce and others) to help drive development of 40 new gigawatts of CHP in the US by 2020.
IDEA is organizing the conference in Houston, October 15-17, 2012 entitled “CHP 2012: The Future of Energy Efficiency for Industrial Manufacturing & Processing, Commercial Buildings and Institutions” which will bring together national organizations, developers, manufacturers and energy industry leaders to discuss combined heat and power (cogeneration) as a key strategy for economic growth and energy efficiency, in conjunction with the Texas CHP Initiative and the Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center.
The CHP 2012 Conference will include a tour of Thermal Energy Corp (TECO), the CHP and district energy system serving the Texas Medical Center, the largest healthcare campus in the world, which recently installed 48 MW of CHP. Energy Secretary Chu visited TECO earlier this year and was very impressed with the gains in efficiency, reliability and emissions reductions.
The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is an independent, non-profit industry association formed in 1909 with headquarters in Westborough, Massachusetts which represents the interests of approximately 2000 members from 26 countries involved in operation, design, construction and optimization of district heating, district cooling and CHP (cogeneration) systems, with a majority of members in North America, as well as Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
The Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative (TXCHPI) is a non-profit association of business interests that supports clean, energy-efficient, CHP technology applications in industrial, commercial and institutional settings. TXCHPI champions CHP as the most effective, economical and environmentally sensible energy option for Texas. TXCHPI is an industry-led 501(c)(6) advocacy group committed to promoting and implementing combined heat and power in the State of Texas. The Texas CHP Initiative vision is full deployment of CHP technologies throughout Texas. Effective, economic application of CHP technologies will improve energy security, increase power reliability, reduce fossil fuel usage, lower energy bills, and protect the environment.