Clean Energy Guru Tom Casten Gets Lifetime Achievement Award; Available for Comment on U.N. Climate Conference

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Energy recycling pioneer slashes global warming pollution and power costs simultaneously

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...Casten has succeeded since 1975 in simultaneously slashing power costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and as an author and the founder of numerous advocacy groups, he has precipitated policy changes that have advanced industrial energy recycling...

Tom Casten, founder of Recycled Energy Development (RED), last night received the Platts Lifetime Achievement Award for his work creating ultra-efficient energy systems in the U.S. Many of the systems Casten developed are similar to what Denmark has used to revolutionize their energy system and slash their greenhouse emissions over the past 30 years.

Casten knows how to explain the intricacies of energy production’s role in climate change in a compelling, accessible way and will be available as a source for journalists reporting on the United Nations’ climate conference in Copenhagen.

The U.S.’s leading figure in industrial energy efficiency, Casten has been featured in Forbes, The New Republic, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, NPR, Nature, and The New York Times. His own work has been published in The New Republic, American Scientist, and numerous other places.

“As the founder and president of several energy companies, Casten has succeeded since 1975 in simultaneously slashing power costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and as an author and the founder of numerous advocacy groups, he has precipitated policy changes that have advanced industrial energy recycling and efficiency,” Platts noted in announcing the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), is a leading global provider of energy and commodities information.

Casten was instrumental in crafting and promoting the industrial energy efficiency incentives in the current iteration of the Markey-Waxman bill, as well as in the 2009 stimulus, 2008 financial rescue and 2007 energy bill. Over the past three decades at several energy firms, Casten has developed and managed 250 clean power projects valued at more than $2 billion. One of those projects at an Indiana steel plant generated more clean electricity in 2006 than all the grid-connected solar panels in the world.

To arrange an interview with Tom Casten, please contact Heather Shadur at 312.226.5100, heather(at)shadur(dot)com, or Dave Lundy at 312.629.5245, dlundy(at)aileroninc(dot)com.

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