IDEA Applauds Release of NRDC Report on Combined Heat & Power

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International District Energy Association expresses support for comprehensive paper on highly efficient combined heat and power systems

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) today welcomed the release of the NRDC report "Combined Heat & Power Systems: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Our Manufacturing Plants, Buildings, and Other Facilities.”

“IDEA commends the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for this excellent report outlining the economic and environmental advantages of Combined Heat and Power (CHP)," stated IDEA President & CEO Rob Thornton. "It is a must read for anyone who is really serious about achieving greater energy security and resiliency in the US near term.”

“IDEA has long believed that large scale energy efficiency investments like CHP can strengthen economic competitiveness, optimize valuable energy resources and provide the dual benefits of saving energy and the environment in a single investment," Thornton continued. "IDEA members like Cornell University and Thermal Energy Corporation (TECO) are excellent examples of the tremendous potential for CHP and district energy in cities, campuses and communities across the US and around the world.”

About IDEA: Since its founding in Ohio back in June 1909, the Westborough, MA-based nonprofit 501(c)6 International District Energy Association (IDEA) has been informing, connecting and advancing the global district energy industry. Today, over 1700 IDEA members from 23 different countries demonstrate how district energy infrastructure delivers higher energy efficiency with greater reliability and lower CO2 emissions from clean, local energy resources. IDEA members worldwide are involved in the operation, design, construction, and optimization of district heating, district cooling, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems located in cities, communities and on campuses and owned and operated by public and private utilities, municipalities, hospitals, military bases and airports.

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