By Jennifer Kefer, Vice President of David Gardiner and Associates and Executive Director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, a project of DGA. This blog post originally appeared in Breaking Energy.
The President’s budget template, which slashes the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 32% and eliminates voluntary programs, including the agency’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership and the ENERGY STAR program, has drawn wide criticism from businesses across the country.
Businesses are speaking out on behalf of the CHP Partnership. More than 100 companies signed on to a stakeholder letter urging Congress to continue to fund the partnership. The program currently benefits 389 partners – including many businesses, developers, and state and local governments – and helps its partners navigate complex technical and financial issues associated with CHP.
The CHP Partnership is a perfect example of how the federal government, in partnership with the private sector, can catalyze investments in energy efficiency. The program is extremely cost-effective and has a proven track record of success, working to promote more efficient power generation.The CHP Partnership increases U.S. competitiveness, enhances the resiliency of our energy infrastructure, and lowers emissions through promoting and facilitating the deployment of CHP.