EPA Announces New Rules Promoting Cogeneration Efforts

Date: October 18, 2001

Source: News Room

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules to encourage U.S. manufacturing and industrial plants to use cogeneration, a more efficient technology for generating electricity. The planned rules, which would amend the federal Clean Air Act, would make it faster and easier for companies to build combined heat and power facilities, otherwise known as cogeneration. Conventional power plants are 30 to 50 percent energy efficient -- meaning the rest of the heat is lost as waste. Cogeneration plants are 70 to 80 percent efficient, the EPA has contended.

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