Capstone Turbine Advocates for Legislation to Make U.S. Businesses More Efficient
Measures Would Cut Costs for American Manufacturers and Businesses, Create Up to One Million Jobs and Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, joined more than 80 business, labor, environmental and government organizations this week urging Congress to adopt a new tax policy to significantly enhance industrial energy efficiency. If adopted, the United States can expect increased manufacturing competitiveness, creation of new jobs and reduced pollution.
On April 12, Capstone and other supporters sent letters to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee asking for tax credits to expand use of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste-energy recovery. Both technologies are capable of roughly doubling the energy efficiency of an industrial plant or other energy user. The result is significantly lowered energy costs and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
"Capstone's American-made, ultra clean microturbine products have helped customers worldwide reduce energy consumption and lower pollution for more than a decade," said Darren Jamison, President and CEO. "An increased tax credit will enable future customers to purchase the cleanest and most efficient technologies available and receive shorter paybacks."
Supporters of industrial and commercial energy efficiency are asking for passage of the bipartisan S. 1639, which is sponsored by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). The supporters are also requesting passage of H.R. 4144, which is sponsored by Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA), and H.R. 4751, which is sponsored by Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY). The legislation encourages near-term, shovel-ready projects that will create and maintain thousands of jobs within the industrial and commercial sectors. In addition, the bills support the manufacture, installation and operation of CHP and waste-energy recovery equipment.
According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a large-scale expansion of CHP could provide 20 percent of U.S. generating capacity by 2030, generate $234 billion in new investment and create nearly 1 million highly-skilled, technical jobs in America. Such an expansion would reduce CO2 emissions by more than 800 million tons per year, the equivalent of taking more than half the current U.S. passenger vehicles off the road.
Waste-energy recovery, which captures waste energy from industrial facilities, now receives no tax benefits. Combined heat and power (CHP), a process by which manufacturers and businesses generate electricity and heat on site, obtains only a 10 percent investment tax credit for the first 15 megawatts of a project limited to 50 megawatts in size. The bills now in the House and Senate would remove the limitation to small projects and apply the tax credit to a project's first 25 megawatts (S. 1639 and H.R. 4144), and provide a 30 percent tax credit for recycled energy and CHP with efficiencies above 70 percent (H.R. 4751).
Supporters of the legislation include: Business Capstone Turbine Corporation Caterpillar Cummins Power Generation Dow Chemical Fluor GE Energy Ingersoll Rand Libbey Glass Inc. LS Power Mosaic Company Ormat PPG Industries Primary Energy Saint-Gobain Containers Solar Turbines United Technologies Corporation Veolia Energy North America Holdings ACCO Engineered Systems (California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada) ACR Sheet Metal Company Avalon Consulting, Inc. (Illinois) BHP Energy (Ohio) Calnetix Power Solutions, Inc. (Florida) Charles P. Blouin Inc. (New Hampshire) Circle "R" Mechanical, Inc. (Indiana) Climate Energy (Massachusetts) DCO Energy (New Jersey) Dresser-Rand/Aircogen (Massachusetts) Earthwise Energy Technologies (Rhode Island) E-Finity Distributed Generation (Pennsylvania) ECR International (New York) Endurant Energy LLC (Illinois) Energenic LLC (New Jersey) Energy Solutions Center (Washington, D.C.) Ernest D. Menold, Inc (Pennsylvania) Five Star Electric (Texas) GEM Inc. (Ohio and Georgia) KGRA Energy Corporation (Illinois) Interstate Power Solutions (Missouri) Lewis and Lambert Industries, Inc. (Texas) National Heating & Ventilating (New Mexico) NV Energy (Nevada) New Loop Energy (Illinois) Melrose Metal Products (California) Midwest Fabricators, LLC Office Power Energy Solutions (New York) Pumps and Service (New Mexico and Texas) Reagan Equipment (Florida and Louisiana) Recycled Energy Development (Illinois) Regatta Solutions Inc. (California) RHP Mechanical Systems (Nevada) RSP Systems (New York) Rudolph Libbe Companies (Ohio and Michigan) Sheet Metal Engineering, Inc. (Iowa) Tal-Mar Custom Metal (Illinois) Turbine Air Systems (Texas) Turbosteam (Massachusetts) Tweet/Garot (Wisconsin) Unison Solutions (Iowa) Zeledyne (Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee) Contractor and Industry Associations American Chemistry Council American Forest and Paper Association The Association of Union Constructors Electricity Consumers Resource Council Glass Manufacturing Industry Council International District Energy Association Mechanical Contractors Association of America National Council for Advanced Manufacturing National Electrical Contractors Association Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association Steel Founders' Society of America U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association Labor International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Sheet Metal Workers International Association Environmental/Government/Non-Profit Alliance to Save Energy Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions Business Council for Sustainable Energy Center for American Progress Action Fund Energy Future Coalition National Association of State Energy Officials Northeast-Midwest Institute Sierra Club World Alliance for Decentralized Energy
About Capstone Turbine Corporation
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped over 5,000 Capstone MicroTurbine(R) systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone Turbine is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York metro area, Mexico City, Nottingham, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.
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