Industrial Trade Associations Oppose Federal Proposal to Change PURPA

By District Energy posted 01-12-2018 14:45


Alyssa Danigelis, Energy Manager Today

PURPA industrial trade associationsCogeneration facilities in Kern County, California. Credit: David Seibold, Flickr Creative Commons


More than a dozen large trade associations including IDEA, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, the American Forest & Paper Association, and the Iron Mining Association sent a letter opposing proposed federal legislation to change the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978.

The letter was addressed to the sponsor of HR 4476 also known as the “PURPA Modernization Act of 2017,” Republican Congressman Tim Walberg. The associations argue that PURPA currently encourages increased industrial efficiency and competitiveness by making use of cogeneration technology — also known as combined heat and power — and waste heat to power.

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