Beginning on Sunday, April 1, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) hosts its National Symposium on Market Transformation in Washington, D.C. The symposium is focusing on new programs, issues, and innovations in the world of energy efficiency – many of which are inextricably linked to the chemistry industry.
The theme for this year’s event, which is now in its 16th year, is “All Systems Go.” It aims to explore the idea of enhanced integration as the next phase of energy efficiency efforts. By working to integrate energy efficiency into the mortgage process, for example, policymakers will drive significant change at the residential level. This will be one of the topics of conversation taking place at the symposium, and we think it’s an important one. The chemistry industry encourages policymakers to promote legislation geared toward energy efficiency at the residential, commercial, and industrial level.
Additionally, the conference will discuss “combined heat and power” (CHP), which is critical to the industry of chemistry. Chemical makers and many other manufacturers use natural gas to create two forms of energy—steam and electricity—for industrial facilities. Known as combined heat and power, this energy is generated close to where it is needed, so little is lost in transmission. CHP can produce energy twice as efficiently as older coal-burning electric utilities. The chemistry industry and others are working to maximize the potential of CHP by removing unnecessary barriers to its use.
Through innovations from chemistry, industry members are working to drive positive change for our country’s energy future through home, industrial and commercial efficiency. By bringing industry members and policymakers together to discuss energy efficiency at various levels, symposia such as this can help bolster creative innovations and next steps for the world of chemistry and energy.