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The Royal Danish Embassy and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a Congressional forum focused on how Denmark, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union (EU), is meeting the economic, environmental, and energy challenges of the 21st Century. Denmark's Minister for Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr, was the keynote speaker for the event. Minister Dyhr focused on the nexus of energy, water and climate. These are issues important in the Congressional discussion underway on the Farm Bill and other energy and environmental legislation. Moreover, trade, investment, and international competitiveness are major concerns of Congress and the country overall, and Minister Dyhr made the case for long-term, stable investment as the gateway to job creation and economic growth.
This is a video from our briefing on biomass thermal energy as a benefit for households, economic development and energy security in our nation. The event featured speakers from American Wood Fibers, Sustainable Northwest, Maine Energy Systems and the USDA Forest Service. For more information including audio and presentations, please visit: eesi.org/111611_thermal
Experts speaking on Capitol Hill about district energy infrastructure. District energy systems distribute thermal energy (steam, hot water, and/or chilled water) through a network of underground pipes to multiple buildings in an area, such as a downtown district, college or hospital campus, airport, or military base. By aggregating the heating and air conditioning supply for multiple buildings, district energy systems optimize thermal energy efficiency. They also achieve economies of scale that allow for the use of low-carbon, cost-effective thermal energy sources – such as the “waste” heat from power plants or industrial processes, combined heat and power, geothermal energy, deep lake water, or municipal solid waste and other types of biomass – that may not be feasible for individual buildings. More information is available at eesi.org/092311_district
Experts speaking on Capitol Hill about the huge potential for solar-reflective roofs and other “cool-roofing” techniques to lower the surface temperature of buildings and entire cities. Cool roofs improve comfort on hot summer days and reduce the amount of energy used for air-conditioning – thereby reducing energy costs and improving air quality. Whitening flat roofs is a low-cost solution which, if implemented in certain cities across the globe, has been estimated to have the potential to offset the carbon emissions of 300 million automobiles. More information is available at bit.ly/CoolRf
Experts speaking on Capitol Hill about the energy title of the Farm Bill, with a special focus on the Rural Energy for America Program. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) incentivizes a broad range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for all agricultural sectors across the country. As a result, thousands of rural producers and businesses are slashing energy costs with energy efficiency and renewable energy. They also are earning new income from renewable energy and creating new jobs, income, and wealth across rural America. More information is available at eesi.org/071911_reap