Subject: Linda Sánchez Launches Clean Energy Jobs Plan

For Immediate Release, November 8, 2011
Contact: Adam Hudson, 202-225-6676

Linda Sánchez Launches Clean Energy Jobs Plan
Congresswoman Unveils Tax Reform Plan to Create Jobs in Southern California During Tour of World’s Leading Microturbine Company

news_CA-Sanchez-CapstoneChatsworth, CA – Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) today unveiled a creative plan to create jobs and promote American energy efficiency and independence by announcing the “American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act” (H.R. 3394). The recently introduced legislation would give producers of microturbine technology the same tax credits other renewable and fuel cell technologies receive. Microturbines are clean energy systems that provide a low-emission, uninterrupted power supply and help control energy costs.

“This legislation builds on the great American tradition of innovation and manufacturing, but, most importantly, it will help our country create new high-paying jobs,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “On top of that, this bill helps promote investment in the clean energy economy and reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Microturbines produce efficient thermal energy and clean electrical power, and it’s about time that microturbine technology joins solar power and wind power in the national conversation for clean energy solutions.”

The “American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act” would amend the current tax code to establish a 30% investment tax credit for microturbines, putting it on par with other renewable technologies. By advancing smart tax policy and smart regulations to help businesses expand and grow, H.R. 3394 would enable American microturbine producers to triple their domestic manufacturing. Industry experts estimate that this tax credit could create over 2,000 new jobs almost immediately. Additionally, enough new microturbines could be put into use during the first year of the tax credit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 170,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide.

Congresswoman Sánchez unveiled her clean energy jobs plan during a tour of Capstone Turbine Corporation’s facilities in Chatsworth, CA. Capstone manufactures low-emission microturbine systems, which are used by companies, hospitals, landfills, manufacturers, oil-and-gas sites and more across California and worldwide.

“Capstone Turbine Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of clean microturbine energy systems. We are honored to host Congresswoman Sanchez at our factory today, and we applaud her support for American manufacturing, clean energy, and energy efficiency,” said Darren Jamison, President and CEO of Capstone Turbine Corporation. “H.R. 3394 will grow the domestic market for microturbines, which today are manufactured almost exclusively in the United States, but are sold predominantly overseas. If this bill passes, more American businesses will be able to generate their own electricity and thermal energy onsite, saving those businesses money but also strengthening energy security and reducing pollution.”

Microturbines are an American-invented technology. 90% of the world’s microturbines are manufactured right in the United States. Additionally, microturbines can reach 90% energy efficiency.

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February 13, 2013
Source: South Coast AQMD

Microturbines reduce diesel fuel usage by 200,000 gallons annually

news_Catalina-AQMD-SCERepresentatives from the South Coast AQMD and Southern California Edison today will dedicate 23 propane-fueled electrical generating units at the Edison power station near Avalon to help reduce air pollution and cut diesel fuel use on Catalina Island.

“These microturbines are helping to reduce smog-forming pollutants and diesel particulates from Catalina’s power plant,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., AQMD’s Chairman. “This will help improve air quality not only on Catalina but also on the mainland as prevailing winds can carry pollutants onshore.”

The addition of the microturbines to Southern California Edison’s electric system on Catalina Island provides approximately 1.5 megawatts in capacity, while reducing the consumption of diesel fuel by 200,000 gallons annually, said Caroline Choi, Southern California Edison’s vice president for regulatory policy.

“We are pleased to celebrate the dedication of 23 microturbines,” Choi said. “The microturbines allow SCE to operate its diesel engines in an optimal manner for the installed emissions reduction equipment.”

AQMD provided the 60-kilowatt microturbines to Edison and they became operational at SCE’s Pebbly Beach generating station in December 2011. Prior to that time, diesel engines provided 100 percent of electricity generated on Catalina.

In 2012, use of the microturbines reduced diesel fuel consumption at the power plant by 200,000 gallons, or about 10 percent. This in turn reduced smog-forming nitrogen oxide emissions from the facility by about 8 percent and diesel particulate matter by about 9.5 percent.

In addition to reducing air pollution and diesel fuel usage, the microturbines supplement electrical power and help offset peak power loads on the island. Last year, the microturbines generated 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy or about nine percent of the total power produced on the island.

Since 2001, AQMD has deployed 210 similar microturbines throughout the Southland. Microturbines, fueled by natural gas or propane as well as renewable biogas from landfills and wastewater facilities, can provide clean, alternative power to distributed generation projects that are not connected to the power grid.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.