Friday, December 18, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Introduces Gas Turbine Efficiency Legislation

Schenectady-Based GE Estimates Program Could Create Thousands Of Jobs Industry-Wide In Engineering, Construction, And Retrofits For Existing Gas

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation that would improve the efficiency of natural gas turbines used in electric power generation systems, and lead to significant savings for consumers. The Gas Turbine Efficiency Act would create a research and development and technology demonstration grant program through the Department of Energy to help companies study ways to implement better technology and ramp up efficiency. Congressman Paul Tonko introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives.

"The technology developed under this legislation would reduce carbon dioxide emissions, create thousands of good-paying engineering, construction and manufacturing jobs right here at home, lower energy costs, and spur economic activity across the country," said Senator Gillibrand. "The U.S. has been a world leader in developing gas turbine technology, and this legislation would create a public-private partnership to help the U.S. preserve its position and strengthen its economy."

"I applaud Senator Gillibrand for recognizing the critical importance of this bill. Energy efficiency should be our fuel of choice - which we should drill and mine like we currently drill for oil and mine coal. Not only will the efficiencies created by this program reduce our fuel consumption, save more than a billion dollars per year in fuel costs, and dramatically reduce the production of greenhouse gases, it will also create clean energy jobs and enhance our energy security," Congressman Tonko said

Click here to read how Senator Gillibrand is pushing job growth.

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