Energy efficiency is our "Fifth Fuel" -- EarthRenew CEO Carin tells Reform Institute



    WASHINGTON, DC, April 21 /CNW/ - A leading proponent for energy
efficiency Christianne Carin said that US must take advantage of the vast pool
of readily available and useful energy obtainable through energy efficiency
since nearly 60 per cent of the energy used is wasted through inefficiencies.
    Speaking at a national energy symposium - Reforming American Energy:
Encouraging Innovation, Producing Solutions - convened by The Reform Institute
(www.reforminstitute.org) here today, Ms. Carin, founder, chair and chief
executive of a private clean tech company, EarthRenew, Inc.
(www.earthrenew.com), implored the US to make energy efficiency its top
priority.
    "Today, the US imports nearly 70 per cent of its oil from foreign and
sometimes unstable and unfriendly countries -- and that percentage is
growing," she emphasized. "At the same time, industries waste much of our
domestic energy sources such as clean burning natural gas, which provides a
huge opportunity through implementing energy efficiency programs utilizing
innovative technologies currently available. While governments can play a
critical role in making the US energy-efficient through incentives and other
means, the private sector can also capitalize on utilizing our own fuel
efficiently providing the nation with the 'fifth fuel' (coal, nuclear, natural
gas and oil comprise the four fuels)for advancing energy independency."
    The conference at The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill has brought together
business leaders, industry experts and elected officials to examine private
sector investment and innovation in building resilience in America's energy
sector. Keynote remarks were delivered by US Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Clean Skies TV, an online network dedicated to covering
energy and the environment (www.cleanskies.tv) is broadcasting the day-long
event.
    Ms. Carin, who founded privately-held EarthRenew in 1999, offered
efficient use of North American-produced natural gas as one immediate solution
in manufacturing and heat processing industries.
    "By making better use of our domestic resources, we can supply our energy
needs and free ourselves from foreign energy sources," she said.
    "Industry consumes about 11 quadrillion (a thousand trillion) energy
units of natural gas per year for heat and power. For example, almost 8
quadrillion of gas generates only 2.6 quadrillion of electricity after heat,
transmission and distribution losses -- a loss of almost 68 per cent. In the
manufacturing and heat processing industries alone, by applying
energy-efficient, distributed technologies, we can save enough natural gas to
displace over 10 per cent of our oil imports.
    "We can do this today. Technologies are commercially available now; we
just need to incentivize their installation nationwide. Together we can make a
difference."

    
    In order to achieve energy self-sufficiency she offered a fourfold
approach:

    1.  We must focus on implementing energy efficient technologies, today,
        we reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions and provide immediate cost
        savings for our businesses with long-lasting benefits for all;
    2.  Governments at all levels need to show leadership and immediately
        provide policies that remove barriers and make energy efficiency
        implementation straightforward nationwide;
    3.  We need real incentives for energy efficient installations creating
        viable green jobs; and
    4.  We must stop wasting domestic energy sources, such as natural gas, to
        reduce our reliance on foreign sources of energy.
    

    The US already produces enough energy to be independent from imports, she
concluded.
    "All we need to do is stop wasting our resources. We not only save
natural resources, reduce waste and protect our environment -- worthy goals in
and of themselves -- but we can also create thousands of high-paying jobs and
make our industries more competitive on the world scene. This, in turn, would
produce even more jobs as it increases demand for North American exports."

    About EarthRenew

    Founded in 1999, the privately-held company is headquartered in Calgary,
Canada and with US operations based in Half Moon Bay and Fresno, CA. The
company developed, patented and implemented new clean technologies, which
utilize the direct heat from a natural gas turbine in a cooking process,
replacing typically used fuel burners. The initial commercialization of these
technologies involves the manufacture of a new class of proprietary
fertilizers by cooking raw manure, biosolids and green waste that contain
concentrated organic matter and nutrients bundled in granules at high
temperatures without burning or degrading the content. Additional information
may be found at www.earthrenew.com.

    About The Reform Institute

    The Reform Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit centrist think tank
that formulates and advocates solutions-based reform in vital areas of public
policy. It provides objective research and analysis in critical areas of
public policy, including homeland and national security, energy and
environmental progress, economic opportunity and competitiveness, immigration
policy, governance and election reform. Additional information may be found at
www.reforminstitute.org.





For further information:

For further information: Andrew Edson & Associates, Inc., 89 Bounty
Lane, Jericho, NY 11753, USA, Andrew Edson, (516) 850-3195,
Andrew@edsonpr.com; EarthRenew Organics Ltd., 1925 - 18th Avenue NE, Suite
201, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7T8, Canada, Mark Kennedy, (403) 228-5070,
m.kennedy@earthrenew.com

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