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Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>

     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing on Monday, April 27, will
sponsor a briefing on microturbines and opportunities for industrial
energy efficiency.  Electric industry restructuring has accelerated
the development of distributed generation technologies, including
microturbines.  As a result, the market is pointing towards the need
for electric generating equipment located closer to the customer, as
opposed to centralized generators that require transportation of the
power to remote customers.

     At least three companies are demonstrating microturbines (30-75
kW), and another five companies are developing similar products. 
Microturbines are expected to be far cleaner, lighter weight, and
quieter than current engine technology.

     The briefing also will provide an overview of efforts by the
Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) to
improve energy and resource efficiency in the most energy-intensive
industries, including chemicals, paper and forest products, steel,
aluminum, metalcasting, and glass.   OIT has developed an innovative
approach ** called Industries of the Future ** to shape its R&D
portfolio and leverage budgets with its partners' resources.

     The April 27 briefing will run from noon until 1:00 pm in room
706 of the Hart Senate Office Building (Senator Lieberman's conference
room).  Speaking will be Denise Swink, a deputy assistant secretary at

     CONTACT:  Geoffrey Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606). 

     Bethlehem Steel and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of
Industrial Technologies invite interested individuals to an Energy
Technology Showcase at the Burns Harbor Division of Bethlehem Steel
(Burns Harbor, Indiana) on Thursday, April 30, from 8:00 am to 3:00
pm.  The day's events include technical presentations of technologies
that save energy, reduce pollution, and increase productivity, as well
as guided tours of selected sites within the Burns Harbor plant.  The
tours will showcase cutting-edge technologies that resulted from DOE's
partnership with the steel industry.

     The Burns Harbor Division, Bethlehem's flagship facility, is the
nation's newest integrated steel mill and one of the most efficient in
the world.  The plant employs 6,000 people and produces 5.6 million
tons of steel annually.  The plant is located approximately 40 miles
southeast of Chicago, an easy trip from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway

     To register, call Energetics, Inc. at 1-800-647-0912 ext. 291, or
ask for the Bethlehem Steel Technology Showcase.

     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate
Coalitions have been testifying and writing letters on a variety of
federal programs that affect the region.  Of interest to lawmakers
from the Upper Mississippi River region have been the Mississippi
River Environmental Management Program and the Fish and Wildlife
Service Refuge Program.  Great Lakes Task Force members have focused
on the Great Lakes National Program Office, activities associated with
the National Invasive Species Act, and programs affecting nonpoint
source pollution, habitat protection, and contaminated sediments. 
Among the other initiatives addressed are the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program, industrial energy efficiency, weatherization,
trade adjustment assistance, and manufacturing extension.

Glenn Starnes
Systems Manager
Northeast-Midwest Institute