Primary Energy Recycling Corporation has received recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency for low carbon emission operations. Also, the Manager has advised of a change in its name.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized thirteen power plants that have been operated by the Manager for high environmental efficiency. Four of the thirteen plants are owned by Primary Energy Recycling Corporation (PERC). They include Cokenergy, Northlake Energy and Ironside Energy in East Chicago, Indiana; and Portside Energy in Portage, Indiana. The EPA's Combined Heat and Power Partnership issued a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Report in 2007 to the company recognizing its low-emission operations.
During 2007, the PERC plants used Recycled Energy and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology to reduce carbon emissions by 294,000 metric tons of carbon equivalents compared to similar plants using separate heat and power sources. The EPA said that is equivalent to taking 196,000 cars off the road, or planting 294,000 acres of forest.
"This recognition by the EPA highlights the fact that combined heat and power and recycling energy plants can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions today," said John Prunkl, President of the Manager. "The technology is proven and economic. Improving energy efficiency is the most cost effective and fastest way to reduce carbon emissions available to our society. We are very proud of the environmental benefits we provide each and every day from our facilities." Recycled Energy and Combined Heat and Power projects take one source of energy and convert it into two usable energy forms with the result of increased efficiency and lower emissions.
On January 31, 2008 Primary Energy Ventures LLC changed its name to EPCOR USA Ventures LLC. This name change is a result of the purchase of the Manager on November 1, 2006 by the EPCOR Power LP (TSX:EP.UN) and is part of the company's overall branding efforts.