Distributed Energy App Launched at Rio+20


California can save millions on electricity with first-ever distributed energy calculator simultaneously launched at historic Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil and Sacramento June 19

In Sacramento, Californians invited to calculate energy savings and tape “Future They Want” messages for Rio delegates. State’s political leaders join world’s largest microturbine manufacturer – headquartered in California — to focus on critical energy solutions for California and world. 

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 19, 2012 – If just one percent of Sacramento, Calif., facilities that use large amounts of energy switched from utility power to low-emission microturbines, solar PV, and wind turbines, they could roughly save an estimated $10 million annually and reduce carbon dioxide emissions about 82,000 tons, according to the industry’s first-of-its-kind Distributed Energy Calculator, developed by Capstone Turbine Corporation of California.

View Capstone’s Distributed Energy Calculator at http://distributedenergycalculator.com. The Calculator culls data and electrical rates directly from regional utilities and the United States Department of Energy.

Capstone (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, will launch the Calculator at the prominent United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today, and at a simultaneous event at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

Calculator figures indicate that by incorporating a combination of low-emission microturbines, solar PV, and wind turbines, cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco likely would experience even greater economic and environmental benefits because of their climate zones and current power sources.

The Calculator is designed to help government officials, business people, and citizens from hundreds of United States cities to accurately calculate with, just a few keystrokes, how installing clean-and-green microturbines, solar PV, and wind turbines – either together or individually – can slash energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions at facilities that use large amounts of power.

On a larger scale in Sacramento, calculations show that if nine facility types, including hotels, office buildings, factories, retailers, universities, hospitals and more, used only power from the three clean-energy sources, more than $1 billion in energy cost savings would occur and  carbon dioxide emissions would drop nearly 8.2 million tons each year.

“This is the first-of-its-kind Distributed Energy Calculator,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone President and CEO. “Our goal is to provide real data that will help people make smart energy decisions for the clean energy future we want.”

He added, “We believe a holistic approach to clean, decentralized energy is imperative to reach the future we want. Our low-emission microturbines are a clean-and-green alternative energy source that can be installed anywhere and, when considered with solar and wind power, can craft a future where economical, reliable, clean energy is the norm.”

Microturbine data is based on combined heat and power (CHP) applications, which average 80 percent energy efficiency. As a microturbine generates low-emission electricity from natural gas, biogas, or another fuel, it also produces exhaust heat. With a CHP system, rather than letting the thermal energy escape into the air, it’s captured and recycled to warm a facility; produce domestic hot water or steam; heat dryers at manufacturers and for other industrial processes; and warm anaerobic digesters that break down waste at a landfill, farm or wastewater treatment plant.

“I’m proud that my district is home to the world’s largest manufacturer of clean energy microturbines,” said State Sen. Alex Padilla. “California can reclaim its manufacturing base by incentivizing clean energy manufacturing that creates jobs, reduces electricity consumption, and reduces air pollution. My bill, SB 1128, would help address this by eliminating the sales tax California currently imposes on the purchase of manufacturing equipment. California is one of only three states that impose this tax. Removing it would improve our ability to attract and retain manufacturing companies.”

Added Jamison, “Capstone and CHP have bipartisan support at national, regional, and local levels, from government organizations to non-government organizations. All agree that distributed power systems have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to the U.S. power system.”

Title corporate sponsor:  The Future We Want Pavilion at UN Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Serving as title corporate sponsor of The Future We Want Pavilion at the international Rio Earth Summit is appropriate for Capstone because clean-and-green microturbines are a sound answer to three energy issues the UN conference will address:

  • universal access to sustainable energy;
  • doubling energy efficiencies; and
  • doubling the use of renewable energy sources – all by 2030.

The Future We Want exhibition is a partnership between the United Nations Department of Public Information and Future We Want founders, Bill Becker of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Jonathan Arnold of Arnold Imaging.  The exhibition will run from June 13 – 23.

The Future We Want exhibition sits at the entrance of the Rio+20 conference and spans a 136 x 20-foot wall, where 50,000 heads of state, business executives, global policy makers, and other leaders will pass daily. The visually striking exhibition features large screens broadcasting inspiring visualizations about what communities and governments can do now and in the immediate future to address energy, poverty, hunger, conservation, and smart development by 2030.

The Future We Want films and animations were collected from 50 countries and showcase solutions and visions for the future. Capstone will also debut several global microturbine-focused energy films that highlight the significant benefits of using renewables as fuel for clean power generation.

Capstone brings Rio +20 to Sacramento, Calif.

To recognize California’s leadership role in promoting global energy sustainability, Capstone is hosting a Rio+20: The Future We Want “Carnivale in the Capitol” celebration today in Sacramento for state legislators and their staff, business leaders, and energy officials.

“It’s an opportunity to recognize California officials for their clean energy planning and programs, and to educate them about the global impact of Capstone microturbines on energy sustainability,” Jamison said.

Capstone positioned to advance UN’s energy goals 

The world’s energy availability numbers are dismal. Just 1 in 5 people lack access to modern electricity and an astounding 3 billion people – 43% of the world’s population – rely on high-polluting wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating.

UN goal #1: Universal access to sustainable energy:

  • microturbines can produce 30 kilowatts to 10+ megawatts completely off the grid
  • more than 6,500 reliable, clean-and-green microturbines are installed in 75 countries – from secluded  mountains to major metropolitan cities on nearly every continent.

UN goal #2: Double energy efficiency:

  • microturbines can attain up to 80% energy efficiency – much higher than the 50% efficiency of many traditional power sources.

UN goal #3: Double the use of renewable energy sources:

  • microturbines run on a variety of fuels, including renewables;
  • cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 50%;
  • slash nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions 95%; and
  • operate in tandem with solar and wind power.

Media Inquiries
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Laura Dowling, Dowling Public Relations

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