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Secretary Chu to Visit Houston to Highlight Obama’s State of the Union Address, Discuss “All of the Above” Energy Strategy

February 1, 2012 - 3:47pm

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Washington, D.C. – As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to highlight President Obama’s State of the Union address and discuss the Obama Administration’s commitment to American energy resources, tomorrow, Thursday, February 2, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will meet with executives from various oil and gas companies, tour a recently completed major energy efficiency upgrade at the Texas Medical Center, and host a State of the Union Town Hall with students from Houston Community College.

Secretary Chu will tour the control room of the Thermal Energy Corporation at the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center.  With the support of $10 million in federal funding, last year Thermal Energy Corporation completed a 48 megawatt combined heat and power plant that is expected to save approximately $11 million in energy costs per year.

The visit builds on the President’s State of the Union address last week, where he presented a new era for American energy and outlined a blueprint for an American economy built to last, based on American-made energy resources and clean energy innovation.  He called for “an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy,” including natural gas and renewable energy resources.  The President also highlighted the importance of energy efficiency in saving money for families and businesses and making American companies and industries more competitive.

Tour of Thermal Energy Corporation at the Texas Medical Center

WHO:      Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Under Secretary for Energy

Ed Gonzalez, Houston Mayor Pro Tem

Richard Wainerdi, President and CEO of the Texas Medical Center

WHEN:  Thursday, February 2, 2012

10:45 AM CST

*Press availability to follow

WHERE: Thermal Energy Corporation

1615 Braeswood Blvd.

Houston, TX  77030

RSVP: News media interested in attending should RSVP by contacting Linda Irby at lirby@teco.tmc.edu or (713) 791-6719.

State of the Union Town Hall at Houston Community College

WHO:      Energy Secretary Steven Chu

WHEN:   Thursday, February 2, 2012

12:00 PM CST

WHERE: Houston Community College – Spring Branch Campus

1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.

Houston, TX  77043

RSVP:  News media interested in attending should RSVP by contacting Lesa Spivey

at lesa.spivey@hccs.edu or (713) 718-5438.

 

 

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