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Biggert, UIC Officials Tout Energy-Saving Technologies to Reduce Consumption, Costs

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Location: Woodridge, IL

Biggert, UIC Officials Tout Energy-Saving Technologies to Reduce Consumption, Costs

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) joined representatives from the University of Illinois-Chicago Energy Resource Center to tout the importance of technologies to help businesses and homeowners reduce energy consumption and save money, during a visit today at the Woodridge plant of Home Run Inn Pizza.

Before expanding its facility in Woodridge, Home Run Inn Pizza consulted with the University of Illinois-Chicago's Energy Resource Center (UIC-ERC). After conducting an assessment of the plant and its operations, the UIC-ERC identified nine ways in which Home Run Inn Pizza could reduce its energy consumption and energy costs using energy-saving technologies and techniques, some of which were developed as a result of U.S. Department of Energy-funded research. Home Run Inn Pizza implemented six of the nine UIC-ERC recommendations, reducing its total energy consumption by 9.1 percent, saving approximately $17,000 this year alone.

"Home Run Inn Pizza is an energy efficiency and tech transfer success story," said Biggert, co-chair of the House Research and Development (R&D) Caucus and member of the House Science and Technology Committee. "The federal government should support such successful, collaborative efforts like the one we've heard about today. We must do more to help move energy technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace."

More companies like Home Run Inn Pizza could benefit from enactment of Biggert's legislation to create a geographically dispersed network of energy technology transfer centers to help move advanced energy technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. By a vote of 395 - 1, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 85, the Energy Technology Transfer Act, on March 12, 2007. H.R. 85 has since been referred to the Senate, where it awaits consideration. Last week, on May 22, 2007, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the bill.

"The federal government spends billions of dollars on research and development (R&D)," said Biggert. "This bill represents just a small investment in the tech transfer capabilities we need to ensure that more American businesses enjoy the tangible benefits -- such as energy and cost savings -- of our federal investment in R&D."

At the event, Biggert was joined by University of Illinois-Chicago Energy Resource Center (UIC-ERC) Director Dr. William M. Worek, Assistant Director Michael J. Chimack, Research Engineer Robert Miller, Home Run Inn President & Chief Executive Joe Perrino, Woodridge Plant Manager Mike Kelly, Production Manager Matt Carlson, Information Technology Director Kevin Costello, and Director of Project and Property Maintenance Eric Skowron.

Opening its doors in 1923, Home Run Inn makes and ships pizzas with fresh ingredients. Home Run Inn Pizza's family-owned operation has expanded to include seven restaurant locations and sells frozen pizzas in 20 states.

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