WASHINGTON, DC – Gerry Sweeney, President and CEO of Rain CII Carbon LLC (Rain CII), spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Power on June 19, 2012. Mr. Sweeney testified on behalf of Rain CII in its capacity as a member of the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA).
Mr. Sweeney’s testimony focused on current and anticipated EPA regulations that affect industries which produce some measure of greenhouse gases. Rain CII is an industry leader in reducing its carbon footprint by energy cogeneration as part of its manufacturing process. In furtherance of that effort, Rain has a new cogeneration facility under construction at its Sulphur, Louisiana plant. Energy cogeneration – the capture of waste heat in order to produce electricity or steam to offset power needs – is recognized by many state agencies as a renewable resource, similar to wind, solar, or hydro, in power production.
Rain CII is one of the leading producers of calcined petroleum coke (CPC). Rain CII has the capacity to produce more than 2.4 million tons of CPC annually, representing 10% of the world’s requirements for CPC. CPC is the source of carbon consumed in the production of aluminum and titanium dioxide the world over. Louisiana is the largest CPC producing region in the world outside of China, with Rain CII accounting for more than half of Louisiana’s CPC production.
Rain CII is headquartered in Kingwood, Texas; Stamford, Connecticut; and Hyderabad, India. Rain CII’s operating facilities include nine CPC plants with US operating locations in Louisiana (4), Mississippi (1), Illinois (1), and West Virginia (1) and affiliated operations in Visakhapatnam, India (1) and Zhenjiang, China (1).