Tauzin Consultants Business Accelerator Signs First Energy Client

Tauzin Consultants adds innovative energy company, Green Cooling Tower Solutions, to its business acceleration portfolio  

Tauzin Consultants, LLC, is excited to announce our business acceleration program’s first client within the energy sector. The firm has signed Green Cooling Tower Solutions (GCTS), a New Orleans-based company that manufactures energy-saving and environmentally friendly cooling towers for power plants, refineries and other industrial processes.

Helping early-stage innovative companies, such as GCTS, achieve their goals is one of Tauzin Consultants’ pillars. Much of the success delivered for our clients is attributed to the firm’s expertise within a variety of industries and policy areas, including energy. In adding GCTS to our portfolio of clients, the firm’s business acceleration program expands into the energy sector, where we possess decades of experience at the highest levels. During his tenure in on Capitol Hill, former-Congressman Billy Tauzin, served as Chairman of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, and continues to be an important thought leader in the energy industry.

“Every now and then a new energy technology comes along that represents a real ‘game changer,’” said Chairman Tauzin. “For every power plant or industrial manufacturer who needs to cool its industrial water, that time has come with the advent of Green Cooling Tower Solutions. Great for energy conservation, great for minimal maintenance, great for cooling water in the hottest of climates avoiding unnecessary downtime or reduced operations, and great for the environment. Old school water towers powered by big, expensive, high maintenance and energy guzzling electric motors have finally come face to face with obsolescence. We at Tauzin Consultants are proud and excited to be part of such a win-win energy innovation.”

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GCTS offers a cost effective solution that allows industrial plants to increase production by up to 6-8% while nearly eliminating cooling costs, which typically account for .5-1.5% of a plant’s energy use. The Company’s patented hydro-turbine powered cooling towers, which are already receiving positive feedback from industry, are engineered to achieve up to 95% efficient energy transfer using waste energy in the hot water circulation system, eliminating the use of electricity for mechanical cooling. Cooling towers serve a wide range of industries including power generation, refining, chemical, paper and pulp, plastic, steel, sugar, industrial manufacturing, food processing, dairy, and HVAC.

 The Company released the following statement: “Green Cooling Tower Solutions is excited to begin work with Congressman Tauzin and Tauzin Consultants.  Both GCTS and Congressman Tauzin are proud of our beginnings in Louisiana and remain deeply rooted here, but we look forward to introducing our technology to a larger base in our country and abroad, much like Congressman Tauzin has done with his career.”

“Our goal has always been to provide cost effective cooling solutions which can benefit industries, consumers, and the environment at the same time.  We believe colder water for industrial processes is one of the most meaningful energy efficiency and environmental initiatives of our time, having the potential to save billions of kWH of energy within our user industries.  Tauzin Consultants shares our vision and will be an integral part in the growth of GCTS.”

Relying on knowledge and advice from Tauzin Consultants’ senior management, GCTS will directly engage with appropriate stakeholders to promote its green technology.  Additionally, the firm will help GCTS establish relationships with vital policymakers and agencies within the Federal government.  As a result of this collaboration, GCTS has the potential to become a leader in green energy.  More importantly, however, a variety of industry leaders, power plants, and factories will reap the benefits of GCTS’s groundbreaking technology, and in turn be able to cut costs and produce more energy for their customers.

To learn more about Green Cooling Tower Solutions, please visit the Company’s website.

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St. Charles Parish Cleared for Third Phase of West Bank Levee

HAHNVILLE – After many months of consideration by various state and federal agencies and several years of preparatory work, St. Charles Parish has received a permit to construct Phase III, also known as the Ellington Phase, of the much-needed West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources gave final approval of the permit March 6. The permit includes an earthen levee, drainage canals, tidal exchange structures, concrete T-walls and a new pump station with an estimated pumping capacity of 1,000 cubic feet of water per second. Two existing pump stations will continue to facilitate interior drainage as part of this phase.

The permit receipt comes as the parish gears up to advertise for bids on the construction of the first of five parts of levee Phase II, or Willowridge, to be built just south of the subdivision of the same name, as well as the Willowdale subdivision, in Luling. Plans and specifications are currently going through final reviews with the state. Project managers will capitalize on lessons and information learned as a result of the upcoming construction to guide them in future phases. Phase II also includes the construction of an additional 300 cubic-feet-per-second pump station.

Phase III runs south of the Mimosa Park subdivision and will stretch 3.1 miles to protect homes, businesses and industry in the communities of Luling, Boutte and Hahnville, tying in at Magnolia Ridge in Boutte. At this time, the parish is moving forward with surveying, land acquisition, soil testing and design.

“Functional hurricane protection for the entire west bank of St. Charles Parish is now much closer to reality,” Parish President V.J. St. Pierre said. “This permit is the result of difficult, tireless work by parish employees, consultants, regulatory agencies and many others. My top priority as parish president has been and will continue to be seeing this important project move along as expeditiously as funding allows and setting up the next parish administration and council for success.”

The St. Charles Parish Council in October approved mitigation agreements worth $2.75 million to offset 44 acres of wetlands to be impacted during construction of Phase III. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has pledged $2 million to help offset the parish’s mitigation costs.

The state is providing $12.5 million in Statewide Flood Control Program funding and $1 million in State Capital Outlay funding for the Willowridge Phase, with the remainder coming from the parish’s general fund.

“The parish was successful in obtaining funding for construction of Phase II because it will be a closed levee system upon completion,” St. Charles Parish Grants Officer Holly Fonseca said.

The parish worked with Garret Graves and Jerome Zeringue of CPRA, Steve Wilson of the Pontchartrain Levee District, the Louisiana Office of Coastal Management, lobbying firm Tauzin Consultants, the Lafourche Basin Levee District and consultants Burk-Kleinpeter Inc. and GCR on the project.

“I am so proud to have been able to spearhead the Public Works Department’s efforts on this project; it has truly been a team effort,” St. Charles Parish Public Works Director Sam Scholle said. “This is a very exciting time for St. Charles Parish, and we look forward to using this momentum in the search for appropriate funding. I personally owe a lot to Steve Wilson’s guidance.”

The west bank of St. Charles Parish is home to about 29,000 people and a bustling industrial corridor along the Mississippi River, including chemical plants and a nuclear power plant. According to a recent economic study by the St. Charles Parish Economic Development Department, unprotected residential and industrial properties on the west bank are worth approximately $10.5 billion. The entire 10-mile project is estimated at $150 million. The parish continues to seek funding assistance from the federal government and other sources to expedite construction.

The parish is currently working with CPRA and the Lafourche Basin Levee District to have the entire west bank levee system incorporated into the state’s Coastal Master Plan, including the Davis Diversion West Guide Levee, the West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee and the Sunset Drainage District Levee with a floodgate at Bayou Des Allemands.

Work on Phase I, Magnolia Ridge, is continuing as well. The parish has submitted a revised permit application that will allow it to re-evaluate pump station parameters and work with regulatory agencies to develop a drainage solution for landowners in the area, many of whom have had an increase in standing water on their properties.

Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall in late August, demonstrated the vulnerability of St. Charles Parish’s west bank. Isaac produced tropical storm-force winds for a 57-hour period within the parish. A storm of similar strength on a track 50 miles west would have caused widespread devastation on the west bank similar to flooding and damage seen in St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.

“We have known for decades that hurricane protection for our west bank is sorely needed, and Isaac just magnified that fact,” St. Charles Parish District VII Councilwoman Julia Fisher-Perrier said. “I am happy to see this project moving forward in the wake of such an eye-opening storm event.”

Fisher-Perrier’s district encompasses the Ellington Phase. She recently won a mid-term election to the District VII seat unopposed.

Parish officials will be announcing the date and location of a town hall meeting soon regarding the construction of Phase II. For more information on the St. Charles Parish West Bank Hurricane Protection levee project and to see an alignment map, visit “Residents” at stcharlesparish-la.gov. For more information on parish activities, visit stcharlesparish-la.govfacebook.com/stcharlesgov or twitter.com/stcharlesgov.

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Tauzin Consultants Names Jennifer Higgins as Principal

Tauzin Consultants, LLC, a Washington, DC government relations and advocacy firm, is proud to announce and welcome Jennifer N. Higgins as our newest Principal. Ms. Higgins will continue to represent her existing clients and work with Tauzin Consultants, LLC to improve and expand its consulting services.

“I am excited to begin the next chapter of my career with Tauzin Consultants,” says Jenn Higgins. “Chairman Tauzin has assembled a fantastic team with strong relationships and expertise in virtually every area of Washington policy. There is tremendous growth potential in the health care space and I am eager to work with Tauzin Consultants in this endeavor.”

Ms. Higgins brings ten-plus years of health care expertise both on and off K Street. Representing and advising clients in the hospital, biotech and post-acute care space, Higgins’ career has touched virtually every area of the health care industry.

“Jenn impressed me from day one with her incredible work ethic and intelligence, especially when I learned that she not only read the entire PPACA but understood it,” said Congressman Billy Tauzin.

Before joining Tauzin Consultants, Ms. Higgins was a partner at Capitol Health Group, LLC where she spent much of her time lobbying both sides of the aisle on major health care policy proposals and dissecting the impact for Capitol Health Group’s clients. Not only did she advise on legislative matters, Ms. Higgins also served as the primary liaison for the firm’s clients, interacting closely with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on regulatory issues.

“Jenn understands our company and what we need in Washington. She is the consummate professional, very knowledgeable about health care issues, their impact on our business, and is well known in health policy circles. I am proud to have her represent my company,” said Mal Mixon, Chairman of Invacare Corporation, one of several clients Jenn will bring with her to Tauzin Consultants.

Prior to 2006, Ms. Higgins was Senior Associate with the Marwood Group, a healthcare and financial services firm based in New York.  Her primary responsibility was to advise clients on the legislative and regulatory risk to all facility-based health care sectors. During this time, she was also responsible for developing due diligence reports on the hospital, diagnostic imaging, and hospice industries in preparation for several major private equity acquisitions. Her previous experience includes advising senior agency officials in the Office of the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and debriefing hospital chief executives on the intricacies of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 as an analyst with the Advisory Board Company.

In addition to lobbying work, Ms. Higgins is also an adjunct assistant professor at Temple University in the Department of Public Health, and teaches a monthly module to civil servants on lobbying the Congress at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

Ms. Higgins attended Davidson College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Economics and Ethics in 2002. She also holds a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

 

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Tauzin Consultants Will Represent St. Charles Parish Council in Washington

St. Charles Parish Council members argued over who should represent the parish in Washington, but ultimately chose a firm founded by former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin.

Council members Carolyn Schexnaydre, Terry Authement and Paul Hogan voted against the $258,000 two-year contract for lobbying services.

St. Charles is the first public client for Tauzin Consultants, which was founded by Tauzin and his son Tom in December.

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Resilient Network Systems Hires Tauzin Consultants

The new lobby shop of former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) and his son Tom has registered its first client.

The San-Francisco based tech company Resilient Networks Systems has hired Tauzin Consultants to help lobby on the deployment of electronic medical records under the healthcare reform law among other issues, according to lobbying disclosure records.

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Tauzin Launches Consulting Business

Former PhRMA chief Billy Tauzin said Thursday that he has opened his own lobbying shop and will share clients with lobbying law firm Alston + Bird.

The news comes a day after Alston + Bird announced, and Tauzin confirmed, that they would be teaming up while providing only vague details about Tauzin’s new role. On Wednesday, the firm’s press release said Tauzin would serve as a special legislative counsel, but it did not describe the nature of the arrangement.

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