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WASHINGTON—States are pursuing various ways to help industrial companies improve the efficiency of their energy use, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).

NGA launched a policy academy on enhancing industry through energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies in 2012. Under that effort, the five participating states—Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee—identified and began to assist industrial companies within their borders to implement new measures to save energy and increase their competitiveness. Five Actions Governors Can Take to Help Industry Save Energy highlights lessons learned from the policy academy and provides examples of how states are finding effective ways to help industry save energy.

“States have long supported the efforts of industrial companies to save energy,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “Yet cost-effective opportunities remain untapped. Collectively, state actions, working collaboratively with industrial companies, can lead to significant energy savings for industry.”

CHP systems produce both electricity and steam from a single fuel and recover the steam heat that normally would be wasted in an electricity-only generator. Some industrial companies could realize savings by replacing their current power source with on-site CHP technologies.

Five actions that governors can consider to help industry save energy, include:

  • Streamlining regulatory processes;
  • Building on existing state policies and programs;
  • Developing a communications strategy targeted toward industry;
  • Providing access to training and resources; and
  • Recognizing success.

For more information about this and other NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy & Transportation Division efforts, visit www.nga.org/cms/center/eet.