WASHINGTON—The United States industrial sector accounts for about one-third of the nation’s energy use, and governors are looking for ways to improve its energy efficiency and enhance economic development. To assist states, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced four states—Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois and Iowa—will participate in a policy academy that will help them develop and implement strategic plans to improve the productivity and competitiveness of their manufacturing, assembling and processing companies.

The Policy Academy on Enhancing Industry Through Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power, which runs from September 2012 through April 2013, will bring together teams of senior-level policy advisors and other stakeholders to focus on identifying cost-effective strategies; designing new policies, programs and measures; structuring effective funding and financing options; and exploring innovative outreach, education and training approaches. At the end of the process, NGA staff will share the lessons and accomplishments of the participating states with all of the states and territories.

“We are committed to improving energy efficiency and making businesses more competitive,” said Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. “Through the NGA policy academy, we look forward to continuing our efforts to make changes and innovations in the diverse industries that drive Arkansas’s economy.”

The selected states will:

  • Participate in two workshops, each lasting two and a half days;
  • Participate in two in-state site visits with NGA staff and/or expert faculty;
  • Receive targeted technical assistance from the NGA Center for Best Practices staff and a faculty of experts;
  • Participate in networking activities with peers and experts; and
  • Receive a grant to support related activities.

A policy academy is a highly interactive, team-based, multi-state process for helping a select number of states develop and implement an action plan to address a complex public policy issue. Participating states receive guidance and technical assistance from NGA staff and faculty experts, as well as consultants from the private sector, research organizations and academia.

Funding for this Policy Academy was made possible by the Department of Energy.

To learn more about the work of the Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, please visit http://www.nga.org/cms/center/eet.