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Obama issues Executive Order on Industrial Energy Efficiency

Obama issues Executive Order on Industrial Energy Efficiency
Obama issues Executive Order on Industrial Energy Efficiency

Industrial facilities managers may want to check out President Obama's Executive order regarding industrial energy efficiency, which included direction for combined heat and power (CHP.)

The order was signed as the current administration looks to expedite investment in industrial energy efficiency to improve the operations of manufacturers, utilities and consumers, ultimately boosting competitiveness among U.S. manufacturing companies, generating new jobs, improving the American energy system and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

In the Order, President Obama directs agencies to speak with each other and hold regional workshops to develop and adopt best practice policies and investment models to increase industrial energy efficiency. The Order encourages existing federal authorities to support investments in facilities energy management.

Obama also called on the Departments of Energy, Commerce and Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to work together to develop actions to take and generate policies that will encourage states to improve their industrial energy efficiency.

By encouraging greater investment in industrial energy efficiency and improved CHP, U.S. manufacturers, utilities and communities could see numerous benefits. The Order states that focusing on new investments in industrial efficiency, manufacturing facilities could collectively save as much as $100 billion in the next 10 years. By introducing upgrades to U.S. manufacturing facilities, an estimated $40 billion to $80 billion in new capital would be pumped into American manufacturing companies.

The technologies used to drive higher efficiency at the country's plants is often made in the U.S., thereby creating more jobs, and helping the President meet his goal of 40 gigawatts of CHP in the next decade. With improved efficiency will come significantly lower harmful gas emissions, effectively lowering greenhouse gases and other criteria pollutants labeled a serious threat by the EPA.

The EPA's criteria pollutants are those that could be harmful to people, and include carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, ozone, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide. To reduce these emissions, the agency has established a number of rules and regulations facilities must comply with, which include the Clean Air Act, OAR Rules and Implementation and Air Toxics Rules and Implementation. 

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