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Report finds Efficiency Investments would “Green” Ohio Industry

November 19, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Investing in industrial efficiency could pave the way to reduced costs, reduced carbon emissions and more energy savings for Ohio manufacturers, according to a new report from Policy Matters Ohio. Author Amanda Woodrum says Ohio's industrial sector consumes more of the state's energy than any other part of its economy, making it a prime target for achieving energy savings and emission reductions.

Troubled economic times provide a real opportunity to invest to make the state's industry leaner and greener, she points out.

"The resulting energy savings and reduced emissions can actually solidify Ohio's manufacturing stronghold in the new global clean energy economy."

Woodrum says one way to move toward more energy-efficient industry is the use of combined heat and power, which makes use of heat generated during the production of electricity, which is generally discarded. The report also recommends that Ohio support climate change legislation and extend and expand the state's Advanced Energy Fund, which is currently set to expire.

In order to reduce dependence on polluting fuel - most of which is purchased from outside the state, Woodrum notes - manufacturers should be encouraged to better manage energy use.

"Manufacturers can actually use those energy savings and then reinvest them into their bottom line - reinvest them into their facilities, their products and their workers - and reduce pollution at the same time. It's a win-win situation."

In 2006, Ohio manufacturers together spent an estimated $5.6 billion on energy. The report finds that if manufacturing were more efficient, the state as a whole would use less energy.

The full report is available at www.policymattersohio.org.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH