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Eliminating barriers to energy efficiency of U.S. industry is the focus of a new report commissioned by the Department of Energy and performed by Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As the consumer of about one-third of the nation's energy, the industrial sector presents a significant opportunity to save energy, according to the report, "Making Industry Part of the Climate Solution." The team, led by Marilyn Brown of Georgia Tech, evaluated seven federal policy options designed to promote industry energy efficiency and looked specifically at benefit-to-cost metrics as well as air pollution and other benefits. The researchers found that each of the policy options is feasible and applicable and could provide incentives for industry to become more efficient, thereby improving competitiveness in the global marketplace. The 299-page report is available here.
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