The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the release of Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency, prepared as directed by the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (Act). DOE prepared this report with collaboration from nearly 50 experts, including representatives from industrial associations, combined heat and power (CHP) groups, environmental stewardship organizations, associations of state governmental agencies, and federal governmental agencies.
The report—including the accompanying study (Appendix A)—examines barriers that impede the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in the industrial sector, and identifies successful examples and opportunities to overcome these barriers. Three groups of energy efficiency technologies and measures were examined:
- Industrial end-use energy efficiency,
- Industrial demand response, and
- Industrial CHP.
The report also includes the estimated economic benefits from hypothetical Federal energy efficiency matching grants, as directed by the Act. The conclusions of this collaborative effort emphasize the important role that industrial energy efficiency has in the United States and highlight its potential to continue to assist American industrial sectors with being strong, clean, and efficient for decades to come.