A diverse group of Minnesota business, environmental, labor and government stakeholders gathered recently to answer the following questions: 1) what are the largest barriers preventing further investment in industrial energy efficiency in Minnesota, and 2) what tools and resources are available, or what policy changes are needed, to reduce those barriers?
To identify the barriers preventing industrial energy efficiency improvements specifically in Minnesota, the BlueGreen Alliance joined with the St. Paul Port Authority and the United Steelworkers to convene stakeholders from taconite companies, pulp and paper mills, and other stakeholders from around the state. Their input was used to develop recommendations for policy makers to address the barriers identified and to make new and significant energy efficiency projects possible. The results were clear. While stakeholder companies have increased energy efficiency—given the energy-‐intensity of these industries—participants supported opportunities that could remove internal hurdles and other barriers to new and significant energy efficiency and related projects.
Competing to Win: Spurring Industrial Energy Efficiency in Minnesota summarizes the benefits of increasing industrial energy efficiency, quantifies the opportunity for the state of Minnesota, identifies the barriers preventing projects from being installed, and issues a series of recommendations to address these barriers.