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Governor unveils energy-efficiency, savings plan to target industry, farmers and air quality

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Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News

Utah may boast abundant energy resources such as coal, natural gas and crude oil, but the message Gov. Gary Herbert drilled home at his energy summit is to save energy at every turn.

Herbert chose his 2014 Energy Development Summit on Wednesday at the Salt Palace Convention Center to unveil a 26-point “energy-efficiency and conservation” plan that aims to boost energy savings in the major sectors of Utah’s economy.

Those sectors are first and primarily industry and agriculture, with “savings” reached through innovative financing plans such as the establishment of a revolving loan fund, the creation of an energy-efficiency tax credit and producer incentives for farmers and ranchers.

Herbert’s plan also calls for boosting energy efficiency in key areas of critical concern for many in Utah — water supplies and air quality.

“A big component of this plan is transportation — better transportation, better fuels and more efficient automobiles. We want our building codes to be more efficient,” he said, stressing that a major emphasis of the plan is education and outreach.

“It is hard to be more efficient if you do not know how,” the governor said. “This is about what we can do as a community to be better. We are trying to lead by example, and we expect that the public will do its part too.”

For air quality, Herbert wants industry to pay more attention upfront in the production of energy and become more efficient, which could lead to reductions in emissions at the back end. (…)

To read more, please visit the Deseret News.