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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

The Office of Energy Development is housed in Suite 300 of the World Trade Center building, which is located at 60 E. South Temple, on the northeast corner of City Creek Center (the copper-red building pictured here). The location puts OED within easy reach of both the Utah State Capitol and many of its business partners downtown.


Industrial Energy Efficiency

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Industry is the backbone of Utah’s economy.  According to the 2013 Utah Manufacturing Industry Profile, Utah’s manufacturing industry is the third-largest employer in the state.  Industry benefits from some of the lowest energy prices in the nation; however, energy costs can make up a significant portion of company operation expenses, which is often a substantial controllable cost to the facility and why energy efficiency matters.

As part of Utah’s commitment to commercial building energy efficiency, we released the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan in 2014, which promises to:

  • Expand options for industrial energy efficiency financing – create an energy efficiency tax credit: offering the Alternative Energy Development Tax Credit, which helps offset the project installation costs for energy efficiency improvements; in 2014, the credit was expanded to include waste-heat recovery facilities
  • Expand options for industrial energy efficiency financing – establish a state revolving loan fund: offering an alternative financing mechanism for industrial energy efficiency projects
  • Expand education and training for industrial energy efficiency: demonstrating energy efficiency techniques and strategies through peer-to-peer exchanges across Utah’s diverse industrial sectors
  • A call to action – energy management planning: encouraging upper-level management to develop and implement energy management plans to create a culture of continuous energy improvement
  • Create a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Policy Working Group: advancing the adoption of CHP as a viable and important resource for distributed generation and industrial energy efficiency

To showcase different approaches to energy efficiency, we have compiled case studies on local Utah industries that have made energy improvements.