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Energy savings and the use of renewable energy have been fundamental energy management objectivesof the pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry for decades. The industry is a leader in the use of renewable energy and highly-efficient combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration.

• On average, about 66 percent of the energy used at AF&PA member pulp and paper mills and wood
products facilities is generated from carbon-neutral biomass.

• Energy purchased by member pulp and paper mills was reduced by nearly 9 percent since 2005,
making significant progress toward achieving our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goal of a 10
percent reduction in purchased energy.

• Pulp, paper, packaging and wood products facilities account for 62 percent of the renewable biomass
energy consumed by facilities in manufacturing sectors.

• Since 1990, AF&PA members decreased purchased energy (mostly fossil fuels) use in their pulp and
paper mills by 25 percent.

• Pulp, paper, packaging and wood products mills produced 30 percent of the CHP electricity generated
by manufacturing facilities. In fact, 96 percent of electricity produced by the industry was CHPgenerated. Despite being the largest manufacturer of renewable biomass energy in the country, purchased energy is still a major manufacturing cost for the forest and paper industry.

• AF&PA supports policies that reduce the cost of energy by encouraging fuel diversity, increasing
access to supplies both on and offshore, investing in breakthrough technologies, and promoting
conservation.

• AF&PA also supports maintaining policies to encourage power generation from highly-efficient energy
sources, such as cogeneration facilities.

• Demand response programs are a cost-effective way to reduce electricity demand, thereby reducing
costs for all rate payers. AF&PA supports policies to fairly compensate demand response resources.

• As the nation confronts the challenge of upgrading its electrical transmission infrastructure, care must
be taken to ensure that upgrades are based on sound economic analysis and that their costs are paid
for in a fair and equitable manner.

• While the industry is a leader in the use of renewable biomass for energy, it is also concerned about
the new demands being imposed on the resource from market-distorting government mandates and
incentives.