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Manufacturing industry


Kentucky is a relatively industrialized state, with 44 percent of all energy consumption occurring in the industrial sector (compared to 33 percent for the U.S. as a whole).  Kentucky industries have the potential to save millions of dollars by adopting technologies and practices that improve energy efficiency, conserve resources and increase product yields.

The U.S. Department of Energy created the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) to coordinate national efforts to improve industrial energy efficiency and environmental performance. AMO works with diverse partners that will help U.S. manufacturers succeed. 

The Cabinet for Economic Development has a number of programs to assist companies wanting to locate or expand in the Commonwealth.  We encourage you to contact the cabinet to see what incentives might apply to your business.


If you are looking for ways to make energy efficiency improvements to your facility, consider these sources of capital:

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs)

  • See handout summarizing the IRBs and processes
  • Bond Allocation Committee page with links to statutes, regulations, etc
  • For more information, contact the Office of Financial Management in the Finance and Administration Cabinet at 5002-564-2924.

Energy Project Assessment Districts (EPAD): sometimes called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) districts, these local government legal entities have to be authorized through ordinance in your community. Once an ordinance is passed and procedures put in place a community can offer low-cost financing securitized through your property tax assessment. Find out if your community offers EPAD. Learn more below:

Financing Navigator- check out this tool to explore alternative financing options. Many are available in Kentucky or in your community.