Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Provisions in Energy Bills Should be Enhanced

Blog Post | June 15, 2010 - 5:15 pm
By R. Neal Elliott, Senior Director for Research

<p>This morning ACEEE released <a href="/press/2010/06/enhancing-energy-efficiency-provisions-pending-energy-cl">a report</a> analyzing the <a href="/topics/american-power-act-2010">American Power Act (APA)</a>, introduced by Sens. <a href="http://kerry.senate.gov">Kerry</a> and <a href="http://lieberman.senate.gov/">Lieberman</a>. The bill (combined with the <a href="/topics/acela">American Clean Energy Leadership Act or &quot;ACELA&quot;</a>) offers more industrial energy efficiency provisions than did the <a href="/topics/aces">American Clean Energy Security Act (ACES)</a> passed a year ago by the House; however, APA lacks a funding mechanism to enable the investments that are needed to modernize our manufacturing base to reduce its carbon footprint and allow it to again become the global leader in manufacturing.</p>

<p>ACEEE&#39;s report also considers enhancements to APA. These provisions dramatically increase the energy and cost savings from the bill, while producing significant new jobs. In particular our analysis of the enhanced provisions looked at using some of the allocations to the industrial sector to establish a revolving loan fund for manufacturing similar to the <a href="http://brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press_releases/release/?id=c7c464dd-079... for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act</a> introduced by <a href="http://brown.senate.gov/">Sen. Sherrod Brown</a> (D-OH). This provision, combined with other manufacturing provisions in our enhanced bill, could enable a re-invigoration of U.S. manufacturing, while realizing the low-cost energy and carbon savings available in the sector and enabling the production of new clean technology products to enable energy savings in other sectors of the economy.</p>