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Blog | August 11, 2017

Energy efficiency and industry: the national trend

The industrial sector is unique among end-use sectors in that its energy intensity has declined consistently in recent decades, decreasing 45% from 1977 through 2016. The decline occurred even though the sector’s energy use has fluctuated, its output has almost doubled, and economic activity has risen and fallen with economic cycles.

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Blog | June 15, 2017

Budget ax threatens manufacturing program that puts America first

For all the talk that comes out of Washington, DC, about the importance of American manufacturing, the government does strikingly little about it. There is no Department of Manufacturing, for example. Fortunately, the Department of Energy has the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), which is slated for a 68% cut under the proposed 2018 budget.  

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Blog | April 26, 2017

How big is the market for intelligent efficiency technology? You may be surprised

Our new research reveals that sales of learning thermostats, a very popular form of intelligent efficiency, are expected to be three times as high this year as they were in 2013. This surge suggests broad future use of technologies that can save dramatic amounts of energy.

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Press Release | June 20, 2016
Blog | June 17, 2016

Celebrating 40 years of saving energy and training students in industrial efficiency

Industry has been important to the American economy since the earliest days of our country and the strength of the manufacturing sector is a priority for the US government and members of Congress.

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Blog | April 28, 2016

A DOE budget request sheds light on the future of advanced manufacturing

The Department of Energy’s 2017 budget request was released back in February, and is now awaiting congressional approval. The request included $261 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), the part of DOE that focuses on energy use in the manufacturing sector.

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Blog | April 22, 2015

New Senate bill spells progress for industrial energy efficiency

This Congress has started out well for industrial energy efficiency. Today, Senator Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act. This new bill joins the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015 (S. 720), better known as the Portman-Shaheen bill, which was introduced earlier this year.

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Blog | October 30, 2014

Grabbing the dollars on the ground by opting in to energy efficiency

We’ve heard a lot lately about some large energy-using customers like large factories and retail chains seeking to opt out of energy efficiency programs. But what about the states and utility service territories where these customers are opting-in instead? It’s happening. It turns out that when efficiency programs are done right, customers are clamoring to participate.

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Blog | July 29, 2014

The smart manufacturing revolution is going to transform U.S. industry

Smart manufacturing, the integration of all facets of manufacturing through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), is set to transform the industrial sector and its use of energy, raw materials, and labor over the next twenty years. Everyone in a company will have the information they need to make informed, data-driven decisions in real-time. Executives will have will have a panoramic view of productivity and managers will have an in depth view of their production costs, including energy.

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Blog | January 9, 2014

Big Efficiency for Small Manufacturing

Any serious effort to acquire energy savings from the manufacturing sector will need to address the needs of small and medium-sized manufacturers. While most industrial energy efficiency programs have first exploited efficiencies of scale by tackling the biggest energy users (quite sensibly), that approach overlooks about half of the manufacturing energy consumption in the United States.

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