Economic Recession & Recovery

Blog | August 20, 2010

America’s Anemic 13% Energy (in) Efficiency

Congress and the news media continue to focus almost completely on the question of where we will find new sources of conventional but clean energy. Yet, the surprising insight is that the robustness of our economy squarely depends on more productive investments in energy efficiency. Indeed, the overwhelming emphasis today on new energy supplies is “crowding out” a meaningful national dialogue and progress on achieving greater efficiency in an economy that today wastes 87% of the energy we use.

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Blog | July 28, 2010

International Freight Cost Increase Further Encouraging Domestic Production

A story in Monday's New York Times reports that the costs of marine freight are again increasing as the global economy recovers. This trend is a reemergence of a trend that ACEEE noted in the last half of the past decade. Part of this trend is competition for capacity, but much of it results from infrastructure constraints at U.S. ports that increase the cost and delay imports into the U.S.

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Blog | July 2, 2010

NY Times Story Highlights Manufacturing Workforce Issues

<p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/business/economy/02manufacturing.html?... in today&#39;s New York Times highlighted a fact that ACEEE has been hearing for several years, which is there is a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers (as I discussed last year in my Senate Energy <a href="/tstimony/032409_senate_RNE.pdf">testimony</a>).

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Blog | June 1, 2010

Manufacturing Recovery Continues in May

<p>The <a href="http://www.ism.ws/about/?navItemNumber=4884">Institute of Supply Management</a> reported today that <a href="http://www.ism.ws/ISMReport/MfgROB.cfm">activity in 16 of 18 industry sectors increased last month</a>, for the 10th consecutive month of manufacturing growth. The only industry groups that contracted were petroleum and coal.</p>

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Blog | May 14, 2010

Federal Data Shows Sustained Recovery in Manufacturing

<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100514/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy">Three federal data reports released today</a> provide further evidence of a sustained recovery in the manufacturing sector.

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Blog | April 29, 2010

Business Attitudes Toward Energy Efficiency Are Changing

<p>Business investment is rebounding rapidly, reversing directing from the drastic cutbacks and plant closings that began almost two years ago.

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Blog | March 31, 2010

Manufacturing Continues to Recover, If Somewhat Slower

<p>While <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100331/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy">reports </a>indicate that factor orders increased for the 10th month out of the past 11, inventories grew at a slower rate than anticipated indicating continued caution on the part of companies. The bright spots are in investments in manufacturing equipment that suggest a growing recovery in manufacturing capacity.

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Blog | January 27, 2010

ACEEE Signs Coalition Letter in Support of Manufacturing EE Jobs

<p>In December, ACEEE and 26 other leading trade associations, industrial firms, and NGOs signed a letter in support of provisions in upcoming jobs legislation that will create jobs, improve energy efficiency in manufacturing, and help make American industry more competitive.</p>

<p><a class="linktopdf" href="/files/pdf/policy-brief/Manufacturing_EE_in_Jobs_Bill_Letter.pdf">The letter can be read in full here</a>.</p>

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Blog | January 4, 2010

Manufacturing Grows in December

<p>According to a <a href="http://www.ism.ws/ISMReport/MfgROB.cfm">new report released by the Institute for Supply Management</a>, in December the U.S. manufacturing sector grew for the fifth straight month. The ISM&#39;s index of national factory activity rose to 55.9 from 53.6, putting it at its highest level since April 2006.<br />
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