Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC)
Champions within industrial facilities may be the largest piece missing from the energy policy and program landscape. Some energy program administrators are sponsoring the placement of dedicated energy managers at industrial facilities to overcome the obstacles to energy optimization. These pilot efforts seek to accelerate the pace and volume of industrial energy efficiency projects.
The manufacturing sector is critically important to the U.S. economy, and this is reflected in the Obama administration’s FY 2014 budget request. The $365 million request for industrial energy efficiency through DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) shows a strong commitment to manufacturing.
Today I have the privilege of testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. My hope is that this is the beginning of a discussion that will lead to federal energy efficiency legislation later this year.
The economic benefits of energy efficiency extend far beyond lowering energy bills for consumers. Efficiency also contributes to economic development and job creation. But who benefits most from these economic opportunities? At every step of the economic value chain produced by efficiency investments (see figure below), there are opportunities to target the economic and social benefits to those households, businesses, geographies, or sectors for whom they will make the biggest difference.
This post is the third of three on sustaining local energy efficiency efforts. The first post described trends in local implementation of energy efficiency. The second was about the challenges and successes of local energy planning around the United States.
Supporters of industrial energy efficiency and combined heat & power (CHP) can breathe a sigh of relief, and might be allowed some guarded optimism as a result of the recent FY2013 appropriations mark-up by the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee (E&W) that was approved by the Committee on Appropriations Wednesday, April 25.
This post is the second of three on sustaining local energy efficiency efforts. The first post described trends in local implementation of energy efficiency. The next post will explore sustainable funding sources.
ACEEE and the Alliance for Materials Manufacturing Excellence (AMMEX) remain impressed with the President’s focus on the importance of manufacturing to the American economy.
The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) at the Department of Energy (DOE) have a long history of producing energy and cost savings for small and mid-sized ma