Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC)
A few months ago we reported on a dramatic increase in the Department of Energy‘s (DOE) budget request for the Industrial Technology Program (ITP), as well as a more prominent position for White House Manufacturing Counselor Ron Bloom on the National Economic Council. In the past few weeks, we have seen further indications of the Administration’s sust
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Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) Issues 10 Orders Designed to Expand the Energy Efficiency Efforts of Utilities
On Friday, December 10, 2010, Arkansas became the first state in the Southeast to adopt a comprehensive set of policies on utility energy efficiency programs, including an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). Arkansas is the twenty-sixth state to adopt an EERS. (Click here to learn about all state EERS policies.)
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) earned recognition for three outstanding programs in ACEEE's latest States Stepping Forward report, which can be accessed here. The programs present unique, innovative models to hasten the market penetration of energy efficiency technologies in municipal wastewater facilities, commercial facilities, and industrial buildings.
<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.
Business investment is rebounding rapidly, reversing directing from the drastic cutbacks and plant closings that began almost two years ago. However, according to Dow Jones Newswires Column, there is a key change to the way many businesses are looking at investments and profits: they are looking to make recent investments in energy efficiency sustainable, as a means of increasing profits in the long run.
Yesterday the Pew Center on Global Climate Change released its new report From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency at its conference in Chicago. ACEEE's Neal Elliott was an advisory for the report, which was prepared by ACEEE's former Deputy Director Bill Prindle.
The Department of Energy released their budget request for fiscal year 2011 today. While the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's budget is slated for a slight increase, the Industrial Technologies Program's budget request is the same as 2010's request — $100 million (although the actual 2010 budget as passed by Congress was only $96 million).
We are disappointed that the request is not higher. ACEEE recommends that the ITP budget should be $150 million, closer to the funding a decade ago.