Manufacturing and Agriculture

Accounting for about one-third of all end-use energy in the United States, the industrial sector consumes more energy than any other sector. While industrial energy efficiency has increased steadily over the past three decades, there are still tremendous opportunities for energy savings, as well as the potential to instill the tenets of energy efficiency in a sector that employs and influences millions of people. The industrial sector, working constantly to increase shareholder value and reduce expenses, has found energy efficiency investments to be an attractive avenue to achieve those ends. As climate change awareness and mitigation strategies increase, it is likely that industry will increasingly prioritize energy efficiency as a critical solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Smart manufacturing is the use of sensor, automated controls, data management, information networks, and data analytics to monitor energy and actively and automatically optimize systems to achieve...
  • The industrial sector offers tremendous opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. There are many types of programs targeting the industrial sector; some of...
  • Several United States industries, including glass, steel, metal casting, pulp and paper, aluminum, and chemicals, employ highly energy-intensive processes and are highly exposed to global...
  • For over 30 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program has provided small and medium-sized manufacturing firms with the technical assistance necessary to make...
  • DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO; formerly called the Industrial Technologies Program, or ITP) represents one of the only remaining federal programs focused on meeting the technology and...
  • Workforce has emerged as a vital issue in the successful implementation of energy efficiency throughout all sectors. It is a critical issue for implementation of energy efficiency in...
  • Combined heat and power (CHP) systems, also known as cogeneration, generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but an approach to applying...
  • ACEEE has focused much attention on motors and motor systems over the past 30 years.  We have worked with National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to enhance and codify strong motor...
  • Pulling emerging technologies from the R&D stage into the market is a critical step for reducing energy consumption while maintaining economic growth well into the future.  In light of this...
  • Distributed generation, also called on-site generation or decentralized generation, is the term for generation of electricity from sources that are near the point of consumption, as opposed to...
  • A broad range of fuel cell technologies is being developed for stationary applications. The potential for widespread adoption in the transportation sector rests on the great promise that polymer...
  • Rural communities and small towns are often unduly burdened by high energy bills that leave households and businesses barely afloat, but energy efficiency can help lessen that burden. It can be an...
  • Municipal water supply and wastewater treatment (W&WW) systems are among the most energy-intensive facilities owned and are operated by local governments, accounting for about 35% of energy...