Energy Efficiency is Vital to Manufacturers and Our Energy Future

By April 18, 2013Energy

Today Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) hosted a press conference with industry leaders, including NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, to roll out The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, also known as S.1000. This legislation’s goal is to help spur the use of energy efficiency technologies for commercial, industrial and residential use. This will help create jobs and lower costs for manufacturers.

In a town where there are few issues where we can find agreement on important issues, energy efficiency is an area where we can all find common ground. According to Senator Portman, “This is about getting something done.”

The bill is headed for a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee next week which is great news.

Energy efficiency is paramount to the competitiveness of manufacturers and our energy future. It is a solution to help lower costs for businesses of all sizes. In addition, the innovation and development of energy efficient technologies creates manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturers are already taking steps to improve energy efficiency. The Volvo Group has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. The company has pledged to reduce its energy intensity in all of its U.S. manufacturing plants by 25 percent during a 10-year period. The Volvo Group’s New River Valley truck plant in Dublin, VA has already achieved a major milestone by reducing its energy intensity by nearly 30 percent in just one year.

General Aluminum Mfg. Co. in Cleveland, OH has also joined the DOE Better Plants Program and made strides to become more energy efficient. They have replaced lighting at all five of their operating plants and have achieved between a 4 to 8 percent reductions in energy usage at the company’s facilities.

Schneider Electric as made some fantastic achievements at their facility in Smyrna, TN. The plant is home to the first dual voltage solar field in the United States. The field’s output equals 25 percent of the plants total energy use, which is approximately enough to power 65 homes in Middle Tennessee. Due to their efficiency efforts the Smyrna plant has reduced kilowatt hours from more than 7 million in 2004 to now just over 3 million. This is a nearly 60 percent improvement in energy efficiency.

The Eaton Corporation has taken many steps to boost efficiency and the company applauded this effort from Senators Portman and Shaheen to promote private and public partnerships to energy efficiency into the commercial building and industrial facilities across the United States.

As you can see from these examples that manufacturers are leading the way when it comes to energy efficiency innovation. And with S.1000 manufacturers and the federal government would make even greater strides to efficiency for our future.

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