Industrial energy-efficiency programs
A recent paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy focuses on identifying today's leaders and tomorrow's needs.
Energy efficiency programs focusing specifically on the industrial sector and administered by utilities, state public benefit entities, and regional market transformation organizations are growing in response to rising energy efficiency goals, states a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy .
As more and more states look to establish industrial-focused efficiency programs and existing programs look to expand their reach to achieve greater savings, there is an apparent lack of best practices information in the administration and deployment of such practices. This paper looks at existing literature on the subject and also incorporates new primary research collected from current industrial energy efficiency program managers to assess the current state of programs and emerging trends in them.
This paper discusses the history of industrial energy efficiency programs, what we know about how industrial firms make energy efficiency investments, the current state of industrial energy efficiency programs, and future issues and challenges facing such programs. It also has two special in-depth sections: the issue of self-directed industrial energy efficiency programs (sometimes called "opt out") and important lessons for those looking to start brand new industrial energy efficiency programs.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey