State partnerships for increasing energy efficiency awarded $6 million
Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy for the U.S. Department of Energy, recently announced that the DOE will award $6 million to fund 22 federal-state partnerships that will create initiatives to increase energy savings in residential and commercial buildings.
“(The grant) announced today will help reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources, increase energy efficiency and help implement alternative methods of changing ways to power our homes and businesses,” Karsner said.
DOE’s Building Technologies Program will oversee funding for the partnerships.
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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