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Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Green Manufacturing

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble.[read more]

New Report: California's Climate Policies Benefit Manufacturing and Help Reduce Energy Bills

September 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

California Climate Policies

California's climate and energy policies have helped improve the productivity of its manufacturers - with the state leading the nation in manufacturing output, exports, and jobs - and lowered business and household electricity bills, according to a report released recently.[read more]

Manufactured Housing: A Strong Consensus for Energy Savings and Affordability

November 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are actually within reach for new manufactured homes in the United States following a strong consensus agreement that has been reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group.[read more]

Energy Savings While Your Facility Sleeps

June 18, 2014 by Jake Rozmaryn

Energy Savings

Once upon a time an insignificant overhead charge, electricity is now an increasingly large component of the overall operating costs for United States industrial manufacturers. Both rates ($/kWhr) and usage (kWhr consumed) are key drivers of costs.[read more]

Fossil Fuels are for Making Stuff

April 16, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Fossil Fuel Makes Stuff

The IPCC has just recently released its third assessment report on mitigating climate change. I have spent the morning reading the full summary, and to help you save a little time I have whittled it down to a six word summary: Fossils fuels are for making stuff.[read more]


Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Efficiency and Competitiveness

United States Representative Matt Cartwright recently introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4162), which would encourage the use of energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing sector of the economy.[read more]


'Mechatronics' is Central to How Siemens Recruits and Trains Qualified Engineers for its Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine Manufacturing Plant

March 11, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Siemens Manufacturing Plant

When Siemens AG decided to focus the manufacturing of state-of-the-technology combined-cycle natural gas turbines, it encountered difficulty securing the needed technicians and skilled machinists and welders. It moved quickly to fill the gap with a relatively unique combination of initiatives.[read more]

China's Factory Owners Look for Energy Savings

December 7, 2013 by Charles Arthur

China Factory Energy Savings


A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports that for decades after China started trading with the United States in 1979, most factory managers didn’t focus on electricity prices, but now factory bosses in China are looking at ways to cut costs through greater energy efficiency.[read more]

Can We Afford a Carbon Tax?

April 13, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

The debate over a tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions has been raging on for years with no solutions in sight. Economists and scientists alike are conducting studies as to how a tax on carbon will affect the country’s bottom line.[read more]

EIA Reports Drop in Energy Use for Manufacturers

April 9, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

manufacturing & energy use

Historically, the amount of energy consumed in the United States has been astronomical. However, the total amount of energy consumed within the manufacturing sector dropped by 17 percent between 2002 and 2010.[read more]


Department of Energy Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

March 26, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

US manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of a new initiative today meant to strengthen American clean energy manufacturing and enhance U.S. competitiveness.[read more]

The Manufacturing Sector Needs Natural Gas

January 26, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

America’s new favorite fuel, liquefied natural gas or LNG, is causing a rift between gas producers and manufacturers. The question is, what to do with the shale gas surplus that US gas producers now have at their disposal?[read more]

America Needs a Vibrant Clean Energy Manufacturing Sector

January 17, 2013 by Clifton Yin

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This week, the Brookings Institution released three papers with recommendations to revitalize the domestic manufacturing sector. One proposes the creation of a national network of advanced industries innovation hubs, which would “focus on cross-cutting innovation and technology deployment challenges …by drawing universities, community...[read more]

Three Tax Reforms to Encourage Modernization of the Manufacturing Sector

December 20, 2012 by Steve Nadel

Much of the equipment and production processes in America’s factories are decades old and not as efficient as modern equipment and processes in use by many of our international competitors. While some factories have been modernized, many have not. Modernizing these factories will allow them to better compete in world markets by improving...[read more]

Report Forecasts 130% Growth in Asia-Pacific Solar Market for 2011

November 30, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Once an after-thought in solar development, the latest data shows the Asia-Pacific region is becoming the industry's biggest market for photovoltaic solar power. According the research performed by Solarbuzz, and presented in its Asia Pacific Major PV Markets report, Asia's PV market is forecast to increase 39% in the final quarter of 2011. Looking at the numbers annually, between Q4 2010 and Q4 2011, the region's market will have grown 130%.[read more]