Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Energy Efficiency Drives Economy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Energy Efficiency Drives Economy

Article excerpt

Energy production is driving a manufacturing comeback. For the first time in decades, energy has become an advantage for manufacturers in the United States.

The smart and efficient use of our energy supplies can add to this advantage by allowing manufacturers to benefit from recent technology breakthroughs. Energy-efficiency measures spur the development of new technologies to lower energy costs, allowing manufacturers to create jobs and make new investments.

Americans agree. A recent National Association of Manufacturers and National Electrical Manufacturers Association poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found that 9 in 10 Americans support energy efficiency as a key part of our nation's energy strategy.

Manufacturers are leading the way in energy efficiency. From advanced technologies deployed on shop floors to production processes and transportation initiatives, nearly all sectors of our economy have benefited from innovation pioneered by manufacturers.

Manufacturers need to stay ahead of the curve in energy efficiency to maintain an edge in energy policy with our international competitors. Doing so will require the continued ingenuity of the most productive workforce in the world as well as thoughtful public policy that will support investment and advancement of energy-efficient technologies.

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act is designed to accomplish these important goals. Introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, this bipartisan legislation would create 190,000 new jobs and generate more than $16 billion in annual savings, according to a recent study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

This legislation incentivizes offers incentives for the use of a wide array of technologies that are commercially available and can be rapidly and widely deployed across the country. …

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