DOE Invests $60 Million in Energy-Efficient Manufacturing
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $60 million in Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs). The new cohort of IACs located at 32 universities will focus on improving productivity and promoting cybersecurity while curbing carbon emissions. The DOE funds the IACs with the intention of increasing energy conservation efforts at small- and medium-sized manufacturers to help American businesses reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and train a workforce skilled in energy-efficient practices.
DOE’s investment comes as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by advancing cutting-edge clean energy technology innovation. As one of DOE’s longest running programs, the new cohort of IACs will help to achieve this goal by providing qualifying small- and medium-sized manufacturers with no-cost energy-efficiency assessments and recommendations.
A new pilot program aimed at commercial buildings will be included in the $60 million funding. The IACs will work with community colleges and technical programs to train underrepresented students and professionals with the skills needed to conduct energy-efficiency assessments. In addition to focusing on diversifying the assessors, the funding will also target businesses located in disadvantaged communities within the United States.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who recently spoke directly to ASME members during the inaugural ASME Policy Impact event, commented on the new investment stating, “America’s best and brightest university students are successfully helping local manufacturers reduce pollution, save energy, and cut their electricity bills. DOE’s university-based Industrial Assessment Centers are assisting small- and medium-sized businesses – particularly those in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities – in the transition to a clean energy economy, building the next-generation energy workforce, and propelling America toward a carbon-free future by 2050.”
For more information, visit: https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-announces-new-60-million-investment-increase-energy-efficiency-manufacturing.