Big Efficiency for Small Manufacturing
Any serious effort to acquire energy savings from the manufacturing sector will need to address the needs of small and medium-sized manufacturers. While most industrial energy efficiency programs have first exploited efficiencies of scale by tackling the biggest energy users (quite sensibly), that approach overlooks about half of the manufacturing energy consumption in the U.S. There's a lot more savings to be realized by addressing the needs of the small and medium-sized manufacturers who make up 90% of manufacturing establishments (out of nearly 300,000 sites where we're making things here in the U.S.A.). This is particularly true in heavily industrial states that may be facing the greatest energy resource challenges.
We decided to take a look at what those needs and barriers are, and what programs are currently doing to address them. The result is our newest research report: One Small Step for Energy Efficiency: Targeting Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers.
We looked at the current suite of more generic program offerings to industry before exploring several programs designed to address the specific needs of smaller manufactures. There were a variety of success stories in terms of the ways these programs are using energy efficiency to help manufacturers improve their bottom lines. Our report identifies four types of opportunities these programs are taking advantage of...
To continue reading the blog post visit: aceee.org/blog/2014/01/big-efficiency-small-manufacturing
To read the report visit: aceee.org/research-report/ie1401
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