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Fossil Fuels are for Making Stuff

April 16, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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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]

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Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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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]

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'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
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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
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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]

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Department of Energy Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

March 26, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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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
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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]

Say, Look What THEY’RE Doing!!!

August 16, 2011 by Rich Maltzman
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One of our favorite cartoonists is Gary Larson, who for many years drew “The Far Side“. And one of our favorite Far Side cartoons was one in which he depicts a flock of ducks walking on the ground in a”V” formation.  One of the ducks in the back of this walking group looks up and sees a flock of ducks flying in a v-formation....[read more]

U.S. Wins WTO Dispute: China Revokes 'Protectionist' Wind Subsidies

June 8, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

After having some of its wind power equipment subsidies disputed by the United States at the World Trade Organization, China has revoked its Special Fund for Wind Power Equipment Manufacturing subsidies. The U.S. challenged that the subsidy was illegal as it provided grants to Chinese wind turbine manufacturers with the stipulation...[read more]

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Jobs and Manufacturing: Day One at WindPower 2011

May 25, 2011 by Alex Trembath
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I'm in Anaheim, California this week covering the 11th annual WindPower conference, hosted yearly by the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA). WindPower 2011 lasts from May 22 to May 25, and I am coming off a long and didactic Day One. The expo is dominated by technologists and engineers, but as I have been reminded regularly...[read more]

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Notes from the ARPA-E Summit

March 3, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

There are times when the nation’s political leadership in Washington is perfectly in sync with the realities of the day, and there are times when much of that leadership is out to lunch. Exhibit A: the current energy debate. Even as global demand and instability threatens to challenge affordable supply, and as overseas states are...[read more]