Congress Supports Industrial Energy Efficiency with H.R. 6582


Last month President Obama signed into law H.R. 6582, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act. This legislation incorporates provisions from previous bills including the original bill, introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), and the Shaheen-Portman, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, among others.

Although H.R. 6582 is a mix of updated definitions, corrections, and standards for commercial systems, four specific references in the bill are of interest to the industrial energy efficiency sector:

  1. Coordination of early stage research and development, between the DOE and other federal offices, of efficiency technologies to better deploy them across industries;
  2. A study of barriers to energy efficiency in the industrial sector to estimate the economic benefits of investing in energy efficiency through a $5 billion matching grant program;
  3. Best practices for advanced metering of energy use in federal buildings to monitor energy use and empower users to consume less energy; and
  4. Federal energy management plans for achieving metering and data collection standards.

These references are a positive indication that the feds are willing to work toward developing proven solutions and best practices that will benefit the industrial energy efficiency industry as a whole.

Successful industrial energy management requires a multi-disciplinary approach that’s steeped in integration. white cloud Policies and programs have to work together on local, state, and federal levels. Integration is even more crucial at the facility level; where hardware, software, and strategy need to work together in order to achieve significant and ongoing reductions in cost and consumption.

At Cascade, we’ve seen this time and again on the projects we do, where a facility might have a high-level strategy and some data management tools in place, but the folks on the floor lack the ability to interpret the data and relate it to specific activities they can take to lower energy use.

What I hope you take away from this blog post is the understanding that tight integration is as important to policy makers as it is to facility operators. Data and information mean nothing if they don’t result in positive change, either for the industry or for your facility’s bottom line.