By: Jennifer Kefer, Vice President of David Gardiner and Associates and Executive Director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency
President Trump has vowed to make American companies and manufacturing stronger and more competitive. However, on March 28, the President signed an executive order, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” beginning the process of rolling back the Clean Power Plan. While the executive order is explicitly intended to promote economic growth, it misses a significant opportunity to do so by making American manufacturers more competitive.
Energy efficiency is the secret weapon that can make President Trump’s promise to make American manufacturing more competitive a reality, while also cutting carbon emissions. In fact, energy efficiency already supports 2.2 million jobs nationwide, including thousands of jobs in each and every state in America. What’s more, since energy use in the manufacturing sector accounts for roughly 24 percent of all U.S. energy consumption (the industrial sector as a whole accounted for 32% of all energy consumption), the opportunity for savings is large. Read more