SMACNA is urging Senate support of S. 768, the “Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act of 2017”, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on March 29th and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. SMACNA applauds Senator Shaheen’s leadership in a distinguished career of promoting energy efficiency in the residential, commercial, public and industrial sectors of the economy.
S. 768 will help America’s manufacturers become more energy efficient, productive and efficient by boosting energy retrofits, offering technical assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers, facilitating development of a national manufacturing plan with the DOE, and by offering state leadership grants in smart manufacturing. SMACNA recognizes that this landmark act will not only work to effectively improve energy efficiency, but also increase manufacturing productivity, create jobs and secure a more competitive position in the market place. The U.S. manufacturing sector represents approximately 20 percent of the national economy and accounts for almost one-third of the total energy consumption in the U.S. Therefore, passing S. 768 will improve industrial efficiency by using energy and electricity in a more cost-effective and efficient way to enhance both manufacturing and national industrial competitiveness.
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act supports the use of smart manufacturing technologies to improve the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. By allowing for real-time management of energy, productivity and costs across factories and companies. S. 768 will help save money and reduce emissions. By 2040 it is estimated S. 768 would save consumers $5 billion in energy costs.
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