The Department of Energy (DOE) recently recognized more than 120 manufacturers leading the way in energy-saving, cost-cutting, and greenhouse gas-reducing energy efficiency investments. These are just some of the 1,750 power plants across the U.S. that have saved nearly $1 billion in total energy costs and 11 million metric tons of CO2 emissions through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program.
The Better Plants Program, as the industrial-component to Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative, helps industrial buildings work toward 20 percent greater efficiency over 10 years by allowing manufacturers across the nation to voluntarily pledge to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent. As of now, currently participating companies represent nearly eight percent of the total energy footprint of U.S. manufacturing and some companies, including AT&T, Cummins, Metal Industries, TE Connectivity and United Technologies Corporation, have even exceeded their 25 percent energy reduction goal. These companies are leading the way in cost-effective energy management and strengthening U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.