The Industrial Energy Efficiency Research and Development Act (H.R.
3775), which has been lauded by the National Association of
Manufacturers (NAM), authorizes and supports research, development,
demonstration, and commercial application of new industrial processes
and technologies that will optimize energy efficiency, environmental
performance, and economic competitiveness of energy-intensive
industries. It also expands industrial Assessment Centers at
universities in order to promote student training as well as adoption
of these technologies by small and medium-sized companies. "As consumers of one-third of the nation's energy,
manufacturers understand the role energy efficiency plays in providing
immediate and cost-effective opportunities to cut the increasing energy
costs associated with making products," says Keith McCoy, NAM's vice
president for energy and resources policy.
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