Industrial Technologies Program Unveils New Name, Mission

The U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program has changed its name to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). Along with the name change, AMO is pursuing a new mission as the lead government office working to identify, explore, develop, demonstrate, and deploy new, energy-efficient processes and material technologies.

AMO also has transitioned from its Save Energy Now Leader initiative to the “Better Buildings, Better Plants Program,” which is part of President Obama’s “Better Buildings Challenge.” The challenge is designed to support job creation by catalyzing private-sector investment in commercial building and industrial facility energy upgrades to make America's buildings 20% more efficient over the next decade.

Sixty public, private, and nonprofit organizations are participating in the Better Buildings Challenge, representing 1.6 billion square feet of facility space and $2 billion of financial commitments. Nine industrial firms, representing more than 300 manufacturing plants, are part of the inaugural class of Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Partners.

The 100-plus companies that previously participated in Save Energy Now Leader will now be known as Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Partners and will maintain their ambitious 10-year, 25% energy intensity improvement targets.

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