New Industry Alliance Focuses On Energy Policy

An alliance of industrial controls and automation supplies has announced the formation of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition (IEEC), a new group that recognizes the impact that industrial energy efficiency gains can have on overall consumption—and the inadequacy of current governmental policies and investments to make them a reality.
Featuring charter members such as ABB, Eaton, GE, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, and Siemens, the IEEC’s formal mission is to leverage its members’ expertise in applying controls and automation for industrial productivity to improve energy efficiency in industrial processes and business ecosystems.
Additional goals include uniting industry efforts to promote processes, methods, best practices, technologies and metrics in order to improve energy efficiency in industry; providing leadership in industrial energy efficiency; and accelerating growth for IEEC members.

On the legislative front, IEEC intends to pursue regulatory and policy activities such as investment in U.S. industry and its supply chain; R&D tax credits for innovative manufacturing processes and applied research on the factory floors; and educational and training infrastructure.

“We need to start behaving as an industry and not as individual companies,” said Schneider Electric’s Paul Hamilton, who is also IEEC executive director. “As an industry, we need to engage with government to shape policy programs.”

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