WASHINGTON, D.C. – In support of President Obama’s blueprint for an American economy built to last and an all-out, all-of-the-above approach to American energy, the Energy Department today announced that California manufacturers have saved $541 million over 21 years through an Energy Department-funded university training program. The Department’s Industrial Assessment Program, touted by President Obama earlier today during a visit to the University of Miami, provides students with critical skills and training to conduct energy assessments while producing real cost savings for manufacturers. The students gain real-world experience identifying and implementing energy-saving measures that help California companies and factories reduce energy waste, save money, and boost their competitiveness.
“As President Obama made clear, an American economy built to last will depend on American manufacturing, American energy and skills for American workers,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “This is why the Energy Department invests in innovative initiatives like the Industrial Assessment Centers that help to train the clean energy workforce of tomorrow, while cutting energy waste for American businesses and making our manufacturing companies more competitive.”
Through Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at San Diego State University and San Francisco State University, engineering students receive practical training in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management principles. They also gain hands-on experience by working directly with small and medium-sized industrial and manufacturing facilities in their communities. To date, area IACs including the San Diego State University and San Francisco State University Centers have conducted 1,045 assessments across California.
For more than 30 years, the Industrial Assessment Program has provided valuable training and experience for students, while saving money for manufacturing plants. Since the program began in 1976, the university teams have conducted more than 15,000 energy assessments at U.S. manufacturing plants nationwide. These assessments have helped save over 530 trillion BTUs of energy – enough to meet the energy needs of 5.5 million American homes – and have helped participating manufacturers save more than $5.6 billion in energy costs. To date, more than 3,000 students have graduated from the Industrial Assessment Center program, with more than 60 percent going on to careers in the energy industry.
More information and a full list of Industrial Assessment Centers across the U.S. can be found HERE
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