National energy strategy: Manufacturers unveil plan
Washington, DC —Based on the belief that a strong nation needs secure energy resources, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) unveiled a plan to build a strategy designed to diversify the United States' energy mix and lay a foundation for meeting its future energy needs. At a news conference last week, NAM president John Engler outlined a comprehensive, forward-looking program for creating an affordable, secure, and reliable energy supply. Automation, instrumentation, and controls are involved in measuring energy demand and conserving its use, and in energy production.
"Our economy and way of life are dependent on reliable and affordable energy," said Engler. "We cannot rely on the future to take care of itself. We must be proactive and we must be vigilant in creating an energy policy to keep American strong and working. Nothing short of a robust, aggressive, and comprehensive energy strategy will adequately address our energy security needs.
The NAM plan, "Energy Security for American Competitiveness," proposes a blueprint of action items to the U.S. Congress to:
Set goals for U.S. energy efficiency;
Raise energy intelligence of the American public;
Strengthen research and development projects;
Streamline existing statutes and regulations;
Increase U.S. electricity generation; and
Diversify and increase the domestic energy supply.
U.S. energy production will increase 27% over the next 25 years, according to the Energy Information Administration . However, U.S. energy consumption, said Engler, will grow 34%, leaving the country even more dependent on energy imports and vulnerable to higher prices.
"Higher energy prices hurt manufacturing especially hard," added Engler, "because manufacturing is heavily dependent on energy. But it also hurts…senior citizens, small businesses, and families. No one can escape the resounding effects of high energy costs."
The NAM plan charged the U.S. Congress with promoting education, internships, and research programs, stating that a healthy economy and healthy energy policy go hand in hand. "We have to be smarter about the choices we make, think beyond the near term, and invest in our energy," Engler concluded.
Read more from NAM about the plan.
—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Edited by Jeanine Katzel , senior editor