U.S. manufacturers are leveraging big-dollar investments and smart process improvements to improve energy efficiency in their operations.
Newly released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggests that their efforts are paying off.
Total energy consumption in manufacturing declined by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010. Meanwhile, manufacturing gross output declined by just 3 percent in the same period.
You'll find examples of the manufacturing sector's focus on energy efficiency at facilities such as Nissan Motor Co.'s new paint plant in Smyrna, Tenn.
For more about energy-management practices at Nissan and at other manufacturers, read "Saying Goodbye to Energy Inefficiency"
in sister publication IndustryWeek.