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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $80 Million to Strengthen American Manufacturing

Funding from the President’s Investing in America Agenda Will Help Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers Improve Energy Efficiency, Cut Costs, Increase Productivity, and Reduce Industrial Emissions

As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $80 million in grant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs) to accelerate the adoption of recommendations made by DOE to improve energy efficiency to lower costs and reduce industrial emissions. The grants reinforce the President's Investing in America agenda and support the Administration’s efforts to build a clean energy economy, revitalize American manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs in the United States.

“Small- and medium-sized manufacturers will play a major role in increasing domestic production of technologies and materials that will position the U.S. to lead the global clean energy transition,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is enabling facilities across the country to increase energy efficiency, cut costs, and contribute to a clean energy economy that works for all.”

DOE’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) and Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) programs are deeply community-centered, leveraging the expertise of and providing training to community colleges, trade schools, and union training programs across the country. These centers provide in-depth assessments at small- and medium sized manufacturers (SMMs), which comprise more than 90% of the nation's manufacturing base, to identify cost-effective opportunities to improve manufacturers’ energy efficiency, increase competitiveness, and reduce emissions. Today’s announcement will bolster the U.S. manufacturing base by making grants available to support projects that modernize SMMs’ facilities with improved energy and material efficiency, enhanced cybersecurity, and increased use of smart and advanced manufacturing technologies to reduce waste and pollution, while increasing productivity.

Learn more about the application process here. Applications are due on Thursday, July 14, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET.

Click here to inquire about receiving an IAC assessment and here for more information on receiving a CHP TAPs assessment.

DOE’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) manages the IAC Program. Learn more about the MESC mission to strengthen and secure manufacturing and energy supply chains needed to modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure and support a clean and equitable energy transition.

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