DOE Better Plants Program

The Better Plants program works with leading U.S. manufacturers and wastewater treatment agencies to set ambitious energy, water, waste, and carbon reduction goals and commit to reducing energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all U.S. operations. By partnering with industry, the Better Plants program aims to help leading manufacturers boost efficiency, increase resilience, strengthen economic competitiveness, and reduce their carbon footprint through improvements in energy efficiency.

In addition to joining the program, which is a company-wide initiative, individuals can utilize resources such as the Virtual In-Plant Trainings; or the Bootcamp sessions on Decarbonization and Energy Efficiency. They also maintain a calculation tool for energy savings called the DOE MEASUR Tool

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC)

The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is funded by the US Department of Commerce NIST-MEP network to work side-by-side with business owners to evaluate, strategize, discover and implement solutions that address both strategic growth needs and organizational transformation. They offer training and certifications for all levels of plant personnel. For over 30 years, Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) has helped small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, adopt lean and agile processes, strategically grow their companies and invest more effectively in their existing human capital.

CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs)

Combined heat and power (CHP) – sometimes referred to as cogeneration – provides a cost-effective, near-term opportunity to improve our nation's energy, environmental, and economic future. CHP is an efficient and clean approach to generating on-site electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. In the United States. CHP applications can operate at 65-75% efficiency, a significant improvement over the national average of 50% for these services when provided separately. DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat to power, and district energy technologies/concepts throughout the United States.