Energy | The Aluminum Association


The Aluminum Agenda



Because the production of primary aluminum is inherently energy intensive, the availability and reliability of U.S. energy sources is essential to the industry’s international competitiveness. The aluminum industry has made substantial gains in energy efficiency as part of the manufacturing process, and the federal government can help create a positive, reliable and unbiased climate for capital investment in new and existing plants, buildings and equipment. Aluminum producers are committed to energy efficiency as a way to lower costs and lessen environmental impact. Producing recycled  aluminum requires only about 7 percent of the energy needed to produce new, or primary, aluminum. The growth of secondary aluminum production is therefore a win-win for both industry and consumers.

Policy Objectives:
  • Facilitate industrial access to diverse, affordable and reliable energy and raw materials.
  • Market-oriented, transparent and modernized regulations on energy transmission and ratemaking that reflect the needs of energy-intensive industries and other electricity consumers.
  • Promoting consumer and industrial recycling, including policies and programs to increase participation in curbside and municipal recycling programs and to reduce the landfilling of recyclable products.
  • Public and private investments that advance research, development and installation of new technologies that improve energy efficiency.



September 17, 2021
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