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Manufacturing Issues

Energy  

Manufacture Alabama is working on both price/supply and consumption-side initiatives in response to crucial manufacturing energy challenges. 

One of our major legislative goals for 2006 was achieved with Congressional passage this month of legislation to open 8 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for new offshore drilling activity.  The legislation will provide Alabama with revenue sharing funds that we hope can be used to finance infrastructure improvements. 

During 2006, we also continued our push for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Mobile Bay and for other new sources of natural gas needed by manufacturers.

The association also is expanding its involvement with several universities in Alabama on programs to help member companies reduce energy usage in their manufacturing processes. Energy costs and supply volatility have become perhaps the most serious competitive challenge facing manufacturers in Alabama, considerably increasing the threat of further loss of good manufacturing jobs in our state to foreign competitors with significant energy cost advantages. Information about these programs is detailed below. More Info....

OCS Bill  

One of Manufacture Alabama’s key initiatives for 2006 was achieved with passage by the U. S. House and Senate of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) drilling legislation that will open more than 8 million acres of oil and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico and will provide Alabama with new revenue-sharing royalties that can be used to fund infrastructure improvements.  Manufacture Alabama has been working on the OCS legislation, both directly and through the Commission on Infrastructure, for more than six months.  We are gratified that the drilling and revenue sharing provisions were approved just before adjournment of the 109th Congress.  We are particularly grateful for the hard work and leadership of members of Alabama’s Congressional Delegation whose efforts played a major role in passage of the legislation.  More Info....

Infrastructure Commission  

The Alabama Commission on Infrastructure, formed in 2005 by Manufacture Alabama with the help of Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Seth Hammett, has worked tirelessly over the past year evaluating the status of our state’s transportation infrastructure system. An inefficient infrastructure system could not only hinder public safety and convenience, but also deter economic growth and have a negative effect on commerce and industry. The commission has approved recommendations to the State Legislature, the Governor and Alabama’s congressional Delegation. Also, the Commission is working on the formation of a coalition to promote its findings and help implement and fund its recommendations in the upcoming 2007 Alabama Legislative Session that begins March 6, 2007.  Once implemented, these recommendations will give Alabama the infrastructure system it needs to effectively serve its citizens and industries. More Info....

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