The well-known Industrial Technologies Program of the U.S. Department of Energy has changed its name to the Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Along with the change, AMO has revitalized its mission as the lead government office working to identify, explore, develop, demonstrate and deploy new energy efficient processes and materials technologies that will help U.S. manufacturers secure a competitive advantage in the global economy. Collectively, AMO's technologies and suite of technology deployment resources create opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to realize bankable results in productivity and energy savings while also reducing carbon emissions.

In addition, AMO has transitioned its Save Energy Now Leader initiative to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, which is part of the broader Better Buildings Challenge announced last week by President Barack Obama.

The Challenge program supports job creation by catalyzing private-sector investment in commercial building and industrial facility energy upgrades to make America's buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next decade, reducing energy costs for American businesses by nearly $40 billion. In all, 60 public, private and nonprofit organizations are participating in the Better Buildings Challenge, representing $2 billion in financial commitments. Nine industrial firms representing more than 300 manufacturing plants are part of the inaugural class. For more information on the Better Buildings Challenge, go to