Energy Efficiency in Industry
Energy costs can make up a significant portion of a company’s operating expenses but can be readily reduced by energy efficiency. We’ve compiled the following resources and information to explain:
- The benefits of energy efficiency
- How to improve industrial energy efficiency
- Building energy code
- Financing options
- How OED supports industrial energy efficiency
- How to contact us
The benefits of energy efficiency[table id=17 /]
How to make your industry more energy efficientThere are a number of tools and resources to help industrial users reduce wasted energy and cut energy use overall.
- Rocky Mountain Power offers a Custom Analysis program for custom projects outside the list of incentives and Energy Management program helps industrial entities identify practices that creates reliable and persistent electric energy savings.
- Alliance to Save Energy provides a basic overview of industrial energy needs, common energy efficient practices, and programs that support industry.
- U.S. Department of Energy provides technical assistance resources to support strategic energy management and combined heat and power across American industry to increase productivity and reduce water and energy use. Programs and resources of note include: Industrial Assessment Centers, Southwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, and the SEE Action Network for Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power Working Group.
- The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy published 10 best practices for developing an industrial energy efficiency program.
Building energy codeWith the adoption of H.B. 316 on July 1, 2016, all new buildings in Utah are required to meet the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) commercial standard. The new standard can be found here. In support of the Governor’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) analyzed the cost effectiveness of adopting updated energy codes in Utah. The analysis confirms that updating Utah’s commercial and residential codes to the 2015 standard is cost effective. The analysis concludes that any costs borne in meeting the 2015 commercial energy code would be fully recovered through energy savings in one year; residential costs would be recovered through savings in only seven years.
Financing optionsThe Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency is a national database that monitors funding opportunities in Utah. A few financing options that are worth noting include:
- Utah’s statewide Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program (state and local financing)
- Rocky Mountain Power wattSmart program (utility incentive)
- Rocky Mountain Power wattSmart program for agriculture (utility incentive)
- Questar Gas thermwise program (utility incentive)