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Energy Efficiency in Industry

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Utah Industry 250x250Energy 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

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Energy and cost savings by reducing monthly utility bills.

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Improved competitiveness through lower production costs.

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Low energy costs for all users. Industrial energy savings can displace the need to invest in more expensive power plants or transmission and distribution system upgrades.

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Improved air quality from reductions in carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

How to make your industry more energy efficient

There are a number of tools and resources to help industrial users reduce wasted energy and cut energy use overall.

Check back in the next few months as we are in the process of developing an online learning resource center dedicated to energy efficiency best practices and strategies for industrial and agricultural entities in Utah.

Building energy code

With 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 options

The 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:

OED and industrial energy efficiency

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)

C-PACE offers $0 down, 100% financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects on commercial buildings. OED administers Utah’s statewide C-PACE program to help streamline and standardize C-PACE projects for a more navigable experience. The statewide C-PACE program is available to all municipalities, those that opt-in receive technical assistance, information and resources, and outreach and education.

Building Talks

OED provides training to general contractors, developers, engineers, architects, building inspectors, code enforcement officials, and other interested professionals on the current residential and commercial energy codes.  These trainings include presentations from industry experts to talk about high performance building practices.  Continuing education credits are available.  Please email scuan@utah.gov if you would like to be notified about future trainings.

ENERGY STAR Task Force

Utah has teamed up with Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to raise awareness of the successful, voluntary, ENERGY STAR program and related tools available to increase energy efficiency.  Read a press release here.

Better Buildings Initiative

This initiative aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade.

Energy Services Coalition (ESC) Utah Chapter

OED has partnered with the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) to re-establish the Utah Chapter. The ESC Utah Chapter provides education and outreach on energy performance contracting in the state. Information and resources about the Utah Chapter can be found on the dedicated website.

Military Installations Energy Collaborative

OED arranges quarterly meetings between the energy managers of the multiple military installations throughout Utah. This group allows each installation to share their current projects, experiences with energy efficiency and renewable energy, and best practices for achieving their mission.

CHP Working Group

The CHP Working Group was formed in August 2014 to advance the adop­tion of CHP and waste heat recovery as a viable and important resource for both distrib­uted generation and industrial energy efficiency. This group has focused on uniting key energy stakeholders to advance the deployment of new CHP projects by collabo­rating on areas of shared value and interest, including iden­tifying barriers to expansion of cost-effective CHP projects and options for overcoming those barriers.

Industrial Energy Efficiency Challenge

In 2016, OED supported a multi-year challenge to encourage industrial entities to reduce their energy consumption through a friendly competition. Industrial users met at multiple networking and training sessions to learn best practices from their peers. BD Medical, Simplot, and Varian Medical Systems captured their lessons in case studies. These efforts culminated in an awards ceremony at the 2016 Governor’s Energy Development Summit, where Holcim (US) Inc., Futura Industries, and Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District were acknowledged for their contributions to energy efficiency by Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox.

Contact Us

Please direct inquiries to Shawna Cuan, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, at scuan@utah.gov or 801-538-8724