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
Energy and cost savings by reducing monthly utility bills.
Improved competitiveness through lower production costs.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please direct inquiries to Shawna Cuan, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, at email@example.com or 801-538-8724