It is estimated that the industrial sector accounts for 30 percent of all energy consumed in the United States. Based on U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) data, in 2011, the region consumed 327 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electrical energy and 1.354 trillion MBtu of gas energy in the industrial sector. Through existing efficiency programs in the region, industrial electrical energy consumption was reduced by 1.5 percent and gas energy consumption reduced by 0.4 percent. While energy efficiency programs are making progress, there are additional energy savings in the industrial sector that remain untapped.
The region can significantly reduce industrial energy use and peak demand by supporting broad adoption of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office programs. These materials help to engage long-term industrial investments and performance management for energy efficiency. Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) installations have been active in the region and have largely been driven by state energy efficiency goals as well as other supporting state and federal policies. The current project will focus on IEE, and consider combined heat and power in the future.
NEEP’s project seeks to increase the adoption of IEE practices in the region through Superior Energy Performance and the energy management standard. As part of our involvement in Industrial Efficiency, NEEP will engage stakeholders across the region—including energy efficiency program administrators, state agency staff, and industry representatives to keep abreast of relevant developments regionally and nationally. NEEP will also conduct a high-level updated market assessment of the region’s industrial base, current program activity, associated savings estimates, status of relevant state regulatory policies, potential barriers (e.g., cost-effectiveness analysis and savings evaluation, measurement and verification), and the services offered by existing organizations.
Industrial Efficiency in Action: Sikorsky Aircraft, 2012 Business Leader Champion