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EU Industries Get Break on Renewables Contributions

Linda Hardesty

The European Commission adopted new rules that will require less funding for renewable energy from industry. The new rules address the commission’s concern that industrial support for renewables has caused “serious market distortions and increasing costs to consumers.” The rules provide criteria on how EU member states can assist energy intensive companies that are particularly   …Continue Reading


Schneider, Ramco Target Cement Industry for Energy Optimization

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric’s new strategic partnership with Ramco Systems will focus on optimization of kiln and mill operations of cement customers. Ramco’s OPTIMA software will support increased production volumes, promote the uptake of alternative fuels and support human operators to make the best decisions for operating conditions. Schneider Electric says its software for the cement industry   …Continue Reading


Industry Accounts for 33% of US Primary Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

A guide developed by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network says that industry accounted for about one-third of the nation’s total primary energy consumption in 2012, and the potential cost-effective energy savings in US industry amounts to about 6,420 trillion British thermal units of primary energy, according to a comprehensive 2009 analysis by   …Continue Reading


Industrial Energy Service Outsourcing Offers Savings Potential

Linda Hardesty

Many industries are unaware they can outsource energy functions such as steam, compressed air, water treatment, lighting, or other activities, according to a blog by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy. US-based manufacturers in 2006 acquired $156 billion worth of energy to transform raw and intermediate materials into finished products. Of that total value,   …Continue Reading


ISO 50001, SEP Certification Costs $319,000 per Facility on Average

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (CEEM) are implementing the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Program to increase the energy efficiency of industrial facilities through the ISO 50001 energy management system standard. The SEP program was opened to widespread participation in December 2013 and has more than 40 facilities participating   …Continue Reading


OpenADR Top of Mind at DistribuTECH

Linda Hardesty

Automated demand response (ADR) was a hot topic at the recent DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, according to Smart Grid News. It’s not just vendors that focus on demand response from the utility perspective that consider the business ripe with opportunities; there is also a whole new breed of energy management vendors, delivering ADR solutions   …Continue Reading


Schneider Unveils Combination Motor Starters

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric released two new products to enhance its TeSys motor control product family: the TeSys U Self-Protected Combination Motor Controllers and Square D TeSys N Self-Protected Combination Motor Controllers. These products offer National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) ratings and designs. The TeSys N Self-Protected Combination Motor Controller is a   …Continue Reading


Chemical Factory Selects ETAP for Power Management

Linda Hardesty

Asahi Kasei is deploying ETAP Real-Time software for a wide range of power management operations in one of its Japanese chemical facilities. Asahi Kasei’s facility is powered by hydroelectric and thermal power plants; it utilizes both AC and DC power; and it operates separate 50Hz and 60Hz grids connected by frequency changers. In the short   …Continue Reading


LED Light Bar Suitable for Wet, Rugged Applications

Linda Hardesty

Larson Electronics released a new 160-watt high intensity LED that is suited for use in heavy equipment, mining, military, law enforcement and industrial manufacturing uses. The LED10WSA-160 produces 14,723 lumens of light output while drawing 160 watts at 13.34 amps from a 12-volt electrical system. These LED lights are replacements for 400-watt metal halide lamps.   …Continue Reading


PowerSecure Adds $20M in New Business

Linda Hardesty

PowerSecure says it has garnered $20 million of new business, including about $7 million of new turnkey distributed generation (DG) business, nearly $7 million of additional utility infrastructure (UI) business and $6 million in new energy efficiency sales. An investor relations spokesman for PowerSecure said the new business has mostly been obtained within the last   …Continue Reading


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