Industrial

Better Buildings, Better Plants: 12 Success Stories

Carl Weinschenk

The Department of Energy is encouraging industrial plants to be more energy and water efficient — and industry is listening.


AEP Ohio Awards CenturyLink

Carl Weinschenk

AEP Ohio presented telecommunications provider CenturyLink with a $133,547 incentive check late last month. The award was made by the company’s Ohio Data Center Program. It provides incentives based upon participants’ annual energy savings. The release says that last year CenturyLink upgraded its datacenter’s mechanical system, which enabled the replacement of the heat rejection equipment with   …Continue Reading


5 CEMEX Plants Lauded by Energy Star

Carl Weinschenk

Five CEMEX USA plants have been certified by The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. The company says that its facilities in Brooksville and Miami, FL; Clinchfield, GA; Fairborn, OH and Victorville, CA were recognized. The plants had to be among the top 25 percent of similar facilities in order to receive the honor. The   …Continue Reading


Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.


Caterpillar Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is deeply involved in energy efficiency and related initiatives, according to a post at Justmeans. Caterpillar gets 21.1 percent of its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources, the post says. It has been involved in these efforts for a long time: It set its first energy efficiency target in 1998   …Continue Reading


The Two CHPs

Carl Weinschenk

Combined heat and power (CHP) creates great efficiencies by using one source of energy for dual purposes, such as HVAC and hot water heating. There are two basic approaches to CHP, and energy managers should understand the differences.


Cargill Nears Completion of $10M Project

Carl Weinschenk

The Times Herald says that Cargill Salt in St. Clair, MI, is a finalist in the Michigan Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards. The possible award is in recognition of a nearly complete $10 million energy project that has been ongoing since April, 2015. The plant, which the story says produces food-grade salts and water conditioning salts,   …Continue Reading


How Will Power Be Used Tomorrow and What Can Your Company Do About it?

Staff Writer

The energy world is changing at an unprecedented pace. The way large organizations acquire, manage and use energy is dramatically different today than it was ten years ago. And ten years from now, it will likely be different still, as technological, regulatory policy and business model innovations continue to yield new opportunities for energy management.   …Continue Reading


3M, Schneider Electric Score Big Efficiency Gains Via ISO 50001 and the SEP

Carl Weinschenk

During the past few years, the 3M Company and Schneider Electric have used two related initiatives – the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 50001 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance program – to save significant amounts of money.


Intel Aims for More Efficient Chips

Carl Weinschenk

Intel and other chip makers are cutting energy use in computer devices. Those incremental gains are important — but will pale in comparison to fundamental design changes that will be necessary when Moore’s Law finally runs its course.