OIT Times: OIT's BestPractices Resources--Near-Term Antidote for Rising Energy Bills
September 21, 2000
To exploit the synergies of its motor, steam and compressed air hallengeprograms, OIT has combined and expanded these efforts into its new BestPractices program. This provides plant operators access to an even more comprehensive energy-saving, productivity-enhancing resource.
hrough Motor Challenge and the other Challenge programs, we found that many successful plants are concerned primarily with day-to-day operations and don always stop to examine their energy usage for longer term cost-savings,explained Denise Swink, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Industrial Technologies. ee created BestPractices to help make it easier and more cost-effective for them to systematically assess their energy usage plant-wide, and make changes that can have a near-term, major impact./p>
Indeed, because the energy-savings opportunities inherent in the new plant-wide energy systems approach espoused by BestPractices are so compelling, wee devoted most of this issue of The OIT Times to this promising new program.
t each plant, our people helped identify motor system optimization opportunities that could reduce energy consumption by 10-20%, sometimes as much as 50%,said Swink. Potential energy savings in other systems areas are equally impressive, with energy saving opportunities related to steam systems in the 30-40% range, and optimization of compressed air systems delivering energy cost savings of 20-50%.
In addition to combining the expertise of the three former Challenge programs, BestPractices (BP) also aligns itself more closely with the R&D efforts of OIT nine industry-specific partnerships. This ensures that plant assessors have up-to-the-minute knowledge of the energy-saving emerging technologies being developed with OIT support, and helps give OIT partners advance notice when an opportunity to apply one of these newly emerging technologies is identified. Partnering plants can also participate in technology demonstration and validation efforts, gaining advantage as early adopters (click here).
Manufacturers interested in benefitting from a plant-wide energy assessment are invited to submit a 50/50 cost-sharing proposal (see page 3). Smaller manufacturers (plants with less than $100 million in sales and less than 500 employees) may also benefit from a no-cost in-plant energy assessment performed by one of OIT Industrial Assessment Centershich are also working more closely with BestPractices (see page 7). Typical plant savings identified through these university-led assessments average $55,000/year.
In addition to assessments, plants can benefit from a wide variety of no-cost BestPractice tools that can help them secure energy savings on their own (see page 10). These include innovative software packages such as the MotorMaster Plus motor management package, and 3EPlus for optimization of boiler efficiency. Other valuable BestPractices resources include access to a database of 42,000 plant efficiency recommendations, detailed case studies and much more.
estPractices provides truly integrated delivery of all the energy-saving products, services and technologies that OIT has to offer, and provides substantial opportunity for nearly any manufacturing facility to increase productivity and energy efficiency while reducing waste and cutting rising energy costs,said Swink.
Also benefitting from BestPractices are national industrial associations, private companies, state government agencies, and public organizations (non-profit) who are signed up as Allied Partners. This partnership program establishes a shared, voluntary commitment to promote industrial energy efficiency practices and technologies through publications, software products, training and other outreach efforts (see page 12). A database of more than 200 current Allied Partners is available through the BestPractices website, and more are signing on all the time as BestPractices expands.
his is an extremely focused and proactive effort designed to achieve results in short order at low cost,said BP Team Leader Eric Lightner. e invite manufacturing plants, suppliers and related industry associations to contact us to form win-win partnerships that will help make their performancend that of American industry in generalore competitive than ever before./p>
Links to RFP information and a wide variety of BestPractice tools and information are available at BestPractices web site, or through BestPractices Team Leader Eric Lightner at (202) 586-8130.