Fair Participants Work Toward Energy Solutions in California
January 30, 2002
On January 16, energy professionals and California industry leaders met in San Jose, CA, to explore energy and cost saving opportunities for manufacturers hit hard by the energy situation in the Golden state.
The energy fair, the second in a series titled nergy Solutions for California Industry Ways to Improve Operations and Profitability,was co-sponsored by the Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT). The emphasis was on achieving cost and energy savings in industrial processes--particularly pumping, compressed air, and motor and drive systems. The fair was co-sponsored by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and brought together representatives from private and public sector organizations, including financial institutions, technical services firms, and utility companies. In addition, 34 companies, many of them Allied Partners, exhibited new technologies and energy innovations throughout McEnery Exhibition Hall.
his event is a great example of an effective partnership between DOE and the California Energy Commission,explained Terry Surles, Director of the Technology Systems Division of the CEC, in his opening plenary. e at the CEC see a need to emulate what OIT has done at the Department of Energy.Surles explained that the CEC is working to get two Industries of the Future-type programs off the ground for key California industries local agriculture and computer manufacturing.
Among the conference topics were sessions on managing motor system assets, improving pumping and compressed air systems, evaluating energy service contracts, financing energy improvements, and developing energy management programs in manufacturing facilities. Speaker pro Tem of the California State Assembly Fred Keeley presented the lunch plenary on California energy situation how it evolved and where it headed.
In his closing remarks, BestPractices Team Leader Peter Salmon-Cox encouraged the attendees to keep in touch. He explained that the energy fair is just a first step in getting information from energy suppliers to energy users, and that that information flow is a two-way street. e need to know if you implemented anything you learned here, today. Are you using the software? Did you save energy? If so, how much?
In addition to OIT and the California Energy Commission, the energy fair was sponsored by the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, California League of Food Processors, and the Association of California Water Agencies.
The next energy fair will be in Buena Park, CA, on May 15, 2002, at the
Sequoia Conference Center. Please see the California Energy Fair Web site for