The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Science and Technology have created a partnership to help small and mid-sized manufacturers reduce energy consumption.
DOE’s university-based Industrial Assessment Centers and NISTs Manufacturing Extension Partnership are working together to improve the energy efficiency, environmental performance and global competitiveness of these plants.
Approximately 200,000 small and mid-sized plants in the U.S. pay a total of $50 billion per year in energy costs. This initiative has the potential to help these manufacturers reduce energy costs in some cases by up to 30 percent per year, according to the DOE.
Many IACs have already been working with local MEPs to identify plants for energy assessments and share energy savings information.
Through the MEP network, the IACs will deliver energy efficiency best practices, analysis tools, energy assessments, technical information and training. The collaboration is expected to deliver a wide range of energy efficiency information to impact more than 1,800 plants in the first year. The recommendations from previous IAC energy assessments resulted, on average, in annual cost savings of $55,000 for the manufacturer.