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Blog Post | October 8, 2014

The time has come for our first Intelligent Efficiency Conference

Efficiency has become intelligent. We’ve always known that waste is stupid and that efficiency is smart, but now, many energy measures can learn, adapt, and self-optimize. It’s called “intelligent efficiency,” and it’s going to transform how energy efficiency is provided, achieved, and measured. We’re so excited about its potential that we are hosting an entirely new conference on the subject in November.

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Blog Post | September 4, 2014

CHP should also be part of EPA’s Clean Power Plan building blocks

EPA’s Clean Power Plan outlines four building blocks, each of which represent a category of measures that states can use to meet the first-ever federal regulation for reducing carbon dioxide from existing power plants.

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Blog Post | July 29, 2014

The smart manufacturing revolution is going to transform U.S. industry

Smart manufacturing, the integration of all facets of manufacturing through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), is set to transform the industrial sector and its use of energy, raw materials, and labor over the next twenty years. Everyone in a company will have the information they need to make informed, data-driven decisions in real-time. Executives will have will have a panoramic view of productivity and managers will have an in depth view of their production costs, including energy.

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Blog Post | May 29, 2014

Fully measuring the non-energy dollar

What is the true value of energy efficiency? Well, we all know that manufacturers use energy to meet their production goals. Energy is the lifeblood of the process and the business of manufacturing. Energy drives not just the machines, but also the pace and magnitude of the wealth created by manufacturers. Because it permeates every stage of the industrial process, energy provides ample opportunity to influence operating margins, returns on invested capital, productivity and product quality. Energy also performs concomitantly with safety and emissions compliance agendas.

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Press Release | April 23, 2014

ACEEE’s Neal Elliott to Receive 2014 Industrial Energy Technology Conference Leadership Award

The Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) has announced that associate director for research R. Neal Elliott, PhD, PE, will receive a 2014 IETC Energy Award at its 36th annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 22. In making its selection, IETC cited Elliott’s leadership in promoting and fostering energy conservation on an international scale in industrial applications.

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Blog Post | March 19, 2014

Evaluating the Market for Industrial Energy Service Outsourcing

Energy service outsourcing is a business relationship that relieves a large facility from the potential distractions imposed by the ongoing management of one or more energy functions, such as steam, compressed air, water treatment, lighting, or other activities. In essence, a facility would transfer these functional duties to a vendor per a contractual agreement, subject to periodic renewal. The facilities that choose this route anticipate that their energy functions will be performed in a more reliable and cost-effective way by the vendor.

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Blog Post | March 14, 2014

Industry, Nonprofits, and Government Team Up to Harness More CHP in the Midwest

ACEEE and the Great Plains Institute (GPI) have teamed up to catalyze action in the Midwest in support of President Obama’s August 2012 executive order on industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP), which set a goal of adding 40 GW of new CHP by 2020.

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Blog Post | February 24, 2014

Fast-Tracked Opt-Out Legislation Would Derail Indiana’s Successful Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

Proposed legislation in Indiana (SB 340) would devastate the state’s very promising energy efficiency programs, which were created under order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in 2009. SB 340 would allow any customer of 1 MW demand or greater to immediately “opt out” of paying any rate charges to support energy efficiency programs. This would not only exclude industrial customers (which account for 47% of the load in Indiana), but many large commercial and institutional customers as well.

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Blog Post | January 31, 2014

A Voluntary Performance Label for Industrial Equipment Is Bringing Together Manufacturers and Efficiency Experts

Most of us involved in energy efficiency have realized at one time or another that there are greater opportunities to save energy through system optimization than through improvements to the efficiency of an individual device. A good way to visualize this is to picture a well-designed pump driven by a high-efficiency motor pumping water through a mostly closed valve that not only wastes most of the electricity going into the motor, it causes backpressure on the pump that will cause it to wear out quicker.

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Blog Post | January 9, 2014

Big Efficiency for Small Manufacturing

Any serious effort to acquire energy savings from the manufacturing sector will need to address the needs of small and medium-sized manufacturers. While most industrial energy efficiency programs have first exploited efficiencies of scale by tackling the biggest energy users (quite sensibly), that approach overlooks about half of the manufacturing energy consumption in the United States.

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