Enigin News - U.S. Industry can Benefit from Energy Saving
THE New York Times carried an interesting article in their Energy and Environment section (www.nytimes.com)
The article pointed out how the American Power Bill introduced by Senators John Kerry and Liberman, reported on these pages last week, is empowering many within the U.S. industrial sector to take note and act on energy efficiency.
To quote the article:
“Thousands of companies that operate factories, power plants and refineries would begin paying fees to emit carbon dioxide if Congress passes a law regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Many others, like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, could see their electricity bills rise as utilities hike their rates in response to federal carbon charging.”
The article continues to outline some of the measures that industry is already taking or considering - to quote again:
“Generally, they are finding a lot of room for improvement, using power-conserving equipment, efficient light bulbs and keen energy management. For some, it's as simple -- and novel -- as hitting the "off" switch during idle periods.”
The Times goes on to quote Greg Christmas, the aforementioned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s plant engineer:
"Energy is a huge cost of brewing."
The brewery has already taken steps to reduce its energy bill, resulting in cutting the amount of energy needed to produce a 31 gallon barrel of beer last year by 15 percent, resulting in a few more cents being earned off each bottle sold.
Focussing on refrigeration, running air conditioning plus variable frequency drive units, which keep small pumps and motors running at more efficient speeds, energy and mechanical-wise.
The Times also refers to Morrill Motors, in Tennesee, who are also starting out on the energy efficiency route to combat rising costs and protect profits. The company builds motors that run refrigerators in supermarkets, smaller shops and restaurants.
To quote the article:
“About a year ago, an Energy Department official came to check out the plant's energy use. Some of his recommendations were pretty rudimentary: Get rid of those old light bulbs, switch off the air conditioning for empty rooms, and plug up an air-compression system riddled with leaks.
"Jamie Adkins Maintenance Supervisor told the Times that the moves trimmed the electricity bill nearly a quarter, to the tune of $3,300 a month, and that they will pay for themselves in just over a year.”
Many U.S. industrial decision makers are optimistic that the Kerry-Lieberman bill could help their businesses become even cleaner environmentally, more efficient in the use of energy, save money and protect profits - plus provide grants and incentives to further promote change.
Your local Enigin Distributors have the technology to help industry save energy and money through intelligently controlling motors, lighting, air-condiitioning, refrigeration along with real-time energy management.
Picture by Rory Finneren
Wednesday 19th May 2010