Cost-cutting Energy Resources Now Online
The Superior Energy Performance partnership, a public-private collaboration that includes representatives from U.S. industry, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the American National Standards Institute, launched in 2007 a new online resource that provides manufacturers with a comprehensive listing of energy efficiency and conservation resources.
At www.energyquickstart.org manufacturers can find documents, training programs, spreadsheets, case studies, and other resources for developing practicable energy management programs that will increase competitiveness and reduce overall costs.
For more information about Energy Quick Start and other initiatives being developed by the partnership, visit www.superiorenergyperformance.net.
Manufacturers looking to improve their energy efficiency can also find guidance in a comprehensive energy management standard that has been developed by the Georgia Tech Energy and Environmental Management Center, an accredited standards developer.
ANSI/MSE 2000:2005, A Management System for Energy, is an American National Standard that establishes benchmarking guidelines and offers companies ways to reduce costs, expand capacity, and improve productivity, quality and operational efficiency – all while making a positive impact on the environment as well as the bottom line.
Another accredited standards developer, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is working on relevant process system standards, which will provide a standardized framework for energy improvement assessments in the industrial sector, including compressed air, steam, pumping, and process heating systems.