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Food Producers Gain a Competitive Advantage with Efficiency-as-a-Service

Food producers have (dare we say it) a lot on their plate these days.  They’re having to deal with everything from economic and competitive pressures and availability of resources, to an aging workforce, and ever-rising operating costs. To stay competitive, food producers must stay on top of rapidly-changing consumer attitudes and market trends, technological advances, …

Lee Goddard

Dec 04, 2018

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Commercial & Industrial

PACE Financing for Commercial and Industrial Facilities

Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE financing allows property owners to finance energy systems optimization, solar PV and water conservation upgrades to buildings that help reduce energy usage and costs. PACE can pay for lighting, mechanical, and  building automation system improvements, new solar PV systems and more. Why use PACE financing? PACE financing provides up to …

Ben Stewart

February 22, 2015

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SCE Advanced Lighting Controls Program – $.48/kWh Rebate

Advanced Lighting Controls are a fantastic way to utilize the versatility of LED lighting to achieve greater energy savings. For a limited time, LED lighting upgrades performed in 2015 can qualify for $.48 /kWh saved rebate from the SCE advanced lighting controls program.  An advanced lighting control system is defined as a control system that has …

Ben Stewart

February 10, 2015

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Energy Systems Optimization

5 Benefits of the Design Build Services Approach to Energy Efficiency

When undertaking an energy systems optimization project, one of the first—and most important—decisions you’ll make is whether to use a design build  services approach or a design-bid-build approach. While each approach has merit, the advantages associated with a design-build services approach far outweigh the cons. Before we dig into the nuances, let’s define the terms. Design-bid-build is a segmented, sequential …

Ben Stewart

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Energy Systems Optimization

Business Energy Efficiency Incentives & Rebates – NYSERDA (NY)

NYSERDA Incentives – Existing Facilities Program: Provides a broad array of different incentives to electricity and natural gas customers. Both pre-qualified equipment rebates and performance-based rebates are offered under this program. Projects must have a simple payback of fewer than 18 years to qualify. Incentives vary based on measure and location. Eligibility: Commercial, industrial, non-profit, …

Ben Stewart

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Commercial & Industrial

Energy Management Best Practices for Food Processors

In the food processing industry, energy is most concentrated in both the cooking and freezing processes. By integrating innovative—as well as common sense— energy management best practices into your food processing facility, you can reduce your energy costs by 3 to 10 percent annually. Plus, improving the energy optimization comes with an enticing byproduct: reduced waste and emissions, …

Ben Stewart

October 10, 2014

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Energy Systems Optimization

7 Tips for an Energy Efficient Extrusion Process

Extrusion, a plastics manufacturing process that consumes a significant amount of energy, means many things in the plastics industry. It is both a final forming process as well as an intermediate stage for other techniques such as injection molding, blow molding and film blowing. To make an energy efficient extrusion process, the extrusion screw is …

Ben Stewart

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Commercial & Industrial

3 Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency in Food Processing

In the food processing industry, loss points can be found in many areas: time, energy, water, ingredients, packaging, scaling, scrap, and trash. In a food processing facility the proofer, oven, cooler and associated steam systems typically account for between 50 and 60 percent of the energy consumed, with the oven using the most energy. Improving energy …

Ben Stewart

September 10, 2014

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Commercial & Industrial

3 Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency in Injection Molding

In injection molding (a versatile process used to produce a wide variety of end products), 90 percent of the energy costs go toward electricity. This makes electricity costs—and the ability to reduce those costs—of prime importance. There are three processes that represent good areas of focus for increasing energy efficiency in injection molding: melting the polymer, …

Ben Stewart

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