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What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

Apr 12, 2019

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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

February 10, 2015

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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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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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Energy Systems Optimization

The DIY Building Energy Audit – Plastics Manufacturing

Conducting your own building energy audit, or site survey, to assess your energy use is a smart way to get an overview of your facility’s energy consumption. Only by an in-depth understanding of how, when, where and why you use energy can you improve your plastics manufacturing plant’s energy optimization and practices. The goal? Walk around …

Ben Stewart

May 10, 2014

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