Most processors likely are familiar with the Industrial Technologies Program from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. That resource got even better when the State Incentives and Resources Database was upgraded and rereleased in late October.
Most processors likely are familiar with the Industrial Technologies Program from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The program works to help processors “save energy and money, increase productivity and reduce environmental impacts” by conducting research, supporting commercialization of new technologies, disseminating information about emerging technologies, and providing support materials such as reports and software tools. It is an invaluable resource.
That resource got even better when the State Incentives and Resources Database, posted on the program’s state and utilities partnerships web site, was upgraded and rereleased in late October. Located here, the site now contains 2,751 entries that describe how industrial and commercial managers can qualify for incentives for reducing energy consumption available at the state, local, utility and non-profit levels, including rebates, waived fees, tax credits and loans. For instance, when I conducted a search for my home state, Wisconsin, I found:
- Loans for equipment upgrades at 0 percent or “below market” rates, depending on loan terms.
- Grants to help pay for a site assessment to determine the viability of a renewable energy system.
- Incentives for upgrading three-phase motors and installing variable frequency drives.
- Incentives for specific efficiency upgrades and demonstration projects such as radiant tube inserts for heat processing incentive, radiant heater bands for plastics incentive, pulper rotor and extraction plates incentive, pressure screen rotor incentive and a pump system study for pulp and paper incentive.
Similar opportunities exist in each state. In addition, other resources include analysis tools, education and training programs, and energy audits. For instance, one utility offers a screening tool that provides an estimate of the annual cost savings and payback period for a gas-fired chiller relative to a conventional electric compressor-based chiller, based on the cooling load and the electric and gas prices that are entered. So get clicking, and get saving!
Linda Becker, Editor