Efforts by the federal government to help industry improve energy efficiency and meliorate environmental practices are largely channeled through the Industrial Technologies Program (ITP), part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
ITP works with industry to develop and promote technologies and tools that industrial processors can use satisfy energy and environmental performance goals. As a federally funded program, the programs, software and other resources developed by ITP “belong” to every U.S. manufacturer. Three that you may not be aware of (but should be) are the Quick Energy Profiler, the Integrated Tool Suite and the webinar series. Here’s a closer look at each.
- Also known as the Quick PEP, the Quick Energy Profiler is an online software tool intended to help users accomplish three objectives: establish a baseline for how energy is being used at a plant, identify opportunities to reduce energy use and expense, and calculate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to ITP, a plant profile can be completed in about an hour using the tool, so users can focus on the recommendations and results rather than the evaluation process.
- A related resource is the Integrated Tool Suite software. It offers many of the functions of the Quick PEP, but the software is downloaded and installed on a PC for use as a stand-alone tool. (It does not require an Internet connection during use.) System-specific “scorecards” allow users to calculate possible energy savings. Other features include its energy intensity baseline spreadsheet and CO2 footprint calculator.
- Educational webcasts, typically scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, describe ITP tools, technologies and case studies. Upcoming sessions will look at financial mechanisms and incentives for implementing efficiency measures, natural gas utility efficiency programs, public power financial incentives, and case histories of successful combined heat and power installations.
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