Archive | 2009

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Utilities Manager: Energy Incentive Programs: Are They Worth the Effort?

William C. Livoti There are numerous opinions on the value of energy incentive programs—and even more opinions on how such programs should be structured. Here, we will ask questions about and discuss the value and purpose of these programs. What’s in ‘em for you First, why have the utilities, states and federal government implemented energy […]

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Utilities Manager: Where Did the Promised Savings Go?

Reducing energy use is an important economic decision that should be based on sound financial data, measurements and calculations. Most businesses, though, are making economic decisions based on inaccurate (often inflated) dollar savings projections. Thus, the period needed to recoup their investment is much longer than they have been told. Let’s look at how this […]

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Utilities Manager: Payback From Compressed Air Heat Recovery Systems

Compressed air, considered to be the “4th Utility,” is necessary in most manufacturing plants. The generation of compressed air requires large amounts of energy and can account for up to 10% of a plant’s total energy costs. Up to 93% of the energy required to compress air is converted to heat energy. By recovering and […]

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Utilities Manager: Learn and Prepare

Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief “Energy is wealth,” says Christopher Russell, energy consultant and author of Industrial Energy Harvest. “Fuels and power are forms of currency.”         The sooner you learn how these and other energy facts of life impact your operations, the better. That’s why you can’t afford to miss this upcoming opportunity […]

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Utilities Manager: Simple Payback: Benefits & Limitations

William C. Livoti Simple payback is a common economic analysis method—one that most business owners can understand. In the context of energy efficiency, it calculates the amount of time it will take to recover installation costs based on annual energy cost savings. The equation for simple payback is annual energy cost savings per year divided […]

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Utilities Manager: How Mixer Efficiency Protects A Municipality's Bottom Line

Inefficient mixers ultimately can lead to millions of dollars in needless energy costs. Here’s how to plug that energy sieve. As statistics go, these certainly grab your attention. Energy consumption is expected to increase by 20% over the next 15 years, and its cost and availability will have a substantial impact on the economic health […]

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