Since the energy crisis of the 1970s, the U.S. government has recognized the need to curtail the energy costs of federal agencies. The government spends $7 billion each year for energy to power its facilities, which span 3.35 billion square feet. Of that footprint, 5% are industrial facilities dedicated to production or manufacturing.
The energy intensity of industrial facilities can be as high as 100 times that of the average commercial building. Production equipment and processes, rather than lighting or HVAC systems, consume 80% of the energy used in these facilities.
Strategies to address process energy waste and achieve energy efficiency at industrial sites involve three fundamentals:
- Using tailored methods of measuring, monitoring and reporting energy use
- Leveraging data as actionable intelligence to make decisions and predict outcomes
- Applying innovative approaches to funding projects
Process efficiency is an untapped savings resource that can aid in meeting the production, financial and energy goals of federal departments and agencies.