Energy usually accounts for a substantial portion of a plant's operating costs. So, cutting energy consumption can provide substantial savings that go directly on the bottom line. This panel discussion explores opportunities to pare energy use.
Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
Nolen is responsible for distribution of utilities at Eastman’s plant in Kingsport, Tenn., one of the largest chemical facilities in the U.S. Sharon holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University and has completed the University of Tennessee’s Executive Development Program. Sharon previously worked at the Environmental Protection Agency’s research facility in Research Triangle Park, N.C. After moving to Eastman in 1989, she held a variety of leadership positions in Process Engineering, Plant Engineering, Corporate Quality, and Information Technology before assuming leadership of the Corporate Energy Program in 2010. Under her leadership, Eastman has been recognized by EPA for three consecutive years as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year culminating with the Sustained Excellence Award in 2014. Sharon is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.
George Weihrauch is product manager for severe duty and explosion-proof AC motors for Baldor Electric, a member of the ABB Group. Weihrauch continues to build on his 24-year career at Baldor, using his extensive experience as a sales engineer, application engineer and project manager. He has published numerous articles covering a wide range of motor topics, including energy efficiency. He is also a regular presenter at conferences and training seminars, covering motor application issues in process industries and the use of motors in potentially explosive environments.
MODERATOR'S NOTE: We ran out of time in our Q&A session. Sharon answered this question via e-mail:
Does DOE charge for the assessments?
DOE provides free In Plant Trainings to companies participating in the Better Plants Program and Challenge. These trainings last two to four days and include an assessment of a major energy use system. Host plants are asked to invite as many participants as possible (usually around 15) from other plants and/or other companies to attend the training. DOE conducts about a dozen of these per year. Better Plants Partners apply to host these through a competitive process.
DOE also provides free energy audits through its university-based Industrial Assessment Centers. These are open to small and medium sized manufacturers, and are not limited to Better Plants Partners. These audits last one day and are conducted by teams of engineering students led by engineering professors. There are currently 24 IACs across the country. To find out more about the IACs and how to apply, please visit this web site: http://energy.gov/eere/amo/industrial-assessment-centers-iacs.