Food processing, manufacturing, high tech, and cold storage facilities are just some of the various industrial businesses that comprise the industrial market sector. This sector is inherently composed of energy users engaging in very complicated processes. These processes typically have high energy demand in addition to the required energy necessary to condition the air and light the space of the facility. With equipment that can run in the millions of dollars, it is understandable that these facilities focus their limited budgets on the processes that make their products and/or make their products more valuable. However, in most of these industries, energy costs have skyrocketed over the past 20-30 years and can now occupy one of the top 5 categories for company expenditures. This should make energy efficiency a high priority for companies striving to stay competitive and profitable. SBE has found it possible for users in these industries to save 10-40% in energy costs, which can easily translate to increased margins of 1-4% (assuming energy costs are 10% of the overall company budget).
In a market sector that is used to maximizing production while minimizing costs, a long term Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) finds a home in the existing company culture. It is very similar to a waste management plan or any other long term management plan, and is the gold standard for long term, measurable energy and thus cost savings. SBE recommends implementing a 5-10 year SEMP, which utilizes many of the same methods found in six sigma and LEAN manufacturing processes to continually improve the energy management in the plant. SBE deploys a multi-faceted long term planning strategy which focuses on capital improvements, improving process efficiencies, reducing behavioral related waste, and the continual monitoring of progress and performance to ensure realized gains are maintained year over year. SBE strives to be a long term partner that works with our clients to not only develop the best SEMP, but also to implement the SEMP, sticking by our clients to realize the maximum benefits.
SBE works with industrial partners ranging from food processing to manufacturing facilities, from low tech all the way up to cutting edge in research and development. See below for a food processing Industry snap shop to give you an idea of the scope of work in that sector.
The North West Food Processors Association (NWFPA) is an organization composed of more than 450 member companies, including roughly 80 food processors and 200 production facilities, stretching across theNorth West.
Early in 2009 a memorandum of understanding amongst: Idaho National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Bonneville Power Administration, US Department of Energy, and NWFPA was signed committing to their collective and mutual support to aid NWFPA in achieving its energy goal.
That energy goal was established in 2008 during a NWFPA Energy Vision Workshop wherein NWFPA members and executives recognized the best way to reduce their energy costs. The group identified the best method to manage energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing productivity and economic growth of the NWFPA and its members is through the implementation of greater energy efficiencies and the development of Strategic Energy Management Plans. The members that have signed on to the Energy Vision have agreed to reduce their Energy Use Index (EUI) by 20% over 10 years and 50% over 25 years.