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Industrial Energy Efficiency

The Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources supports improvements in industrial energy efficiency to help Idaho industries gain a competitive advantage. The Office serves as a clearinghouse for information from the federal and state governments, as well as other organizations.

The Office also administers the Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency Program, which annually recognizes the industrial companies that are exceptional leaders in implementing energy efficiency at their Idaho facilities.

State Resources

The Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, provide eligible small- and medium-sized manufacturers with energy assessments at no direct cost to the client. Additionally, the IACs serve as a training ground for the next generation of energy engineers.

The CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute (CEERI) Industrial Assessment Center (CEERI-IAC) supports manufacturers throughout the Intermountain West.

TechHelp’s E3 (Economy, Energy, Environment) Operational Excellence Team helps Idaho manufacturers improve profitability by producing more efficiently with less energy and environmental impact.

Utility Resources

The Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources cooperates with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Northwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership to provide information resources about Combined Heat and Power, District Energy and Waste Heat Recovery to Idaho customers.

Combined heat and power (CHP) is the technological opportunity in which a single fuel source is used to simultaneously produce useful heat and electricity. The fuel sources vary by site, and may include natural gas, biomass, biogas, coal, waste heat, or oil. CHP provides a much greater overall efficiency than if heat and power were produced separately, with fuel efficiency rates typically exceeding 75%, as opposed to the 33% efficiency average of other large centralized power plants.

District energy is CHP, central heating, and/or central cooling applied to an entire university, office park, medical campus, mixed use sustainable development, or downtown.  Waste Heat recovery is capturing waste heat that an industrial site or combustion process is already emitting, and using it to provide useful thermal energy elsewhere in the facility or turning it into clean electricity or mechanical power. Waste heat recovery for power generation is also known as bottoming cycle CHP or waste-heat-to power.

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