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by Sachin Nimbalkar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on Nov 03, 2017
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ISO 50001 experts, Bill Meffert, Randy Green, and Jason Clarke delivered a 50001 Ready In-Plant Training at AbbVie’s North Chicago, Illinois, facility on September 12 and 13. The training was also attended by Better Plants program representative Bruce Lung and ORNL’...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 31, 2017
A collaborative approach towards energy efficiency can often yield better results than individuals working alone. This month, employees from two Volvo Group plants participated in a DOE Energy Treasure Exchange through the Better Plants program to uncover energy efficiency opportunities in their...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 26, 2017
Last month, staff from DOE’s Better Plants program convened with partners in Atlanta, Georgia, for the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo in the United States. WEEC brings together top experts from diverse fields to expand knowledge on...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 14, 2017
Found in 1976, DOE's Industrial Assessment Center program (IAC) helps small- to medium-sized American manufacturers save money and improve energy performance by providing no-cost audits of various manufacturing processes. Across 28 universities, engineering students work with experienced...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 18, 2017
Over 100 energy managers, utility experts, and other industrial sector vendors and stakeholders gathered in New Orleans on June 20-22 for the Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC). IETC was a rare opportunity for the industrial energy community to network and learn about industrial...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 30, 2017
As it becomes commonplace for manufactures to focus on energy efficiency within their own operations, some are beginning to look beyond their four walls to help improve energy performance in their supply chains. Between 40 and 60 percent of a manufacturer’s energy footprint is created upstream in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 15, 2017
On May 16, the Department of Energy recognized Schneider Electric for its goal achievement in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, meeting its goal of 26 percent energy savings over the course of nine years. Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management, offering...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 07, 2017
On May 16, the Energy Department recognized Johnson Controls as a goal achiever in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, exceeding its goal of 25 percent energy savings over the course of seven years. Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in...
by Robert Barrentine, CertainTeed Corporation on Jun 05, 2017
Accumulating accurate and reliable energy data is very important for identifying cost-savings and energy-saving opportunities in industrial systems. Having the right equipment can be critical to making the demonstrable case to management that an investment in energy efficiency can boost...
by Peter Narbaitz, Better Plants Program and Cynthia L. McAllister, C. F. Martin & Co. on Apr 19, 2017
Strong leadership is all about having the ability to see the long view and the foresight and patience to seize the right opportunity. Family-owned and operated for six generations, Better Plants Challenge Partner C.F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar) has provided value for its customers since 1833...
by Andrew Held, ICF on Apr 06, 2017
Over 190 industrial organizations – representing close to 2,600 industrial facilities nationwide – have joined the Better Plants program. They leverage the program to save money, develop their workforce, and boost their manufacturing competitiveness. Better Plants partners benefit from the...
by Andrew Held, ICF on Nov 23, 2016
Legrand North America (LNA), a Better Plants Challenge partner, is proud to announce the winners of the Best Performance in building class for the Energy Marathon 2.0. The company-wide, mega event concluded on October 28th, with the selection of winners in each of the three building class category...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 25, 2016
Better Plants partners had a banner year, with two Challenge partners and eight program partners meeting their goals of reducing energy intensity by at least 25 percent within 10 years. Their leadership brings the total number of energy goal achievers, since the start of Better Plants, to 35. An...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 26, 2016
The Industrial sector racks up an annual energy bill of about $200 billion while running the backbone of the American economy and accounting for 30 percent of all U.S. energy consumption. But the power of American manufacturers is on full display during the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 19, 2016
The World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo for business, industrial, and institutional energy users is almost here. Starting Wednesday and running through Friday, September 21 to 23, energy leaders are coming together in Washington D.C. to hear...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 11, 2016
Charter Steel's Saukville plant is home to its corporate offices as well as a fully integrated mill that includes a melt shop, state-of-the-art rolling mill and a processing facility. The Wisconsin plant recently decided to carry out a mini energy blitz (modelled after treasure hunts) to uncover...
by Kiran Thirumaran, Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Jul 11, 2016
Corporate annual energy meetings are a fantastic way to engage employees and disseminate information throughout an organization—they’re a keynote activity in many established company energy programs. The Electrolux Green Spirit Summit is one example, and provides a platform for the corporate...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2016
As in years past, the 2016 Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) served as a one-of-a kind conference that focused on energy in the industrial sector and complemented DOE’s mission of sponsoring various initiatives to build awareness about energy efficiency and clean energy topics. Making...
by Bruce Lung, U.S. Department of Energy on Jun 28, 2016
Tapping the knowledge and ingenuity of employees can yield strong results in the quest to improve energy efficiency. This past May, the first Better Plants Treasure Hunt Exchange event took place at the powertrain plants of Nissan North America in Decherd, Tennessee, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing...
by Andre de Fontaine on May 03, 2016
Manufacturers are increasingly trying to get a better handle on their water use. Cutting water use can reduce costs, mitigate risks, and lessen environmental impacts. As population growth, climate change, and drought put additional pressure on certain watersheds, the business imperative for better...
by Mark Johnson, DOE on Mar 21, 2016
The Department of Energy welcomed L'Oréal USA to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants) and it is a beautiful partnership. As the nation’s largest cosmetics manufacturer, L'Oréal is pledging to cut energy intensity by 25% across its five manufacturing plants in joining the...
by Sachin Nimbalkar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program on Feb 10, 2016
Charter Steel joined U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program in October 2015. Since then, the manufacturer of carbon and alloy steel rod, bar, and wire has set an overall company goal of reducing energy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years among their three U.S....
by Jason Dingle, Corporate Director Environmental Health, Safety, and Security, JBT Corporation on Dec 17, 2015
A number of years ago, JBT Corporation – a Better Plants partner – began looking into the potential of replacing a large percentage of its Madera, California facility’s electrical power usage with a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system. The food processing machinery and airport equipment-company...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 07, 2015
Why U.S. climate leaders are moving their most effective energy strategies from behind the curtain to center stage As the world’s leaders gather in Paris to come up with plans to combat climate change, Better Buildings partners are actively solving climate problems in their own communities and...
by Sachin Nimbalkar on Nov 30, 2015
On October 19th and 20th, Better Plants partner, ArcelorMittal, hosted its first Fan In-Plant Training (INPLT) at its Cleveland plant. Over the course of two days, a team of 20 ArcelorMittal staff, and representatives from Dow Chemical Company and Owens Corning, dug into fan energy efficiency...
by Sachin Nimbalkar on Nov 09, 2015
In October, General Aluminum and the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants program hosted a four day In-Plant Training (INPLT) event at a Conneaut Plant in Ohio. The INPLT focused on the plant’s natural gas consumption as the Conneaut area is experiencing a natural gas shortage. The goal was...
by Clifton Yin on Nov 05, 2015
As a Better Plants partner, Owens Corning has reduced its worldwide energy intensity by ten percent from a 2010 baseline. But the company is not resting on its sustainability laurels; last week, it dedicated a 2.4 megawatt solar canopy at its downtown Toledo, Ohio, headquarters that will power as...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 15, 2015
If you ever wondered about what goes into making a box of cereal, and more specifically, how energy efficient solutions can be incorporated into large-scale food production, read on to get the inside scoop on the Energy Department’s tour of Better Plants Challenge partner General Mills Cedar...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 07, 2015
We were reminded of the might of American manufacturers last week, with the release of the Better Plants Progress Report, the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) and World Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2. The Better Plants Progress Report released the cumulative and individual successes of over...