Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers wins 2013 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Innovation Award!
"This program perfectly illustrates why energy efficiency is good business. MEEA is proud to recognize the Ohio Development Services Agency and the state of Ohio for developing this trailblazing program that other government agencies across the nation can follow," said Jay Wrobel, MEEA's executive director.
ODSA's Office of Energy received the 2013 Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award for its Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MMEA). The program helps Ohio manufacturers to reduce their costs cost-effective energy improvements at their facilities.
The Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers is a multi-phase energy efficiency program that helps Ohio manufacturers to reduce their costs through facilitation services and financial assistance that diagnose, plan, and implement cost-effective energy improvements at their facilities. Funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program and Ohio's Advanced Energy Fund. The program is designed in four phases:
This program is enabling hundreds of Ohio's manufacturers to realize cost savings and improve the efficiency of their operations; ultimately putting these companies in a better position with their worldwide competitors. To date, the program has invested more than $24 million in Ohio's manufacturing sector to reduce energy usage for a combined annual savings of 1,112,109 million British Thermal Units (gas, oil, other) and 79,256 megawatt hours. These savings translate into a greenhouse gas emission reduction of 110,256 metric tons per year.
In today's global economy, Ohio companies are competing with manufacturers from around the world. The Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers will help Ohio companies reduce costs through sustainable energy savings identified in the diagnostic process. Improving the bottom line will put Ohio companies in a more competitive position with their worldwide competitors.
In addition, the Office of Energy, along with Ohio technical assistance providers, provides a portfolio of tools and services for Ohio manufacturers to use as a resource bank in developing the technical answers to the energy management plan. The Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers can help the Ohio manufacturing sector retain and create new jobs through the costs savings achieved when energy efficiency is maximized.
On the left, are links to case studies of completed Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers projects.