Tools and Resources

Development of ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicator for Integrated Steel Mills

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

This report describes the data and statistical methods used to construct the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for integrated steel mills. It also explains how the EPI was developed to provide a plant-level indicator of energy efficiency by working with the steel industry. This report is useful if you would like background information on how EPA's ENERGY STAR Integrated Steel Mill EPI was developed. The report presents the individual equations used to develop the EPI.

Topic: Guides, Technical reference
Resource Type: Technical documentation
Market Sector: Iron & steel manufacturing
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Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for Breakfast Cereal Production

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

The U.S. breakfast cereal industry consumes over $130 million on purchased fuels and electricity annually. This enegy guide discusses the variety of opportunities available at individual plants to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner. The guide includes estimates of expected savings in energy and energy-related costs, based on case study data from real-world applications in breakfast cereal processing facilities and related industries worldwide. Typical measure payback periods and references to further information in the technical literature are also provided, when available.

Topic: Guides
Resource Type: Industrial program & policy reports
Market Sector: Food processing

Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for Breweries

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

Energy consumption is equal to 3–8 percent of the production costs of beer, making energy efficiency improvement an important way to reduce costs, especially in times of high energy price volatility. After a summary of the beer making process and energy use, this 74-page paper examine energy efficiency opportunities available for breweries. Projected energy savings for each energy efficiency measure are provided. If available, typical payback periods are also included. The paper suggests that given available technology, there are still opportunities to reduce energy consumption cost-effectively in the brewing industry.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing

Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for Cement Making

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

In the cement industry, from 1970 to 1999, carbon dioxide intensity due to fuel consumption and raw material calcination dropped 16 percent. Despite the historic progress, there is considerable potential for energy efficiency improvement, when compared to other industrialized countries. This guide examines more than 40 energy efficient technologies and measures, and estimates the energy savings, carbon dioxide savings, investment costs, and operation and maintenance costs for each. Best practices from around the world are also covered.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing
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Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for Petroleum Refineries

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

This guide introduces energy efficiency opportunities available for petroleum refineries. It begins with descriptions of the trends, structure, and production of the refining industry and the energy used in the refining and conversion processes. Specific energy savings for each energy efficiency measure based on case studies of plants and references to technical literature are provided. If available, typical payback periods are also listed. The Energy Guide draws upon the experiences with energy efficiency measures of petroleum refineries worldwide.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing
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Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Baking Industry

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

The U.S. baking industry consumes over $800 million worth of purchased fuels and electricity per year. This guide, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, discusses the variety of opportunities available at individual plants to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner. The authors include expected savings in energy and energy-related costs, based on case study data from real-world applications in food processing facilities and related industries worldwide. Typical measure payback periods and references to further information in the technical literature are also provided, when available.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing

Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Concrete Industry

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

Use this guide to learn cost-effective ways to reduce the energy use of your concrete plant while still maintaining the quality and yield of your products. The guide outlines available measures for energy efficiency in the concrete industry and includes the expected energy and cost savings based on real world examples.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing

Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Corn Wet Milling Industry

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

Corn wet milling is the most energy intensive industry within the food and kindred products group, using 15 percent of the energy in the entire food industry. This report shows energy efficiency opportunities available for wet corn millers. It begins with descriptions of the trends, structure and production of the corn wet milling industry and the energy used in the milling and refining process. Specific energy savings are provided for each energy efficiency measure. If available, typical payback periods are also listed. The report draws upon the experiences of corn, wheat, and other starch processing plants worldwide for energy efficiency measures.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing

Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Dairy Processing Industry

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

Use this guide to learn cost-effective ways to reduce the energy use of your dairy processing plant while still maintaining the quality of your products. The guide outlines available measures for energy efficiency in the dairy processing industry, including best practices and technologies that can be implemented at the component, process, facility, and organizational levels. It includes the expected energy and cost savings based on real world examples, and a summary of basic, proven measures for improving water efficiency is also provided.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing

Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Fruit and Vegetable Processing Industry

Last Updated: 11-08-2016

This guide discusses energy efficiency practices and energy-efficient technologies that can be implemented at the component, process, facility, and organizational levels of the U.S. fruit and vegetable processing industry. A wide variety of energy efficiency measures applicable to fruit and vegetable processing plants are described, along with expected savings. Typical payback periods and references to further information in the technical literature are also provided, when available. Given the importance of water in fruit and vegetable processing, a summary of basic, proven measures for improving plant-level water efficiency are also provided.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Guides
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing
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