Power companies leverage ARRA to boost industrial efficiency projects

Billions of dollars are becoming available for boosting the energy efficiency of equipment used in industrial facilities.

07/08/2009


On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment

American Recovery and Investment ACT (ARRA) logo

Act (ARRA) into law.
There is no shortage of controversy surrounding this government stimulus package and its associated programs. But the fact is, the funding has been approved by Congress and will be spent by somebody. With that in mind, now is the time to take advantage of this offer and upgrade the efficiency of your operations to help ensure future competitive ability.
How does energy efficiency improve competitiveness? When energy prices increase—which they eventually will—those manufacturers relying on less energy efficient equipment will quickly see their margins erode, thereby ceding advantage to those manufacturers not as severely impacted.
State power providers are now offering an array of incentives to upgrade legacy equipment to more modern, energy efficient equipment. Yaskawa recently sent me an example of the incentives ComEd in Illinios is offering to commercial customers as a result of ARRA funds. Up to $300,000 in total incentives is available to commercial customers for purchasing new, efficient equipment such as energy management systems, building controls, and motors and drives. To view the Illinois incentives/policies for renewables and efficiency, click here .
Contact your local energy provider to learn about the incentives they are offering via ARRA funding.
The portions of ARRA enabling state and local power providers to offer these incentives are the:

  • State Energy Program: $3.1 billion for the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, which provides grants and funding to state energy offices for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs conditioned on state Governors’ assurances regarding regulatory policies, building code requirements and the prioritization of existing state programs. Authorized under Part D of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program: $3.2 billion to assist local governments in implementing energy efficiency and conservation programs. Authorized in Title V of Energy Independence and Security Act.

Of potential interest to manufacturers of power storage and transmission equipment is the Advanced Energy Investment Credit , which establishes a 30% investment tax credit for the manufacture of advanced energy property, including technology for the production of renewable energy, energy storage, energy conservation, energy transmission and distribution technology, and carbon capture and sequestration. Up to $2.3 billion in credits may be allocated.
Also see this Control Engineering article on how ARRA funds are being used to upgrade water/wastewater SCADA projects:


–  David Greenfield , editorial director

Control Engineering Sustainable Engineering News Desk

Register here .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
Detecting security breaches: Forensic invenstigations depend on knowing your networks inside and out; Wireless workers; Opening robotic control; Product exclusive: Robust encoders
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.