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Double Economic Output
The industrial sector halved energy intensity from 1977 to 2018, while more than doubling economic output.
Combined Heat and Power Potential
Although combined heat and power (CHP) can typically increase the efficiency of a traditional power plant and boiler system by 50%, the technical potential for deployment of CHP is far greater. For example, the CHP potential is 75% greater than existing capacity in the chemicals industry
Industrial Energy Programs
Programs such as Better Plants and ENERGY STAR® for industry have led to higher levels of facility certification and nearly 5 quads of primary energy savings.
Industrial Energy Intensity
Industrial energy intensity has halved since 1970, while driving economic gains
Source: ACEEE, based on EIA data
Combined Heat And Power
The industrial sector has largely driven CHP investments, a tool to enhance energy efficiency; Commercial installations have significant potential
Source: DOE (2019), CHP Installation Database; DOE (2016), Combined Heat and Power Technical Potential in the United States
Source: DOE/ICF, via BloombergNEF (2018), CHP Installation Database
Strategic Energy Management
Facilities that have been certified to ISO 50001 demonstrate improved energy performance
Better Plants participants make up 12% of the U.S. manufacturing footprint and have cumulatively saved 1.3 quads since 2011
ENERGY STAR® in Industry
The ENERGY STAR® program for industrial plants saved $3 billion in energy costs in 2017
Source: EPA (2019)
Source: EPA (2019)
- EPA (2019), Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- ACEEE (2017), Energy efficiency and industry: the national trend
- DOE (2019), Combined Heat and Power Basics
- EPA (2019), What Is CHP?
- The “Other Industrial” includes an aggregate of smaller-capacity categories of industrial facilities, including Agriculture, Mining, Oil/Gas Extraction and all other facilities listed in Table III-3 of DOE’s 2016 report titled “Combined Heat and Power Technical Potential in the United States.” The “Other Comm./Inst.” bar shown above includes an aggregate of smaller-capacity categories of commercial facilities, including Utilities, Unknown and all other facilities (aside from Comm. Buildings, Colleges/Univ., District Energy, Hospitals/Healthcare, and Multi-Family which are separately shown in the chart) listed in Table III-4 of the DOE 2016 report.
- Paul Scheihing (2019), Presentation: Accelerating Energy Savings with ISO 50001
- LBNL (2016), Global Impact Estimation of ISO 50001 Energy Management System for Industrial and Service Sectors
- DOE (2019), Better Plant Program Information
- EPA (2019), About Energy Star for Industrial Plants