MEEA Industrial Webinar: Better Buildings, Better Plants - How You Can Benefit


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The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is a national partnership initiative, building off the success of the Save Energy Now LEADER initiative, to drive significant improvements in energy efficiency across U.S. industry. Through this program, leading manufacturers partner with the Department to improve their energy intensity by 25% over ten years, develop energy management plans, and track and report their annual progress. The Energy Department helps these companies meet their goals by working with them to establish key energy performance metrics, evaluate energy-saving opportunities, and organize plant-level training events. This webinar, presented by Andre de Fontaine, will provide an overview of the Program, share benefits of joining, highlight successes to date, and preview upcoming activities in 2013.

Andre de Fontaine is a Project Manager in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office. At DOE, he manages the Better Buildings, Better Plants initiative, which is a voluntary energy savings partnership program for manufacturers. Prior to joining DOE, Andre was a Markets and Business Strategy Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Before that, he was a journalist in California, covering environmental policy in the state's capital. Andre holds an MA in public policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego.

This webinar is part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Industrial Webinar Series. Find out more at

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  • INTRO Better Buildings Challenge, a high-level partnership program between the DOE and commercial, industrial and public building owners to dramatically reduce the energy used by the US building stockLaunched in December 2011 – almost a year ago.
  • We must continue to do more after a decade in which the manufacturing sector stagnated and millions of jobs were lost.
  • INTRO Better Buildings Challenge, a high-level partnership program between the DOE and commercial, industrial and public building owners to dramatically reduce the energy used by the US building stockLaunched in December 2011 – almost a year ago.
  • MEEA Industrial Webinar: Better Buildings, Better Plants - How You Can Benefit

    1. 1. 1Overview for Midwest Energy Efficiency AllianceApril 23, 2013
    2. 2. 2Advancing Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing―Of course, the easiest way to savemoney is to waste less energy. Sohere’s a proposal: Helpmanufacturers eliminate energywaste in their factories and givebusinesses incentives to upgradetheir buildings. Their energy bills willbe $100 billion lower over the nextdecade, and America will have lesspollution, more manufacturing, morejobs for construction workers whoneed them.‖—President Obama, 2012 Stateof the Union AddressOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza
    3. 3. 3Better Buildings, Better Plants Program & Challenge OverviewThe Better Buildings, Better Plants Program & Challenge are the industrialcomponents of the Better Buildings Challenge. DOE offers manufacturers twoopportunities to engage in Better Plants based on their level of commitment.U.S. Industrial CompaniesDOE’s Better Buildings,Better Plants ProgramBetter Buildings, BetterPlants ChallengeChallenge partners pursue innovativeapproaches to overcoming barriers toenergy efficiency, showcase solutions,and provide transparency on resultsProgram Partners pledge energysaving goals consistent with nationaltargets and agree to report progressannually to DOEChallenge andProgram arecomplementaryinitiatives thatsupport thePresident’s goalof helpingmanufacturerssave $100 billionin energy billsover the nextdecade
    4. 4. 4Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Overview• The Better Buildings, Better Plants Program builds on thesuccess of previous DOE partnership programs• Partners:– Set a 10-year, 25% energy intensity improvement target for all U.S.-based manufacturing operations– Develop energy management plans– Track and report energy data annually to DOE– Receive national recognition for their achievements– Receive support from technical account managers on energy intensitybaselining, energy management planning, and project identification– Participate in In-Plant Trainings
    5. 5. 5Energy Savings from Better Plants Program Partners2010 2011 CumulativeEnergy intensityimprovement (%)2.84% 3.15% NAEnergy savings 14.9 TBTUs/yr 15.7 TBTUs/yr 45.6 TBTUsCost savings (milliondollar)$80.7/yr $81.6/yr $240.5Better Plants Program consists of 118 companies, representing over 1,400plants and more than 6% of the total U.S. manufacturing energy footprint
    6. 6. 6Better Plants Facility Locations
    7. 7. 7Better Plants Presence in MidwestMidwestern Presence• 53 Better Plants Partnersheadquartered in theMidwestern region.• 398 Better Plants facilitieslocated throughout theMidwest representing 67companies.• Complete list of Partnersavailable at: INPLTs• 3M, St. Paul, MN• Alcoa, Cleveland, OH• Cummins, Columbus, IN• GM, Fairfax, KS• GM, Wentzville, MO (planned)• Navistar, Springfield, OH• Neenah Foundry, Appleton, WI• Owens Corning, Newark, OH• Textron, Muskegon, MI• Toyota, Troy, MO
    8. 8. 8Partner BenefitsBetter Plants Program Partners receive:• National recognition through web profiles, annual recognitionletters from DOE leadership, invitations to special events, and otheropportunities• Access to a technical account manager (TAM) who can help thecompany establish an energy intensity baseline, refine metrics,identify energy saving opportunities, and introduce the company totools and resources from DOE and other organizations• In Plant Trainings, which are 3-4 day sessions that train multipleparticipants on identifying and implementing energy efficiencyprojects in major energy-use systems• Access to the full suite of DOE tools and resources that helpmanufacturers maximize their energy productivity
    9. 9. 9Partner Web Profiles
    10. 10. 10In-Plant Trainings• In-Plant Trainings (INPLTs) help develop energyefficiency expertise within companies• Events range 3-4 days and are led by energyexperts who train participants on how to conductassessments, use DOE tools, develop energymanagement systems, and implement projects• Participants can come from plants from the samecompany, from peer or regionally-basedcompanies, suppliers, and others• Energy assessments are a component of theINPLTs, but the events put greater emphasis ontraining, replication, implementation, andsustainable energy management systems• In 2012, DOE conducted 12 INPLTs covering:steam, compressed air, process heating, pumps,and fans. Through these events, DOE:– Trained over 250 participants– Helped identify over 750 billion BTUs in energysavings and over $4.6 million in cost savingsDOE energy expert Greg Harrell and anAlcoa employee at a recent INPLT event
    11. 11. 11Monthly Newsletter• Better Plants monthly newsletterkeeps partners up to date on newprogram developments• Topics include:– New tools and documents– Upcoming events, including in-plant trainings, webinars, regionalmeetings– New partners– Partner success stories– Completed showcase projects,implementation models– Applicable R&D funding
    12. 12. 12Enhanced Energy Intensity Baselining Tool• Third iteration of DOE’s Energy Performance Indicator toolreleased in November 2012• The tool allows plant and corporate energy managers tocreate normalized energy consumption baselines and trackprogress over time• Regression analysis is employed to allow for ―apples-to-apples‖ comparisons, normalizing energy use for variations incritical variables over time, such as:– Weather, e.g. HDDs, CDDs, humidity, etc.– Production, e.g. product output, moisture content, raw materials, etc.– Space utilization, e.g. changes in conditioned floor space in a building• Web-based demos and training from TAMs is available forBetter Plants Partners
    13. 13. 13How do I Sign Up?• Simple 2-page partnershipagreement form• Should be signed by CEO ora senior executive• Outlines Partner and DOEroles• Contact myself fora copy of the form or formore information on theprogram
    14. 14. 14Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge OverviewA select number of manufacturing partners have stepped up to the Better PlantsChallenge, which calls for a higher level of leadership, innovation and transparencyChallenge Partners Agree to:Commit• Establish energy efficiency goal• Announce innovations/marketsolutionsTake Action• Showcase project within 9 months• Set organization-wide plan,schedule and milestones within 9monthsReport Results• Share information andimplementation models• Share portfolio wide energyperformance annually• Provide quarterly updates onprogress on showcase projects,other milestonesPresident Obama and former President Clinton take atour of the upgrades of the Transwestern Building inWashington, Dec. 2, 2011(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
    15. 15. 15Who are the Current Challenge Partners and Allies?• 23 Commercial Partners• 11 Better Buildings, BetterPlants Partners• 36 Community Partners• 17 Education Partners• 13 Financial Allies• 2 Utility Allies• ~2 billion square feet ofcommercial andindustrial spacecommitted• 300 manufacturingplants• ~$2 billion in privatesector financing100+ public, private andnon-profit organizations:Together, they represent:
    16. 16. 16Better Buildings Challenge Partners & Allies
    17. 17. 17Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Partners
    18. 18. 18Nissan Showcase Project Site Visit• DOE visit to highlight Nissan’s showcase project in Smyrna, TN• New $200-million paint plant; 30% more energy efficient thanprevious plant• EERE Assistant Secretary toured the plant and made remarks topressEERE Assistant Secretary Dave Danielson toursthe paint plant with Nissan’s Mike ClemmerA vehicle moves through the process at theNissan paint plant in Smyrna, TN
    19. 19. 19August 30th, 2012: President Obama signed an Executive Order to accelerateinvestments in industrial energy efficiency (EE), including combined heat andpower (CHP). The order:• Sets a national goal of 40 GW of new combined heat and power installation overthe next decade;• Directs DOE and EPA to convene ongoing regional workshops to foster a nationaldialogue to encourage adoption of best practice policies and investment modelsin CHP;• Directs EPA to provide assistance to States on accounting for the potential emissionreduction benefits of CHP and other EE policies when developing air quality policies;• Directs EPA to employ output based approaches as compliance options in powerand industrial sector regulations, as appropriate, to recognize the emissions benefitsof highly efficient energy generation technologies like CHP;• Directs DOE to expand participation in and create additional tools to support theBetter Buildings, Better Plants program• Directs all Federal agencies to provide general guidance, technical and financialanalysis on the value of investment in EE and CHP• Assist States in developing and implementing State specific best practicepolicies that can accelerate investment in EE and CHPExecutive Order
    20. 20. 20Thank You!Andre de FontaineBetter Buildings, Better Plants202-586-6585andre.defontaine@ee.doe.govBetterPlants@ee.doe.govBetter Buildings, Better Plants: Buildings Challenge: