Industrial Efficiency

The following publications and presentations released by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project related to Industrial Efficiency:

  • Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) position on clean hydrogen
    January 2023 -

    With the passage of federal legislation in 2022, there is significant funding and renewed interest in the potential for clean hydrogen to contribute to climate solutions. In SWEEP's work to promote energy efficiency, electrification, and other clean energy solutions to climate change in the Southwest states, we will be involved in decisions regarding potential new hydrogen projects in the region, and investments in the Department of Energy’s proposed clean hydrogen hubs. SWEEP sees the potential of green hydrogen to contribute to the United States and regional climate goals, if its production and use are prioritized properly. We think it is important to maximize the wise use of renewable electricity resources — for direct use as electricity, or to produce green hydrogen for difficult to decarbonize fuel uses. SWEEP does not support the production of other colors of hydrogen, including blue, with some potential caveats discussed in this position paper.

  • All-Electric New Homes & Buildings in Colorado
    All-electric new homes are a small but growing trend catching on across Colorado. Often marketed as “net-zero energy homes” rather than all-electric, these homes offer several notable benefits, including improved on lower asthma rates, no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or explosions from gas leaks, and a much smaller carbon footprint compared to homes that use gas or propane for heating, hot water, and cooking. In addition, the all-electric home’s costs, comfort, and cooking performance can be the same or slightly better. We surveyed home builders from across Colorado, in particular searching out those that have built all-electric homes and buildings in the last year or so, to find out the state of the market. We uncovered several new examples from different parts of the state – including large master-planned developments, custom-built single-family homes, a multifamily complex, and a pre-k-12 rural school.
  • Energy Efficiency and Electrification Best Practices for Oil and Gas Production
    August 2020 - Production of oil and gas consumes a significant amount of energy, both electricity and fuels, and generates significant emissions of methane and other air pollutants. Most oil and gas production sites in Colorado are not yet connected to the electricity grid. In order to power their pump jacks, and water and oil pumps, these sites use diesel engines and natural gas or diesel generators. Connecting these sites to the grid reduces energy consumption and emissions from the engines and generators and reduces operating costs for the oil and gas producers. This aspect of “electrification” of oil and gas production has advantages for both the oil and gas producers and the electric utilities. There are also opportunities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through installing electric rather than gas pneumatic-driven devices and electric rather than natural gas-driven compressors. Updated July 2022.
  • A Budding Opportunity: Energy Efficiency Best Practices for Cannabis Grow Operations
    December 2017 - Cannabis cultivation is an energy-intensive sector: energy consumption per square foot for indoor grow operations is about ten times that of a typical office building.
  • Industrial Recommissioning: Not Just a Building Tune-up
    February 2017 - Industrial re-commissioning programs can help all sizes of industrial customers save energy and money. Through low-cost improvements to common industrial energy systems such as compressed air, pumping, process cooling, and refrigeration, customers can often save 10-20 percent of the energy consumption of the systems targeted. This report reviews features of six existing programs and provides a set of recommendations for successfully implementing a new industrial re-commissioning program.
  • Energy Manager Cofunding: You Can't Manage Without a Manager
    January 2016 - SWEEP Paper: Providing funding for energy managers helps large customers overcome one of their most significant barriers to improved energy efficiency – the lack of staff time and expertise.
  • Utility SEM Programs from the Southwest
    August 2015 - Report presented at the 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry
  • Financing Options for Combined Heat and Power Systems
    February 2014 - SWEEP Paper: Capital for CHP projects can be tough to find, but lease options and third-party ownership can fill the financing gap for systems larger than two megawatts.
  • Utility Strategic Energy Management Programs
    March 2013 - SWEEP Report: Based upon a review of three highly effective strategic energy management (SEM) programs currently offered in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., the report makes recommendations for utilities which are considering developing such programs in the Southwest and elsewhere.
  • Utility Financing Programs for Industrial Customers
    September 2012 - SWEEP Report: This report provides an overview of the variety of financing programs available for industrial energy efficiency projects, along with profiles of five successful utility financing programs for industrial customers.
  • Southwest Utility Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs: Highlights and Best Practices
    June 2012 - SWEEP Report: Based on a review of nine utility industrial energy efficiency programs, in the region this report offers best-practice recommendations to help utilities achieve greater energy savings, higher participation and better cost-effectiveness in their energy efficiency programs for industrial customers.