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Industrial Energy Conservation Potentials in North Carolina
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The energy crisis has been of concern to us all since the early seventies, yet energy inefficiency in many industrial operations is still very common. Although some manufacturers are aware of energy cost saving potentials, many of them lack the resources to determine whether or not implementing energy conservation measures is economically feasible. Other manufacturers may not realize that considerable operating costs reduction is achievable by following simple and effective energy management practices. Large size companies usually have inhouse energy management expertise; however, this luxury is not always affordable by the small and medium size manufacturers. The U.S. Department of Energy is helping these smaller companies by supporting Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Centers (EADC) at 13 universities throughout the United States; one of which has been at North Carolina A & T State University since 1984, and has served over 86 manufacturing firms. It has been found that 8% of the energy consumed by these manufacturers could be saved by implementing simple energy management techniques of payback periods less than a year. These energy conservation opportunities and their potential savings in the state of North Carolina are discussed in this paper.
Barakat, M. G.; Singh, H.; Mallik, A. K. (1987). Industrial Energy Conservation Potentials in North Carolina. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.eslwin.tamu.edu). Available electronically from