Webinars

Please note that links to many additional presentations can be found through past events.

A Midwest Perspective on Combined Heat and Power

March 26, 2015
Presented by MEEA
 
Combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source.  On this webinar, MEEA took a deep dive into this technology, and heard from experts in the field as they presented on case studies of CHP’s application in the Midwest region.
 
Cliff Haefke, Acting Director of the Energy Resource Center at the University of Illinois Chicago, provided an overview of CHP technologies.  Alan Eber, Manager of Engineering and Energy at Gundersen Health System, discussed a case study of their application of CHP.
 
 
Better Buildings, Better Plants - Schneider Electric Company Spotlight
 
December 14, 2014
Presented by MEEA
 
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is a voluntary partnership initiative to drive significant energy efficiency improvement across U.S. industry. More than 140 leading manufacturers are partnering with DOE through Better Plants to improve efficiency, cut energy costs and carbon emissions. Through this program, leading manufacturers partner with DOE to improve their energy intensity by 25% over ten years, develop energy management plans, and track and report their annual progress.
 
Schneider Electric now has five manufacturing facilities certified in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) program and ISO 50001. SEP provides guidance, tools, and protocols for any facilities that wish to gain deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001 and complements DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program. This webinar took a deeper look into the Better Buildings, Better Plants program and Schneider Electric’s industrial efficiency accomplishments. Edwin Willhite, Regional Facility Manager for Schneider Electric, presented on the company's participation in Better Plants and ISO 50001, along with a review of recent company energy efficiency initiatives and involvement in SEP.
 

Better Buildings, Better Plants: 3M Company Spotlight

October 23, 2014
Presented by MEEA
 
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is a voluntary partnership initiative to drive significant energy efficiency improvement across U.S. industry. More than 140 leading manufacturers are partnering with DOE through Better Plants to improve efficiency, cut energy costs and carbon emissions. Through this program, leading manufacturers partner with DOE to improve their energy intensity by 25% over ten years, develop energy management plans, and track and report their annual progress.
 
This webinar takes a deeper look into the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program and 3M’s industrial efficiency accomplishments. Andre de Fontaine, with DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, provided an overview of the program, shared benefits of joining, and highlighted successes to date. Steve Schultz, Corporate Energy Manager for 3M, followed with a discussion of the company's participation in Better Plants and ISO 50001, and presented a review of recent company energy efficiency initiatives.
 
 
Overview of the Advanced RTU Campaign
September 16, 2014
Presented by the Advanced RTU Campaign
 
The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits. The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a Supporter of the campaign, in collaboration with the lead organizers, ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance. 
 
This webinar provides an introduction to the Advanced RTU Campaign and a review of tools available to evaluate and implement high efficiency RTU technology. We will provide information on the energy and cost savings potential, benefits of joining the Campaign, how to join, and the myriad technical resources available for RTU evaluation and improvement. The webinar also feature information on programs and incentives available to businesses in the Midwest to help them make these RTU investments in their buildings, and a case study example from Focus on Energy, another ARC Supporter, of a Midwestern company’s addition of DCV while upgrading BAS systems and replacing RTUs with high-efficiency units.
 
Presenters: Michael Deru (NREL); Cassandra Kubes (MEEA); Matt Matenaer (Focus on Energy)
 
 
Energy Efficiency in U.S. Midwest Paper and Pulp Mills
July 17, 2013
Presented by the World Resources Institute
 
The World Resources Institute (WRI) shows the scale of energy efficiency potential for Midwest pulp and paper mills and assesses the economic and environmental benefits of seizing this untapped resource.  This study also highlights the importance of efficiency for preserving the competitiveness of these energy-intensive facilities, recommending energy policies that could enable cost-effective investments that would improve their bottom lines and help marginal mills survive.  
 
The webinar will begin with a presentation by report authors Nate Aden and James Bradbury, summarizing key findings and takeaways.  This will be followed by a panel discussion on the following questions:
•How do energy efficiency investments increase pulp and paper mill economic competitiveness?
•What existing government programs and resources are available for increasing manufacturer energy efficiency?
•How can manufacturers finance their energy efficiency investments?
•What policies, programs, or company practices would be most effective for increasing manufacturing energy efficiency?
 
Webinar Panelists include:
William “Butch” Johnson - CEO of Flambeau River Papers
Peter Klein - Vice President of Finance for the Saint Paul Port Authority
Walt Tunnessen - National Program Manager at US EPA – ENERGY STAR
 
Nate Aden is a Research Fellow with WRI’s Climate and Energy Program. As a member of the U.S. Climate Objective, Nate researches industrial energy use, emissions, and related policies. 
 
James Bradbury is a Senior Associate in WRI’s Climate and Energy Program, conducting research and analysis on U.S. federal and state climate and energy policies. James leads WRI’s Midwest manufacturing initiative, working with partners to advance cost effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through industrial energy efficiency.
 

Industrial Refrigeration – Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

June 6, 2013
Presented by Bryan Hackett, kW Engineering

Industrial refrigeration systems are a significant consumer of electrical energy in food processing, cold storage, and chemical processing industries throughout the Midwestern United States.

This webinar, presented by Bryan Hackett, P.E., of kW Engineering, will cover the following topics:
• The basics of industrial refrigeration systems,
• A review of proven energy efficiency measures (EEMs) and how to identify potential applications for each, and
• The respective energy and cost savings for each.

Industrial and commercial utility program managers, end-user plant managers, refrigeration system operators, contractors, and solution vendors will get a better understanding of industrial refrigeration as an integrated system, how key components can be optimized to improve efficiency, and the energy and financial motivations for pursuing the discussed EEMs

Bryan Hackett, P.E. - Senior Engineer II, kW Engineering
Bryan leads kW Engineering’s Industrial Services Team, providing energy and water auditing, retro-commissioning, technical support services, and implementation management to industrial facilities across the country. Bryan has performed over 150 industrial energy audits and is the lead author of two papers on energy savings at food processing and refrigeration facilities.  Bryan is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 17 years of experience working with commercial, institutional, and industrial clients. As one of the leaders of kW's technical staff of 47 engineers, Bryan takes great pride in getting CFOs excited about sustainability by delivering results at the meter and on the bill.

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Better Buildings, Better Plants - How You Can Benefit

April 23, 2013
Presented by Andre de Fontaine

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.

 

Schneider Electric - Make the Most of Your Energy

March 27, 2013
Presented by Jim Pauley, Schneider Electric

Join us to learn how global energy management company Schneider Electric reduced energy consumption by 21.3% in its Midwest manufacturing facilities by implementing its own solutions and products. This experience of walking our talk now enables Schneider Electric to support our customers worldwide in similar energy efficiency processes. Jim Pauley, Sr. Vice President, External Affairs and Government Relations, will walk through the steps Schneider Electric took.

Jim Pauley is responsible for state and federal legislative and regulatory policy and government interaction.  In addition, he has responsibility for the Schneider Electric strategy and participation in trade and industry associations, standards organizations and conformity assessment bodies. Over his 27 year career, he has held positions in industry standards, product management, marketing and product planning.
 
Pauley holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky.
 
 
Industrial Load Reduction: The Role of Intelligent LEDs in an Energy Efficiency Portfolio 
 
February 28, 2013
Presented by Mike Feinstein, Digital Lumens

C&I customers represent a substantial opportunity for load reduction, but the key is to incentivize projects with excellent performance, economics, and impact. Intelligent LED systems are redefining the lighting category and displacing legacy technologies with proven results.

The webinar, presented by Michael Feinstein from Digital Lumens, will cover the following topics:
• Industrial lighting technology review
• Intelligent LED System overview
• 90% energy reduction – the economics of intelligent LEDs
• Large C&I lighting customers – retrofit & new construction case studies
• Future of intelligent LED lighting

Mike Feinstein is responsible for leading the Digital Lumens sales and marketing teams and has had extensive experience in the entrepreneurial and investment worlds, most recently as Managing Director of Sempre Management. Previously, he was a General Partner at Venrock Associates and Atlas Venture, where he served on the boards of start-ups including Boston-Power, Ciclon Semiconductor (acquired by Texas Instruments), CircleLending, WaveSmith Networks (acquired by CIENA Corp.) and Quantum Bridge Communications (acquired by Motorola). Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

 
Combined Heat and Power as a Boiler MACT Compliance Strategy
 
Janauary 30, 2013
Presented by John Cuttica, Energy Resources Center, University Of Illinois at Chicago
 
On December 20th, 2012, the US EPA finalized the Clean Air Act pollution standards known as ICI Boiler MACT. This standard applies to large boilers in a wide range of industrial facilities and institutions. This webinar, held January 30, 2013, discusses a US DOE sponsored technical assistance program to ensure that major sources burning coal or oil have information on cost-effective clean energy strategies for compliance , such as natural gas combined heat and power (CHP). Boiler owners and operators can learn about clean energy strategies to meet EPA boiler rules through DOE’s Boiler MACT Technical Assistance Program, which has been piloted in Ohio since March 2012 and is now being implemented throughout the Country. John Cuttica, Director of the Midwest Clean Energy Application Center and the Energy Resources Center, both located at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses how our Midwest industrial and institutional companies can take advantage of the technical assistance program.