The Bureau of Energy Advisors


 Proven Companies and Technologies Endorsed by the Bureau -- Product Selection Strategy

The Bureau of Energy Advisors has adopted a practical approach to product selection. Because U.S. energy usage and consumption patterns are well-documented, BEA will begin product selection by matching up companies that have existing, proven solutions that address areas where it is clear that making an energy efficiency investment has a proven ROI. Although there now many such opportunities, two examples follow:

Electric motors account for 12% of electricity consumed in the U.S. Industrial Sector (Source: US DOE, National Association of Manufacturers, Rockwell Automation). The following considerations and statistics underscore the importance of improving electrical power quality delivered to motors in an industrial setting, and show why BEA will represent and promote a company with a proven industrial power quality solution.

A U.S. Department of Energy Motor Systems Tip Sheet [1] reports “… for every 10°C rise in operating temperature, the insulation life is cut in half … the best safeguard against thermal damage is avoiding conditions that contribute to overheating. These include … under and over-voltage, voltage unbalance, harmonics, high ambient temperature,

Consider the financial and environmental impact of extending the life of all the motors in an industrial facility. By way of illustration, a Utah-based cereal mill uses approximately 500 motors to grind over two million pounds of wheat each and every day. If the life of those motors can be extended for just one year, think of the savings that be achieved and the decreased environmental impact.

  • Savings. Motors never go down at a convenient time. When a motor stops working, it almost invariably means that part of the production process must likewise cease. The cost of downtime in a manufacturing environment can be measured in the tens of thousands of dollars per hour.
  • Environmental Impact. Motors are made of metal. By extending the life of a motor, we are saving the energy that would be required to mine the ore, then refine and smelt it, then process it into casings, ball bearings, wire, etc. We are also saving the energy required to transport all the separate elements of the unit, as well as the lights, heat and other resources that are invariably associated with manufacturing new devices. Note: This is not meant to be an exhaustive description, but rather to spark the imagination.
Bureau of Energy Advisors Recommendation for Industry and Manufacturing Power Quality:  The American Energy Efficiency Corporation AEEC’s patented system is proven to improve Power Factor (“PF”) to optimum levels (>98%), mitigate Total Harmonic Distortion (“THD”),  and achieve high overall power quality levels, thereby extending equipment life, decreasing maintenance costs and utility costs, as well as decreasing facility downtime. As a result, AECC customers enjoy operational and capital budget benefits.  

[1], DOE Motor Systems Tip Sheet #3, September 2005.
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