The E3 program helps enhance competitiveness and sustainability of manufacturers through four components: 1) Identifies process, time, and resource improvements based on Lean, Energy, and Environmental Assessments; 2) Identifies workforce training and employee skill assessments based on manufacturer's needs; 3) Offers financial counseling and assistance by local small business development centers, funding opportunities, and implementation support; and 4) Provides recommendations that are comprehensive, tailored, and prioritized that will help the manufacturer be more profitable, competitive and sustainable.
Since 2009, Duke Energy has provided energy assessments to 12 manufacturers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio. With this commitment, Duke will expand the geographical reach of its E3 program into Indiana and Kentucky, and provide at least 45 energy assessments to Duke Energy customers throughout the Duke Energy service territory by the end of 2014.
Duke Energy will work with small and medium sized manufacturers who are customers and/or who are in the supply chains of their large OEM customers. The energy assessments are conducted by a third party hired by Duke Energy's energy assessment program. After an in-person visit to the plant, the energy assessor works with the entire E3 team which includes the lean assessors and waste assessors, to develop an integrated report with environmental and cost savings recommendations
Duke Energy pays a portion of the energy assessments, from $3,000 - $5,000 per assessment, depending on the region, and drastically reduces the cost for the manufacturer. Further, if the customer implements energy efficiency improvements, then Duke Energy will issue them an incentive check. Duke's Energy assessments will reduce energy consumption by a total of 4.4 million kWH from 1/12 - 12/14 and result in cost savings to manufacturers of approximately $640,000 for the energy component of E3 (details provided in measures section.). Additional savings would be expected, due to implementing the lean and green assessment recommendations.
Duke Energy will launch this commitment at the CGI America meeting on 6/8/12 as a part of the Advanced Manufacturing Working Group, along with a number of E3 partners, will provide program details, and seek partners to expand the E3 program participants.
Duke Energy and E3 partners will continue to expand E3 participation in the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Ohio, and will work with partners to start E3 initiatives in Indiana in 2012 and Kentucky in 2013.
Duke Energy will perform a minimum of 45 energy assessments as part of the E3 program from 2012 to 2014, with an estimated total of 4.4 million kWH saved by 12/31/14.
This commitment assumes continued favorable market conditions for the energy assessments.
According to the April 2012 Center for American Progress Report, Taking Action on Clean Energy and Climate Protection in 2012, the Federal government has a number of different programs designed to provide support to U.S. manufacturers, but too often its efforts are unfocused and scattered across agencies. The Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) initiative offers a new, more effective model of a smarter government which partners with the private sector for a greater collective impact.
The E3 initiative is a coordinated federal, state, and local technical assistance initiative that helps communities work with their manufacturing base to adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability. E3 provides manufacturers with customized, hands-on assessments of production processes to reduce energy consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, prevent pollution, increase productivity, and drive innovation.
E3 is a national initiative led by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnerships. Since 2009, Duke Energy has participated in E3 to provide energy assessments to 12 manufacturers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Ohio.
Duke Energy and E3 partners are seeking the following partnerships:
Manufacturing customers to sign up for participation in the E3 program.
Manufacturing customers to promote E3 to their supply chain.
Funding support for E3 program startup, sustainable E3 coordinator positions, and to pursue enhancements to the program such as developing a co-op internship/apprenticeship programs with manufacturers to help form a skills development bridge for manufacturing or assessment jobs.
Media support to help promote this program.
Duke Energy is offering to partner with manufacturing customers in our service territories to help them be leaner, greener and more energy efficient. Also, based on the results of the energy assessments, Duke Energy will offer manufacturing customers applicable program incentives if they implement energy conservation measures (if available in Duke Energy service territory). With Duke Energy's participation in E3 and provision of the energy assessments, the cost of E3 assessments for the manufacturers is drastically reduced.