CEE Industrial Compressed Air Systems Initiative

Date Published

April 21, 2017

Abstract

Through this Initiative, program administrators have acted together to share their collective needs and expectations for compressed air system audits. The specific Initiative objectives are to:

  • Increase the availability of holistic compressed air system audits of consistently high quality, as defined in the CEE audit specification
  •  Broaden the focus of compressed air system audits beyond the compressor and increase customer demand for compressed air system efficiency, including leak management, improved operations and management practices, and evaluation of demand reduction opportunities

The vision of the Initiative is that by accomplishing the objectives listed above, program administrators will support market demand for holistic compressed air audits of consistent quality, which will lead to industry support for trained auditors and ultimately drive down the cost of holistic compressed air system audits. This cycle should lead to more facilities requesting holistic audits, which will identify both supply- and demand-side system energy savings opportunities and allow more program administrators to support energy efficiency measures that address these savings opportunities. This, in turn, will increase the amount of system energy savings addressed by energy efficiency projects. Compressed air system operators will realize greater system energy savings, program administrators will capture more savings, and the cost of these savings will decrease as the market grows. 

Authors

Author Names:

Walker Larsen and Robert Hart