Industrial Energy Efficiency
The Alliance has worked in a variety of industrial and commercial sectors, including chemicals, cement, and steel; wastewater treatment; and hotels and hospitals. Alliance staff members have developed baseline analyses of industrial sector and system energy consumption for use in deriving meaningful estimates of improvements in energy intensity.
Ukraine Industrial Energy Efficiency Initiative (U-IEEI)
Ukraine is the world’s 11th largest emitter of carbon dioxide, largely because a high proportion of the economy is devoted to manufacturing. Much of the country’s equipment and technology is outdated and emissions can be greatly reduced through programs to increase energy efficiency. From 2006 to 2008, the Alliance supported International Resources Group (IRG) in implementing the USAID-funded Ukraine Industrial Energy Efficiency Initiative (U-IEEI). The goal of the program was to reduce Ukraine’s dependence on natural gas by providing low-cost financing solutions to increase energy efficiency in medium and large-sized industrial energy consumers.
With a budget of only $600,000, the U-IEEI program identified gas-saving projects totaling over $70 million of investment and gas savings on the order of 100 Million M3/year, plus electricity savings on the order of 100 GWh/year. One project at UNIPLYT (waste-wood boiler, $7.5M) was financed by Ukraine Export-Import bank immediately after its development. An ESCO trade mission resulted in three new partnerships to form joint ventures, and two Global Development Alliance grants were awarded to new partnerships by USAID.
For more information please contact Laura Van Wie McGrory.
Small and Medium Enterprises
With funding from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), the Alliance helped increase energy efficiency in Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The Alliance worked with a cluster of five Indian rice mills to carry out investment-grade energy audits (IGAs), to identify financing mechanisms for energy efficiency upgrades, and to collectively hire an energy efficiency engineer to assist with energy efficiency improvements.
To help demonstrate the potential for efficiency improvements, Alliance Associate Schneider Electric installed a variable frequency drive (VFD) in a Karekudi (Tamil Nadu) rice mill and measured its effectiveness in saving energy over the course of one week. The Alliance and Schneider Electric worked together to calculate the energy savings from the demonstration, in order to share their results with more than 80 rice mills in Tamil Nadu.
For more information contact Pradeep Kumar.