Energy Showcase to Help PA Businesses Cut Costs, Achieve Sustainability

UNIVERSITY PARK —Pennsylvania businesses that are interested in cutting costs and operating in more environmentally-friendly ways can find the answers they need at a Penn State conference in April.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the PA Strategic Energy Management Showcase from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus of Penn State.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and manufacturers from across the commonwealth will present information about ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP). The conference was organized by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) at Penn State.

One of the presenters, General Dynamics—a defense contractor located in Scranton, Pennsylvania — worked with PennTAP to implement both programs and reported saving nearly $1 million in energy costs annually.

“SEP helps to track and prove without a doubt payback of projects, said Joe Chup, a senior plant engineer with General Dynamics. “Government funders are now more comfortable with reported results.”

The forum is an opportunity for companies to meet with DOE and DEP representatives and talk to colleagues about their experiences with each system.

“By showcasing two companies in Pennsylvania that are SEP certified and other Pennsylvania manufacturers that are on track to be certified, we hope to create awareness and educate other manufacturers on how they can benefit from energy management systems,” PennTAP Team Lead Denise Bechdel said.

For more information, visit the PA Strategic Energy Management Showcase online.

The showcase is made available, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.

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