The Falls Festival is a 3 day music festival held across Australia. Organisers of the Tasmanian event, at Marion Bay, were interested in reducing its fossil fuels consumption, and the savings that come with that. Assessments showed the primary opportunity to save came with selecting the right sized generators: there are 26 generators on site and changed practices were able to cut 90 running hours of usage by powering them down at appropriate times, and by choosing the right generator for the job throughout the festival.
At Capilano’s Richlands honey production facility, electricity and natural gas are the primary energy sources and input costs. Of the 18,000 gigajoule (GJ) (a cost of $580,000) used on site, 25% is used by thermal loads of pasteurisation and hot water generation. An assessment took into consideration upcoming business changes (the build of a new facility was pending) and advised Capilano about opportunities to save money on lighting, solar PV, thermal system insulation and heat recovery, and compressed air heat recovery.
Caernarvon Orchard in Orange, New South Wales, produces and packs 4500 tonnes of apples and 800 tonnes of cherries per annum. About 5% of its annual electricity spend is on lighting (around $3400 pa). An energy audit found that replacing high bay lighting fixtures with light emitting diodes (LEDs) would save $2120 a year (from a one off investment of $5600). Savings would also come from using electronic lighting ballasts, and replacing fluorescent tubes.
In 2009, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism coordinated a large energy-efficiency skills research project on Australia’s highest energy-using companies: the Long-term Training Strategy on Energy Efficiency Assessment Skills. This identified skills gaps and shortages that may be limiting their ability to fully realise their energy efficiency potential. Skills gaps and shortages were found within the trades sector, as well as in key professions such as engineering, accounting, business and management.
The Incitec Pivot plant at Gibson Island in Queensland used about 13 peta joules (PJ) of energy in 2008–09 in the manufacture of nitrogen-based fertilisers. This case study describes 3 projects estimated to save 150,000 giga joules (GJ) of energy annually. This case study was developed as part of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEGO) program.
Thiess’ Australian Mining business unit, through effective use of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Assessment Framework, found new efficiencies and dollar savings. The projects implemented were payload management, automating mobile lighting equipment, plant idle-time management, and turbo idle-down time.
The Australian Government is undertaking a review of the CBD program to assess its effectiveness and consider the case to expand the program to other high energy-using classes of buildings, such as shopping centres, data centres, hotels and office tenancies.
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This manual gives a detailed overview covering many aspects of energy and resource management. It includes sections on managing people, motivation, information sharing, collecting data, identifying opportunities and assessing outcomes. It can be used across multiple sectors and by organisations of various sizes. Those responsible for the design and implementation of an energy management system will find this resource particularly useful.