Dollars and Cents: Case Study Adds Up Value of Energy Reduction

A new series of case studies shows the business value of energy management systems and strategies by adding up the ROI and measuring the timeline of reductions in energy use. One report examines the costs and benefits of implementing ISO 50001 as part of the U.S. Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. A Nissan vehicle plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, improved the plant’s energy performance by 7.2 percent in gaining the SEP certification. The new system saves the facility $938,000 annually; Nissan’s investment, $331,000, was recovered in just four months. Both the projected additional profit and the rapid rate of recovery show just how much— and how quickly—energy reduction planning can add to a company’s bottom line.

John Howell, Editorial Director