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Business Energy Guide: Manufacturing

Manufacturing is an integral part of California’s economy and consumes about 22% of the state’s total annual electricity demand. As a manufacturer, your profits are critically tied to efficient production and distribution; on average, electricity represents 35% of your operating costs. Find ways to embrace efficiency—and energy bill savings—with our Energy Management Solutions incentives, designed with your bottom line in mind.

Energy Efficiency Solutions

Motors & Pumps

Since motors make up 60% of manufacturing energy use, on average, taking advantage of our incentives to maximize efficiency is your logical first step to savings.

  • Motors
  • Variable Frequency Drives
  • Pumps
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Lighting & Air

Keeping your facility lit might seem like a small part of operations, but the costs can add up. Costs from compressing and circulating air can be significant too, so consider upgrading to energy efficient equipment, such as these:

  • Sensors & Controls
  • Compressors & Compressed Air
  • Fans & Blowers
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Demand Response Programs

Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to manufacturers for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. From our Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or less or with a Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or more, which rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures, to the year-round Demand Bidding Program and Real Time Pricing, your business may benefit from participating, while benefiting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools. 

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Manufacturing by Numbers3

  • California is in the Top 3 for petroleum refining.
  • Petroleum refiners are the number one user of electricity in California manufacturing sector.
  • The California plastics industry is the 3rd largest manufacturing industry in the U.S.
  • 1,500 businesses in California are involved with plastic and plastic products manufacturing.
  • Of the 99 establishments in California engaged in plastic material and resin manufacturing, 34 are located in Los Angeles County and 7 in Riverside County.
  • California ranks 4th in terms of nonfuel mineral production in the U.S.—California’s $3.6 billion is about 6.3% of the national industry value.

1E Source; data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration
2U.S. Energy Information Administration 2003
3Infogroups ORC on Demand Research 2010