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Industries Save Energy

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


Iowa industries experience meaningful growth through ISU Extension efforts to help them optimize energy savings. Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), in partnership with the Iowa Energy Center and the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), provides educational materials and services to manufacturers.


Iowa’s food and chemical industries soon will be receiving Energy Related Best Practices sourcebooks compiled by CIRAS and funded by the Iowa Energy Center.


“The book is a resource we want to see in the hands of our industrial customers,” said David Ahlberg, MidAmerican Energy. “We are always looking for ways to deliver value to our customers — the sourcebooks are just that.”


CIRAS specialists team with IAC to provide industrial assessments, identifying potential cost savings in the areas of energy and waste reduction and increased productivity. Future CIRAS plans include providing industrial assessments to companies too small to qualify for IAC assessments and initiating an energy management program that will encourage manufacturers to routinely keep energy efficiencies in mind when making decisions.


“CIRAS has many initiatives that can benefit our manufacturing customers and help them be more productive and financially sound,” said Doug Litwiller, Alliant Energy. “By working together on common goals for manufacturers, we can continue making a positive difference for Iowa.”


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu