Honeywell grades impact of renewables

By Jerry W. Kram
A plethora of options is available to industries and organizations looking to reduce their environmental footprints. Now Honeywell Building Solutions, a division of Honeywell International Inc., has developed what it calls a first-of-its-kind selection tool that quickly provides customers with the data to make an informed buying decision when it comes to power supply. The company's trademarked Renewable Energy Scorecard analyzes the variables for any given location to pinpoint the technology with the most significant environmental and economic drivers.

The scorecard looks at the availability and cost of biomass, and other renewable technologies including solar, wind and geothermal power. It compares a facility's current cost of heat and electricity against the cost of renewable options, and provides an accurate financial forecast derived from calculating tax implications, rebates, subsidies and other incentives. "The Renewable Energy Scorecard is a data-driven solution to a complex issue," said Kent Anson, vice president of global energy for Honeywell Building Solutions. "It's important that environmental stewardship makes good business sense, too. The scorecard takes the guesswork out of the equation."

The scorecard uses a sophisticated energy profiling model built on a database that contains extensive information on each of the various technologies. This database provides Honeywell and its customers with an accurate vision and analysis of renewable energy at any location in North America. Every location and facility is unique, so wind energy could be the best option for a Midwest ethanol plant, while biomass could be the answer for a company making widgets on the East Coast, where forestry waste is readily available.

Honeywell is offering the scorecard as part of its ongoing effort to help its customers maximize the use of renewable technologies and cut energy costs. The company said its program of providing alternative sources and cutting demand through more efficient technology saves its customers between 15 percent and 25 percent on their energy bills. The savings are guaranteed by Honeywell, so the work doesn't impact operating budgets. The company also assists companies in creating agreements with utilities to purchase excess power and identify other innovative ways of surmounting the financial barriers for implementing green power options. "From project development to financing, we can help customers every step of the way, making the process as quick and easy as possible," Anson said.

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