4Q 2019

DER Creates Onsite Energy Opportunities for Manufacturers

Industrial-scale manufacturers are responsible for 40% of total energy consumption worldwide. As countries in all global regions achieve industrialization status, the manufacturing industry has an opportunity to reshape its relationship with energy through enhanced onsite energy management. The falling costs of distributed energy resources (DER) technologies, evolving financing mechanisms, and new business models are making improved onsite energy management feasible for industrial manufacturers looking to save on utility bills and achieve sustainability goals.

Technologies from onsite generation, energy storage, and fleet electrification technologies can pair with more traditionally implemented energy efficiency and demand response (DR) participation to add new value to manufacturing sites. Manufacturers that reduce emissions are more likely to remain attractive to the customers they supply by helping to reduce supply chain emissions. In addition, physical assets onsite allow manufacturers to demonstrate sustainability leadership. Direct financial benefits through new rebates and tax incentives, market revenue, and utility bill savings are also available.

This Strategy Insight report from Guidehouse Research, a Guidehouse company, explores the drivers for managing large manufacturing energy loads onsite. The report contextualizes energy management decisions within a broader sustainability and clean energy procurement context. It compares a variety of DER to identify the values these technologies bring to the manufacturing vertical. The report also provides corporate energy managers and DER solutions providers with direction as to how to approach developing onsite energy strategies that derive greater value for industrial manufacturers.
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Tables | Charts | Figures 3
  • How will emissions standards and Scope 3 emissions targets affect the manufacturing industry?
  • How can industrial manufacturers meet energy savings targets and manage energy usage onsite?
  • Which DER are relevant to industrial manufacturing facilities?
  • What financing mechanisms and business models can industrial manufacturers use to deploy DER?
  • How mature is the manufacturing onsite energy management market?
  • In what ways can multiple DER stack value and generate additional benefits for industrial manufacturers?
  • What are the steps to designing an onsite energy strategy for manufacturing companies?
  • DER vendors
  • Demand side management program implementers
  • Energy as a service providers
  • Energy service companies and utilities
  • Corporate sustainability directors and energy managers
  • Industrial manufacturing facility managers
  • Retail energy suppliers
  • Investor community




Sustainability Targets Drive Industrial Onsite Energy Management

Sustainability Targets that Improve Industrial Efficiency Become the Norm

Case Study: Apple Pressures Solvay and Other Suppliers to Use Clean Energy

Corporate Sustainability Managers Seek Physical Demonstrations of Sustainability Commitments

Operational Flexibility Helps Industrial Manufacturers Achieve Sustainability Targets

Business Model Choice Makes or Breaks Onsite Energy Management Projects

Despite Sustainability Efforts, Corporate Decisions Are Based on Financial Benefits and Constraints

The Desire to Reduce CAPEX Challenges Onsite DER in the Face of PPAs

Additional Financing Mechanisms Remain Critical to Deploying DER at Manufacturing Sites

Case Study: ArcelorMittal Corporate Energy Management

Manufacturers Capture Synergistic Effects of Multiple DER Technologies

Manufacturers Across Industries Have Unique Energy Needs

CHP Plus Becomes the Norm for Energy-Intensive Production

Bundled DER Remain a Strategic Tool for Improving Payback

Mechanisms to Stack Value Across Multiple Technologies Are Becoming Prevalent

Case Study: Hybrid Battery and Gas Generator to Reduce United Steel Industries Fuel Costs

Case Study: Mars Sustainable in a Generation Facility Plan

Onsite Energy Management Hedges Against Emission Reduction Policy and Increasing Electricity Prices

Identify Sustainability Targets for Holistic Onsite Energy Management Planning

Note the Variety of DER Solution Sets Capable of Addressing Industrial Energy Needs

Opt for Open Standards Rather than Customized Solutions Based in Proprietary Technology

Explore Various Business Models to Improve Financial Feasibility

Capture the Value Stack and Synergistic Benefits Generated by Multiple DER Technologies

  • Relevant Technology Bundles Across Manufacturing Industries
  • DER Value Stacking Mechanisms for Industrial Manufacturers
  • Holistic Valuation Components for DR Participation, Including Utility Benefits
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