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Commercial Industrial Boiler Efficiency Program - Offered by Enovity

EnovityDo you want to obtain no-cost, technical services and incentives for your boiler systems, while decreasing your energy costs? Enovity, a sustainability consulting firm, provides cash incentives for boiler efficiency improvements to commercial, industrial and agricultural customers in PG&E's service territory who pay the Public Good Charge or Public Purpose Surcharge and operate hot water or steam boilers.

Through Envoity's Commercial Industrial Boiler Efficiency Program, facilities were able to save over $2.8 million in annual energy costs and receive $2.9 million in cash incentives during the 2006-2008 Program cycle. As a result of Enovity's success, the Program will continue through the next funding period.

Enovity helps its customers identify boiler system energy efficiency opportunities at their facility, perform measurements and analysis to estimate energy savings, assist in the implementation of the energy efficiency upgrades (such as reviewing contractor proposals), verify the installation of measures and the final savings achieved, and provides a financial incentive to help buy down the cost of these projects. Enovotiy has also been instrumental in combining boiler energy efficiency with NOx upgrades in order to improved boiler capacity, improve operations and maintenance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Examples of these measures include burner control upgrades (for 30 ppm NOx), burner combustion fan VFDs, and SCR installation and ULN burner replacement (such as replacing a high excess air, ULN burner with a low excess air 30 ppm NOx burner with a CataStak SCR system).

Benefits of participating in the Program include reduced energy consumption, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced maintenance costs and improved system efficiency What do you have to lose?

Also, read Nationwide Boiler's case study about how a major California food processor was able to receive cash incentives as well as energy and emissions reductions though the installation of a an E2Stak solution (CataStak SCR system and EconoStak economizer) and a condensing stack heat recovery system.

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Low NOx Rental Boiler Aids in Refinery Operations

Nationwide Boiler Inc. recently booked a new low NOx boiler rental for Holly Refining in Utah. The rental includes a CataStak SCR system that will aid in decreasing emissions at the refinery.

Check out the news article here:

http://www.standard.net/topics/business/2009/10/06/holly-requests-two-new-boilers
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Nationwide Boiler Welcomes 2010

Nationwide Boiler marked the end of 2009 with the annual Power-Gen International trade show in Las Vegas. This year's show attracted over 18,000 people during the three day event and Nationwide experienced a high volume of booth traffic the opening day, which continued throughout the week. Overall, despite rumors that a few of the major show sponsors had decided not to attend, Power-Gen proved beneficial. Along the way, it gave our sales and engineering teams the opportunity to meet with old and new customers as well as with many of our valued sales representatives, industry representatives, vendors and suppliers. If you had a chance to stop by our booth, we thank you! Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's show in Orlando, Florida December 13-16th.

Moving onward into 2010, Nationwide is looking forward to many new opportunities to help solve challenging problems and provide emergency service and support to our customers. Last year we were able to provide immediate support to customers with a variety of needs, both for planned or in many instances, unplanned situations. This included the delivery of boilers across the world as far as Australia and Qatar and involved rental equipment for customers stricken by floods or other catastrophic events. In addition, Nationwide Environmental Solutions easily solved challenging air emissions requirements with the CataStak SCR systems, once again proving that the CataStak can handle any application, whether it is boiler, turbine or heater related.

Ultimately, we have done our best to live up to our values of “integrity, dependability, and real customer service” while continuing to stay innovative and in touch with our customers and the issues they face. To aid in these goals, we are increasing our boiler inventory and will have an even larger selection of new packaged watertube boilers for sale. We are also expanding our rental fleet with the most recent addition of an 800 hp Cleaver-Brooks, 200 psi firetube boiler. Lastly, we are continually on the look out to find new ways to improve our business and our equipment. This includes new maintenance techniques and procedures to help guarantee that when our equipment is delivered, it is delivered 100% problem free. These items have all helped us maintain a leadership position in our industry for the last forty years and we hope that we will continue to thrive and exceed our customer's expectations for another forty years.

If you have any suggestions on what we can do to improve our business, service or support, please send us an email or give us a call. We value your opinion and are happy to speak to you about anything on your mind.

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Pre-Compliance Planning: When to Begin

The following is taken from an artile we published in the Winter edition of The Steamlines, our corporate newsletter.  Climate change and compliance in California and other parts of the nation is a hot topic, and often times, companies are faced with tough decisions, with little information. Find out how Nationwide Boiler dealt with meeting compliance, through a proactive approach. In the long run, it was the right decision and today we continue to push the envelop in energy efficiency and ultra low emissions.

A recent shift away from coal and towards natural gas has been brewing in the United States. Many companies are taking advantage of the plunge in natural gas prices due to the introduction of horizontal drilling technology leading to the expansion of new reserves throughout the United States.

Business Week recently reported that several major utilities including Progress Energy, Tampa Electric and General Electric all have new strategies based on a shift to natural gas. Many of these strategies are combined with other renewable energy projects such as solar and wind power, helping to create a “balanced” strategy and utilizing all possible energy and efficiency instruments.

However, the Energy Information Administration suggests that natural gas prices will not stay low for long and that the fuel-switching trend will be short-lived. It may only be a matter of time when the laws of supply and demand take in effect, driving up fuel prices. If and when this happens, will these strategies change or will it be too late? Unlike the utilities above which have conducted major shifts in their business plans associated with predicted price savings, many other companies in varying sectors have decided to wait before committing to long-term strategies. This holds especially true on the topic of climate change. Many companies are taking the sidelines until climate change policies become final and are not making risky shifts to their business plans. Overall, when it comes to long-term environmental planning, when is it the right time?

From experience, long-term, pre-compliance planning paid off for Nationwide Boiler. As local air quality regulations in California rapidly decreased the limits for NOx emissions, Nationwide took action to research and develop strategies that would enable our rental boiler fleet to perform at the lowest NOx levels available. Ultimately, Nationwide chose a compliance strategy based on the best technology currently available, able to deliver the highest performance. Our CataStak Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) System was born through this discovery and today the CataStak SCR product line includes solutions for gas turbines, steam generators, watertube and firetube boilers, field-erected boilers and heaters.

Had Nationwide waited for final determinations made by air quality regulators, we would not have been able to provide a product offering for our customers by the time compliance was mandatory. In the long run, pre-compliance planning enabled us to better serve our customers with reliable, well proven solutions and in the process the company has grown, provided new jobs and Nationwide Boiler has expanded its operations to include a new strategic business unit. The new business unit, Nationwide Environmental Solutions, was specifically formed to help solve tough compliance issues and provide total plant solution that yields both emission reductions and increased energy efficiency.

Currently, both federal and state regulators are proposing aggressive strategies to combat climate change and promote energy reductions. In California, the Global Warming Solutions Act requires California to develop regulations that will reduce gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Assembly Bill 32, targeting large generators of greenhouse gas, is currently in the drafting phase to support the act and it includes a cap-and-trade program that establishes a cap covering 85% of the state's GHG emissions. If passed, large industrial sources that process at or above 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents will fall under these rules starting January 1, 2012. Similar situations are happening in TX, NY and other areas around the United States and the implications for businesses (as well as consumers) may be insurmountable. Increases in electricity, natural gas, transportation, product, and administrative costs are unknown, but likely.

Through our own experience we have learned that in terms of environmental planning it is vital that companies look and plan ahead in order to effectively manage risks, control costs, and to maintain competitiveness. The development of pre-compliance strategies based on best performance standards and efficiency upgrades should be of concern for every major facility in addition to the negotiation of long-term fuel and supply-chain contracts.

If you need assistance in developing a pre-compliance strategy, call Nationwide Boiler today. Our proactive approach to climate change was the right choice for us, and we are confident that it will also be the best choice for you.

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