Firms collaborate to identify energy saving opportunities in one of Cape Cod's largest manufacturing facilities

BOURNE, MA, January 18, 2011 — Several Massachusetts organizations have teamed up on a large-scale energy monitoring project that aims to identify energy saving opportunities in one of Cape Cod's largest biotechnology facilities.

East Falmouth, MA-based Associates of Cape Cod, Inc. (ACC), a world leader in products that test pharmaceuticals and medical devices, is deploying several web-enabled energy monitoring systems from Bourne-based Onset Computer Corp. to track energy use throughout its 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

"Associates of Cape Cod is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its operations and we have been looking at a number of initiatives over the past year, including the reduction of water usage at our facility and evaluating more efficient packaging options," said AJ Meuse, President and CEO at ACC. "We are tracking and analyzing our energy use over time to understand where opportunities for energy savings exist. Then we can consider upgrading or replacing existing equipment with newer, more energy-efficient equipment."

The energy monitoring equipment, funded in part by Cape Light Compact and National Grid, has been installed by energy consulting firm Demand Management Institute, Inc. (DMI) based in Wellesley, MA.

"DMI is excited to be using cutting edge metering equipment to better understand and reduce energy use at facilities such as ACC," said Alec Stevens, President of DMI. "In the past, our options for collecting energy usage data were limited. Using Onset's web-connected technology to monitor individual loads such as chillers, boilers, fans and pumps, we are able to develop a detailed profile of energy use that is never more than one hour old."

According to John Burns, Commercial and Industrial Program Planner for Cape Light Compact, this project is a great example of how commercial businesses on Cape Cod can take advantage of energy efficiency funding available in the region. "Cape Light Compact provides highly cost‐effective energy efficiency programs to local residents and businesses like Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.," he said. "Cape Light Compact has saved Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard residents $20.7 million annually on their electric bills and invested over $50 million in energy efficiency programs over the past nine years, bringing tremendous long‐term benefits and a return on investment for our customers and the region."

Ed White, Vice President of Energy Products for National Grid, added, "We are pleased to support Associates of Cape Cod as they research ways of reducing energy use in their production processes. By helping companies such as ACC to reduce the amount of energy they use, we are able to help them to become more efficient and thereby more competitive; paving the way for a cleaner, greener industrial future."


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About Onset 

Onset is a leading supplier and trusted manufacturer of data loggers and monitoring solutions used to measure, record, and manage data for improving the environment and preserving the quality of temperature-sensitive products. Based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Onset has been designing and manufacturing its products on site since the company's founding in 1981.