A Trusted Energy Management Advisor
Rapid Power Management (RPM) is a trusted energy management advisor that delivers turn-key solutions to companies and institutions seeking to implement an overall energy management strategy and lower their energy cost.
Organizations that have smart energy purchasing strategies realize that negotiating energy contracts is about cost savings and risk management. Applying solid risk management techniques takes dedicated internal resources that understand the volatility of the electric and natural gas markets. Rapid Power Management has the expertise and tools, like our Price Alert system, to help our clients implement an effective energy management strategy.
Today’s lighting systems not only provide better efficiency, but produce the better quality illumination and lower maintenance cost than the older systems. Rapid Power Management offers expertise in energy management and lighting technology, as well as proven savings and customer testimonials. We provide turnkey lighting retrofit projects, with a complete analysis before starting the project and post-installation support to ensure our clients realize all the financial benefits available.
POWER FACTOR CORRECTION
RPM has been a leader in Power Factor Correction since 2003. There are many factors to consider when analyzing the best way to improve power factor efficiency levels. We understand all the technical and financial implications and we work with our customers to develop a custom solution to best meet their needs. Using a consultative approach, our experienced staff can help you identify how much you are paying in penalties per year and recommend and implement the best solution to increase power factor efficiency—and avoid costly penalties.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
As your energy consulting experts, we offer many custom engineering services. From Sales Tax Exemption Studies (Predominant Use Studies) to Energy Audits and Power Quality Studies, RPM is the place to turn to for energy management expertise.
Solid Risk Management
Organizations that have smart energy purchasing strategies not only focus on cost savings, but more importantly realize that purchasing energy commodities is more about risk management. Applying solid risk management techniques takes dedicated internal resources that understand the volatility of the electric and natural gas markets. Most industries are too focused on their core competencies and thus outsource their energy management to an energy broker or consultant, like Rapid Power Management.
To manage the price volatility in the energy markets take sophisticated tools, like our Price Alert System. The alert insures that our clients move quickly when the energy market drops:
To make educated decisions, our clients receive timely information on markets from our weekly market update, called “Particles”.
To insure proper billing, our clients receive bill audits.
To insure proper resolution of billing issues, our experienced personal handle all interfaces with the retailer and utility.
As most competitors promise to always save their clients money, we focus on being straight with our clients and help them understand the risk/reward opportunity that is available at any one time in the market. This honest approach has led to long-term partnerships with clientele that value trust in their supplier relationships.
Renewable Energy Credits
ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE SMART ENERGY PURCHASING STRATEGIES NOT ONLY FOCUS ON COST SAVINGS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY REALIZE THAT PURCHASING ENERGY COMMODITIES IS MORE ABOUT RISK MANAGEMENT. APPLYING SOLID RISK MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES TAKES DEDICATED INTERNAL RESOURCES THAT UNDERSTAND THE VOLATILITY OF THE ELECTRIC AND NATURAL GAS MARKETS. MOST INDUSTRIES ARE TOO FOCUSED ON THEIR CORE COMPETENCIES AND THUS OUTSOURCE THEIR ENERGY MANAGEMENT TO AN ENERGY BROKER OR CONSULTANT, LIKE RAPID POWER MANAGEMENT.
WHAT IS A REC?
Being Green is no longer just an expression The market place has embraced the fact that America needs to become more energy efficient as part of a long-term strategy to secure our environment. One tactic used by the market is to buy and sell RECS or Renewable Energy Credits. These certificates can be sold and traded and the owner of the REC can claim to have purchased renewable energy. While traditional carbon emission trading programs promote low-carbon technologies by increasing the cost of emitting carbon, RECs can incent carbon-neutral renewable energy projects. The RECS provide subsidies to electricity generated from renewable sources. It is important to understand the energy associated with a REC is sold separately and is used by another party. So when you purchase a REC you get only a certificate.
In states which have a REC program, a green energy provider (such as a wind farm) is credited with one REC for every 1,000 kWh or 1 MWh of electricity it produces (for reference, an average residential customer consumes about 800 kWh in a month). A certifying agency gives each REC a unique identification number to make sure it doesn’t get double-counted. The green energy is then fed into the electrical grid (by mandate), and the accompanying REC can then be sold on the open market.
The market of buying and selling RECS is still developing, thus taking due diligence in buying a properly certified REC is critical. Green-e is the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market.
For more information, please visit their web-site: HTTP://WWW.GREEN-E.ORG/ABOUT.SHTML.
Texas Electricity Professionals Association
TEPA was formed to uphold integrity and maintain honor in the Texas energy market. Rapid Power Management has been a strong supporter and member of TEPA since its founding. RPM recommends working with a broker that is a member of TEPA.
BENEFITS OF USING A TEPA ELECTRICITY PROFESSIONAL:
By working with a TEPA qualified electricity professional, you are working with an industry expert that understands the intricacies of the Texas electricity market. TEPA professionals are aggregators, brokers, and consultants (A/B/C) which have demonstrated an in depth knowledge of the Texas electricity deregulation rules & regulations as well as the growing number of counterparties involved. By working with a TEPA professional, you are leveraging the purchasing power, knowledge and industry network capabilities that only a TEPA industry expert can provide. In addition, TEPA professionals are held to the highest of ethical standards.
Each potential TEPA applicant must go through a rigorous application process including detailed experiences, industry references, services offered and be sponsored by a TEPA professional.
To find out more out TEPA, please reference their web-site: HTTP://WWW.TEPATEXAS.ORG/.
The electric grid supporting the growing US economy has come under intense scrutiny. Unless programs and modern technologies are adopted that support efficiency and reliability, our economy might be challenged in the near future.
One program that will help and that has gained in popularity is “Demand Response.” Demand response programs help the grid’s reliability. Incentives are offered by state utility commissions to businesses who curtail their facility’s energy use during peak times.
Note that each market has different incentive programs, thus contact Rapid Power Management for more education as we can facilitate and shop the potential opportunity.
For more information on demand response, find the demand response coordinating committee’s web-site for a valuable resource:
Rapid Power provides current energy procurement strategy and market opportunities to clients nationwide. Let RPM discuss your current energy procurement strategy and market opportunities with you. Complete the form below and an RPM representative contact you with specifics.
Average Power Factor Correction Savings by RPM in Downtown Dallas
Power factor penalties are a way in which utility companies simultaneously enhance grid efficiency while generating revenue. Most utilities add a significant charge to electricity bills if the power factor is below a certain percentage. Facilities with corrected power factor benefit from a smaller electricity bill and increased electrical efficiency. RPM has been one of the leaders in power factor correction since the start of our company in 2002. Understanding the financial and technical dynamics of power factor can be difficult for plant personnel to fully grasp, so RPM uses a consultative approach to work with our clients on a tailored strategy. RPM focuses on safety first in our solutions due to the technical dynamics of a power factor installation.
Here is an example:
Power Factor Correction requires a general understanding of the components of electricity and their interaction. The information below is intended for a conversational perspective of power factor and does not include many of the more technical issues that would affect each project.
There are 3 primary components and alternating current 3 phase electricity:
Watts – W
Volt Amperes – VA
Volt Amperes Reactive – kVAr
In commercial terms these components of electricity are usually referred to as
Kilo-volt amperes (kVA) – Apparent power – As produced by generator
Kilo-watts (kW) – Real power – As utilized by load
Kilo-volt Amperes Reactive (kVAr) – Reactive power – Unused power
Below is a diagram of the relationship of these components in a typical load situation. In the triangle, the kVAr component on the right is that which affects the power factor.
Power factor is a technical measurements which is the calculation of kw/kVA, or ratio of real (working)/ apparent power.
In a perfect world power factor would be 100%. However, in the real world electrical equipment is loaded and unloaded. When that equipment unloads and operates at less than it’s rated capacity, power factor goes down. The amount of apparent power (kVA) the device is using goes up and amount of reactive power (kVAr) goes up. The triangle below shows a low power factor situation.
To correct power factor, capacitors, or capacitive (kVAr) is added to the circuit to offset the amount of inductive kVAr being produced by the load. The corrected triangle below shows how capacitance offsets inductance by reducing the angle between kW and kVA.
The result of correcting power factor will be a reduction in amp load, increased kVA, and reduce power factor penalties.
- Over-sized induction motors
- Induction heating equipment
- Arc-Flash welders
- HID lighting
The most common and economical solution to correcting poor power factor is to install capacitors. Capacitors have been used to correct poor power factor since 1917. Capacitors act as a temporary storage bank for kVAR, thus consumers no longer receive their reactive power from the utility but from the capacitor bank that is located within their facility. This has no effect on the kW or real power but reduces kVA or apparent power as the kVAR have been reduced from the utility.
Harmonic distortion is becoming a constant cause for concern in modern electric systems. Harmonics are not easy to describe, but an oscilloscope can display the effect harmonic distortion has on a sine wave. An un-distorted sine wave looks like the “voltage” wave on top. The bottom line displays the “current” waveform which has been affected by an electronic device causing harmonic distortion.
The distortion is caused by the device drawing electricity at a specific point of the sine wave. The draw of electricity causes a distortion of the wave. Dependent on the device, distortion can cause varying effects on the sine wave.
In the United States, the standard voltage frequency is 60 hertz (HZ). The specific harmonic level at which the electricity is affected is determined by a multiple of the fundamental frequency. An example of this would be a device which affects at the 5th harmonic on a 60 HZ system is 300 HZ. The second wave-form within the system creates an electrical current within the system. This harmonic current can cause additional problems on other devices in the system.
In power factor correction scenario, transformers and capacitor banks can create a resonant condition which leads to amplified harmonics, thus causing heat and damage to the capacitor bank. RPM always educates the consumer on the risk of potential resonant conditions as to put forth the safest and most reliable solution.
Note – We advise shoppers to be wary of products that promise reduced power factor correction along with energy savings as these products are misleading. They use small legalese language and prey on consumers that just focus on the myth of great savings to push their over-priced product as a solution to poor power factor correction.
By successfully completing a power factor correction project, you’ve avoided thousands of dollars in utility penalties. Protect that investment by implementing an annual preventative maintenance plan on your capacitor bank. Don’t let you bank fail due to neglect like the banks below:
Rapid Power’s Maintenance Program is an annual agreement that will provide testing and maintenance of your capacitor units. Having your power factor capacitor bank routinely serviced will keep the system running at peak performance to optimize energy efficiency and cost savings.
During these inspections, scheduled at your convenience, we will perform critical testing of your system as outlined on the scope checklist. If any problems are discovered, customer will be advised and a quote will be given for repairs. To get started or for more detailed information, please fill out the contact information sheet below, call us or email us.
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Lighting technologies are constantly improving. Today’s lighting systems not only provide better efficiency, but produce the better quality of illumination and lower maintenance cost than the older systems.
This is an example of a typical retrofit in the field. Woot! (HTTP://WWW.WOOT.COM) is an online retail store that focuses on selling one cool item everyday at a cheap price.
Their facility had 400 watt metal halide fixtures throughout. Retrofitting to a T-5 fluorescent high bay system will save them more than $39,000 annually and improve the light levels in their aisles allowing their material handling to be more efficient. The fixtures in the aisles include sensors to insure the lighting is on only when needed.
Many lighting retrofit companies don’t bother to pursue all financial benefits available. These organizations don’t want to deal with the hassle of working through a local utility rebate program. Note that Rapid Power Management will pursue all financial avenues to help a client realize the benefits that come with a new lighting system. Here a few of those benefits:
- Local utility lighting upgrade rebates
- Local utility sensor installation rebates
- Day light harvesting sensor applications
- Federal Tax Deduction (EPACT 2005)
- Leasing Packages
Please see a sample of a financial analysis below:
To understand the financials, please fill out the form below to request a lighting audit to be done on your facility.
Details on EPACT 2005 and Business Energy Incentives. OPEN PDF FILE
Interior Fluorescent Lighting Update
An article in eCurrent lines describes the difference between a T-5 versus a T-8 system and when to convert to a Fluorescent Lamp system. OPEN PDF FILE
Recommended Light Levels
A chart displaying the level of foot candles needed for different areas in a home, factory, office, etc. OPEN PDF FILE
A certificate describing the Advance Lamp and Ballast Limited Warranty. OPEN PDF FILE
Metal Halide vs. T-5 Fluorescent Fixture Comparison
An article from the Performance Consulting Group providing a comparison between a Metal Halide and a T-5 Fluorescent Fixture. OPEN PDF FILE
To understand the financials, please fill out the form below to request a lighting audit to be done on your facility.
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As an energy consulting company we offer many custom engineering services:
These studies are also called predominant use studies. Our work has mostly been in Texas whereby a manufacturer can claim sales tax exemption if 50% of their load is proven to be used towards their manufacturing process. The rules around proving the exemption are very distinct and laid out buy the Texas State Comptroller. These rules are strictly followed and any studies done before 2004 are not up to the current code. Thus, if the State Comptroller audits your facility you will need an updated study performed. For facilities that have paid this sales tax for years and qualify, you are eligible to get back taxes paid for the previous four years. Rapid Power Management has done predominant use studies since the inception of our company in 02’, One of our best success stories was helping a prominent water bottle manufacturer in the Dallas area collect well over $150,000 in taxes paid. To get a quote, FILL OUT OUR FORM BELOW.
Predominant Use Study Requirements
The below document is from the Susan Comb Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website. This document includes the requirements by the state for a study to be valid. OPEN PDF FILE
Before a company can move forward with an effective energy strategy, understanding how they are using the energy in their facility is imperative. An energy audit provides usage information that can be used for prioritization of projects.
In a recent audit for a semi-conductor supplier manufacture, RPM discovered over $100K of energy savings. The following energy conservation opportunities were identified:
- retrofitting motors with variable frequency drives
- retrofitting existing lighting system
- installing power factor correction capacitors
- sealing leaks around windows
- converting to a primary tariff rate
To get a quote for an energy audit, please CONTACT US.
Customers don’t typically think in terms of the quality, when thinking of the power in their facility, until they notice odd occurrences. These occurrences can range from motor failure, electronic control blips to explosions. If your facility equipment is acting in a strange manner, a study of the power in your facility will give clues to what the problem might be.
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