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The Industrial Recommissioning Program (IRCx) helps industrial energy users capture and sustain energy savings through measures requiring little to no capital investment.

Industrial recommissioning (or retro-commissioning) is a systematic process designed to optimize the energy-efficient performance of industrial equipment and processes by identifying and correcting operational deficiencies. The IRCx program offers a free recommissioning audit and pays incentives for implementing recommissioning measures and establishing a proactive maintenance plan.

IRCx is sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and implemented by Nexant, Inc. Most industrial customers of PG&E are eligible.

Why Recommission?

Unnoticed energy losses — compressed air leaks, steam leaks, damaged insulation — may represent 5% to 15% of your total energy use. Recommissioning can reduce energy losses, improve energy efficiency, and lower your operating costs.

Typical Measures

IRCx supports such recommissioning measures as:

  • Compressed air system optimization
  • Boiler efficiency improvement
  • Steam traps (high and low pressure) and steam leak repair
  • Belt replacement
  • Insulation replacement
  • Air filter replacement
  • Process system optimization

Program Benefits

  • Energy savings without major capital investment
  • Lower energy bills
  • Reduced maintenance time and expense
  • Longer equipment life
  • Greater equipment reliability
  • Improved productivity
  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance techniques
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