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Goose Island Beer Company

Compressed Air Express Study
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PROJECT SNAPSHOT: Goose Island Beer Company
Measures implemented Installed no-loss drain, new compressor, replaced old filters, repaired air leaks
Total project cost $74,751
Estimated annual energy savings 298,798 kWh
Estimated annual cost savings $20,916*
Incentive received $16,681
Estimated payback periods without incentive 3.6 years
Estimated payback period with incentive 2.8 years

*Estimated annual cost savings are based on an electricity rate of 7.5 cents per kWh.

Project Summary

Goose Island Beer Company continually focuses on reducing electricity usage to make its business more sustainable. After attending the ComEd Energy Efficiency Expo and hearing about various incentive program opportunities, the Chicago-based brewery decided to take advantage of the Compressed Air Express Study through the Industrial Systems offering to make its system more efficient and less expensive.

The Solution

The study provided a detailed report of Goose Island’s compressed air system, identifying four potential energy-saving measures. The brewery then made the following improvements:

  • Repaired air leaks
  • Installed an internal no-loss condensate drain with a new compressor
  • Replaced old compressor filters
  • Installed a new variable-speed, rotary-screw air compressor

Project Benefits

In addition to the free study, Goose Island Beer received close to $17,000 in ComEd Energy Efficiency program incentives after implementing the study’s four recommendations. These measures are expected to save the brewery more than $20,000 annually with a payback time just under three years.

Ian Hughes, assistant brewery manager, leads Goose Island’s sustainability efforts. “We were extremely satisfied with the results of the compressed air study and the ease with which we were able to participate in the process,” he said. “Having a compressed air expert come in and perform an analysis gave us the business case that we needed to get the system upgrade funded.”

Would Hughes recommend the study to other businesses? “Absolutely,” he said.

We were extremely satisfied with the results of the compressed air study and the ease with which we were able to participate in the process. Having a compressed air expert come in and perform an analysis gave us the business case that we needed to get the system upgrade funded.
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