Mitchell Olszewski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
This year the program committee chose a topic that we believed was timely: "How Industry Will Procure Energy Efficiency Services in the 21st Century." This theme was chosen in response to the changing nature of energy service with the advent of utility deregulation and the emergence of energy service companies. These changes would bring about enhanced opportunities for alliances and partnerships in the procurement of energy efficiency services as well as energy supply services. This Summer Study provided an opportunity to explore the opportunities provided by these changes in the marketplace and examined ways in which they could be used to enhance, in a cost-effective manner, the energy efficiency and productivity of industry.
The program committee organized a conference around formal presentations in the morning and informal presentations and study groups in the afternoon, and again chose three industrial sectors for special emphasis with panels dedicated to them: one for the chemicals industry, one for iron and steel, and one for food products.