ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

Energy Efficiency: Integrating Technology, Policy, and People

Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
August 04, 2015 to August 06, 2015


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Past Industry Summer Studies




Industrial Summer Study Overview

Industrial energy efficiency is changing – gone are the days of a single person in a plant trying to manage plant energy use by themselves with an Multimeter and an Excel spreadsheet – now it’s all about integrating energy data into production management systems and empowering decision makers with contextualized historical information and near real-time energy cost forecasting. This year’s ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry will bring you the latest thinking on managing plant energy use, national energy policy and industrial energy efficiency program administration.

Lunch and dinner sessions will feature thought leaders on the direction of industrial energy efficiency. Each will be chosen for their leadership and ability to see ten-twenty years into the future of industrial energy use.


This year’s conference will have six panels with concurrent sessions held over two days, each developed around a hot topic in industry energy efficiency.

  1. Strategic Energy Management
  2. Sustainability
  3. Smart Manufacturing
  4. Beyond Best Practices
  5. Policy and Resource Planning
  6. Delivering Results


One of the most valued features of ACEEE Summer Studies is the opportunity to network. The program will include many breaks of considerable length to facilitate quality conversations. As the title of this year’s conference indicates, energy efficiency is all about connecting people with challenges with those who have solutions. We suggest having several business cards on-hand.

Informal Sessions

Informal sessions are pre-scheduled group discussions intended for those who want to discuss a specific topic, taking advantage of having so many industrial energy efficiency professionals in one place.  These sessions should be a moderated group discussion, not a speaker and audience format. No PowerPoint presentations or commercial materials will be allowed.

New for 2015: In addition to scheduled informal sessions, there will be an “Open Space” informal session on Thursday. This session will allow for impromptu informal sessions, providing the opportunity for people to discuss topics raised while at the conference.

Side Meetings

New for 2015: Rooms will be available to trade and professional organizations that have several members attending our event. This space will provide an opportunity to have private group meetings. Suggested times to host private meetings include Monday morning or afternoon.

Likely Participants Include: Energy efficiency program administrators, evaluators, and contractors; public utility commission and consumer counselor staff members, corporate energy managers and government relations professionals; professionals in the utility sector with responsibilities for efficiency programs, resource planning, regulatory compliance and government relations; energy efficiency solution providers; state energy office officials; energy management firms; and energy efficiency advocacy organizations.



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If you submitted an abstract(s) to be considered for presentation and/or publication at the 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, you should have received notification about its status by January 8.

If you have not received notification, it likely went into your spam filter/firewall. As primary author, it is your responsibility to stay informed via the e-mail address you provided.  Please be sure to add to your contacts list to ensure that you receive these communications.

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Kim Crossman               Bill Hoyt
Energy Trust             National Electrical
   of Oregon        Manufacturers Association



Click on the panels below to view each list of accepted paper titles and authors.

1 - Strategic Energy Management and Industry

Panel Leaders: Chad Gilless, EnerNOC and Kevin Wallace, BC Hydro

Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a hot topic in the industrial energy efficiency field, with some markets continuing to push the envelope of SEM innovation, while others are taking more time to understand the value before they deploy SEM programs. This panel will address this entire continuum, from the initial research, product definition and EM&V considerations needed by regulators and DSM planners to begin SEM programs through the new program enhancements, designs or delivery mechanisms that are pushing SEM’s boundaries and expanding savings, persistence, customer satisfaction and other important benefits.

2 - Sustainability

Panel Leaders: Barry Liner, Water Environment Federation and Suresh Santanam, Syracuse University IAC

Expanding demand for energy and natural resources has refocused the discussions on how to most effectively utilize what we have while exploring for new resources. This panel will discuss the application of sustainability concepts and methods for industrial and manufacturing processes; deployment and use of alternative energy sources; associated impacts on water use and natural resource optimization (including resource recovery); and case studies on implementation of sustainability pathways.

3 - Smart Manufacturing

Panel Leaders: Paul Hamilton, Schneider Electric and Kay Cabaniss, Baldor Electric Company

Smart Manufacturing looks at manufacturing in a different way. Advanced process manufacturing technology (Smart) incorporates information, technology, and innovation. The goal is to bring about a transformation in the approach to how products are envisioned, designed, manufactured, shipped, and sold. This panel will incorporate case studies, possible future approaches and relate it to productivity (both real and projected), energy efficiency, the environment, and other benefits.

4 - Beyond Best Practices

Panel Leaders: Amelie Goldberg, Institute for Industrial Productivity and John Malinowski, Baldor Electric Company

Energy Efficiency has been around for many years. Easy drop-in upgrades and quick fixes – traditionally the industry’s bread and butter – have been widely adopted. With a large energy efficiency potential still untapped, how can we move beyond the best practices that brought us the low hanging fruit, in order to get deeper and more persistent savings, or decarbonize a production line entirely? This panel looks at innovative real-life case studies that inspire, with possible application to other enterprises and production sectors. These solutions might involve an emerging technology, engaging a value chain, redesigning a product for a circular economy, broadening corporate decision-making metrics, or shaping corporate culture to prioritize energy efficiency. What did you do, why did it work and what were the measured savings?

5 - Policy & Resource Planning

Panel Leaders: Raymond Monroe, Steel Founders' Society of America and Richard Murphy, American Gas Association

Energy efficient investments often are long lived capital assets and made based on changes in technology or end of useful life of existing assets. Policy to encourage energy efficiency in the replacement or investment in long lived assets is subject to these longer term macroeconomic and market segment conditions. Even encouraging investment in less critical short lived investments in a plant often has lower priority than reduction in labor or market growth. The interaction of policy and corporate resource planning is key to success. Papers documenting success, lessons learned or innovative approaches are welcome.

6 - Delivering Results

Panel Leaders: Jennifer Eskil, Bonneville Power Administration and Peter Goldman, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Whether managing a plant’s energy use or a program’s goals and budget, everyone is under pressure to deliver the same thing: cost-effective energy savings from industry, and more of it. This panel will focus on what is working now, providing details on the implementation of industrial efficiency programs or projects that deliver measureable results to utilities, ratepayers, regulators and end use customers.



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Linda Latham Scholarships

ACEEE is proud to announce applications for Linda Latham Scholarships to attend the 2015 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry are now being accepted online or by e-mail through March 23, 2015. Scholarships are funded by the Linda Latham Scholarship fund which was established in memory of Linda Latham who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.

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Scholarship Application for e-mail

To be eligible, the applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university whose course work is related to energy/energy efficiency, climate change, environmental science, or a related field of study, and who is considering a career in energy/energy efficiency. “Latham Scholars” will be exposed to new ideas and opportunities as they interact with energy efficiency experts from around the world. In turn, Summer Study attendees will be able to meet these exceptional students—a reciprocal opportunity for all!

For the 2015 Summer Study, the Linda Latham Scholarship fund will award scholarships to students at three different scholarship levels. Level 1 awardees will receive a full conference registration, housing and meals, and up to $500 towards transportation costs. Level II scholars will receive a full conference registration and housing and meals. Level III winners will receive a full registration to the conference.  We have more Level III scholarships available than we do for Level II and more Level II scholarships than Level I; therefore, chances of selection will be highest at Level III and lowest at Level I.

Applications will be accepted through March 23, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a committee of ACEEE staff.

Scholarship winners will be notified beginning April 1, 2015.

Please contact if you have any other questions. For more information, read about the 2013 scholarship recipients or read about past programs at the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry.