2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

Inspiring Action for a Sustainable Future

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland
Portland, OR
August 12, 2019 to August 15, 2019

OverviewPanels | Keynote Speaker | Registration | SEM Summit | EFEX Workshop | Accommodations | Sponsorship InfoPast Industry Summer Studies.

Welcome to the 2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

Our theme for this historic Summer Study on industrial energy efficiency is “Inspiring Action for a Sustainable Future.”  We chose our theme to wrap around the cycle of empowering people, establishing policy, enhancing processes, enabling action all towards inspiring a sustainable industrial future.  While the cycle continues, it begins and ends with people, like you, who are committed to industrial efficiency.  And what better place to conduct the study than Portland, Oregon a community that is knit together around a sustainable energy future!

As co-chairs we are committed to making the gathering live up to the ideals of being truly inspirational, delivering actionable outcomes, all within the underlying goal of contributing to a sustainable future. In preparation for Portland we have assembled an incredible team of panel leaders from both the USA and Canada, all well respected in the area of industrial energy efficiency. Although “not to be missed” has become cliché, we are confident that Summer Study 2019 is an event that you will want to make sure you attend.

Join the conversation at the 2019 Summer Study with your ideas, experiences, and vision to make energy efficiency easy and enticing!

Industrial Summer Study Overview


We believe industrial efficiency plays an integral role in building a sustainable future. The key: empowered people. By laying a solid foundation with smart policies and addressing challenges with new processes and designs, we can enable and inspire them to take action that will accelerate our journey.

  • Inspirational Future - Enabling action to inspire the future

  • People - Empowering people to envision the future
  • Policy - Establishing policy to launch the future
  • Process - Enhancing processes to power the future

This conference will give you the chance to hear from visionaries and energy leaders, and the opportunity to discuss best practices and new approaches. We know that getting to a sustainable future takes commitment and a coordinated approach.  

Likely participants

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.

Click here to view a list of organizations that participated in 2017's Summer Study Industry conference.


Click on the title of each panel for a full description.

        PANEL 1: Inspirational Future                                PANEL 2: People

           (View accepted authors and paper titles here)                         (View accepted authors and paper titles here)


           PANEL 3: Policy                                                             PANEL 4: Process 

             (View accepted authors and paper titles here)                         (View accepted authors and paper titles here)



Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by Intel®

Physicist Amory Lovins is the cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute. He has written 31 books and over 630 papers. He is a frequent advisor to major firms and governments on topics ranging from energy efficiency to designing for the environment. He received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards, and Germany’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, he has taught at ten universities (most recently Stanford’s School of Engineering and the Naval Postgraduate School)—but only subjects he’s never formally studied. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.

Lovins will discuss how energy efficiency in industry can get cheaper and bigger with integrative design.  His recent analysis (hyperlink to report) found that in over $40 billion worth of major projects, optimizing industrial equipment and processes as whole systems for multiple benefits typically yielded design savings of 30–60% in retrofits, and 40-90% in new builds. Paybacks were only a few years and capital cost were almost always lower. Artfully choosing, combining, sequencing, and timing fewer and simpler technologies can save more energy at lower cost than deploying more and fancier but dis-integrated and randomly timed technologies. This may seem difficult, but it is proven, rapidly evolving, and spreading.


Registration will open Spring 2019


SEM Summit

Strategic Energy Management (SEM) programs are changing the way utilities and program administrators interact with large industrial, commercial, and institutional customers. To seize on this development, dozens of stakeholders have collaborated to launch a new initiative, the North American SEM Collaborative (NASEMC), to create a community of practice to advance the success of energy management programs. The third annual SEM Summit will be their first official event and it will introduce the Collaborative and its plans to the public.

The Summit will take place on Monday, August 12 at the same hotel as the ACEEE 2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. This event will introduce participants to NASEMC leadership, the Collaborative’s activities, and provide opportunities to become involved.

The Summit will build on the success of prior summits and address participant’s key needs and advance SEM program efforts throughout North America.

Agenda items may include:

  • Discussion of collaboration between NASEMC and regional SEM collaboratives
  • Presentations of successful implementation practices
  • Barriers and opportunities for more success
  • When and where to include ISO 50001 and DOE’s 50001-Ready program
  • Measurement and verification (M&V), and persistence of energy savings
  • Strategies to get customers and corporate leaders to act

This event is a must attend for energy efficiency program administrators, program developers and implementers, as well as SEM practitioners seeking to learn best practices, improve skills, and expand networks.

Registration for the Summit will be available when regular conference registration opens.

Workshop on Corporate Engagement in Energy Efficiency

ACEEE, in partnership with the Energy Future Exchange (EFEX) program, is organizing a pre-conference workshop to highlight the role that businesses can play in advancing energy efficiency in their own operations and more broadly.

The workshop will take place on Monday, August 12 at the same hotel as the ACEEE 2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry.

The agenda will address such topics as:

  • Best practices for corporate engagement on energy efficiency
  • Energy efficiency initiatives for industrial facilities in the United States and Europe
  • National-level guidance on corporate and industrial energy efficiency around the world

The workshop will be a half-day event that will bring together industrial efficiency experts, sustainability managers, domestic and international policymakers, and researchers. Attendees will learn about best practices and have the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with a wide variety of stakeholders.           

Registration for the workshop will be available when regular conference registration opens.                                                                                                                                                                    


Stay in the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland. Book your room using the link below, or call 503-281-6111 to receive our special group rate of $182 single ($212 double) per night through July 22, 2019. To receive the group rate, reserve early and mention you are with ACEEE.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, download our sponsorship flyer. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Charlie Herron, development coordinator.