ACEEE Names “Champions of Energy Efficiency in Industry”

July 28, 2011

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R. Neal Elliott, 202-507-4009, Senior Director for Research

Niagara Falls, N.Y.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named four Champions of Energy Efficiency in Industry last night at its Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. These awards, presented to outstanding leaders involved with advancing industrial energy efficiency, recognize leadership and accomplishment in the field. Winners were selected based on demonstrated excellence in leadership, program implementation, energy policy, and private sector initiatives. The 2011 winners are:

  • Professor John Kelly Kissock, Ph.D., P.E. for his leadership in the implementation of industrial energy efficiency, and a career of educating the next generation of industrial energy efficiency leaders. Professor Kissock has led the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at the University of Dayton for two decades, training a new generation of energy efficiency professionals while helping the industries of the Midwest become more competitive through greater energy efficiency. As the director of one of the leading IACs, Professor Kissock has also served as a leader and mentor to other directors over the past two decades, helping to sustain and grow the expertise of the program. Beyond his work at the University of Dayton and the IAC, he has also been an important resource to policymakers, energy efficiency programs, and advocates in the state of Ohio, which is noted for its leadership in industrial energy policy. Professor Kissock has been an important resource to the U.S. Department of Energy's industrial effort, providing support for its Save Energy Now assessment efforts over the past five years. He has also served as a co-chair and several times as a panel leader for the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry.
  • Xcel Energy Industrial Programs for creativity and persistence in delivering exemplary energy efficiency programs to industrial customers, and for providing leadership and support to the electric and natural gas utility industry in the design and implementation of industrial energy efficiency programs. The Xcel Energy industrial programs, led by the efforts in Minnesota and Colorado, have for many years been noted as among the best designed and most responsive to industrial customers' needs. These programs have established strong working relationships between the program staff and their customers, providing continuity of program staffing and offerings, a key element for success. This continuity has allowed their customers to incorporate the program offerings into investment planning. As new program designs have emerged, Xcel Energy has been among the pioneers who help define "best practice" in these programs, such as the area of customer self-direct that Xcel offers in Colorado.  
  • Industries of the Future (IOF) - West Virginia for leadership and persistence in delivering exemplary energy efficiency programs to industrial customers, and serving as a role model and mentor for other state industrial energy efficiency programs. The IOF program has distinguished itself for persisting in the face of funding and resources uncertainty to establish a level of program excellence in technical assistance to West Virginia manufacturers more frequently associated with far larger states. A key factor contributing to the IOF's success has been the small but talented and devoted staff of the program. In addition, the unwavering commitment to the program by the West Virginia State Energy Office and West Virginia University has made sure that this resource has been preserved and nurtured to the benefit of the state's manufacturers, and increasingly to manufacturers in adjoining states.
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) Industrial Program for innovation in the design of industrial energy efficiency programs, and collaboration with industrial customers in the Northwest to transform the market for industrial energy efficiency, charting a path for other regional programs. Almost a decade ago, NEEA embarked on an industrial program path different from most other programs in the country by establishing long-term working relationships with key industrial groups in its region. These partnerships have allowed the NEEA program to tailor its offerings and leverage these partner organizations' networks to achieve more significant program success than could be achieved by itself. Among the notable partnerships is that with the Northwest Food Processors Association, who were recognized in 2007 as an ACEEE Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry for its work with NEEA. These partnerships have served as a model for other programs across North America and NEEA has served as a leader and mentor for newer efforts.

The 2011 Champions represent the “best of the best” in industrial energy efficiency. They were nominated by their peers and selected by the Awards Committee of ACEEE’s Board of Directors. Selection criteria were based on the nominee’s impact, innovation, persistence, and leadership in the energy efficiency field. Read more about past years' awards at /about/awards


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