Kettle Foods worked with Energy Trust to achieve sustained energy savings through Strategic Energy Management, a holistic approach to helping businesses save energy and money over time through operational and behavior change.
Shari's Restaurants makes saving energy a 24/7 practice in their 99 restaurants. Managers tap into existing communications tools for continuous improvement strategies that result in greater energy efficiency and company wide success stories.
After working on energy management with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Legacy Health wanted to do even more to save energy and cut costs. With six hospitals operating 24/7 and medical office buildings operating on varying schedules, there was more work to be done to implement a truly comprehensive energy program.
Based in Bozeman, Montana, Simms Fishing Products was started in 1980 by John Simms and produces high-quality products to keep its customers dry, comfortable and protected from the elements in any condition. Simms is also the only wader manufacturer in the U.S., and one of three worldwide licensed to make GORE-TEX waders. Its staff is largely comprised of committed anglers who understand the importance of quality, dependable shing gear and are dedicated to reducing Simms’ carbon footprint.
In February 2006, NORPAC Foods, Inc. committed to Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI), a strategic energy management program pioneered by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). A team of NORPAC executives representing operations, engineering, and finance decided to implement NEEA’s CEI system at the company’s Brooks plant in Salem, Oregon. One year later, having documented the tangible advantages of managing energy, NORPAC began rolling out NEEA’s CEI system at its other five plants. The rest is history: proven—and significant—dollar savings as a direct result of strategic energy management.
West Paw Design manufactures pet products sustainably made in the USA. Using recycled, organic and recyclable materials in many of its products, West Paw Design also continually incorporates eco-friendly strategies into its manufacturing process. Over the past 15 years, the Bozeman, Montana-based company has gained a strong and loyal following by offering products that are pet, people, and planet-friendly.
The CEE Industrial Strategic Energy Management Program Summary collects information about the design, delivery, and results of fourteen industrial strategic management (SEM) programs across the US and Canada. The purpose of this document is to educate key stakeholders regrading industrial SEM program approaches and impacts and to inform program regulation, evaluation, and design. All of the programs described in this Program Summary are voluntary, ratepayer funded programs offered to industrial businesses.
With 46 buildings to manage and a constrained budget, City of Portland Facilities Services is spread thin. That’s exactly what prompted Wendy Gibson, sustainable operations and maintenance manager, to participate in Strategic Energy Management with Energy Trust. “Over the last few years, we have experienced significant budget cuts,” said Gibson.
Oregon Convention Center implemented capital energy-efficiency projects for several years before jumping into Strategic Energy Management with Energy Trust. They had slashed an estimated $331,447 from annual energy costs by upgrading to energy-efficient foodservice equipment and building controls. Shortly before participating in the initiative, the convention center also made several lighting improvements—replacing its 400-watt metal halide bulbs with 200-watt induction lighting and swapping hundreds of 250-watt quartz downlights for 14.6-watt LEDs.
An increasing number of electrical utilities recognize the dynamic results Strategic Energy Management (SEM) offers industrial facilities looking to achieve deep and persistent energy savings. Utility efficiency programs are also discovering how big an impact relationships forged with stakeholders have on driving energy and cost savings.
NORPAC Foods is a 240 member cooperative and leading food processor, packaging fruits, vegetables, soups, and pastas in plants located throughout the Northwest region. In 2006, they committed to Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI), a strategic energy management program offered by Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) on behalf of the region’s utilities.
Since 2009, Medford School District has been working to reduce energy operating costs in its 19 buildings. The district has taken advantage of Energy Trust of Oregon services and cash incentives to renovate or construct six schools to standards exceeding Oregon Energy Code and has upgraded lighting to efficient LED technology in three buildings. Those investments are saving the district an estimated $71,000 in annual energy costs.