Industrial Refrigeration Operator Certification
Cooling off refrigeration loads
Industrial refrigeration comprises nearly 9 percent of the Northwest’s regional industrial load. Energy efficiency is increasingly playing a role in industrial refrigeration, offering these facilities energy savings, financial savings and a stronger bottom line.
NEEA recently partnered with the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) to develop a new energy efficiency certification for industrial refrigeration professionals, including managers, operators, technicians, and service providers. Professionals who become Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialists (CRES) have the skills and capabilities to optimize the energy efficiency of their plants. CRES professionals also gain a competitive edge and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
To kick-start CRES in the Northwest, NEEA has held three demonstration trainings for refrigeration operators and technicians in the Seattle, Boise and Yakima areas. The trainings helped participants gain the knowledge and hand-on capabilities they will need to meet RETA’s CRES requirements, including passing an examination and completing and documenting five energy management activities.
Typical cost reductions are about 3 to 7 percent refrigeration electricity use after a year or more of consistent effort by a CRES certified operator. Continued improvement is expected because to maintain their certification, an operator must complete six additional energy management activities every three years, plus do continuing education.