Industrial Initiatives

Delivering a competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace through energy efficiency

Saving energy represents an opportunity for Northwest manufacturing industries to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

Most manufacturers have used strategic management systems to improve quality and safety for many years. NEEA increases demand for strategic energy management systems by targeting industry cluster groups to set industry-wide energy intensity reduction goals. NEEA increases the market’s capability to meet this increased demand by working with its regional utility partners to provide tools and training.

NEEA accelerates the adoption of energy-efficient products, practices and services within the industrial sector through the following programs:


Industrial technical Training

Industrial Technical Training

Offering training events that utilities across the region can leverage to promote energy efficiency among industrial end users.


Commercial and Industrial SEM Infrastructure

Developing tools, technologies, and templates in a centralized location for leverage by utilities across the region to promote Strategic Energy Management (SEM).

RETA Certification

Industrial Refrigeration Operator Certification

Developing a new energy efficiency certification for industrial refrigeration professionals to optimize the energy efficiency of their plants. 

  • 2015 Evaluation of Key ACE Model Assumptions for Motor Rewinds
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) funded the Drive Power Initiative (DPI) between 1999 and 2004. The DPI encouraged motor service centers in the Northwest region (including Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) to adopt green motor rewind practices to reduce energy use for motors used in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Since 2004, NEEA has conducted long term monitoring and tracking studies to assess the impact of that initiative. In this 2015 update to the key Alliance Cost Effectiveness model assumptions for motor rewinds, we find that green motor rewinds have not yet become standard practice in the Northwest. Green Motor Practices Group members reported that green motor rewinds comprised only 33 percent of all horsepower rewound, and 24 percent of member respondents performed no green motor rewinds in 2015. Only one nonmember reported performing green motor rewinds. Furthermore, the estimated number of rewinds performed by Northwest motor service centers decreased each year from 2013 and 2015 from 4,631 in 2013 to 3,059 in 2015, indicating a decline in the motor rewind industry.
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  • CRES Initiative Market Test Assessment Final Report
    The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance commissioned a study to assess the appeal and potential viability of the Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist initiative, designed to certify refrigeration professionals to optimize the energy efficiency of the refrigeration systems in their respective plants, to capture both energy and cost savings. This report presents an assessment of the initiative’s potential appeal to key market actors/segments including refrigeration facility managers, operators, technicians, engineers, and service providers. The study found the initiative has the potential to succeed with its goal based on good early awareness of the initiative, interest among operators and technicians in professional development and openness of management to support efforts to improve operational and energy efficiency within their facilities.
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  • Opportunities for Action on Industrial Energy Management Information Systems
    Today NEEA releases its report titled “Opportunities for Action on Energy Management Information Systems for Industrial Customers: A Report for Program Administrators.” This report helps NEEA's funders and other program administrators determine how to move forward with energy management information systems (EMIS) with their industrial customers. It offers ideas for the future as well as immediate next steps for program administrators. This publication builds on NEEA’s Inventory of Industrial Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) for M&V Applications, and on two new guides - the Guide to Selecting an EMIS and the Guide to Using an EMIS. The first guide helps customers determine if EMIS is right for them, and advises how to select an EMIS tool. The second helps customers implement and use EMIS effectively in their organizations.
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Content Spotlight

Case Study in SEM Collaboration

NEEA and Northwestern Energy facilitated a cohort of industries in Montana to share best practices and learnings in incorporating strategic energy management (SEM) into their businesses.

Hear their stories
Hear their stories

Industrial Course Listings

NEEA is proud to work on your behalf to coordinate regional industrial training for your customers.

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