Small-Medium Industrial

 Commercial and Industrial SEM Infrastructure

Providing tools to support strategic energy management

The region has identified the need for a set of common resources and best practices to guide businesses in strategically managing their energy.

NEEA is working to address this need by developing a holistic set of tools that support utilities and the market in building market capability, awareness and demand for Strategic Energy Management (SEM).

To make sharing and accessing these tools easier, offers a central place for contractors, utilities and other energy professionals an online community for the exchange of ideas and information on regional SEM programs.

In addition to providing startup assistance to utilities that are exploring SEM programs, the site will help facilitate discussion and establish a common language for SEM in the region... see for yourself at

  • 2014 Energy Savings for the Commercial Real Estate Strategic Energy Management Cohorts
    Since 2007, NEEA has offered the Commercial Real Estate initiative to encourage the Northwest’s commercial real estate market to adopt Strategic Energy Management practices to reduce energy use. This report documents validated 2014 savings from the Commercial Real Estate initiative. The office competition cohort saved 0.772 aMW during 2014, equivalent to 4.09 percent of building consumption. The market partners’ program cohort saved 0.611 aMW during 2014 equivalent to 5.54 percent of building consumption. Both results are statistically significant.
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  • Northwest Food Processors Association Energy Savings Model Review
    In 2013, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) stopped active support of Strategic Energy Management (SEM) programs in Northwest food processor facilities. After exiting, NEEA began monitoring activities associated with diffusion of the program outside of these facilities. To support this monitoring activity, the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) agreed to share annual data from its members. This report validates the savings from the initial subset of NWFPA members. It relies on the NWFPA’s confidentially collected and reported production and energy use data to identify SEM savings. In this round of reporting, eligible savings were very small (near zero). The researchers anticipate that NEEA will report positive savings in future rounds.
    PDF, 1.60 MB
  • NEEA Hospitals and Healthcare Initiative- Market Progress Evaluation Report 6
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) Hospital and Healthcare (H&H) initiative works with market and technical specialists to support a select number of hospital in the region to develop, adopt, and implement strategic plans for improved energy management. On behalf of NEEA, Evergreen Economics and SBW Consulting conducted evaluation activities to assess how best to complete a handoff of initiative strategies, knowledge and materials to the participating hospitals and their supporting utilities as NEEA transitions out of the hospitals and healthcare market. Key recommendations from the evaluators are for NEEA to: 1) deliver periodic presentations to groups of regional hospital executives to describe and promote Strategic Energy Management (SEM); 2) conduct advocacy training with hospitals’ SEM staff and utility account managers before exiting the market; and 3) work with Bonneville Power Administration to expand or replicate its Track and Tune program to serve the hospitals segment.
    PDF, 1.77 MB

Northwest Industrial SEM Collaborative

Working together to further industrial efficiency

The Collaborative builds on the simple idea that the region can do more to further industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) together than any single utility, organization or association can do on its own.

Learn more about the SEM Collaborative

Resource Spotlight

An Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is a software tool that stores, analyzes, and displays energy consumption data. The number of commercially-available EMIS tools has increased dramatically over the past ten years, as have the analytical and reporting capabilities of the tools.

Picking your way through the options is complex, especially when the software may need to be accompanied by hardware updates for data gathering. Organizations need to determine how to prepare themselves to select and use the right tool.

View the Guide to Selecting an EMIS

View the Guide to Using an EMIS

NEEA Team Lead

Warren Fish

Program Manager