The significant energy demands of the industrial sector come with considerable economic and environmental costs. According to the Colorado Energy Office's 2017 report, Industrial Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation Opportunities in Colorado, major industrial operations account for one-third of total energy consumption in the U.S. and over $740 million in annual energy costs in Colorado.
Through utilization of the CEO's Industrial Strategic Energy Management (I-SEM) program, which launched in 2019, industrial organizations can save up to 5% on energy costs. The ISEM program targets energy performance improvements through low to no cost operations, maintenance, and behavioral opportunities. This program builds organizational resiliency and business continuity through utilizing organizational structures such as energy teams, energy policies, and employee engagement.
Building off of the successes of the recently completed first program year, a second cohort will launch in September 2020 in the Pueblo/Colorado Springs region.
What is Strategic Energy Management?
In short, Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a continuous improvement process helping organizations effectively manage energy use via operations, maintenance, and behavioral changes. The program focuses on employee and executive engagement to develop, standardize, or update organizational energy management practices, policies, and processes. In turn, these practices, policies, and processes are integrated into business practice, providing persistent energy savings.
What are the benefits of SEM?
Provides a clear pathway to increased resiliency, productivity, operational efficiency, profitability and competitive advantage
Builds/revitalizes organizational energy management policies and strategies
Builds strong partnerships between customers and energy efficiency program providers
The proof is in the savings - SEM programs across the U.S. and Canada have produced energy savings ranging from 5-20% annually without a need for medium or large capital improvement projects.
What can program participants expect?
Through the Colorado ISEM program, CEO offers direct organizational and technical support from expert energy coaches free of charge. These coaches will help you establish energy reduction goals, develop an energy policy, create an energy management plan, identify low-cost capital improvement measures, and design employee engagement strategies to increase awareness of energy use. A list of specific program offerings can be found outlined below.
Work with energy coaches to develop and implement an energy reduction plan & model
With technical experts, examine systems and building maintenance practices to identify and assess efficiency opportunities
Learn from expert coaches, share energy management experiences and discuss insights with your peers in a group setting
With assistance from your energy coach (as needed), assign an energy champion to lead the conservation effort and build support at your organization
Work with coaches to develop short- and long-term energy use reduction goals and assign accountability within your organization
Learn how best to engage employees working with organizational change management experts