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Energy Smart Industrial For utilities

The ESI program works with BPA utility customers to deliver cost-effective energy efficiency in all industrial sectors. ESI program staff are experts in industrial sector energy efficiency. They provide technical expertise and resources that may not be available at the utility level to help utilities achieve energy efficiency targets. Program delivery is customized for each utility to assure that utility/end user relationships are maintained, existing utility industrial programs are not impacted and projects are completed to the satisfaction of both utilities and end users.

What are the primary benefits of the program?

  • ESI staff can supplement strained utility conservation staff resources as the "go-to" industrial energy efficiency experts, assuring that projects are completed to the satisfaction of both the utility and industrial end users.
  • Utilities can take advantage of regionally consistent incentives through the ESI program without impacting existing program branding.
  • Utility administrative costs are funded by the ESI program
  • Participation in the ESI program can help utilities achieve internal energy efficiency targets. The ESI program can increase end user satisfaction with the utility by assuring projects meet end user quality assurance standards and are completed as planned.
  • In addition to energy savings and increased profitability, the ESI program can help the end user:
    • create a more productive and comfortable work environment for employees
    • increase productivity and reliability by replacing old equipment with new, energy-efficient models
    • promote a "green" image for internal and external customers
ESI Fact Sheet For Utilities (PDF, 50k)
Energy Smart Industrial FAQs (PDF, 178k)
ESI Program Delivery Manual (PDF, 792k)
BPA Implementation Manual
ESI Utility Participants (PDF, 106k)
TSP Consultant Pool

Who qualifies for the program?
The industrial sector typically includes food processing, manufacturing, high tech, metal processing and pulp and paper firms. In particular, it includes fixed pieces of equipment, buildings or complexes used to produce goods in connection with, or as part of, any process or system. Also included are, water/wastewater systems, data centers and any storage, processing (transportation) or other activity involving farm products off-farm.

How does the program work?

  1. A utility notifies their BPA COTR via e-mail that they are opting into the ESI program.
  2. There is a meeting between the program partner (ESIP) and utility to explain the details, and develop an account plan.
  3. Once an account plan has been developed, industrial facilities will be contacted to present the program and determine their interest in participation.
  4. As project(s) are completed, a TSP consultant will perform the measurement and verification process to verify savings at the facility.
  5. BPA reimburses the utility, and the utility pays the industrial facility an incentive check based on the savings.

Key highlights

  • BPA changed the way it delivers energy efficiency savings in the industrial sector. It engaged Cascade Energy Engineering and the industrial sector program partner team to design, implement, manage TSP consultant contracting, and market the new BPA ESI program to significantly enhance energy savings. The program offers utilities more choices for BPA support in the industrial sector.
  • BPA provides overall ESI program management and approvals. The program partner represents BPA and will continue the agency's successful relationships with its customer utilities. The agency will continue to rely on local utilities for energy efficiency savings.
  • To assure consistency across the program and the region, incentives on retrofit projects increase to the lesser of $0.25/kWh or 70% of project incremental cost for measures with a minimum 10-year life. Beginning April 1, 2010 the reimbursement rate for new construction projects will decrease to the lesser of $0.25/kWh or 70% of project incremental cost, and full pass-through of all BPA industrial sector utility reimbursements to industrial end use facilities will be required.

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