Sign In

Large industrial customers often lack the staffing resources to identify, develop, and implement energy-saving opportunities. The energy project manager component of BPA's Energy Smart Industrial program uses a structured process to help those customers overcome this resource barrier by providing co-funding and support.

An Energy Project Manager (EPM) is an assigned industrial employee or contractor who is responsible for the implementation of a portfolio of electrical energy-efficiency projects, and the achievement of a savings goal that is based on reaching specific milestones during a 12 18 month period.


​An Energy Smart Industrial Partner (ESIP) is assigned by the utility, and serves as the single point of contact for that utility and their industrial customers. Within 90 days of enrolling into the energy project manager component, the ESIP and EPM develop a Comprehensive Plan. This plan:

  • Features a specific list of projects that contribute to the overall savings goal, major milestones, and estimated savings by project
  • Serves as a budgetary planning tool for utility and plant management
  • HIghlights overall savings goals for the project portfolio
  • Provides other stakeholders with visibility to implementation milestones and savings targets

During the 12 18 month energy project management enrollment period, the industry is eligible for co-funding payments not to exceed the lesser of $0.025 per kWh total verified savings, the annual cost of the EPM, or the utility-specified funding cap.

​How the Process Works

Utilities and their industrial customers enroll in energy project management by committing to an energy-savings goal of at least 1 million kWh per year, identifying a qualified individual to serve as EPM, and signing an enrollment agreement.

To achieve the target savings within the 12 18 month enrollment period, the EPM works in tandem with their utility ESIP, and any Technical Service Providers who perform services, including project scoping, assessments, and post-project measurement and verificiation necessary to develop and implement projects.

The steps to enroll and implement the energy project management component include:

  1. The utility and industrial customer meets to discuss the need for an EPM and the utility's ability to provide EPM co-funding
  2. Schedule a preliminary facility assessment with the ESIP or a Technical Service Provider to identify projects and confirm ability to achieve at least 1 million kWh energy savings
  3. Designate a qualified individual to serve as the EPM
  4. Execute an enrollment agreement between the utility and their industrial customer, document the site's commitment to pursue projects, and support at least 1 million kWh savings goal and the specific terms of the utilitiy's offer for co-funding
  5. Develop and submit a Comprehensive Plan to the utility and BPA
  6. Provide the utility and ESI program updates to the Comprehensive Plan at six month intervals, and a final EPM Report at the conclusion of the EPM's term

The utility may re-enroll the energy project management component if the site continues to support the position and commits to a subsequent savings goal of at least 1 million kWh.

​Tools & Resources