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.