The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funds the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) to provide energy and waste audits for small- and medium-sized companies in the New York and New England area, through the DOE Industrial Technology Program (ITP). The goal of these audits is to help companies reduce their energy and waste costs and improve their productivity; while at the same time helping companies improve their bottom line. The only cost incurred by participating plants is the in-house personnel time to prepare data for the assessment team and to work with the team during a one-day site visit. This CEERE visit can be your first step in taking advantage of the other technologies and services provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.
To help industry get energy-efficient technologies and processes to work for them in the near term, ITP offers technical assistance, as well as a wide range of information services described in the attached brochures. In partnership with industry, the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technology Program is helping to develop, demonstrate, and deploy technologies that can help industry embark on a new road to a more competitive and sustainable future. CEERE at the University of Massachusetts is one component of the ITP Technical Assistance program, and has performed energy audits since 1984. They have helped over 500 industrial facilities find an average of $34,000 in energy saving projects with an average payback of 1-1/2 years.
Prior to plant visit
Plant needs to fill out and return a basic questionaire about plant operations
Provide 12 months of electricity, natural gas, oil and other energy source bills.
During plant visit
A brief visit with plant management to discuss the goals of the audit and to review basic operations.
A guided walkthrough of the facility from receiving, through the process and back to shipping.
Potential opportunities for savings will be identified during the walkthrough.
Audit team member will take readings and place monitoring devices to measure the current energy usage of systems with energy savings potential.
the audit team will review potential energy saving opportunities with plant personnel.
After the Plant Visit
Plant personnel will be asked to remove monitors and ship them back to CEERE.
Within 30 days, a report detailing the findings and calculations of the audit will be sent to the plant.
If the plant so desires, the CEERE team will arrange a meeting with the facilities utilities to discuss the findings of the report and help obtain incentive monies for identified projects.
Six (6) months after the report is sent, the plant will be contacted to determine the progress of implementation of the various energy savings opportunities..
For More Information Contact:Mark Gerrishmfgerrish@ecs.umass.edu orcall 413-545-2853