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MEPs as an Energy Efficiency Channel
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Though the Small-to-Medium Industrial (SMI) sector accounts for 42% of US manufacturing energy use, this sector has historically been a difficult group to engage in energy efficiency. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has begun expanding approaches in the SMI sector through a number of efforts. NEEA's most recent effort is the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Support Project. This paper provides an overview of the MEP Support Project, including results and findings from engagement with Idaho TechHelp, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and Impact Washington, as well as Impact Washington's partner, the Washington State Department of Ecology. The paper also outlines the core energy savings approaches deployed. Finally, the paper provides recommendations on how to engage MEP consultants as energy agents for the benefit of the SMI sector in the Northwest region as well as in other parts of the country.
Arzbaecher, C.; Gilless, C.; Parmenter, K.; Fretz, C.; Wallner, J. (2012). MEPs as an Energy Efficiency Channel. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from