Saving Energy in Industrial Companies: Case Studies of Energy Efficiency Programs in Large U.S. Industrial Corporations and the Role of Ratepayer-Funded Support
Energy is often one of the largest variable costs that companies can actively reduce. This report examines primary factors that produce successful energy efficiency programs at large industrial companies, through case studies of J.R. Simplot, a large, privately held agri-business and food processing company; General Motors, the second-largest automobile manufacturer in the world; General Mills, one of the largest grain, cereal, and other food processors in North America; and Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer. It also examines the role that ratepayer-funded EE programs can play in supporting energy efficiency at such companies.
This paper is designed for companies looking to cut costs through energy savings, ratepayer-funded program administrators interested in increasing large industrial company participation in energy efficiency program offerings, and state utility commissions.