Assessments are conducted by a team of engineering graduate students, under the leadership of Mechanical Engineering Professor Beka Kosanovic, who has three decades of experience in industrial energy efficiency. Since 1984, our center has completed more than 800 assessments, while training dozens of engineers for careers in clean energy.
First we compile and analyze the facility’s energy bills. Then we make a site visit, in which we meet with staff about operations, production schedules, and areas of interest; tour the facility to review manufacturing processes; and use our metering and diagnostic tools to measure performance of key equipment.
Within 60 days, we send a report on our findings and recommendations to reduce operating costs, such as measures to reduce electricity use, fuel use (including natural gas, oil or propane), electric demand, water use, or waste. The report includes detailed analysis of resource and cost savings and emissions reductions, along with estimates for implementation costs and payback periods. We can then work with your utility or energy efficiency program to help obtain incentives or rebates toward implementation of our recommendations.
See eligibility information and more detail below.
Learn more about assessments for water and wastewater treatment plants here.
For more information on the IAC program or centers in other regions, visit DOE's website.
After confirming a client's eligibility and scheduling an assessment, we request energy and water bills for the most recent 12 months available. In advance of our site visit, we analyze the utility bills to determine the facility's rates and identify trends, peaks in usage, and key areas to review on site.
Our site visit begins with a meeting with plant personnel, such as an engineering or facilities manager, in which we ask for a description of plant operations, processes, equipment, any specific areas of interest or concern, and goals for the assessment. Then we ask plant personnel to walk us through the facility and explain the manufacturing process and flow of materials, while we note areas that may have energy efficiency or waste reduction potential. Our team then returns to specific equipment and processes to collect additional details and data. We bring extensive metering and diagnostic equipment to measure operating characteristics such as electricity use, combustion efficiency, power factor, air flow, process temperature, ambient temperature, and light levels. We may leave data loggers on site to measure operation over a weeklong period. We conclude the site visit with another brief meeting with plant personnel to discuss our findings so far and outline potential recommendations. Our team typically spends one day on site, but two days may be scheduled for certain facilities.
After the site visit, our team researches and analyzes both technical and financial factors for each recommendation, and then develop estimates for implementation cost and annual cost savings.
Each IAC is required to submit a list of clients to the Department of Energy for internal use. We also submit assessment recommendation data, without company name or location, to the IAC field management team at Rutgers University, which enters selected information on each assessment into the IAC Database.
We may ask clients to participate in case studies for use in IAC program outreach. We only publish identifying details such as company name and location with the client's written permission.
These charts break down the savings for our recommendations:
For Massachusetts businesses that are not eligible for an IAC assessment, see our resource sheet with descriptions and contact information for several programs that provide free support for energy efficiency and other sustainability efforts!