SEM: Long-term engagement. Lasting savings.

Activating customers for:

O&M savings today. Capital projects tomorrow. Engaged customers forever.

Energy management is a journey. Strategic energy management—SEM—is all about motivating teams at industrial sites to achieve lasting energy savings.

We help organizations structure their energy teams, establish goals, get executive buy-in, build an understanding of where and how energy is used, and scope, evaluate, and complete projects large and small that produce measurable, sustained savings over time.

A strong pipeline of low-cost energy savings

Companies harvest immediate, cost-effective energy savings through operations and maintenance (O&M) opportunities while laying the foundation for continuous savings growth.

This requires both persistence of existing savings and the addition of new, harder-to-achieve sources.

A sharp increase in longer lead-time capital projects from SEM participants makes SEM delivery even more cost effective.

Positive relationships with engaged customers

Participants who understand how energy impacts their businesses are more willing to engage utilities for the help they need to be more efficient.

Companies begin to see their utility as a partner in energy efficiency, and increase their participation in other utility programs.

Additionally, many SEM programs we offer bring industrial facilities together in a cohort format, giving peers the opportunity to share and learn from each other. Friendships form, and a supportive community is born.

Elements of SEM

Action

SEM is all about optimizing existing equipment and operations and understanding the resulting energy savings.

Workshops

SEM is often delivered through a series of workshops attended by a small group, or cohort, of local industrial, ag, or commercial companies.

Training

SEM coaches provide organizational and technical support as participants establish SEM practices and implement energy-saving projects.

Projects

Low- and no-cost energy-saving actions are taken first, while capital projects are identified, scoped, and planned for future implementation.

Our SEM Team

When companies participate in SEM, a whole team of Cascade employees work hard to make them successful.

Our SEM coaches are expert facilitators and team builders, our technicians and energy engineers are great communicators, and our SEM specialists work tirelessly to plan events, gather data, and make sure that every workshop is a success.

Cascade SEM At a Glance

Where we work

15 different utility programs
12 different states and provinces

Cohort Types

Mixed industry

Refrigerated sites

Public agency water and wastewater

Small industrial

Commercial

SEM Delivery to Date

 31 cohorts

175+ workshops

240 participating industrial sites

5-10% average first-year savings per cohort

Corporate-direct SEM

15 enterprises

375 industrial sites

8-12% typical first-year energy savings

20-40% savings after five years with capital project implementation

Testimonials

Hossein Haeri, Ph.D.,

Based on my experience evaluating strategic energy management programs, I know of only a handful of companies in the country that can deliver a strategic energy management program effectively, and Cascade is one of them.

Hossein Haeri, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Cadmus Group*
Kim Crossman

As pioneers in this field, Cascade has unique, deep experience with SEM. At Energy Trust, we relied on them as a strategic development partner. As SEM implementers, they consistently offer strong technical expertise plus well-developed skills in training, coaching, and facilitation to drive change and energy savings from highly satisfied participants

Kim CrossmanOwner and Principal,
Great Work Energy
(former Industry and Agriculture Sector Lead for Energy Trust of Oregon)
Industrial Strategic Energy Management Impact Evaluation Report

Overall, the team’s data collection and documentation can serve as the industry standard for SEM programs.

Industrial Strategic Energy Management Impact Evaluation Report SBW Consulting
and The Cadmus Group*

*These quotes reference the SEM component of the Energy Smart Industrial program that Cascade Energy delivers on behalf of the Bonneville Power Administration.

MEET AN EXPERT

Brian Crumrine

Brian Crumrine, Cascade’s Northwest SEM manager and a veteran SEM coach, is well suited to describe the elements of successful SEM.

Brian has worked on utility-sponsored SEM programs for nearly a dozen years, playing key roles in developing SEM curriculum for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Rocky Mountain Power, among others.

What are the keys to successful SEM?

  • Leadership support
  • Savings achieved quickly through O&M fine-tuning early in the engagement
  • A dedicated energy team and executive sponsor
  • Engaged, accountable employees

What are some of the tools that support successful SEM?

Of all the tools we have developed to support cohort participants, SENSEI is the most crucial. One goal of SEM is to help participants connect actions to results—to see the impact of their efforts. That’s what SENSEI does. SENSEI is the hub for successful energy management.
Visit energysensei.com

SEM Library

Browse our SEM library for more in-depth resources, including:

 

Cascade is ready to help your industrial customers implement an SEM approach.