NWFPA’s energy efforts seek to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of NWFPA members through improved energy and resource use efficiency and advocating of the members’ energy and resource interests.
NWFPA’s Energy Program began in 2003 with a grant from US Department of Energy’s Industries of the Future and with the hiring of its first Energy staff person and establishment of NWFPA’s Energy Committee. Participation in a multi-state State Technologies Advancement Collaborative grant, and partnerships with USDOE, the state energy offices and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance allowed NWFPA to develop program infrastructure and provide resources to NWFPA members. In 2006, NEEA began its six-year Food Processing Initiative, which provided support for expanded training and education, and promotion of adoption of energy management into business practices. Beginning in 2008, NEEA and USDOE supported NWFPA’s Energy Goal setting and Energy Roadmap development and tracking progress to the goal.
Energy Committee membership is open to all NWFPA member management, policy or technical personnel with an interest in or responsibility for energy and resource issues. The Committee develops and recommends association policies, positions, priorities and activities with regard to energy efficiency, resource conservation, energy supply and reliability, renewable resources, emerging technologies resource management and productivity improvements. It also advises and guides the development and implementation of NWFPA’s Energy Roadmap and projects as well as other energy and resource programs. Meetings are held in the fall at NWFPA’s Autumn Assembly, in January at NWFPA’s Expo and Conference and as needed. If you are interested in Committee membership, contact Pam Barrow.
NWFPA presented and published two papers at the July 2013 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study in Industrial Energy Efficiency in Niagara Falls, NY. One paper describes the goal-setting process and tracking of industry progress to the goals. The other paper presents a new approach to overcoming barriers to energy efficiency by sharing an energy project manager among several food processing companies.