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Energy and Cost Saving Assessments for
Small and Medium-sized US Manufacturers

The USDOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) are teams of university-based faculty and student engineers that provide no-cost energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium sized US manufacturers nationwide.

After the site visit, a comprehensive report is developed the provides specific details on all cost-saving opportunities identified during the assessment, including applicable rebates and incentives.
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The IAC program has already conducted over 17,335 assessments with more than 131,501 associated recommendations.
Average recommended yearly savings is $136,549.
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IAC Assessments cover ALL manufacturing sectors

311 Food Manufacturing 742
312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 132
313 Textile Mills 79
314 Textile Product Mills 48
315 Apparel Manufacturing 33
316 Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 5
321 Wood Product Manufacturing 305
322 Paper Manufacturing 285
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 165
324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 77
325 Chemical Manufacturing 427
326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 622
327 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 224
331 Primary Metal Manufacturing 392
332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 827
333 Machinery Manufacturing 505
334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 227
335 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing 168
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 498
337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 159
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 189
US Department of Energy

IAC Program History

Industrial Assessment Centers (formerly called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center (EADC) program) were created by the Department of Commerce in 1976 in response to the oil embargo and rising energy costs. It was specifically focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities cut back on unnecessary costs from inefficient energy use.

The IAC was moved to the Department of Energy just after the DOE was formed in 1978 and later expanded the scope of the assessments to include evaluations of ineffective production procedures, excess waste production, and other production-related problems.

Currently the IAC program is administered through the Advanced Manufacturing Office under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.

IAC Program Highlights

February 24, 2012

President Obama visits Miami IAC Center

In February 2012, President Obama highlighted the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) as a smart and important piece of the administration's "all-of-the-above" approach to domestic energy sources.

President Obama said, "We're taking a step that will make it easier for companies to save money by investing in energy solutions that have been proven here at the University of Miami -- new lighting systems; advanced heating and cooling systems that can lower a company's energy bills and make them more competitive."

Upcoming IAC Related Events

May 10-13th, 2016

Training starts in: 6 days

AIRMaster+ Qualified Specialist Training/Certification

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Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Hosted by: The UA-IAC

May 24-27th, 2016

Conference starts in: 20 days

38th Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC)

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Location: Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Hosted by: Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University (AM-IAC) and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

IAC Center of Excellence Awards

Awarded Center
2015 University of Dayton
2014 Lehigh University
2013 University of Miami
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Student Research Awards

Awarded Center
2013 Syracuse University IAC: Efficiently Reducing Thermal Stratification at Small and Medium-Scale Industrial Facilities
2013 University of Michigan IAC: Radiation Enhancement to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Pollutants
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IAC Resources


IAC Case Study IAC Case Studies
These case studies highlight specific assessments with notable recommendations and implementation.
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IAC Related Published Papers IAC Related Published Papers
The IAC centers published multiple papers each years based on and inspired by IAC related activities.
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IAC Technical Documents IAC Technical Documents
Includes IAC program manuals, guidelines, and other related technical documents.
View All Technical Documents
IAC Centers Map
Center Code University Years of Operation
AR Univ. of Arkansas 1993 - 2000
AS Arizona State University 1990 - 2006
AT North Carolina A&T 1985 - 1989
DS South Dakota State 1994 - 2000
GT Georgia Institute of Technology 1982 - 2012
HO Hofstra Univ. 1991 - 2000
IC University of Illinois, Chicago 2001 - 2012
KG Texas A&M, Kingsville 1994 - 1997
KU Univ. of Kansas 1981 - 2000
LL University of Louisiana, Lafayette 2001 - 2012
LM Loyola Marymount University 2001 - 2007
LT Louisiana Tech 1984 - 1989
ME Univ. of Maine 1993 - 2000
MO Univ. of Missouri, Rolla 1990 - 2000
MS Mississippi State 1994 - 2012
Center Code University Years of Operation
ND Notre Dame Univ. 1991 - 2000
NV Univ. of Nevada 1994 - 2000
OD Old Dominion Univ. 1994 - 2000
PV Prairie View, A&M 1985 - 1985
ST Stevens Institute of Technology 1984 - 1986
TA University of Texas, Arlington 2001 - 2006
TN Univ. of Tennessee 1982 - 2000
TP Prairie View, A&M 1999 - 2000
TS Tri-Cities Univ. 1984 - 1986
UF University of Florida 1991 - 2012
UL Univ. of Louisville 1994 - 2000
UU University of Utah 2001 - 2006
UW University of Washington 2007 - 2012
WI University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 1987 - 2006

IAC Database

A collection of all the publicly available assessment and recommendation data is available online in the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Database. This includes information on the type of facility assessed (size, industry, energy usage, etc.) and details of resulting recommendations (type, energy & dollars savings etc.).

As of 05-04-2016, the IAC database contains: The Database can be searched by: A Recommendation Index is available for all assessment recommendation codes (ARC) and Recommendation Implementation Rates can be charted by center, years, or state.

Nationwide locations of assessments and recommendations can be mapped using the IAC Activity Map.

Top Ten lists of assessments and recommendations can be generated for specific criteria.

The IAC database is also available for download.

Apply for an IAC Assessment

$
per year
Specific Eligibility
Requirements*:
  • Must be a US Manufacturer
  • Yearly Energy Bills:
    • Greater than $100,000
    • Less than $2,500,000
  • Within 150 miles of an IAC
*For special cases, certain requirements may be waived.

Final client selection is left to the discretion of the individual IAC center.
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