Most industrial facilities have many opportunities to reduce their energy consumption through improved efficiency, which reduces energy costs and helps improve competitiveness, while also reducing carbon dioxide and other air emissions. Some of the main obstacles to improved energy efficiency include shortages of staff and capital, and often a lack of trained staff/technical expertise.
The Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge (CIEC) is a voluntary program designed to help industrial facilities overcome these barriers. The CIEC program challenges companies to set a five-year energy efficiency goal, provides networking and training opportunities, and offers public recognition from the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). The program is open to industrial facilities in Colorado with more than $200,000 in annual energy costs. For this program, “industrial” includes all types of manufacturing; oil, gas and mining operations; ski resorts; research and development facilities; and municipal water utilities.
SWEEP leads the CIEC program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). In addition, the CEO leads and facilitates the program’s annual recognition events.