At one of the facilities during audit, Energy Efficiency Center, Oregon State University

As of May 2015, the national IAC program had conducted more than 16,000 assessments saving U.S. companies more than $700 million through efficiency and productivity improvements. The Oregon State University IAC has recommended more than $137 million in annual cost savings to over 500 manufacturers, fifty-five percent of recommendations have been implemented, equaling $42 million in savings to manufacturers. The companies that implement our recommendations not only save money, but also help reduce pollution.

Who Wins?

  • Industry

    Facilities who recieve an assessment and implement recommendations:

    • improve process efficiency
    • reduce energy costs and waste; average savings are $17,000 annually
    • demonstrate their commitment to sustainability
  • Participating University Faculty

    Through the IACs, universities:

    • build valuable local industry relationships to maintain a practical focus in their engineering curriculum.

    • gain an edge in attracting and retaining top undergraduate and graduate engineering students.

  • Participating Students

    The next generation of energy-savvy engineers is being prepared in today's IAC program. Each year, 150 students participate nationally, gaining valuable hands-on experience that can jump-start their engineering careers:

    • collecting data on audtis, making recommendations and preparing reports
    • build professional relationships with local industry
    • understand key industrial operations, systems, and processes
    • receive in-depth energy efficiency training from faculty and student mentors
  • U.S. Taxpayers

    The Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies provides financial and technical support to the IACs. The nation's economy benefits from more competitive small and medium-sized manufacturers--- a sector that accounts for over 50 percent of U.S. manufacturing employment. Other returns include:

    • enhanced energy security
    • environmental benefits from decreased energy and resource use
    • highly trained efficiency professionals


The primary objective of the IAC is to identify and evaluate opportunities for increased productivity, energy conservation and waste minimization through visits to industrial sites.