2021 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry VIRTUAL

July 12 – 15, 2021
Theme: Decarbonizing Industry


The 14th biennial conference will offer a provocative and dynamic discussion of industry on the brink of transformation. With industry accounting for more than one-fourth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, its decarbonization is more important than ever, and energy efficiency is a critical path forward. Reducing industrial emissions will not only help address climate change but also create clean energy jobs, protect public health, and ensure market competitiveness.

Join us as we explore an exciting mix of topics on low-carbon industrial products, processes, and policies. These issues will include smart energy management, manufacturing, electrification, supply chains, the U.S. auto industry, Big Data and smart manufacturing, emerging technologies, workforce development, onsite energy, grid of the future, H2 and low-carbon fuels, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

We will also explore the pollution and employment impacts of manufacturing on environmental justice communities, where factories are disproportionately located, and how decarbonization can help address such inequities.

We welcome your participation and collaboration in shaping ACEEE’s Industrial Decarbonization Initiative. We want to work together to develop and implement a plan to advance industrial energy efficiency and to build a clean energy future.

Panel 1: Agile Manufacturing and Supply Chains

Panel 2: Electrification and Low Carbon Fuels

Panel 3: Energy, Materials, and Resource Efficiency

Panel 4: Policies and Programs for Innovation

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Now accepting nominations for the 2021 Champion of Energy Efficiency! Scroll down for submission details.

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Author Resources

If you have been notified and accepted to write a paper for the Summer Study, please adhere to the following requirements for publication:

  • Although Summer Study papers will not be peer-reviewed this year, authors must still follow the Paper Formatting Guidelines.
  • All authors are required to sign a License Agreement which allows ACEEE to publish their papers in the Summer Study proceedings.
  • Important paper deadlines:
March 23 Authors will receive notification about the status of their abstracts
April 30 Authors send panel leaders drafts of their papers
May 14 Panel leaders send comments on draft papers back to authors
June 15 Authors submit final papers to ACEEE (License Agreements must be signed by this point)








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Registration type Early bird until 5/18 Regular rate
General attendee $350 $450
Speaker/moderator $350 $350
SEM Summit $75 $75






*If your organization is a member of the ACEEE Ally program, there may be available registration waivers for you to use to attend this conference. Please contact us for more information.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

For information or questions on sponsorship opportunities for the Industry Summer Study, please contact Charlie Herron.

2021 SEM Summit (Virtual)

July 20-21 1:00 - 4:00 PM Est. | Zoom

Hosted by the North American SEM Collaborative for the 5th Annual SEM Summit, The 2021 SEM Summit will provide a unique opportunity to virtually connect with the growing SEM community. This two-day event will offer live presentations, cutting-edge research, and special breakout sessions. Join utility professionals, program administrators, evaluators, and other energy efficiency professionals to hear customer perspectives, get updates from regional SEM collaboratives, and interact with the SEM experts. Register for the Summit at the $75 rate through the Summer Study registration platform.

More information about the summit and sponsorship can be found at

Industrial Process Heating Decarbonization Workshop

July 22 1:00 - 4:00 PM Est. | Zoom

One of the challenges to addressing GHG emissions from the industrial sector is decarbonizing industrial thermal processes. This workshop will bring together researchers and industrial experts to consider the applications of different process heat approaches and explore the RD&D and policies needed to realize their implementation. Several different approaches can be considered including shifting from fuel combustion to electricity or transitioning to low-carbon hydrogen or renewable fuels or thermal sources.  An expanding toolbox of technologies and approaches needs to be matched with process needs while reducing energy and emissions.  End your Summer Study experience at this engaging, interactive workshop. Registration is free for all Summer Study attendees. Register for the workshop through the Summer Study registration platform.

Champions of Energy Efficiency

The call for nominations is now open until May 14, 2021.

ACEEE is now accepting nominations for the Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Awards, including a category for Young Professionals. The awards will be presented on July 14 at the 2021 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency.

Submit nominations for your peers who have led successful energy-saving efforts in the industrial sector. The ACEEE board of directors’ Awards Committee will select winners from nominees who have demonstrated impact, influence, initiative, innovation, equity, and leadership in the following categories:

  • Research and Development (R&D): Excellence in baseline or background research as well as R&D of products and practices.
  • Energy Policy: Excellence in energy policy that supports or promotes efficiency at the federal, state, or local level.
  • Implementation and Deployment: Effective design and implementation of programs or projects that save significant energy.
  • Industrial Leadership: Exceptional personal leadership in the development, implementation, and growth of energy efficiency initiatives.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Continuous leadership that produces sustained impacts over time.
  • Young Professional: Excellence and leadership in any of the above categories for nominees who are 35 or younger (as of 7/13/2021).

To learn more about the awards and to read about previous winners, please visit the Awards page. If you have questions, please read our FAQs or contact

2019 Industry Champions from left to right: Chad Gilless, Stillwater Energy; Sandy Glatt, US Department of Energy; and Thomas Wenning, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (on behalf of Wade Willlatt, Nissan North America) 

Complete the online application below and submit all nominations by May 14.

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Linda Latham Scholarship

The application window is now closed. All applicants will receive a notification from the Scholarship team in mid-April.

We established the Linda Latham Scholarship to honor Linda Latham who served as ACEEE's chief operating officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda, co-founder of the U.S. government's ENERGY STAR® program, believed students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.

Eligible applicants must be current full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at an accredited college or university. They also need to be studying energy, climate change, or environmental science and considering a career in energy or energy efficiency. "Latham Scholars" will be exposed to new ideas and opportunities as they interact with efficiency experts from around the world. In turn, Summer Study attendees will be able to network and mentor these exceptional students — a win-win for all!

                                                2019 Linda Latham Scholars
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