2021 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry VIRTUAL

July 12 – 15, 2021
Theme: Decarbonizing Industry


How do we decarbonize industry? Please join us next month to brainstorm answers to this challenging but vital question at the 14th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry (SSI). You will meet and network with leaders in industry, and during interactive sessions, you will discuss cutting-edge topics with the authors of the more than four dozen research reports published for this event. You can do all this at hald the price of an in-person event and without travel costs. The list of hot topics we will explore include: agile manufacturing, sustainable supply chains, low-carbon steel and low-carbon fuels, strategic energy management (SEM), corporate sustainability policies, electrification, decarbonized hydrogen, onsite energy generation, the grid of the future, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage. New to the conference will be a discussion about the pollution and employment impacts of manufacturing on disadvantaged 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


Attendees sound off on 2019 Industry Summer Study












"The Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry continues to address industry’s most pressing issues and opportunities.  This year’s proceedings focusing on Decarbonizing Industry is relevant on a number of levels including electrification and agile manufacturing.  This conference has been a great resource for VEIC to share our deep knowledge and expertise with industry leaders and to discuss new ideas and collaborative opportunities with our peers." — Greg Baker, VEIC

Likely participants: Energy efficiency program administrators, evaluators, and contractors; public utility commission and consumer counselor staff members, corporate energy managers and government relations professionals; professionals in the utility sector with responsibilities for efficiency programs, resource planning, regulatory compliance and government relations; energy efficiency solution providers; state energy office officials; energy management firms; and energy efficiency advocacy organizations.

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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 extended until 6/10 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.

 "Advanced Energy is an Ally Member of ACEEE and is part of the North American SEM Collaborative. We share a common mission with ACEEE and often cross paths on the journey to carbon reduction through energy efficiency. We are proud to participate in and support the 2021 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. We look forward to the day we can all be together in person again, but we’re thankful that the Summer Study can continue virtually this year." — Kitt Butler, Advanced Energy

To join the ACEEE Ally program and receive exclusive benefits, click here.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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


At one of our plenaries, two industry leaders — Lourenco Goncalves, chairman, president, and CEO of Cleveland Cliffs, and Mark Bassett, chairman and CEO of Hemlock Semiconductor — will discuss their commitments to decarbonize their operations, supply chains, and products. They will explore how these commitments relate to their strategic visions, strengthen their competitiveness, and contribute to their companies' reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy and water waste.

Tuesday, July 13 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)

Many industrial firms are turning to renewable energy to reduce their carbon footprint. This session will explore energy supply-side dimensions of industrial decarbonization, including renewable generation, transmission, and distribution as well as use of direct solar thermal process heating and energy storage. It will span topics ranging from identifying and supporting research and policy needs to deployment, location, grid, and environmental considerations.


Wednesday, July 14 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)

Industrial firms are increasingly committing to aggressive sustainability-related goals. This panel will bring together three leaders among Midwest manufacturers to discuss the state of manufacturing sustainability in 2021 and their commitments to decarbonize their operations, supply chains, and the products they produce. Panelists will discuss how these commitments relate to their strategic visions, strengthen their competitiveness, and contribute to the sustainability of their companies more broadly (i.e., environmental equity, energy, water, and waste).


Thursday, July 15 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)

This moderated roundtable will explore how the challenges facing industrial decarbonization vary with location but are influenced by policies outside of a region. The session will explore industrial decarbonization across different geographic locations and examine how they interact within the US and at the global scale, as well as the policy options available to governments.

Transformative Interactive Sessions

New interactive sessions will delve into key agents of change in manufacturing, including decarbonization RD&D needs, SEM, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Tuesday, July 13, 3:15 - 4:15 pm (EDT) | Zoom

DEI in Industry
The pollution from U.S. manufacturing has disproportionately hurt low-income households and communities of color — groups that need a voice as we seek to cut harmful emissions, revive the economy, and create jobs. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is now, more than ever, essential towards meeting U.S. manufacturing goals. It DEI will bring the best and the brightest to the table to tackle these challenges. Join us for this Transformative Session on DEI, with a focus on what YOU can do today to mobilize your own DEI efforts.


Wednesday, July 14, 3:15 - 4:15 pm (EDT) | Zoom

Role of Industrial Decarbonization RD&D
DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) has recently been developing a report that discusses the role of RD&D in achieving industrial decarbonization and the challenges faced in meeting the administration’s aggressive climate change commitments. Authors of the report will discuss the research findings.


Thursday, July 15, 12:00 - 12:45 pm (EDT) | Zoom

Developments in Industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM)
The leaders of the North American SEM Collaborative together with U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA leaders will discuss the current state of SEM and engage with attendees on the benefits and challenges associated with SEM implementation in industrial sector companies.


2021 SEM Summit (Virtual)

July 20-21 1:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT) | 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 (EDT) | 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 window is now closed. Accepted Champions and their nominators will be notified in late June.

ACEEE's Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Awards will be presented on July 14 at the 2021 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency.

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) 

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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