4 California Food Producer EDITION 2, 2018 Energy efficiency technology is widespread throughout the residential and commercial sectors, as are the subsidized programs and rebates offered by utilities and governments. Very few energy efficiency programs specifically target industrial users, despite the fact that industrial plants con- sume about a third of the electricity produced in California. As energy costs continue to rise, it becomes increasingly important for manufacturing plants and other industrial customers to closely manage energy usage and operation- al inefficiencies. To help address this gap, the E2e Project, a joint research initiative of the University of California, Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, is testing an energy management system (EMS) developed by Lightapp, Inc. Founded in 2009, the analytics software solution, also called Lightapp, is specifically designed to deliver accurate energy data to the industrial user. Through custom reports, real-time data access and performance alert features, Lightapp provides a window into plant performance and quantifies the cost of performance and operational inefficiencies, as well as the money saved through energy efficiency measures. In a novel approach to energy efficiency technology, the E2e team is rigorously testing the effectiveness of Lightapp through a project involving 100 industrial plants. The Lightapp EMS can be applied to all types of industrial applications, including chillers, production equipment and boilers to name a few. However, this project is specifi- cally targeting compressed air systems, a common type of system in a wide variety of industries. Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) as part of the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, the E2e project hopes not only to quantify the impact of Lightapp on plant electricity usage, but also to identify what types of industrial facilities are most interested in adopting this new technology. In order to be considered eligible, plants had to meet certain criteria, including being located in either PG&E or Southern California Edison’s service territory, and having a compressed air system of at least 200 horsepower on site. Project participants received free monitoring and sensing equipment and discounted access to Lightapp’s EMS for one year. Of the approximately 500 eligible plants contacted, 20% of sites agreed to join the project, a take-up rate higher than typically seen in commercial and residential energy efficiency programs. Of the participants, the manufacturing sector with the highest number of plants is food and beverage by a wide margin, making up 39% of the project sites. Lightapp’s technology is an example of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) trend. Lightapp gathers data from existing Kathy Nagel Andrew Campbell By KATHY NAGEL and ANDREW CAMPBELL – University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business Merging Research and Industry