Assessment Center (IAC) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that
enables eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers to have comprehensive industrial
assessments performed at no cost. The IAC assessments assist manufacturers become more
economically competitive by helping them reduce energy use, minimize waste, and increase
The Center serving most of New Hampshire is located in the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. It was established in 1984 and is nationally recognized for their work. Since being established, they have surveyed over 450 plants. More than 1900 Assessment Recommendation (AR) measures have been identified with average annual cost savings of $35,000 per year and an average simple payback of 1.2 years.
An industrial assessment is, quite simply, an in-depth assessment of a plant site including its facilities, services and manufacturing operations. The assessment involves a thorough examination of potential savings from:
The assessment begins with the IAC team, consisting of engineering faculty and students, conducting a survey, followed by a one or two day site visit, taking engineering measurements as a basis for assessment recommendations. The team then performs a detailed analysis for specific recommendations with related estimates of costs, performance and payback times.
Within 60 days, a confidential report detailing the analysis, findings and recommendations of the team is sent to the plant. In two to six months, follow-up phone calls are placed to the plant manager to verify recommendations that will be implemented.
Examples of the documented savings to NH businesses resulting from assessments include:
Who is Eligible?
In general, to be eligible for an IAC assessment, a New Hampshire facility must meet the following criteria:
There is some flexibility in these requirements (for instance, meeting 5 of the 6 criteria.)
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If you have an interest in the program, please contact:
Beka Kosanovic, Ph.D.
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