Judd Eder, Eaton Corporation

The Opportunity

Judd Eder spent the summer of 2010 as a Climate Corp fellow at Eaton Corporation, a $13.7 billion global power management company with a 100-year heritage of innovation headquartered in Cleveland. An MBA student at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, Judd worked with Eaton's Global Supply Chain management, many other Eaton departments, and preferred supplier base to further Eaton’s commitment to energy efficiency.

The Solution

Equipped with his engineering and management knowledge, Eder aligned with Eaton's internal energy and greenhouse gas reduction strategy to make the business case for numerous projects, process, and benchmarking tools. Eder worked with Eaton's Global Supply Chain team; Environmental, Health, and Safety; Operations Excellence; Eaton Electrical Services and Solutions business; members of the electrical and industrial sector operations groups, and preferred supplier base to generate project scopes and schedules for HVAC, lighting, energy generation and other unique energy solutions in facilities across the globe.

One example is an air circulation improvement in an Eaton North Carolina vehicle group plant that projects annual HVAC electricity reduction of 2.5 million kWh. Another example is a strategic rollout of lighting optimization resources over fifteen electrical sector facilities that could potentially reduce electricity usage by over five million kWh.

The project packages compiled by Eder identified significant utility cost savings, 9.3 million kWh of electricity, and 5,300 metric tons of CO2 emissions on a yearly basis.

The Results

Eaton proved its commitment to energy efficiency and delivered on Judd’s recommendations: it has made progress on optimizing lighting and HVAC in a variety of North American facilities and  explored the potential for green energy generation and storage technologies.

Eder highlighted the importance of developing and implementing a higher-level energy strategy, and positioning individual energy efficiency projects within that strategy.  This approach lets large companies prioritize projects, create a process for implementing and evaluating them, and share the knowledge gained from each project across the broader enterprise.

See the blog Eaton published about Judd’s work and involvement in the Climate Corps program.