WASHINGTON, DC — June 25, 2003 — Financial planning, commissioning, code compliance and energy conservation highlight the 24th Annual Energy and Technical Services Conference, September 7-10, Seattle, WA. Hosted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the conference targets personnel involved in refrigeration, construction, engineering, maintenance, environmental issues and equipment purchasing.

Specific topics on the agenda include energy efficient technologies for supermarket display cases, alternative power options, renewable energy credits, key principals for supermarket HVAC systems and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.   

“The Energy and Technical Services Conference is the perfect forum for supermarket operators to learn about today’s high-tech systems and energy efficient applications,” said Kathy Loftus, energy and regulatory affairs manager, Shaw’s Supermarkets, and chair of the conference planning committee. “Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and share with other retailers best practices in refrigeration and energy management techniques.”

Conference attendees will gain insight into the commissioning process of new, acquired and remodeled supermarkets. EPA requirements surrounding leak rate detection, repair, reporting and compliance will also be discussed.

On Monday, September 8, the conference program will feature a series of afternoon breakout sessions addressing contemporary industry issues. Each breakout session will repeat three times. Session topics include:

  • Supermarket Refrigeration Best Practices

  • Emergency and Case Lighting

  • A Technology Primer: Understanding the Information Technology World

  • Alternative Power Options

  • The Road to In-House Monitoring

  • Alternative Refrigeration Systems

Two manufacturer/retailer exchanges will complement the education program. The exchanges, slated for Sunday and Monday evenings, September 7-8, will provide attendees a unique opportunity to discuss engineering problems and innovations in system design. Participating manufacturers will have technical staff on hand to discuss product details and respond to retailer inquiries.

Store and Facility Tours, Golf Tournament and Networking Events Round Out Conference Schedule

Conference attendees will be invited to tour several Seattle-area supermarkets and facilities that feature progressive engineering and merchandising features. Other special events include a golf tournament at the championship-caliber Willows Run Golf Course in nearby Sammamish Valley, and several evening networking receptions.

Corporate sponsors of the event include Carlyle Compressors, Emerson Climate Technologies, Hill PHOENIX, Hussman Corporation, Invensas, Johnson Controls/PENN, KeepRite Refrigeration, Munters Corporation, National Refrigerants, Inc., Seasons *4 and Zero Zone.

For more information on the 24th Annual Energy and Technical Services Conference, please contact Chad Stark or Danielle Smith at energy@fmi.org or visit the FMI Web site at http://www.fmi.org/events/.