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Welcome to our blog: How Energy Management Affects Your Business and Profit

Dear visitors, we welcome you to our blog. We write for owners, business and financial managers, energy engineers, who want to find ways to benefit their Business, Clients and Environment through energy management. From our experience we can assure you: energy management will help you can gain much more than just reduce energy costs. [...]

By | 2018-10-31T17:43:08+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

How energy savings can add extra holidays at your plant?

A recent report from SaveONEnergy described results of a lighting retrofit at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara.  Article states that annual electricity saving are "the equivalent of 400 room bookings".  While expressing results of retrofit in term dear to hotel managers is definitely a step in the right direction, this comparison understates results by a [...]

By | 2018-10-31T15:55:01+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Simple payback can cost you profits and what is the better way ratio

Simple payback period is routinely used as an ultimate ratio when it comes to selecting between energy projects. This practice may cost your company money in missed opportunities. Simple payback period (SPP) is the simplest way to assess profitability of an investment project. Simply divide first year cost by first year savings and you get [...]

Satisfied clients send cheques, happy clients send referrals

Today I had the most pleasant meeting at owners office of our manufacturing client. I experienced deep satisfaction when plant manager bragged about results of projects to the owner - lighting, grants, utility audit, compressed air system audit, changes in water supply, upcoming refrigeration optimisation and monitoring. And a grey-haired owner said: "I am happy with [...]

Options to reduce Global Adjustment for Class A: natural gas generator, batteries and mathematics, curtailing

What’s the best way to fight global adjustment cost? Omitting numerous details, three options are available: behind the meter generation, batteries and curtailing. Below is a quick comparison of pros, cons and risks of these solutions. Natural gas generators – switch to own source of power during peak hours Vendor promise Install a behind the meter [...]

Fighting Global Adjustment with batteries and mathematics

At a recent energy conference and tradeshow, #ESX2108, among other interesting presentations, one caught my attention - a serious approach offered by Peak Power Inc to reducing Global Adjustment charges by switching demand during peak hours to huge batteries. They consider peak chasing a mathematical game, and rightly so. Peak Power uses big data and machine learning to [...]

By | 2018-07-27T10:13:50+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Categories: Energy management, Profitability|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Client acted on our utility audit: 18 projects are to be implemented within 12 months

We have recently completed a comprehensive utility audit at a mid-size B2B food processing plant in the GTA and client has turned our recommendations into ‘projects to be completed this year’. A $50mln industrial food plant has been recently acquired and new owners decided to get it into shape. This plant buys electricity, natural gas, [...]

By | 2018-09-10T15:15:55+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Categories: Energy management, Past Projects|0 Comments

Trouble with compressed air system: leaks were not even important

Inadequate compressed air distribution network caused quality issues at plastic moulding operation. Through a recently completed energy audit at a plastic moulding plant we have established that a state-of-the-art variable speed compressor fed a dead-end distribution network, which was too narrow for the load. Compressed air distribution network can block air from reaching the machines. [...]

Submetering, EMIS and Energy Management System: what is the difference?

Various terms are used in relation to collecting and processing of energy consumption data. Some of the more common terms are submetering, energy management information system, monitoring and targeting (M&T), measurement and verification (M&V). Although these terms relate to overlapping activities, they are not equivalent in content, cost and, most importantly, in value for business. [...]

What makes energy efficiency projects fail?

We all agree that Energy Management is important, even C-levels agree. Still too often it's not done. Why is that? This 2003 article - Overcoming Barriers to Effective Energy Management in Industrial Settings - names several barriers which I list below with my comments : Lack of Organizational Commitment If senior management is not committed to [...]

Energy savings generate 20x more profit than sales

Energy savings are small and unimpactful ...  except  they go directly to profit. How much a company has to produce, sell and ship to make the same profit? With a typical profit margin in manufacturing hovering around 5%, to generate $100K profit a company must sell $100K/5%=$2 mln worth of product. It's 2 weeks of work [...]