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Dear visitors, we welcome you at our blog. We write for business and financial managers, owners, energy engineers, who are concerned with effects of energy management on business and environment. Here you will find energy management tips, best practices, results of energy management projects, announcements about relevant training courses and events, links to webinars, databases [...]

By | 2016-11-10T00:28:30+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Energy efficiency is not about cutting cost of energy anymore, it is serious now

Energy efficiency is becoming less and less about direct energy cost reduction and more about meeting demands of customers and governments. A recently published article Who Invests in Energy Efficiency? by American Council for an energy efficient economy sums up a range of studies about driving of energy efficiency investment in business. It comes out energy cost [...]

7 plus 2 barriers to success of industrial energy efficiency and how to overcome them

Even many C-levels today agree agrees that energy efficiency is important, still too often too little is done. How can this situation be changed? 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 to energy efficiency [...]

Massive automation is upon us, how will it affect your plant?

Last week I had a pleasure of attending an intense Summer Conference set up by Association of Energy Services Professionals - AESP . One and a half days of presentations and panels were kicked off by a thought-provoking speech delivered by Patrick Schwerdtfeger about exponential nature of changes in our life, particularly massive automation of [...]

By | 2017-09-11T16:35:04+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Categories: Business value, Interesting Reads|0 Comments

Energy conservation is an uphill battle, what is the better way?

A bottom up approach to energy cost reduction is a path of heroes: long, hard and massively ineffective, because it requires convincing managers on the way up. The top->bottom approach, on the other hand, is a simple and powerful approach known for decades as management: set goals, allocate resources and assign responsibilities. Now instead of [...]

More energy data may not benefit business – and what does

More energy data is better, right? Data shows what's happening, so we should have lots of it to manager machines, right? Not necessarily. Although various meters are becoming cheaper by day, too many of them may hurt your business instead of helping to manage it. When driving, do you really need to know the exact [...]

How to separate honest energy efficiency vendors from snake oil salesmen?

If you are a plant manager I bet that scores of energy efficiency vendors call and email you daily. All of them want to sell their hardware and most promise extreme profitability. Will you choose a project based on salesman promise alone? If you want to quickly navigate the sea of energy efficiency offers without [...]

Why investment with zero return is a top priority at many plants?

Would your company hire 2nd plant manager with a 12-month annual vacation contract? Simple, eh? What about - Will your company invest into energy project with zero return? When company decides to delay an energy cost reduction project ... Wait, nobody makes such decisions. Sophisticated managers of 21st century decide that "energy cost reduction project [...]

How to receive 16c per kWh incentive for lighting retrofit, operational changes and any capital improvements?

IESO has launched a new incentive program that rewards commercial real estate operators for sustained reduction of electricity consumption. Energy Performance Program pays 16c per kWh of actual reduction over 4 years as compared to 5c or 10c paid through other SaveOnEnergy programs. Savings will be determined through M&V procedure based on IPMVP Option C [...]

By | 2017-04-18T15:25:27+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

New grant for Canadian manufacturers covers up to $500,000 of capex in GHG reducing projects

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association (CME) established Smart Green Program the to help manufacturers implement energy projects leading to CO2 reduction. In a nutshell: Grant consists of two parts – Assessment grant (up to $30K) and Implementation grant (up to $500K) Manufacturers are generally eligible Only future projects are eligible for the grant Project has [...]

Rope trick with lighting: more light, less bills and no new bulbs

Lighting retrofit that delivers 20% more lighting for 20% less dollars and requires no new electrical parts, such as bulbs, controls or ballasts. Not even new fixtures. It's like a rope trick, except there is no trick, just ropes. Lighting intensity decreases in reverse proportion to the distance from the source [...]