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Why Global Adjustment avoidance assets may turn into stranded assets and how to avoid this

Companies that buy new equipment to avoid Global Adjustment charges face risk of having stranded assets. Business case for investments in GA avoidance equipment - generators and batteries - relies on current GA model, which resulted from a political decision. GA regime is based on politics, which are reliably unreliable As we all know, [...]

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5 golden rules of energy data analysis

  1. In metering we trust :)    Data is only reliable if it has been collected through routine automatic metering, which has been validated.  All claims like 'we always keep this operational schedule', 'compressor/boiler/light is off on weekend' or 'current never exceeds X Amp', all of them have exactly zero value to energy [...]

Simple energy management procedure cuts energy costs during uncertain times

During quarantine time many plants face uncertain work load and even less certain revenue. The simplest way to save energy and cost to turn unnecessary machines off. This simple recommendation is rarely easy to implement, it's even more difficult to monitor. How to find if unneeded machines are turned off without breaking a bank? [...]

How much money is at your ‘energy waste’ account?

Situation Doing nothing is an investment decision too. Investment with a guaranteed return of nothing. Here is a common conversation at a manufacturing plant: Me: … Implementation will cost you $5K and save $15K within 12 months. Maintenance manager: So we save $10K?  Not much for our plant. Besides, I do not make investment [...]

Energy waste is invisible, until you measure it

A prospect informed about a possible massive cost of compressed air leaks responded: “What leaks? I do not hear hissing noise from compressed air leaks on the floor.” Plant manufactures gravel. Production noise is deafening.  To hear compressed air leak would be a disaster, not only for energy bill, but likely for the whole [...]

To generate or not to generate – a multi-million dollar question

In the view of growing electricity prices and time-sensitive tariffs numerous vendors around offer on-site electricity generation and storage. Should your company do it? Are you in business of electricity generation? Prior to going into technical and financial details of different power generation solutions, I suggest you ask yourself a strategic question: Are you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]