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In energy management time is of the essence

If your plant underproduced today, you may be able to catch up with schedule by working overtime tomorrow. If you wasted energy today, it is gone forever. No effort tomorrow will help to recover it. Timely action is the key to stop waste before it became to big. Do you know how much energy [...]

Electrical bills come too late to act

Monthly electrical bill is as good for energy management as a summary of monthly bank statement is for financial management: too little of data to understand what happened and too late to act. Summary of bank statement shows balance of account: sum of deposits and sum of payments. If you have spent too much or received [...]

5 simple steps to decide if it’s time to recommission

Performance of every piece of machinery degraded with time. This may cost your plant thousands of dollars in lost production, rejects, and energy. Recommissioning can solve this problem, but it costs time and money. When is recommissioning worth the effort? Energy costs of performance degradation Degradation may be caused by a wide range of [...]

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, [...]

By | 2020-06-09T17:00:28-04:00 June 10th, 2020|Categories: Energy management|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 [...]