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Tendencies in Energy Management
The past few months have been very busy for those, who are
actively present in the scene of energy management globally.
Several trade shows are now focusing on providing specific
solutions for the markets covering industry, buildings and transportation. Also
policy makers are gathering information with the aims of creating practical
regulations in order to achieve a sustainable energy future.Subjects like Energy and Green Growth,
Sustainable Cities, Energy Access, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy are hot
topics right now for environmental and economic reasons, as well. Both the
private and the public sector are keen to research and implement solutions for energy
efficiency, accountability and forecast. Tools to execute such projects are
laid out within the technology and innovation sectors in the form of Energy
Management Systems and Strategies implemented and maintained by skilled
The Vienna Energy Forum 2013 has provided very valuable
information with regards to the subjects above.
V. Shah (Executive Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity) has pointed
out whilst working towards the goal of doubling energy efficiency the industry
sector should also work hard on reducing energy consumption. Doing so by 3.5% per
year the target could be achievable by 2030. See more at: konsys-international.com
Some countries have already implemented rules and
regulations, normally obliging factories over certain energy consumption to
join various schemes, whereby their energy management gets under evaluation
In the United Kingdom large businesses are most likely to be
obliged to have an energy audit submitted to the Department of Energy and
Climate Change (DECC) today. Some businesses in the UK already face mandatory
carbon reporting. Firms with 250
employees or more mow most probably will have to invest in energy efficiency as
they will be included in the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
The new policy has being developed as part of the UK’s implementation of the
EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Organisations with their annual turnover
exceeding EUR 50 million and annual balance sheet is over than EUR 43 million and
with fewer than 250 people will also have to take part.
Gareth Stace, Head of Climate and Environment at EEF said: “In the last 20
years, UK manufacturers have reduced their emissions by nearly 40%. As an
industry we know the importance of energy efficiency in maintaining the
competitiveness of UK manufacturing.”
Analysing the needs and demands of both the environmental and economy
sectors this tendency is expected to spread widely creating a more measurable
and predictable energy future.
In commercial and industrial buildings, as in the home, monitoring your energy usage is the first step to taking control of your energy bills.
Once you know which systems in your facility use the most energy, it makes it much easier to understand where savings could be made, explains lighting consultant Daisy Energy in a recent article.
However, there are many things that can be done -- with or without an energy audit -- to reduce the energy consumption of your business.
Here are eight top tips:
1. Changing shifts to avoid peak energy costs: If your energy provider offers variable rates, find out when the highest and lowest charges apply and think about adjusting employee shifts and machine operating times to off-peak hours.
Similarly, demand side response incentivises a business to reduce consumption or switch to on-site energy generation resources in response to signals when demand on the grid is at its highest.
2. Daylighting: Using skylights and windows to bring natural light int…
Industrial users can reduce their energy bills by up to 10% by participating in demand response programmes, according to the UK's Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).
With demand-side response, energy users vary the amount of electricity they use at certain times in response to a signal or incentive from their energy supplier. For example, they can power down certain equipment for a while, use on-site generation and/or battery storage technology, and use more power when supply is plentiful.
Businesses that are able to be flexible in their energy use can benefit from price fluctuations in the energy market and receive payments for reducing how much energy they use at times of peak demand or when the capacity of the grid is constrained for technical reasons.
A joint report from ADE and RenewableUK says that UK industry is not yet taking full advantage of the significant cost and carbon savings available from demand response and flexible grid services.
Our capacity for energy efficiency is much greater than climate models assume, according to an editorial published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research Letters.
Energy expert Amory Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, says that the potential for energy efficiency has been massively understated, and its cost overstated, by analysing individual components and systems rather than whole buildings, vehicles and factories. This overlooks valuable ways to help the parts work together to save more energy at lower cost.
Current thinking on climate change suggests that we need to use energy at least 3% more productively each year in order to stay below 2 degrees of global warming. Lovins argues that, in both newbuild and retrofit applications, the world's ability to sustain such rapid savings is far greater than previously thought.
While the cost of renewable energy has fallen significantly in the past decade, energy efficiency …