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Energy Management – Why Now? Why Wait!

Posted by Tom Emmrich

Mar 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

“America's energy boom will continue for decades, and natural gas will replace coal as the largest source of U.S. electricity by 2035, the Department of Energy forecast today.  U.S. production of crude oil will increase through 2016, when it will approach the record set in 1970, before leveling off and then slowly declining after 2020. Natural gas production will grow steadily, jumping 56% from 2012 to 2040, according to an early release of an annual report by DOE's Energy Information Administration.”  [USA Today, December 16, 2013.  “U.S. forecasts natural gas boom through 2040”]

It wasn’t too long ago when the U.S. energy dependence fueled projections of a steady increase in energy prices.  As had happened previously in Europe, this drove U.S. companies and individuals to a new level of sensitivity towards the potential financial impacts of resource usage and efficiency.   In addition, there was an acceleration of focus on responsible consumption based on sheer global scarcity, and the environmental impact of green-house gases and carbon footprints.  Sustainability became a hot topic.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Energy, Energy Management

Embark on the Energy Management Maturity Journey

Posted by Mark Strobel

Mar 4, 2014 9:00:00 AM

How mature is your company when it comes to energy management?  Is it something you’ve ever considered?  If you haven’t, you’re not alone.

The path to energy maturity often begins with little or no knowledge of energy consumption, conservation or sustainability.  Less energy mature companies may consider the extent of conservation to be replacing incandescent bulbs with energy efficient CFLs, adjusting the thermostat and turning off lights and equipment when not in use. 

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For the leaders in energy management, energy efficiency is a way of life, a key element of corporate identity and valued as a significant competitive advantage.

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Topics: Energy, Software as a Service, Energy Management

Water shortages will impact Manufacturing. Learn how to reduce your risk.

Posted by Mark Strobel

Feb 25, 2014 1:15:00 PM

Have you seen the headlines about the severe drought the western half of the US is having? 

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Don’t assume these water shortages won’t impact your business. Do you realize it’s not only the west, but populations all across the country who are being impacted by the water supply?

Several cities, including some you wouldn’t expect such as Cleveland, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. are predicted to experience severe water shortages in the not too distant future according to studies from Columbia University Water Center and NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

It’s not just agriculture and the fishing and gaming industry that’s being impacted.  According to an article by Bettina Boxall in the LA Times (1/31/2014), “for the first time ever, the State Water Project that helps supply a majority of Californians may be unable to make any deliveries except to maintain public health and safety.” 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Energy, Energy Management

Fear of Subscriptions? Three reasons software subscriptions make sense.

Posted by Tom Emmrich

Feb 21, 2014 8:47:00 AM

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As the market is rapidly getting more comfortable with cloud-based offerings and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, there is usually a secondary hurdle that most customer’s struggle with, and that is the subscription payment method that generally goes along with these offerings. Some just don’t understand it and think it is a clever “trick” of the provider – and others hold the belief that they are inherently more expensive.  Neither is true.

While some people have an emotional connection to upfront payment, objection to subscription based offerings is usually not founded on an objective understanding nor an analysis of risk, total costs and flexibility.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Energy, Software as a Service, Energy Management

What does Energy Maturity look like? A glimpse into the world of Energy Conservation in Manufacturing

Posted by Entegreat

Dec 11, 2013 9:44:00 AM

Old Engine - lower maturityTo put some real world feel to the levels of energy maturity, let’s take a look at three scenarios that will illustrate two vastly different maturity levels when addressing energy usage and conservation in manufacturing.  These are extremes; most companies lie somewhere in between. 

 

Consider which version of maturity your company more closely resembles in each of the following scenarios:

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Topics: Energy, Energy Management

Entegreat discusses Energy as a Competitive Advantage at Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit – July 17 & 18 in Nashville, TN

Posted by Mark Strobel

Jul 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Aly Shawky of Entegreat will be presenting “Energy as a Competitive Advantage: Best Practices for Plant Floor Energy Optimization” at the Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit to be held on July 17 and 18 at the Airport Marriott Hotel, Nashville, TN.  During this presentation, Mr. Shawky will discuss how real-time tracking, analysis, and sustainable management of utility resources can reduce manufacturing costs and provide measurable business benefits.  Those in attendance will also learn how to select management systems and how to leverage these systems to make a lasting impact on manufacturing costs and product strategy.

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Topics: Energy, Events, Energy Management

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