1st Edition

Managing Energy From the Top Down Connecting Industrial Energy Efficiency to Business Performance

By Christopher Russell Copyright 2009
    177 Pages
    by River Publishers

    190 Pages
    by River Publishers

    Written in accessible, understandable prose, this book explains the connection between energy and business performance. It delineates how day-to-day choices relate to the risks and rewards of energy use. Concise, to-the-point chapters explain how energy is invested, preserved, and ultimately positioned to create wealth. Hard-nosed business leaders should appreciate the section with examples that show a strong financial case for energy improvements, including the save-or-buy criterion, the economic penalty for "doing nothing," the break-even cost, and the budget for supporting design and analysis work.

    Call to Action

    Money to Burn: Why Manufacturing Profits Go Up in Smoke

    Energy is Wealth

    How Does Energy Use Affect Business Performance?

    Where Does Industrial Energy Go?

    How Waste Raises the "Price" of Energy

    What's at Stake

    Ask Not What Can You Save, But What Will You Save

    Business Risks for Energy Consumers

    The Promise & Challenge of Life-Cycle Cost

    Embedded Energy

    Beware of "Fugitive" Energy

    The Competitor Within

    Overcoming Barriers

    Why Do We Resist Energy Efficiency?

    How Did We Get Here, & How Do We Regain Control?

    Why Public Policy Is Weak Medicine for High Energy Costs

    "We're Already as Efficient as we Can Be?"

    "Rear-View Mirror" Energy Management

    In Management to Blame?

    How to "Do Nothing" About Energy Costs

    The Seven Deadly Sins of Energy Cost Control

    The Seven Steps to Successfule Energy Cost Control


    Wanted: Amnesty for Yesterday's Energy Waste

    An Entitlement Under Fire

    Questions & Answers About Energy Audits

    Move Forward of Fall Behind

    Energy Management: Two Philosophies, Two Outcomes

    Some Can, Some Can't (Control Energy Costs)

    Developing an Energy Strategy

    Do the Right Thing!

    An Engineering Project or a Management Process?

    Organizational Attributes, Strategies & Outcomes

    Energy Solutions: In-House or Outsource?

    Risk, Time & Money: The Executive Energy Tool Kit

    Adventures in Energy Management: Ten Case Studies

    What Does an Energy Manager Do?

    Energy Management: How Well Are You Doing?

    How Does the Money Work?

    Energy At-Risk: Save or Buy?

    Capital Investment, Capital Projects

    Energy Management Without a Capital Budget

    Simple Payback: Wrong Tool for the Task?

    The Cost of Doing Nothing

    Break-Even Cost: The Limit to Capital Investment

    Determining a Budget for Additional Energy Analysis

    Lessons & Outcomes

    Energy Lessons: The Columbia Disaster

    The Evolution of Sustainable Business

    Sustainability & the Triple Bottom Line

    The Hunters & Farmers of Energy Savings

    Appendix I: The New World of Energy Procurement

    Appendix II: Electricity Deregulation Explained for the Industrial Consumer



    Christopher Russell (Author)