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

ISBN 9781138112667
Published December 18, 2020 by CRC Press
177 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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