Energy management steps forward
Energy management was last a big issue in the 1970s. Since then, the impetus has not been maintained and energy demands per employee have risen. Now many organisations are beginning to tackle their energy issues, but not in a long-term way. Malcolm West, AEA Technology, shows you how.
Energy costs impact the bottom line, and while we all would like to reduce
our energy bills it has always been a difficult task to achieve with scarce
resources and other tasks taking priority. This is changing now with the application
of the climate change levy (CCL) which saw electricity prices rise by 15 per
cent from 2 April. Energy usage is now a major cost-reduction opportunity for
AEA Technology helps companies to optimise their energy usage through a long-term
partnership delivering strategy advice, training, awareness campaign support
and leading edge software tools as well as the traditional on-site audits. As
energy usage is increasingly seen as an environmental issue, AEA also helps
organisations to link it with ISO 14001, preparation for IPPC and corporate
In particular AEA’s Monitor-Pro range of environmental and energy data management
software enables their customers to better understand energy use. Mike Birks,
senior energy consultant, comments: “Often managers wade through tables
of numbers on a spreadsheet to try and ascertain how they are performing. Frequently
all the invested effort produces is figures of a five per cent up or down on
last month, and no explanation of the underlying reasons.”
In contrast, Monitor-Pro software draws out the trends from the data in a quick
and intuitive way enabling anybody from the boardroom to the shop floor to identify
where and how savings can be made. Better still, the software can provide regular
reports so improvements in performance can be seen.
This information also acts as a baseline when looking at large scale savings
that might require capital investment, or when planning how to improve utilities’
demand profiling, infrastructure changes and when addressing operational issues.
The software can be used as a remote service or can be operated in-house with
AEA support. For organisations that are investing in their intranets as a business
focal point, AEA can provide a hub with energy reports, on-line training, hints
and tips, expert contacts and much more. Whatever the delivery method, the investment
is small compared to the potential savings you can make, and our broader package
of support services can help to identify, deliver and maintain the cost benefits.
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