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The Enterprise Energy Asset Management Benefits

Data gathered by companies from its energy systems will be used to analyze energy efficiency to help decision makers take action on improving its energy facilities and procedures. With the Climate Registry pressuring companies to reduce energy use, carbon emissions will be reduced to eventually help reduce global warming potential (GWP).

Facilities, companies, municipalities and organizations across North America, its’ states, provinces, territories and native sovereign nations, participate in a voluntary agreement. The Climate Registry works towards a common goal to identify, track and record greenhouse gas emissions. This is an ongoing effort to help in the reduction of global warming.

Emissions reporting is an important element included in the Climate Registry. The standardized procedure calls for companies to identify harmful emissions and to establish methods to manage them. Current and future greenhouse gas emissions can be managed, with the goal of reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Within an electrical distribution grid, energy asset management covers all sources — distributed generation of energy, energy storage devices and renewable energy sources. As constant, real-time monitoring of indirect and direct sources is required, asset management software is indicated as these programs can best handle multiple sources and locations around the world.

In addition to tracking real-time energy use, greenhouse gas emissions from specific energy related assets can be tracked by efficient energy asset management. Included with this are HVAC systems, refrigeration, lighting, vehicle and transport, among many other types of equipment. Energy reduction efforts can be tracked in this way.

Protocols are provided by the Climate Registry to assist in energy asset management programs. These guidelines include an in-depth analysis of asset specific attributes linked to energy use. For a more accurate measure of harmful emission sources and energy sources, automated programs are highly recommended. The software programs can provide a greater oversight, and an hourly record of asset energy consumption.

Short and long-term objectives are defined through energy asset management with regards to energy consumption. Opportunistic areas are revealed and a plan of action can be put in place. Considering that energy is one of the top three largest operational expenses of any enterprise, any company’s goal would be to reduce energy risk and improve performance in its operations. Energy risk factors associated with design and operation can be identified as part of a comprehensive plan to manage all energy sources.

Elements which create practical opportunities for companies can be combined with any asset management program which can help monitor and save on energy use. Several things are achieved, including energy reduction, cost control and for all environmental health.

The Sustainability Resource Planning (SRP) platform delivers a broad range of enterprise solutions to over 40 global clients with a service network of over 7,500 consultants consisting of 65,000 application users. Verisae’s software manages, and monetizes energy costs and carbon emissions while providing a rapid ROI. Learn more at http://www.verisae.com/articles.

Author: Daniel Stouffer
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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ISO 50001: Are You Ready for the New Energy Management Standard?

You already know about ISO standards—the standards that many companies try to meet in order to improve their business, quality, and service. Later this year, ISO will publish a new global standard for energy management: ISO 50001.

ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and utilities to manage energy. In fact, it’s estimated that the ISO 50001 standard may influence over 60% of all energy produced and consumed in the world. The objective of ISO 50001 is to help organizations, large or small, improve their energy performance, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the environmental impact related to energy consumption.

The ISO 50001 standard is based on two fundamental premises:

  • To manage, you need to measure.
  • A sustainable business requires adopting four Total Quality Management principles: Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA).

Attaining ISO 50001 certification requires management commitment, accountability, responsibility, and the business systems and processes (including the enabling technology) to achieve the intended level of energy performance. Ultimately, the goal is to optimize energy performance through behavioral change, process and control management, demand management, and design change management.

Want to learn more? View this on-demand webinar. I’d be interested in your feedback. Is your company looking at adopting ISO 50001 standard?

Posted by Rod Ellsworth, Vice President of Global Asset Sustainability, Infor

Retailers Can Defy Energy Costs

Retailers are just like you and me when it comes to monitoring and reducing energy consumption. We’re always looking for ways to cut energy costs and improve energy efficiency in our homes. However, generally unlike our homes, lighting in commercial buildings is the largest energy drain and can account for over 35% of a business’ energy use. That means any reduction in their energy costs can amount to a big boost to the bottom line.

To help stop eroding profit margins, many retailers are taking a new approach to improve asset operating performance: global asset sustainability. By monitoring and managing assets’ energy consumption, retailers can get a better handle on what assets consume the most energy and begin to control and reduce energy waste to improve operating, financial, and environmental performance.

In this article from Professional Retail Store magazine, I explain how retailers can implement energy intelligence into your asset management strategy and reduce your carbon footprint, become more energy efficient, and ultimately impact profits.

What are you doing to reduce energy consumption? What programs do you have in place to manage your assets’ energy usage?

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

Posted by Rod Ellsworth, Vice President of Global Asset Sustainability, Infor

Reducing Wasted Energy

You and I feel it at the gas pump and in our heating bills. The skyrocketing costs of fuel and energy have all of us looking for ways to cut back on these expenses. And it’s hitting industry just as hard as it is our families.

Many organizations are starting to take measures to reduce their energy consumption, but in many cases these attempts are often limited in what they can achieve. Most companies start by looking at a utility bill and setting objectives to reduce the total figure at the bottom. While this “energy-bill-down” approach might sound like a logical place to start, that figure represents only a crude measure. It doesn’t include the detailed energy consumption patterns of individual plant assets that can identify when and where most waste occurs. Without this detail, there’s no way of knowing how much of the energy consumed is being wasted, and therefore what can be eliminated without impacting the running of day-to-day operations.

So where do you start? You can’t achieve any objective to reduce energy waste by just measuring the energy usage by a commodity; you must focus on how that commodity is consuming energy.

To find ways to reduce energy bills, you can start by answering the following questions:

  1. How committed are we to improving energy consumption?
  2. Where is most of our energy being consumed?
  3. How much energy should we be consuming?
  4. How much waste is involved?

The level of information provided by asset management systems can facilitate the action required to remove inefficient processes, parts, and machines that are disproportionately energy-hungry, and the life cycle of an asset can often be extended through evaluation of its running costs against efficiency levels.

With the exception of (1), can you answer the other three questions?

I’d be interested in your feedback. Please leave a comment to this post with your thoughts.


Posted by Rod Ellsworth, Vice President of Global Asset Sustainability, Infor

Green CMMS – the engine of sustainability

These days, when someone says the word “green”, they probably aren’t just talking about the color of your sweater. “Green” and “Going Green” have become the buzzwords du jour for organizations looking to maximize sustainability within their operation. The move to be green is more than just a fad or buzzword, but rather a key component of an effective maintenance operation. A crucial stop on the path to sustainability and becoming “green” is in the implementation of an Enterprise Asset Management / Computerized Maintenance Management System (EAM/CMMS). When used and implemented to high standards, maintenance software can be the most powerful tool in your belt on the path to sustainability.

The proof is in the numbers: U.S. companies spend over $100 billion annually on capital equipment and related services. In terms of energy spending, that number quadruples to $400 billion annually, and that number continues to rise. In a typical manufacturing operation, the highest cost next to personnel is energy. Clearly, it is critical to effectively track and manage energy consumption to remain competitive, and this is where EAM/CMMS comes in.

Energy Utilization

EAM/CMMS provide several quality tools that, when used effectively, allow for more granular tracking of energy consumption. With countless levels of criteria available, and the ability to correlate those criteria to how much energy is being consumed, energy utilization monitoring is simple and detailed. For example, the ability to determine how much energy is being consumed for an individual asset, manufacturer, or Preventive Maintenance (PM) history is available through a CMMS.

The level of detail produced allows for better decision making, such as determining whether it is cost effective to replace an older asset that is consuming a lot of energy with one that is newer and more energy efficient. Imagine being able to determine that an asset from Manufacturer A is consuming more energy than the same type of asset from Manufacturer B. Replacing those energy-hogging assets from Manufacturer A can result in less energy consumption and greater cost savings.

Energy consumption can be logged and detailed using Building Monitoring Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications and other specialized monitoring equipment that interfaces with the CMMS to create a tightly wound monitoring and corrective action system.

Condition-based monitoring is another important piece to utilizing a CMMS to reaching high levels of sustainability in asset management. Triggering corrective work orders, notifications, and even preventive maintenance schedules based on the level of energy being consumed is something that can greatly reduce energy utilization of given assets. These conditions are user-definable, meaning the level of flexibility is high. Minimum and maximum values are set, and based on those conditions, corrective actions are triggered. Condition-based monitoring is particularly notable in preventive maintenance. Triggering a preventive maintenance action based on a level of usage, like run-time hours, can greatly increase the overall efficiency of a PM program.

Going Green = Going Paperless

Becoming a more green and sustainable maintenance operation is not solely dependent on monitoring energy consumption. Moving away from paper and into an electronic platform greatly enhances efficiency and decreases costs. The cost of paper, storage of paper, creating an efficient filing method, and time spent filing are all greatly reduced with an electronic platform for the creation, distribution and completion of maintenance work assignments.

To be truly paperless, implementing a mobile platform is essential. With a mobile application of the CMMS attached to the tool belt of technicians and supervisors alike, the CMMS becomes easy to access and even easier to use. Work flow becomes timelier, as all parties involved have faster access to more timely data, which in turn decreases average response time to repair requests. Critical documents can be attached to work requests and accessed from anywhere, which saves the time and hassle of finding a document stored in endless file cabinets and binders of information.

Distribution of forms turns into the click of a button, and can appear instantly on the designated recipient’s handheld device. The recipient can perform a number of tasks, including further distribution, adjustments, associating inventory, and even completing and closing the assignment with time spent, parts used, and a detailed labor report, all without ever touching a sheet of paper or picking up a pen. The completed work is stored as history instantly, and any data entered can be queried using the CMMS reporting mechanism. Time is of the essence to ensure assignments are being completed and any enhancement to productivity, while also decreasing on the number of trees required to do so, are all benefits of a paperless work flow through a CMMS mobile tool. This allows for machines to stay running and sustainability to increase.

Reporting is another area of a maintenance operation that can greatly benefit from going green and paperless. There are an array of features and functions in any quality CMMS that help satisfy the needs of regulatory bodies from every industry. As regulatory bodies increase the need for compliance via more frequent audits and required reports, the importance of having a centralized, organized, and paperless storage system for work history becomes increasingly important. JCAHO in healthcare, ISO in manufacturing, and Sarbanes Oxley for accounting in many industries all allow for the submission of electronic reports detailing the necessary compliance to standards set by the respective regulatory body.

Having the ability to query electronically stored data into an electronic report becomes a few key strokes, rather than a painful and exhaustive process of collecting and filtering data on endless paper into a comprehensive history report. This increases productivity and, because it is paperless, saves on printing costs while implementing sustainable practices. With flexibility a CMMS reporting tool provides, users can create reports from a myriad of data sets easily and efficiently, all while maintaining a level of detail suitable to relevant regulatory requirements.

For more information about implementing this type of solution using CMMS, visit www.maintenanceconnection.com.  Or contact Scott Lasher at Maintenance Connection via sales@maintenanceconnection.com or (888) 567-3434 x1.