09/18/2001

Think Energy Management

Bottom Line Energy Issues - September 2001

 
Most commercial building owners and managers presumably may not include energy management as a core competency. If you don't have such a staff position, it might be time to consider if you should be adding this function to your organization through a consulting engagement. Here are some suggestions for handling energy issues from Rick Lubinski, certified energy manager, certified demand side management professional, certified energy management systems contractor, and President of ThinkEnergyManagement, LLC (http://www.think-energy.net).


The key question is how much risk you want in your utility budgets. In deregulated states, the risk should be put on competing suppliers as much as possible by getting commodity quotes based on a) fixed cost with all charges and expenses included, b) leaning towards long term contracts and c) doing business only with major suppliers with financial strength and a record of excellent customer service. As with Wall Street, energy commodity markets are not for amateurs. Billions can be lost trying to predict electric futures after so many years of controlled monopoly pricing.


After the commodity supply issues are put to rest, you can focus on demand side opportunities. The first step is to select an experienced and well respected energy consultant to help guide you through the energy equation by conducting an energy audit and recommending cost effective improvements. Look for a professional with CEM certification by an organization like the Association of Energy Engineers (www.aeecenter.org). Be sure your energy consultant is truly independent of specific products, services, and energy type. Be wary of any consultant who claims to know what you need without evaluating your needs and opportunities. The crucial test is determining if the energy consultant is focused on your needs and not his/hers. The bottom line is finding an energy consultant or ESCO (remember them?) who has a track record for producing real utility savings in your industry.

 


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We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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