Get real about your energy goals

You've set energy savings targets. Great. But is your plant realistic about the resources needed to meet them?

Peter Garforth
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Senior managers increasingly are realizing the wide range of risks and opportunities related to their companies’ energy use. As a result, managers who in the past would have had minimal interest in energy-efficiency programs are becoming more involved in setting energy performance targets. The approaches adopted often are in conflict with historic norms and allocation of resources, which stubbornly have a habit of staying in place in the real world of operations. The result is all-too-often ambiguous management direction and energy team frustration. At the strategic level, the most common approach to establishing performance targets is to set medium-term energy goals…

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