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Energy management is a business decision. Reducing energy expenditure makes sense if there is enough ROI and if the activity involved with detecting and addressing energy waste aligns with, instead of detracting from, priority operations. Power quality is key. Most industrial facilities are wasting energy in places that do make sense to address, but you can’t make meaningful decisions off of a monthly all-up electrical utility statement. Take a divide-and-conquer approach. Assess your system’s reliability for possible failures and against likely waste. Then pick the best candidates for biggest energy waste ROI. Next, log energy consumption over time at individual systems or equipment and inspect for various symptoms of waste. The mantra is to identify and quantify. Identify where energy waste is occurring; quantify how much and how expensive.
Join Tony Simon, energy systems engineer at Washington State University Extension Energy Program, and Leah Friberg, education and public affairs managers at Fluke, for an exciting look at power quality and energy monitoring in industrial plants.
Education and Public Relations Manager, Fluke Corporation
Leah Friberg is the education and public relations manager for Fluke Corporation. Leah works with technical specialists worldwide, developing best practices in test and measurement as applied to electrical, electronic, HVAC and industrial installation, commissioning and maintenance. In her nine years at Fluke, Leah has become known both for her test and measurement subject matter expertise, as well as, her support of vocational education and workforce development. Whether presenting to journalists or instructors, developing next-generation hands-on training materials, or collaborating with institutes and associations, Leah advocates the importance of hands-on instruction in preparing both today’s and tomorrow’s technicians and engineers for the productivity requirements ahead. Prior to joining Fluke, Leah worked for various companies in the Seattle area, including Microsoft, an online school, and AT&T Wireless. Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics and political science from The Colorado College.
Tony Simon, BSEE
Energy Systems Engineer, Washington State University Energy Program
Tony Simon, BSEE is a registered EIT in the State of Washington and Energy Systems Engineer at the Washington State University Energy Program and the Northwest Clean Energy Application Center. He holds a U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) certification and is a U.S. Department of Energy Qualified AIRMaster+ Compressed Air Specialist. Tony provides technical assistance, energy auditing, analysis and training – to help clients save energy in areas such as food processing, aerospace, pulp and paper, chemical processing and metal foundries.
The Washington State University Energy Program is a self-supporting entity of the university. Our staff of energy engineers and specialists is available on a contractual basis to provide energy audits and training to improve your energy bottom line. Contact us today at www.energy.wsu.edu
Tony is also President and CEO of Energizing Solutions, Inc. – a company specializing in the development of low-cost wireless sensor solutions.