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Energy Expert explores the growing range of energy related opportunities and risks facing today’s Energy Manager. Peter Garforth draws from his considerable track record in establishing successful energy productivity programs that create profitable business solutions and enhanced competitiveness.

Energy efficiency: It takes a village to gain greatest efficiency benefits

Involve more stakeholders in energy efficiency planning, Peter Garforth says.

By Peter Garforth
Nov 4, 2015

Energy-efficiency initiatives create benefits for players beyond the primary investor. Often these collateral benefits are even greater than the primary benefits, but they're rarely factored into an efficiency program's assessment. As a result, efficiency initiatives tend to get scaled back or even abandoned. A perceived nonalignment of interests slows down efficiency improvements. Good energy planning supported by reliable information is the key to unlocking these so-called nonaligned interests.

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