Voices: Energy Expert

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.

Can we keep fuel in the ground?

Peter Garforth says the impact of climate regulation on the energy supply market is becoming clearer.

By Peter Garforth

The updated report on climate change that was the backdrop to both the September conference in New York and the APEC Summit in China continues to raise fundamental questions about the structure of energy markets in the future. The goal of at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 to avoid runaway climate change is the unanimous recommendation of the global scientific community. The overwhelming majority of these reductions would have to come from deep changes in the way we source, distribute, and consume energy, which are major sources of carbon-dioxide and methane, the two most prevalent greenhouse gases.

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Smart energy networks are increasingly driving regional and community energy conversation

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How will new EPA emissions rules affect you?

Peter Garforth says the sky really isn’t falling.


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Peter Garforth identifies signposts to industrial energy management excellence.


The cheapest fuel

Peter Garforth says efficiency is an energy boost in good times and a risk mitigator in bad.


Start your energy-management program with the first steps in mind

Peter Garforth says developing a strong baseline will make the energy management program credible, long-lasting, relevant, and effective.


Is climate change dead?

Peter Garforth says brush off carbon-risk targets and align strategies.


The long and short of energy efficiency

Peter Garforth says manage the apparent conflict between low-cost and big-capital energy projects.


Energy management motivation: Fighting mixed signals, misaligned goals and unpredictable resources

Peter Garforth says don’t let teams become toothless efficiency evangelists.


Heat recovery — Great in theory, tough in practice

Peter Garforth says use an integrated approach to create energy cost benefits, improve system reliability, and enhance operating flexibly.


Does coal replacement with gas have a big enough impact on GHG emissions?

Peter Garforth responds to a reader's letter.


Do we measure energy efficiency logically?

Peter Garforth says it's time to take a look at broadening how efficiency is viewed.


Reap the benefits of integrating strategic energy thinking

Peter Garforth asks are the energy needs of industry and community converging.


Are safety and comfort killing your efficiency upgrades?

Peter Garforth explores how to score collateral benefits of energy efficiency.


Why cheap natural gas is driving many plants' energy investment decisions

Peter Garforth says assess your energy strategy.


Do you have to be a good story teller to be a successful energy manager?

Peter Garforth says energy managers need to be good at painting the picture of benefits.


How to avoid contingency-based energy plans at your plant

Peter Garforth asks are learning curves killing plant efficiency.


Are you answering the same energy management questions again and again?

Peter Garforth says stop conducting energy studies to reject or validate earlier studies.