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.

Your energy strategy needs updating

Peter Garforth says the power mix for plants is changing, so energy management plans need to, as well.

By Peter Garforth
Aug 31, 2016

The structure of power in North America is changing faster than many realize. Coal’s share of power has dropped from a peak of 58% to about 33% in 15 years. Wind and solar already generate more power than hydroelectric plants and are growing exponentially. More customer-owned clean and renewable generation is coming online.  The recent announcement that Apple has approval to sell excess solar power to the wider market signals changing times. These changes should prompt us to confirm or adjust assumptions underlying energy management priorities.

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