Strategic Energy Management creates a culture of continuous energy improvement. This starts with company goals and management support, and is ultimately achieved by staff members as part of an energy team. Improvements are realized in various forms, from productivity to operational improvements across commercial and industrial facilities.
Elements of Strategic Energy Management that promote both short-term (O&M savings) and long-term (infrastructure development, capital savings) accomplishments include:
•Data collection to obtain information needed to drive decision-making •Education & Training through workshops, activities, and hands-on projects •Measurement & Verification to quantify progress and confirm savings •Build upon achievements for continuous improvement
Strategic Energy Management gives participants the skills, tools, and motivation to find ways to address non- energy goals while at the same time saving energy. Understanding these non-energy benefits and framing the approach to address them is crucial in overcoming barriers. The cycle of continuous improvement (shown below) is driven forward by collaboration, ideas, engagement, and change.
Successful implementation of SEM is hinged upon empowering participants, driving change, and rewarding results.
ERI utilizes a dynamic workshop model with guest coaches, industry representatives, and subject matter expert speakers, to provide individual support for site activities. The ERI team consists of SEM experts (CP EnMS), M&V specialists (CMVP), industrial energy engineers (PE, CEM, DOE certifications), EM&V advisors, and education professionals.
ERI’s strategy includes key elements from Lean Six Sigma, such as the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) approach, thus breaking complex problems down into simpler questions and forming steps to achieve progress. By integrating components of Lean Six Sigma with ISO 50001, change management techniques are coupled with energy coaching to emphasize energy and cost savings results.
The philosophy behind ERI’s SEM implementation model is:
1. Make it simple: From workshop locations to the collection of data, the ERI team makes it simple for participants. This means that they do not have to figure the technical details out on their own.
2. Make it engaging: ERI will provide a forum for them to discuss their ideas, questions, and challenges amongst their peers. Facilitation of this conversation is critical and will be achieved
through various group activities, games, and collaborative assignments.
3. Provide the tools: The tools are provided in the form of valuable information from guest speakers,
learning materials, excel-based tools, and data collection / measurement tools.
4. Hold team members accountable: The energy team is expected to make use of the resources provided, convert plans to action, and achieve savings targets. Regular one on one check-ins help to keep things on track: individual coaching provides added motivation, identifies areas for improvement, and highlights successes to build upon.