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The Three Roles of Effective Energy Management

Energy management involves managing people, costs and technology, and creating energy cost awareness among plant personnel. Successful energy-management programs require three functional roles, namely, an energy manager, an energy consultant, and an energy auditor. If the energy system isn't large, it's very common to see the same person perform all three roles.

An energy-management program should draw upon both internal and external resources, as appropriate. Although an energy manager plays the lead role, many companies also rely on external energy consultants to achieve energy cost reductions. Competent energy consultants share their vast experiences across several process industries, with unbiased thinking focused on reducing energy losses.

An energy auditor reviews energy flows within the plant and evaluates the supplied and wasted energy. Typically, energy auditors are external specialists; however, some large companies with multi-site operations maintain their own group of energy auditors.

For a full and concise listing of the functional responsibilities for each of the three roles, read the full article on ChemicalProcessing.com.

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