Energy Monitoring: A Foundation for Effective Energy Management

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Energy Monitoring: Modern manufacturing processes run on energy. Electricity and natural gas are common inputs to all manufacturing. Other fossil fuels such as oil and coal are also widely used. Instability among global energy suppliers and increasing environmental impact concerns are causing many manufacturers to reevaluate their use of energy. In order to control energy use and the associated environmental impacts it is necessary to understand how and when energy is used. This paper describes a monitoring and control system that allows one major manufacturer to both understand and control their energy use. This has resulted in cost savings and understanding and control of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacturing processes. The paper describes some details of a particular system, but the methodologies described have been used in multiple locations with similar success.

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