Craig Avalone, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP
Track C | Energy Manager's Summit
Energy Management positions are becoming more and more prevalent at campuses, large commercial buildings, and manufacturing facilities across the globe. Societal influences, the desire to become more “green” and increasing energy costs are pushing companies to invest more proactively in sustainability and in employees whose jobs are dedicated towards reducing overall energy consumption and costs. When hiring into an Energy Manager position, it is often difficult to establish roles and responsibilities and to influence real cultural change within the organization. This presentation will begin by outlining some of the barriers an Energy Manager may face when first stepping into a newly created position. These include corporate influences and structure, available capital, and employee pushback. This paper will outline the major roles and responsibilities of a typical Energy Manager, evaluate existing company energy philosophy, discuss first steps towards establishing their position within the company hierarchy, review how to setup an Energy Management Plan, and how to establish allies and integrate them into the overall process to garner support throughout the organization. The paper will also spend time reviewing the finer points of championing, presenting and “selling” energy improvement projects to management for implementation. Further, the presentation will discuss the importance of conducting measurement and verification once a project is completed and how to share the results throughout the organization. In conclusion, this paper will focus on techniques to make energy consumption more “visible”, bringing energy awareness to all employees, and creating an energy conscious culture within the business.
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