Last month, a “Trendlines Poll” on FlowControlNetwork.com asked visitors to our website “Where does your organization stand on energy management?” The poll results as of Oct. 27 revealed that 54.5 percent of respondents do not have an energy management program; 9.1 percent have an established energy management program; and 36.4 percent have achieved or are in the process of third-party certification of their energy management program, such as meeting ISO 50001, etc.
So while this poll suggests there are certainly a good number of organizations proactively engaged in energy management, there remains a huge chunk of industry that has yet to get serious about energy conservation. Environmental impacts aside, when you consider the cost of energy and the bottom-line savings associated with maximizing the efficiency of industrial processes, one has to wonder why so many organizations seem to be lagging when it comes to energy management.
For me, the importance of industrial energy management has taken shape during my repeated visits to the Pump Guy Seminar—a training program we have been presenting for the past five years with Larry Bachus (a.k.a. “The Pump Guy”), one of our regular columnists. During each Pump Guy Seminar, somebody in attendance inevitably says the reason they are at the training is because they are spending too much time and money fixing “bad actor” pumps. Larry then spends the next three days explaining how it’s not the pump that’s the “bad actor,” but rather “bad application,” “bad operation,” or “bad maintenance” (or all of the above). And he explains that the cost of repairing and/or replacing a pump is nowhere near the cost of energy wasted by operating a pump away from its best efficiency point.
When you consider numbers like these, you don’t have to be a “tree hugger” to see the value of energy efficiency. So again I ask, why are so many industrial organizations lagging on energy management? If you have thoughts and/or would like to share some details on where you stand on industrial energy management, I welcome your emails.
Matt Migliore is Flow Control's Executive Director of Content. He can be reached at [email protected].