All wheels are up for the 2017 Owensboro Health KAED Spring Conference next week. If you are not already registered, let me take this opportunity to invite you to the event because it’s not too late to join us. Our team here at KAED has worked with the Greater Owensboro team to put together an enlightening agenda. Our conference theme, Innovation & Disruption in Economic Development, will give professionals the tools they need to be competitive in an ever-changing economic environment. Join us for the education, consultants and priceless networking with your counterparts and be ready for an experience to remember in Owensboro. See more in this newsletter about the 2017 Owensboro Health KAED Spring Conference. Greg Higdon, president and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), announced last week his plans to retire. He will continue to serve until an orderly transition is complete. Greg, a Brescia College graduate, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He spent 10 years in the Kentucky Senate and also served as deputy secretary of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet and as a special assistant to the Governor’s Office. Greg has served as an Ex-Officio for KAED since coming to KAM. Under Higdon’s leadership, KAM has become laser-focused on meeting the needs of Kentucky manufacturers using regional executive briefings to take the pulse of manufacturers statewide. When energy became a hot topic, KAM instituted an energy conference aimed at giving manufacturers answers and real-time examples of cost-saving options and initiatives to boost their bottom lines. Greg, on behalf of KAED, we wish you well in your retirement. I appreciate all you have done for KAED and me. You’re a great partner. Thanks again for your support and enjoy the information in April’s newsletter. If I can help in anyway, please give me a call. See you in Owensboro!
KAED Spring Conference
INNOVATION & DISRUPTION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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We look forward to seeing everyone in just a little over a week for our Spring Conference! Today (April 11) is the final day for online registration. However, you will be able to register on-site at the conference. If you plan to attend the community tour with the consultants on Wednesday April 19 at 1 p.m. (CST) and have not already indicated that, please email Cathy to get on the list. Register for the conference and view the complete agenda here. We look forward to seeing you there!
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April 13, 10 am EST
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Make Energy Your Business
Leaving the lights on. Running the heat or air conditioner when the business is closed. Using florescent lights. These are just a few of the small mistakes many businesses make that end up costing big on their monthly energy bill. The bigger mistakes many companies, schools, medical facilities, and others are more complicated to resolve than changing a lightbulb, but are well worth the effort. As a business owner or person in charge of watching energy costs, it’s the perfect time to read up on how you can control energy cost and efficiency to save money and help your business become more “green” or Earth-friendly.
Think about what might happen to your cash flow and productivity if at right in this moment, a storm hits and you lost power. Usually “volatility” is used to describe unpredictable financial or stock market performance. “Energy volatility” includes an energy cost component, but also describes how unpredictable the availability of energy and reliability can be. Energy volatility can not only impact the overall reliability of business, but the cost of business as well. Energy volatility is caused by poor systems planning and management, demand, natural disasters, political turmoil, accidents, sabotage, or any number of other unpredictable events. Prevent business interruptions by focusing on energy volatility. This should be a first order priority on your Strategic Energy Plan.
What Your Energy Plan Should Look Like
A sound Strategic Energy Plan:
- Ensures the availability of a reliable supply of energy
- Outlines efficiency improvement in process and products
- Discusses reasonable cost
- Focuses on establishing meaning customers and workforces can support, buy-in, and translate into sustainable practices in daily life
A Winning Strategy
Think of energy efficiency as a selling point. Realize the value of improving energy efficiency as part of the strategic energy planning process. Small improvements in the efficiency of a product can generate a large impact on the energy used in the life cycle of a product, facility, or business. Today’s businesses and customers are looking for sustainability and more businesses are taking the long-term view of the impact of energy-efficiency in products and services.
Translated to Building Technology
The competition to recruit the most talented people has historically forced businesses to pursue the right mix of facility location, occupancy cost, environmental factors, facilities services, and quality. The products you make must be differentiated in terms of leadership in energy, sustainability, security, technology, air quality or service responsiveness. You must be able to demonstrate and articulate building performance in terms of its meaning to your Strategic Energy Plan. Systems level energy efficiency requires a different understanding of building performance than simply focusing on discrete equipment efficiency. Products and services must be sold, delivered, and executed differently. In order to be truly sustainable, you must be able to measure efficiency and provide verification. Remember, you cannot sustain what you cannot measure. Smart Metering technology in today’s facilities is crucial.
Your Business’ Future
It is irrefutable that the world will need energy. Countries and economies need energy to grow and flourish. Clearly the failure to match supply with demand could result in shortages and drive prices up dramatically – an unwelcome scenario for many, but one that paints a clear picture as to why companies need a sound Strategic Energy Plan now.
Energy-Smart Strategy and Culture
There will always be more pressing issues in front of management than saving a small amount of energy. Short-term economics rarely favor changing business processes to leverage the long-term benefits of energy efficiency or environmental protection. For example, consider the impact of environmental systems. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 1/6 of the electricity generated in the U.S. is used for air conditioning; and 17 percent of the total U.S. electrical usage equals about 725 billion pounds of carbon dioxide generated annually – about 50 percent of that from coal. The environmental impact of those volumes is significant. A small improvement in systems efficiency can make a significant contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Rightsizing and replacing infrastructure systems of a building – a central utilities plant for example, is one area that can pay back the initial investment and then continue supporting the business mission and goals through substantial energy and cost savings delivered throughout the life of the equipment – typically 25 years or more. Potential savings over the 30-year life of a central utilities plant and reductions in carbon emissions into the atmosphere can be significant. These are real, tangible savings that go directly to the business’s bottom line and to support the environmental mission and goals of the organization. It’s worth the pursuit. As many of us learned in the quality improvement era of the 1980’s, the journey begins by creating a shared vision that identifies where breakthroughs are needed, and where business plans and processes must be aligned to support these higher level energy-related objectives. As you contemplate a strategic energy plan for your organization, it’s important to keep in mind that without effective policy deployment, nothing changes. If you and your organization are committed to putting a plan in place, know that it will be necessary to realign your business processes to support the new energy objectives, and then map out a plan that will sustain your business well into the future.
Get Started Developing Your Site Energy Program
Here are the basic steps to help you start a strategic energy plan for your business:
- Identify the right stakeholders/partners and create a shared vision for reducing the environmental impact resulting from the energy it takes to fuel business growth.
- Identify the life cycle impact of energy and pollution from design, manufacturing, delivery, end use, and disposal pollution generated by products and services.
- Include energy availability and reliability as a strategic objective; implement energy policy deployment process to drive it through the organization; otherwise, nothing will change. In other words, energy savings need to be added to the language in daily meetings to create a culture change and keep the initiative top of mind.
- Encourage people involvement, conservation and energy awareness; foster competition, camaraderie, growth, and continuous improvement.
- Institutionalize energy conservation, best practice sharing, recognition and rewards activities to keep the program fresh.
- Roadmap product, infrastructure process, and service efficiency improvement plans and track your progress regularly.
- Insist on Multiple Benefits Analysis for investments – safety, capacity, productivity – add energy efficiency, pollution reduction, reliability, etc.
- Implement “smart energy purchasing” to rethink energy issues and impact energy pricing, sourcing alternatives/strategies.
- Include supply chain energy in process redesign.
- Hold the gains; keep moving forward using automation and monitoring technology. Reports and monitoring help you see where you are improving and what areas need more improvement.
We Can Show You How
Once you realize the significant impact that strategic energy planning can have on your business, it’s time for action. Harshaw Trane invests in a team of experts in energy-saving technology, ensuring that businesses use energy conservation to their benefit; to the benefit of their building occupants whether they are employees, customers, students, or patients; and also to benefit the planet. The company is committed to providing the safest, most energy- and cost-efficient technology possible in manners that businesses and communities can afford. Harshaw Trane creates and sustains high performing, efficient, and secure facility environments. An intelligent building technology and energy services provider, the company employs 280 highly-trained associates including Certified Energy Managers and LEED® Accredited Professionals, is an ENERGY STAR Product and Services Provider, and is a founding member of the Kentucky Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Harshaw Trane is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.