Strategic Energy Management: Embedding A System For Managing Energy In Your Company (Text Version)

Below is a text version of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (NEEA) video, which describes how companies are using energy management strategies.

Music starts. Words appear across the screen, which read "Strategic Energy Management: Embedding A System For Managing Energy In Your Company."

John Begley, President and CEO of Grays Harbor Paper, appears in a conference room. He says, "The importance of Energy Management is paramount; I mean it's part of the core of the company. Without our energy system we wouldn't exist."

The scene shifts to a plant and shows a large paper roll, then pipes with gauges and knobs.

The next scene is Sean Smith, Facilities Engineering & Maintenance Manager of Kenworth Truck Company, in a conference room. As he speaks the scene changes to images of the Kenworth Truck Company's entrance; the words "ISO 50001 Emerging Global Energy Management Standard" displayed over employees working; Smith in the conference room; employees working on trucks; and a truck's Kenworth hood ornament.

Smith says "The Kenworth Renton plant was selected to participate in the pilot program of the Superior Energy Performance to be the leader in pursuing the ISO 50001 Certification and set the standard for the rest of the corporation. It's been discussed from the very beginning that our efforts here at the plant would be transferred to other PACCAR facilities worldwide...sharing not only the lessons learned but passing on best practices as well so I'm kind of excited to share with them what we've done."

Matt Franz, Director of Operations of Amcor Rigid Plastics, speaks as the scene shifts to show a factory floor, then two employees collaborating. "Getting people engaged in Energy Efficiency has not been a really big problem, I mean it's been a necessity for the organization."

The scene fades to show Franz in an office. He says, "When we started the program, again we were very careful to charter the teams and define the teams and make sure that the responsibilities, the goals, and how the teams were going to function were very carefully defined."

Text appears across the screen and reads, "A Changing Workforce Introducing: "The Energy Champion."

Sean Smith speaks as images are shown of a fan in a plant; employees washing equipment; a truck cab's installation; and the assembly of tires on a truck. "Being an Energy Champion is basically a whole new perspective. With every project that we do we now have to ask ourselves, how is this going to impact our energy intensity?"

The scene fades to show Smith in the conference room. He says, "To me it's all about changing the culture."

Matt Franz speaks in an office, then his voice is heard as the scene changes to show an arrow diagram on a faded background image of plant equipment. The diagram is:

The Energy Champion

Steering Committee Energy Champion

North American Energy Champion

Plant Energy Team Champion

Franz says, "We have Plant Energy Team Leaders and those are Energy Champions and we have a North American Energy Champion who kind of binds together all the Plant Energy Champions and then we have an Energy Champion at the Steering Committee Level for the corporation."

The scene fades back to Franz in the office saying, "Very important, in bigger organizations that you look from plant to plant and you have the method to communicate and drive best practices outside the organization into the plant."

John Begley speaks from the conference room and during a scene showing plant equipment. He says, "What we look for in the Energy Champion is someone who understands the total system, the operation."

The scene changes to the inside of a plant. Eli Recondo, Energy Engineer of Grays Harbor Paper, is heard speaking. The scene shifts to show him in a conference room, then shifts to plant equipment. He says, "I'm an engineer but I also have the people skills that they were looking for to bring energy to the forefront of our operations."

The scene changes six times, each showing plant equipment. John Begley is heard speaking through each scene and then appears in a conference room.

"It's not necessary that they be an expert in energy per say, but they have to be, you know, understand the total mill, the system; they have to understand who the experts are in different areas and who they have to go to. And I think he has to be intellectually curious."

The scene fades from John Begley to text that reads, "Innovation, Persistent Savings Yield Bottom Line ROI."

Sean Smith speaks in a conference room and his voice is heard as the scene changes three times, each showing sub-meter equipment. The scene changes to show Smith; a Kenworth sign on a wall; the inside of a plant; and Smith again.

During these scenes, he says, "First project that we submitted for approval was to replace our sub-metering capabilities so we could actually look at the data and start looking for improvements. So, next big project that I'm looking at now is re-lapping the facility. To us, what that means is a 1.2 million kilowatt hour per year reduction in energy and it equates to about $100,000 per year in savings."

Eli Recondo speaks in a conference room and his voice is heard during the next scence, an image of a vacuum pump. He says, "One of the most surprising things that we found was the vacuum pump project saved over a million kilowatt hours a year."

Recondo fades out and the text "The Energy Champion Tool Kit" appears.

Sean Smith is heard speaking as scenes are shown of a fan in a plant; plant equipment; a truck; and truck wheels. The last image fades and a list appears over it. The list reads:

The Energy Champion Tool Kit

  1. Energy Management Procedures
  2. Data Modeling and KPI's
  3. External Resources and Expertise

While Smith discusses the list, the scenes change from the list screen to images of the plant, equipment, and vehicles, then back to the list.

Smith says, "There are 3 tools that help me most as an Energy Champion. The first being our energy management procedure that we've developed. This is our guide that tells us how we're going to approach projects, who should be involved, and who should be responsible for what aspects. The second tool is the model that we've developed so we can actually take a look at the data and determine mathematically with a high degree of certainty what the impact of the project's going to be, both good or bad, and how these actions are going to affect our energy intensity KPI. Probably most important is the ability to access and utilize the external resources and their fast knowledge of expertise."

Matt Franz speaks in an office; his voice is heard as a list is displayed over a faded image of a computer and then the scene of Franz in the office returns. The list reads:

Energy Champion Best Practices

  1. Goal Setting and Metrics
  2. Organizational Best Practices
  3. Good Communication

Franz says, "We define best practices between plants and then we publish them on a website so if they're doing something particularly noteworthy they'll get an assignment and they'll come back on one of the conference calls and give a 20-minute presentation on what they did, how they solved it, and what the outcome was."

Eli Recondo speaks in a conference room and his voice is heard in two scenes showing paper production. He says, "People in operations want to make more product and at a cheaper cost and so it helps to explain that that's what we're trying to do with energy efficiency."

Text appears across the screen, reading "Energy Champions Share Critical Insights."

Sean Smith speaks in a conference room, and during scenes showing three images of employees, an ISO 14001 sign, and plant equipment.

Smith says, "Support from Senior Management couldn't be better. They are genuinely interested and supportive of the program and have approved necessary resources for us to move forward. The employees are very involved with programs that we have here whether it's ISO 14001, Zero Waste Landfill, or our pursuit of 50001."

Eli Recondo's voice is heard during several scenes showing equipment, plant operations, and a paper roll. The last image changes to show Recondo in a conference room speaking.

During these scenes, he says, "It helps to choose projects that don't simply have an energy payback but also tie into other production goals and maintenance goals. And then to go out and find funding from places like the Department of Energy or the utilities incentives and that has been a very big help."

Matt Franz speaks in an office; his voice is heard as a list is displayed over a faded image of plant equipment; then the scene goes back to Franz. The list reads:

  • Incentives Backing Up Goals
  • Metrics to Measure Goals
  • Audit Program

Franz says, "You make certain you have incentives backing up those goals. I would make sure that you have metrics to measure those goals and those are clearly defined. And then some sort of audit program in place to make sure that your plants, Energy Champions, and your Plant Energy Teams are living the Energy Management Program that you expect them to and you're getting the level of engagement that you need."

A blue background appears with text that reads, "Empower Your Energy Champion." The text fades out and is replaced with the NEEA logo. Music ends. The NEEA logo fades out and is replaced with "www.neea.org."