Energy management cycle explained

However you look at it, energy management is good for business, good for the environment, and good for the bottom line. It’s not surprising that more and more businesses are getting serious about it. But, do they have the know-how and experience to get the best results from their investment and effort?

If you are responsible for energy management in your organisation, CEP can help you. We offer New Zealand’s leading energy management industry training for building/facilities managers and for engineers and technicians.

We can also put you in touch with CEP accredited Energy Master specialists who can work with you to develop, run and evaluate your energy management programme.

Successful energy management relies on a logical sequence of events we call the Energy Management Cycle. It’s a common sense approach, but it’s not a trivial undertaking. Here’s an outline of what’s involved, the questions you need to answer, and the help you can get from CEP.

Company commitment

Actions to take
1. Sign up the Board and Senior Management
2. Allocate Resources – Human and Financial
3. Write an Energy Policy
Questions you might need help to answer
How do you convince the board and senior management of the value of energy management?
How do you negotiate a budget and human resource allocation – what’s reasonable and what’s the expected return?
How much time is it going to take? How many people hours should you plan for?
How do you write an energy policy that everyone understands and takes seriously?

What CEP offers

CEP offers training courses suitable for anyone involved in energy management, covering:

  • Energy management fundamentals
  • Strategic energy management
  • Advanced training in building services, building management systems, energy efficient fit-out.

Our courses run on a regular schedule and we also offer customised training, tailored to business’ needs.

Certification

Energy Mark certification is for businesses looking to demonstrate they perform energy management to internationally recognised Standards.

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Understanding energy use

Actions to take
Measure and evaluate the energy use and spend
Questions you might need help to answer
How do you understand your business' energy use? Depending on the size and complexity of the business, clearly understanding your energy use can be a huge undertaking. It needs to be thorough and accurate as it’s the foundation of your plan.
How do you evaluate the use of electricity, gas, transport fuel, and any other fuel/energy used, in all parts of the operation, and in all locations?
How do you analyse historic data, trends – daily and seasonal cycles? The more you know the better.

What CEP offers

CEP offers training to give you the skills you need to select the right energy management information system for your organisation.

Planning and organisation

Actions to take
1. Target areas for reduction and savings
2. Get staff involved
3. Write and circulate the action plan
3. Write and circulate the action plan
Questions you might need help to answer
Once you know your spend, how do you target areas for reductions and savings. What’s possible? What’s reasonable and achievable?
How do you identify energy efficiency projects and write convincing business cases for them?
How do you get staff interested, contributing ideas, and staying involved?
How do you write an action plan that everyone understands and takes seriously?

What CEP offers

Energy Audit Services

A comprehensive and systematic investigation to identify and quantify energy waste and set a baseline for improvements.

Service providers

CEP Accredited professionals can help with the technical and detailed aspects of your plan.

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Implementation

Actions to take
Launch your Energy Management Programme
Questions you might need help to answer
Have you set baselines for your energy use?
Do you know how to accurately measure all the benefits outlined in your action plan?
Have you considered certification in energy management?
What internal or external reporting requirements do you need for your investments in energy upgrades?

What CEP offers

CEP offers training on optimal energy performance for engineers and technicians involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of commercial buildings.

Certification

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Verification, monitoring and reporting

Actions to take
1. Measure and report the results
2. Celebrate successes
3. Keep looking for new ways to manage and save energy
Questions you might need help to answer
How do you accurately measure and report results?
How can you build on your achievements and get even better results?
How can you build on your achievements and get even better results?

What CEP offers

CEP is the only provider approved to deliver Measurement and Verification Professional Training and Certification (CMVP) in New Zealand.

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