Reducing energy & utilities costs in intensive consumers

Submitted by Sérgio Grassi on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 17:13
The awareness of the world’s existing lack of energy resources seems to have finally spread through Brazil. Instead of what has happened in the rest of the world, where for a long time people have been conscious that natural resources are finite, Brazil had to go through a power rationing in 2001 (the first scare) and then through a rise of around 50 percent in the energy tariff in 2015 (the second scare) for the need to ration energy sources to finally sink in. 

Unexpected rise in the energy bill! What now?

Submitted by Carina Lima on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:42
Energy consumption in an industrial plant can often be the villain in budget execution, especially when suddenly in a given month the energy and utilities bill rises unexpectedly. The reason for the high consumption rates may not be related to production or equipment problems, but due to leakages (or electric chain escape) in the own energy inputs distribution networks.

The ISO 50001 standards family

Submitted by Sérgio Grassi on Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:50
The ISO 50001 standard was published in 2011 and became very popular as time went by, as evidenced by the thousands of companies around the world that have been certified since its release. Energy has become an important matter over the last few years for a number of reasons, including lower availability, high costs, and direct impact on global warming. Taking this into account, the Project Committee Energy Management (ISO PC/242) has been working on other standards from the ISO 50001 family, some of which have been recently launched and others that are in the launching process. They are:

Investing in sustainability: competitive advantage or just another expense?

Submitted by Carina Lima on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 19:03
Does your company still see investments in sustainability just as an obligation? Does it understand sustainable practices as cost and not value generation? To put sustainability in the center of business strategy not only contributes to improving the company’s reputation from the consumer’s view, but can also generate profit. In the energy and utilities management scenario, sustainable management can reduce costs by gaining efficiency in processes and reducing energy inputs consumption.

The Emissions Management module of the Viridis Platform promotes comprehensive control of greenhouse gas emsisions as well as of solid and liquid waste from operations of any size and complexity. The system also monitors and manages the entire balance of energy and mass. Emissions can be measured directly or calculated by equivalence from conversion rules applied to the variables of energy consumption. 

Viridis still gives complete support to the execution of practices advocated by the ISO 14001 standard, helping the company to maintain the expected environmental performance, as well as to acquire or maintain its certification by an appropriate external organization. The configuration of rules of equivalent emissions, the establishment of goals and indicators of environmental performance, and the execution of cycles of continuous improvement are essential elements to ensure compliance with the standards and the realization of the sustainable vision of the organization. 

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6 reasons why you should not use spreadsheets for energy management

Submitted by Carina Lima on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 18:59
Many companies manage and control energy-related processes with multiple electronic spreadsheets, in most cases doing everything from data collection to information analysis and report generation. Energy management teams are faced with the challenge of finding adequate management systems that not only include all of the tools and features needed to manage daily operations and promote continuous improvement, but also that are highly usable, with simple and intuitive interfaces, well integrated to existing systems, and easily accessible from different devices.

The Viridis platform for energy and utilities management provides capabilities of monitoring, planning, contracting, costing, measurement and verification, simulation, and optimization of energy consumption – in an integrated way. This integration completely eliminates the need to use spreadsheets, in addition to allowing greater control, security, and quality of information. Data concerning energy consumption can be captured by the platform in real time, immediately treated in terms of quality and inserted into a contextualization mechanism that facilitates more robust and comprehensive analyses. Otherwise the Viridis platform also facilitates the incorporation of processes and tools that are commonly implemented in spreadsheets by users: forms for manual entry of data (for metrics that do not have physical meters), production plans used for prediction of energy consumption, forms for entry and verification of invoice data, spreadsheets that represent business rules in specific tasks and pivot tables for querying and visualization of combinations of data – all are of course covered by the Viridis platform and its interface components in order to facilitate the internalization of the tool and the rapid capture of value by users.