Global Efficiency Concept – a DSM Tool used on Price - Efficiency Decisions

CIM Vancouver 2010
Abstract Motto:
“Demand-side measure" means a rate, measure, action or program undertaken to conserve energy or promote energy efficiency…
(Amended Section 1 of the Utilities Commission Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 473)
In the actual economical environment, business sustainability requires high-efficiency technological processes. That is why the efficiency concept has to be present at all levels of industrial activities.
Nowadays, some purchasing decisions for low value equipments are still driven predominately by the purchase price, in spite of the evidence that such price represents 5 % to 7 % of the total costs of ownership with full consequences of energy efficiency and the impact on total ownership costs.
Many times low value equipments are found in very large numbers, their efficiency and reliability influencing dramatically specific costs of technological processes.
The paper presents essentials of the Global Efficiency (GEff) concept that has been promoted over the last few years proven as a useful DSM tool used on price-efficiency decisions. Theoretical and technical aspects are presented by using a generic case study.
Proposed concepts in this paper could be further developed as models of improving companies’ corporate energy policies.
Besides the impact of energy savings and new innovative developments, the paper suggests general impacts of:
• Technical and economical performance improvements and competitiveness of mining corporations to international standards;
• Defusing incipient energy crisis in the sector;
• Improving environmental conditions;
• Creating new job opportunities in mining sector.
Keywords: DSM, Electric Machinery, Conservation, Energy Efficiency Policy, Process Efficiency
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