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Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: dded in computer assembly. Despite the low energy intensity, the percentage of overall energy used in low-intensity industry processes is still estimated at 25% of industry total, or 8%of total U.S. energy usage because of the sheer number of domestic plants in this category[3] 2. High industrial energy costs lead directly to focusing on energy efficiency. Since the mid 1990's, oil prices have been highly positively correlated with interest in energy efficiency, as shown by Figure 12. Although the U.S. government projects that oil prices to industrial customers are only expected to rise 1.7% in inflation adjusted dollars between 2009 and 2035, and electricity prices are actually expected to modestly decline, recent events in the Middle East have underscored the high level of short-term volatility in energy prices[10]. High energy prices are reflected in the results of a survey of over 230 energy management executives who were asked for reasons why their companies were attempting to better manage their energy demand. The top driver, cited by 80...
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