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. While a variety of academic literature, books, and even self-help manuals have been published on
lean manufacturing and six sigma, few words in those publications are devoted to the idea of reducing
energy waste in operations. For example, Womack, in his seminal book "Lean Thinking", does
not explicitly discuss energy waste. Spears. in his influential book "Chasing the Rabbit" has an entire
chapter devoted to Alcoa, the world's largest manufacturer in the highly energy intensive aluminum
industry, but does not detail their efforts to reduce energy waste.[19, 3). Seminal literature in six
sigma shows a similar lack of attention to energy. The most cited text on six sigma, "Six Sigma:
the Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations", does not
mention energy waste at all.
The trend in literature can be summarized in Figure 2-1, which shows a spike in interest in energy
management in the late 1970s, followed by a steep decline in...
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