Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: ub-organizations focused specifically on energy[2]. However, as energy prices declined in the mid-80's, the influence of energy managers declined as well. As the forward to the seventh edition of the "Energy Management Handbook", the primary text of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), notes: "First, being an energy manager was like being a mother, John Wayne, and a slice of apple pie all in one. Everyone supported the concept, and success was around every bend. Then the mid-80's plunge in energy prices caused some to wonder 'Do we really need to continue energy management?"' 12]. Nearly concurrent to the decline of energy management was the rise of process management techniques including the closely related concepts of lean manufacturing and six sigma. These concepts particularly emphasized pushing decision making authority down to the front line employees, and using the scientific method to make decisions. A myriad of tools and processes were created to support this general concept, with many corporations developing their own continuous improvement programs that often melded the two co...
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