Three Phased Initiative is ‘Delivering on All Cylinders’, Providing an Innovative Group Approach for Members to Tackle Energy Issues EMC UPDATE: Volume 13 - Issue 10
As the summer months heated up, Ontario's energy grid was not the only thing to be turning on the power, as EMC members were actively engaging our 2008 Energy Initiative. After half of EMC's Ontario members participated in the whirlwind month of Energy Briefings across the province and another group participated in the round of briefings in Atlantic Canada, all three phases of this member effort are successfully advancing!
Phase 1) Cost of Energy: EMC Energy Buying Group
EMC's Energy Group has brought together nearly 20% of our Ontario members (with many more 'waiting in the wings' for their current strategies to wind down before joining) to form the largest manufacturing specific energy buying groups in Ontario.
Participating members were provided with their strategy recommendations, following a thorough analysis and due-diligence process. Once these were approved by the members, EMC's Energy Group and our facilitator ECNG Energy have been engaging a competitive tender process to achieve the aggressive target prices.
As we reported to our participating members, market volatility meant the initial RFP responses were above the targets (and were not engaged), but through the group process we have developed with ECNG, we have continued to target these tier 1 suppliers and prices have and continue to come into our target range. Several target prices were met last week and transacted.
The group has hosted conference calls to update members during the tender process. Of note, some of the tender prices reported are nearly 46% LOWER than what is currently being offered on the retail market! EMC's group process is working well!
Phase 2) Energy Management & Best Practices: The Energy Coach
EMC launched phase two of our 2008 Energy Initiative this spring, with the release of an exciting new training program: The Energy Coach <sup>TM</sup>. EMC hosted a series of 'demystifying' webcasts outlining the program specifics and member opportunities and last month hosted a very successful inaugural Energy Coach event: Sustainable Energy Plan (SEP) Training Workshop... the first module of the Coach program.
SEP training teaches how to identify, score and mapping your current energy state, create an energy benchmark for the key areas of that contribute to consumption. Participants then develop a sustainable plan for energy improvements... with an emphasis on driving significant $$ to your bottom line through successful implementation.
At the inaugural event hosted in Burlington last month, literally tens of thousands of dollars in energy savings opportunities (in costing, consumption and conservation were identified.
A key principle of the program focuses on over 50% of most energy savings opportunities can be achieved with $0 capital investment! Most believe that capital investment is the only way to lower consumption, however the Coach demonstrates how best practices and proper management achieves huge results too. EMC is hosting another Energy Coach SEP training event this month in Hamilton, ON December 10, 2008.
Some seats are still available for this event and EMC has arranged for special incentives for manufacturing participants. NG utilities Union Gas and Enbridge Gas are both providing a $200 per seat rebate for each participant who successfully completes the program. In addition, MEDT (Ministry of Economic Development & Trade) is providing $200 per seat funding for each Ontario manufacturer participant, as part of the EMC/MEDT Lean Training initiative announced in the last update.
This means that the net cost for EMC members is just $656 (+GST). Considering the immediate $ impact this program provides, its an excellent opportunity to pick off some 'low hanging fruit'. Don't miss this opportunity to drive $ to your bottom line and properly train your senior team (CEO's, CFO's, Presidents & Senior/Plant Managers, Engineering, etc.) to design and implement a plan that works.
Phase 3) Conservation & Technology: ENEX08 - Energy Excellence Conference
With the extreme volatility experienced in the energy market and the 'crude awakening' that has occurred in industry, manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption and improve efficiency, while maintaining the ability to produce competitively.
EMC and CLB Media Inc., the editors and publishers of Energy Management, Green Business and PEM Plant Engineering and Maintenance magazines have joined forces to create Canada's leading energy management & efficiency conference and exhibition: ENEX08 (Energy Excellence 2008). ENEX08 is an innovative learning and networking conference and exhibition focused on World-Class Best Practices in Energy Management & Efficiency. The inaugural ENEX08 event was held September 23 & 24, 2008 in Mississauga, Ontario.
ENEX08 featured keynote speakers, expert presentations, 'bear pit' working sessions, case studies and a half-day of technical training on energy management, measurement and efficiency.
This event was ideal for industry leaders and decision makers who operate, manage and/or maintain SME's and larger manufacturers, institutions and commercial businesses. Participants included plant managers, owners, CEO's, as well as managers and directors of: engineering, operations, production and maintenance, as well as facility managers, technicians, purchasers, and anyone involved in controlling, monitoring or reducing energy usage and consumption in their facilities.
ENEX is a key component of EMC's member energy initiative. Be sure to mark down the date for ENEX09: September 22 & 23, 2009. Visit our conference website often for more news and updates.
For more information, please contact EMC's Scott McNeil-Smith today.