Industrial Energy Management Programs for Competitive Advantage

March 9, 2023

Energy management programs supported by owners, management, operators, and staff are more likely to select efficient choices that minimize life-cycle costs, provide good ROI, and maximize profits.


Energy costs are becoming more important to your bottom line due to inflation, energy shortages/increased global demand, tightening environmental regulations, growing corporate sustainability goals, and climate change challenges. Those companies with an effective energy management program that have reduced energy costs and reinvested savings in new energy projects could have a considerable competitive advantage.

An energy management program supported by owners, management, operators, and staff is more likely to select efficient choices that minimize life-cycle cost, provide a return on investment (ROI), and maximize profits. SCS has mechanical, electrical, industrial, and environmental energy professionals nationwide who understand how to achieve more efficient production using electricity, conventional/renewable fuels, and water in industries.

Specifically, SCS has over 100 years of cumulative ammonia refrigeration experience regarding operations, design, maintenance, compliance, energy audits, commissioning and retro-commissioning, system assessments, energy modeling, equipment selection, and control systems.

The following steps illustrate a tiered approach to energy management for ammonia refrigeration facilities:

Onsite Energy Audit
SCS professionals with decades of experience working with refrigeration and energy-consuming systems conduct the onsite audit. The visit includes working with the facility staff to evaluate day-to-day operations; learn about the state of equipment and plans for changes; obtain energy use and utility cost data; gain insight into energy demands and controls systems; and conduct a plant walkthrough. During the walkthrough, SCS may use portable data loggers, infrared thermal imaging, or other tools to supplement staff knowledge to help quantify energy conservation measures.

Findings Report
The main deliverable of the onsite audit is the audit report. SCS provides a detailed audit report with our findings, observations, and possible system modifications. These could include but are not limited to pressure adjustments, equipment additions/alterations, control systems, operation schedule modifications, etc.

Engineering Report
Follow-up steps may involve detailed engineering recommendations for implementation. These can include evaluating and selecting alternative equipment, systems, and controls; calculating future energy consumption, costs, and savings; and checking to verify that changes do not create negative side effects.

SCS supports the implementation phase of the findings by providing operator training. Training is key ─ operators then understand what changes to expect and why. Operator “buy-in” is a key element for the long-term sustainability of energy management programs.

Rebates & Incentives
To improve a project’s ROI, facility personnel should take advantage of local and federal incentives. SCS can help coordinate with the local utility to determine if the facility can use rebate programs and provide calculations to support estimated energy savings.


SCS helps our clients make sustainable energy management plans and sound investment decisions based on objective energy audits, assessments, and energy modeling. If you’d like to learn more about our facility energy management capabilities, visit our website or contact us at .


About our Authors:

Gene Dumas, CARO, CIRO, CRST, RAI, is a Project Director of the Risk Management group at SCS. His primary responsibility is to assist facilities that use anhydrous ammonia in addressing EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) and OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM). Those duties include: Facilitating onsite Process Hazard Analysis studies; Process Safety Management auditing; Mechanical Integrity Inspections; and Refrigeration Operator Training, as well as refrigeration facility equipment end-of-life and energy assessments.


Tony KrielTony Kriel, PE, LEED AP, is SCS Engineers’ National Expert on Facility Energy Management. He has 13 years of consulting experience as a mechanical engineer. His project experience includes specializing in Cx, RCx, ASHRAE Level I-III energy audits, and other design-related energy services. Tony manages multiple large (>million square foot) projects and has worked with industrial, commercial, military, federal, state, municipal, and solid waste clients. He is a LEED Accredited Professional AP BD+C and LEED AP O+M. His projects include commissioning (Cx), retro-commissioning (RCx), ASHRAE energy audits, energy modeling, geothermal feasibility and design, and solar photovoltaics (PV).




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