Strategic energy management (SEM) is an organization-wide approach that sets long-term energy savings goals and puts systems in place to track those goals. Our program approach is centered on flexibility for the customer – adapting to ever-changing facilities, driving significant and long-term energy savings, and making efficient practices long-term and persistent. By helping the customer identify their current strengths in energy management, we help them grow in their energy practices.
Energy management has moved beyond the technical measures and widgets, but also beyond the days when a holistic set of technical recommendations was sufficient. Today, facilities can capture more energy over the long term by developing the infrastructure to identify projects internally, and the capabilities to track the success of those projects and engage in continuous improvement.
Michaels’ approach to Strategic Energy Management provides energy management-practices-benchmarking, as well as benchmarking of facilities, to determine energy savings potential. From there, an in depth study, including energy systems metering is conducted on areas of interest expressed by the customer. This provides customers with customized analyses and support, not only focusing on measure identification, but also on the customer’s specific staff resources, capabilities and budgeting. The program introduces changes that can positively affect the company’s energy management process – giving the customer a valuable, long-term engineering partner to help with questions and provide studies on systems of interest.