“The Future of Energy Management”

Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Brady’s Landing

8505 Cypress St.

Houston, Texas  77012


            In this era of cheap natural gas, it is hard to get management’s attention on energy projects.  Yet we know that the things we do today will lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s successful programs.  This Forum will focus on the future of energy management, from the perspective of developing the next generation of energy managers, the culture that supports effective programs, designing efficient technologies into your next project, and benchmarking your existing technology performance .  How does your company stack up?



            Incorporating Energy Efficiency into Process Design

            James Turner, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.

Jelle Ernst Oude Lenferink, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.  (co-author)

For many facilities, energy costs are a significant portion of operating costs.  Every client wants to own facilities that have low operating costs.  In addition, owners want to show that their facility is “sustainable”, and will minimize emissions of greenhouse gases.  


For new projects, clients challenge licensors and engineering companies to design state of the art, “top quartile” energy efficient facilities, using “best available technology”.  In fact, several countries are specifying this as a requirement for project government approval.  Since almost every facility is unique, how does the Project Team prove that their design meets those requirements?


This presentation will attempt to answer that question, with some real world examples, and present the outline for an Energy Efficiency Program that can be implemented by a Capital Project Execution Team.


Identifying Strategic Energy OpportunitiesThrough Benchmarking

Nick Silvestri, Energy Optimization Engineer

Kirtan Trivedi, Global Energy Technology Advisor (co-author)

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering


This presentation will discuss refinery benchmarking and how to interpret the results.  General nature of the benchmarking metrics will be discussed.  An example will be presented on the interpretation of unit level metric and refinery wide metric.  Further some characteristics of an energy efficient refinery will be discussed.


Building a Culture of Energy Efficiency: Some things that Work, and a Few that Don’t

            Alan Rossiter, Rossiter and Associates

Industrial energy efficiency is not just about technology. Corporate culture is also a huge factor in determining which companies truly succeed in improving their energy performance, and which ones founder in the midst of their good intentions.


The effects are seen from the boardroom to the shop floor, and they start with strong leadership and clear objectives. A comprehensive technical strategy is also needed, along with trained and motivated staff at all levels. Add a good dose of cheerleading, and your company could be on its way to excellence in energy efficiency.


EE Mentoring- Leverage the Knowledge

Joe Almaguer, Principle, ALMAGUER Energy Management

This will be a discussion on the need for and advantages of mentoring, both giving and receiving, as a way to accelerate the effectiveness of your Energy Management System.  While knowledge transfer through sharing and exchanging at conferences, training sessions and forums is an excellent way to glean ideas and concepts that might be useful, mentoring and coaching leverages the experience and knowledge of others into the specific how-to's of an effective system.



Funding:  Support for the Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum is provided by the State Energy Conservation Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.