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Strategic Energy Management: Why and How?


Manufacturing plants range in size and complexity, but all can achieve financial savings through energy efficiency improvements. One approach to generating and maintaining energy benefits long term is known as strategic energy management (SEM). SEM is not a singular practice but a collection of steps and strategies that facilities can pursue to attain continuous improvement.

This presentation will focus on the value and levels of SEM, from tracking energy bills to becoming certified in complex energy management programs. It will share tools, resources, benefits and case studies to demonstrate successful results from SEM implementation and will explore the importance of fostering a culture and awareness of energy use that involves the entire facility team, from machine operators to plant managers.

This presentation will help attendees understand where they may fit along the SEM continuum as well as the costs and benefits of its various stages. There will be a particular focus on the use and implementation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool for energy management. Overall, the audience will receive a detailed overview of the who, what, when, where, why and how of SEM.



Michael Stowe, PE
Senior Energy Engineer
Advanced Energy

Mike is a Senior Energy Engineer with Advanced Energy in Raleigh, NC.

He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing plants including roles as production manager, maintenance manager, and plant engineer.

Mike has extensive experience with many industrial processes and all types of plant facility systems.

He works with utilities, industrial equipment vendors, and manufacturing plant teams to find the best technical and most energy efficient solutions for industrial processes.

Mike has developed and delivered numerous presentations on Industrial Energy Efficiency, ISO 50001, and other related topics for utilities, industrial trade associations, and technical groups.

Mike has many certifications in the energy field and serves on several industrial process trade association boards.

Georgia Tech, Mechanical Engineer, 1982

US Navy, Nuclear Power School and Submarine Officer Training, 1983