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Facilities and Energy Management
Star Trek is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its debut on network television. The original show used science fiction to examine social issues of the day, and while the acting and special effects appear rather campy in hindsight, many of its lessons still resonate today. So it seemed like an interesting idea to take a few lessons from the series and apply them to our current world.
Here are a few thoughts on five Energy Management
Lessons from Star Trek:
1) The Five Year Mission
You can’t win overnight. We have to be in it for the
long game. Many of us face mandates on reductions by 2020 or 2025 (e.g.
Executive Order 13693). You can’t expect to reach
long-term goals with short-term projects. An equipment upgrade should
give you a short-term bump in energy efficiency, but Scotty will tell
you that entropy guarantees that if left alone, chaos
increases and those gains will disappear. In order to improve over
time, you must take a long term approach. In space terms, a “big bang”
won’t get you there; it takes a thousand little bangs to succeed.
2) Lots of Things Go Wrong
3) You Need The Right Data
4) Security Matters
5) It All Relies on People
Where would the Enterprise have been without Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty and the rest of the crew? Oh sure, the computers, tricorders, phasers, and all the fancy stuff helped them survive, but it always came down to the people being creative, smart, and brave. The path to success in your enterprise is always about enabling your people - putting the right information in front of them and empowering smart people to do smart things. Successful energy management means more than watching the meters; you need to engage all of your stakeholders with information relevant to each of them – Facility Engineers, IT, Management, and especially Occupants!
Modern technologies are providing more data, better insight, and a seemingly infinite list of decisions on how you can improve your facility and energy management toolkit. The right technologies allow people to treat the world as a collection of data sources, ready for analysis:
It’s not science fiction. With the right technologies, you can solve today’s problems AND enable the future - to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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