Software helps save on energy use

31 Jul 2001Archived News Energetics in the News

Power consultant Energetics has spent $7 million developing software it claims will help Australia's top 200 companies reduce their annual energy bills by up to 20 per cent.

The Our-e-Manager software, funded in part by a grant from the Federal Government's R&D Start program, is expected to become one of the company's main revenue earners and be adopted by most of its 150 clients.

Energetics business development director Mr Paul Buzby said the software, delivered solely over the internet, allowed companies to better manage their energy portfolios.

It would allow a detergent manufacturing company, for example, to determine how much and what type of energy - gas, electricity, diesel or coal - it was using at any one plant at any particular time.

The software could also be used to determine how much energy it took to produce a tonne of soap powder, he said.

My Buzby said clients could then use the information to compare and contrast different time periods and adjust their energy consumption accordingly.

Clients could also set energy usage parameters and ask the software to alert them when those were exceeded, he said.

"It could help companies reduce their annual energy bills by up to 20 per cent."

With most large companies spending $10 million or more a year on energy - representing between 10 and 50 per cent of a company's total costs - savings of just 5 per cent a year could make a big difference, Mr Buzby said.

He also said corporates has become more aware of their energy consumption and spending due to industry deregulation in the mid-1990s.

But although prices had dropped as corporates were able to select their energy supplier, costs had now returned to previous levels.

The Our-e-Manager software is being used in Australia by Goodman Fielder and Amcor, but Mr Buzby said Energetics was also talking to non-manufacturing groups, including financial services companies.

Companies are licensed to use the software on a monthly basis.

The software can also produce reports on a company's greenhouse gas emissions.

While there are no legal requirements now that companies report on greenhouse gas emissions, Energetics believed such requirements were imminent, Mr Buzby said.

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