Conto Termico 2.0 – Bolzano 25 maggio

Seminario sulle opportunità del nuovo Conto Termico 2.0 a Bolzano il  25 maggio. Organizzato da CNA SHV con la collaborazione di EnergiCna, lo staff di ECIPA Nordest che si occupa di servizi in materia di energia. Buona partecipazione e grande interesse per i nostri servizi!

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Nomina Energy manager: scadenza annuale del 30 aprile

Con la Legge 10 del 1991 l’italia si era data uno strumento straordinariamente potente per introdurre massicciamente il tema dell’efficienza nel sistema economico. In particolare la legge individuava la necessità di avere figure professionali dedicate al tema energetico e poneva in capo alle aziende con consumi elevati (più di 10.000 TEP per le aziende industriali e più di 1.000 TEP per tutte le altre) l’obbligo di nominare il Responsabile per l’Uso Razionale dell’Energia, brevemente chiamato Energy Manager.
Questa impostazione rimane valida anche oggi: le aziende sono tenute alla nomina dell’Energy manager entro il 30 aprile di ogni anno e alla comunicazione della nomina al FIRE, tramite il portale NEMO.
La verifica dell’obbligo va fatta sommando tutti i consumi di ogni ragione sociale per tutte le sedi e filiali presenti sul territorio italiano: i diversi vettori energetici vanno convertiti in Tonnellate Equivalenti di Petrolio (TEP) secondo i fattori di conversione fissati nella circolare MISE del 18/12/2014.
Ve ricordato che le aziende che nominano un energy manager hanno anche alcune facilitazioni nell’ottenimento degli incentivi, come ad esempio la possibilità di presentare direttamente progetti per l’ottenimento dei TEE senza passare per ESCo certificate

L’Ecobonus 2017

La Legge di Bilancio, approvata in Parlamento a fine 2016, anche quest’anno punta a sostenere economicamente modalità produttive o forme di consumo che riducono l’impatto ambientale. Il cosidetto “ecobonus” contiene delle interessanti opportunità nel campo dell’efficientamento energetico per privati e imprenditori.

Ecobonus nella Finanziaria 2017

Viene prorogato l’Ecobonus, detrazione fiscale per la riqualificazione energetica, e la proroga vale fino a 2021, con delle percentuali di detrazione tra al 70% e al 75% per i condomini. Per le abitazioni private la detrazione al 65% viene estesa al 2017.

Bonus ristrutturazione edilizia nella Finanziaria 2017

Il Bonus concesso alle ristrutturazioni è prorogato fino al 2017 con una detrazione del 50%. Rimane valido per il 2017 il Bonus Mobili con la possibilità di detrarre le spese di acquisto di mobili al 50%.

Bonus Alberghi nella Finanziaria 2017

Il Bonus Alberghi, prorogato fino al 2018 permette di detrarre le spese per il 65% della spesa.

Sisma Bonus nella Finanziaria 2017

Per il Sima Bonus vengono confermate le “scale” di detrazione che si applicano a seconda della classe antisismica raggiunta dopo l’intervento: i parametri da rispettare sono 50, 70, 80% per le case e 50, 75, 80% per i condomìni.


Non sono state approvate alcune detrazioni che erano state inizialmente ventilate:

– credito d’imposta 65% per le spese di classificazione sismica,

– bonus 65% per la bonifica amianto,

– possibilità della cessione del credito d’imposta anche per le opere in singole unità abitative,

– detrazione 50% per la sistemazione a verde di aree scoperte di pertinenza,

– ampliamento del perimetro della cessione del credito di imposta dai soli fornitori alle banche, per l’ecobonus e il sisma bonus.


Energia rinnovabile: uno sguardo critico

Many qualify electricity from solar panels or wind mills, in a poetical mode, as free energy.
There is no such a thing as free energy. It is renewable, but not free. It requires a large energy investment to produce solar panels or wind mills. It is imperative to use the proper tools to analyze any of the so called renewable sources of energy and dispel the notion that they represent free energy.
The objective of those renewable sources is to have a positive future flow of output energy, and that flow of renewable energy should be able to pay the initial investment in non renewable energy in a short period of time, say a maximum of 3 years. This standard indicates that we have a real innovation. Any Government financial support does not change the reality of our objective, fast payback of the energy investment.
This is the only objective we should have for a measure of reasonable sustainability and cut our dependency on foreign oil.
As you can deduct, this definition of sustainability is independent of the price of oil, as it should be. Let’s check the situation of the three most common projects for renewable sources with the standard mentioned above.
1. Ethanol: The future flow of renewable energy is negative. There is nothing left to pay for the humongous required energy investments-1 Gallon of ethanol, uses 1.85 Gallons of oil- If we do nothing, we will be better off in terms of energy consumption and emissions now and in the future. The government support, with all their financial help, cannot change the negative energy balance and the enormous increase in present emissions. Our goal is not fulfilled.
2. Wind Mills: The future flow of renewable energy is positive. However the very large investments in energy to engineer and build the units, including power lines, have an energy payback beyond 30 years.
This investment does not avoid the investment in carbon, gas, or nuclear power plants to cover the ~70% of the time they are not producing electricity. We are increasing dramatically the power consumption and emissions as we build the units now, for a meager yearly renewable volume of power. . Our goal is not fulfilled
2. Solar panels: The future flow of renewable energy is positive. The pay back for the initial energy consumption is beyond 50 years. Solar panels produce energy in average ~20% of the time. Any standard technology, let’s say small generators consuming natural gas, cost 1/30 of the energy cost of a solar panel for an equal total output.
We seem to be digging our own grave with gusto. None of those projects comply with the most elementary energy objective we have as a country; on the contrary, they produce a considerable spike of energy usage now, that could be avoided, and I doubt that they will ever have a proper pay back in created energy.
There is no wealth creation in these activities, no energy savings, only an immediate transfer of money from the Taxpayers to somebody else, destroying other Industries in the meantime.
Due to all kind of government money injected into these projects, and the high price of oil, money could be made. But if the price of oil goes below a certain threshold, boom, the project is no longer viable. See T. Boone Pickens suspending his wind mill project because oil went below US$60. Or the several bankruptcies in ethanol due to the higher price of corn in spite of all the subsidies! Millions of barrels of oil that we cannot afford to loose, thrown to the wind.
None of those programs complies with cutting CO2 emissions, a suspected objective anyway.
They make our dependence of foreign oil much worst, not better, using considerable high level engineering resources for naught.
There are enormous opportunities in energy savings and production in many Industries, with a positive balance of energy consumption and paybacks anywhere from 4 months to one year.

L’efficienza nei consumi auto

Companies operating fleets of vehicles are well aware of the fact that some drivers consistently get fewer miles per gallon than others. Whether it’s because they feel the need for speed, are heavy handed with the gear change or wait until the last minute to brake, it all boils down to the same thing – they cost the business more. In this eGuide:

1) Ensure drivers understand your company’s policies on vehicle maintenance and driver behaviour
2) Handling their vehicles in a way that delivers up to 15% fuel savings
3) Becoming safer, more considerate drivers and cutting insurance costs

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Ottenere l’attenzione del management – post di Chris Colson

If your plant is similar to the many hundreds of plants I have worked with, you likely have to compete for the attention and support of plant management. This simple fact is inevitable. Every single organization has numerous ongoing efforts with the intent to help support and achieve the goals which the organization values and aims to achieve. A colleague, and friend, of mine best illustrated this scenario with the simple concept of water sprinkler system in one’s yard. Perhaps I can get Mr. Isenhour to share his thoughts on the topic by commenting!

For your efforts or programs to succeed it is vital that you gain as much “Buy-in” / support from as many people within the organization as possible. Although everyone’s support is important, I fully believe Plant Management is the most critical. When I say “Plant Management”, Im specifically talking about the plant manager! There is a high probability of gaining maximum “Buy-in” if you are able to get the plant manager as an advocate of your efforts.

A few months ago I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with a plant manager of a very large operation (well over a thousand employees). Our conversation spanned across many topics from safety issues, production capabilities, reliability opportunities, projects, applicable new technologies, personnel, budgets, the community, and an assortment of problems and opportunities. I was pleasantly surprised that he spent nearly four times as much of our time together speaking directly about the opportunities and solutions rather than speaking about the problems they faced. He is an extremely busy man with hundreds of items at the plant that command his attention not to mention the many more items at the corporate level that demand his attention. So, I was mildly surprised when our conversation turned to energy. He was able to quickly covey to me exactly where his plant was relative to their industry vertical and the main areas where they were in the midst of making strides to reduce their energy usage. He even boasted, “Our plant efficiency has improved by a bit more than 4% versus last year”. I thought to myself, I’ve got to meet their site energy manager as this person is doing a fabulous job at getting the message and direction conveyed.

When introduced to the site energy management team and their manager, I commended them for their efforts which were so easily identified while walking through the plant and talking to the many individuals I had the pleasure of speaking with. I specifically asked their energy manager how she had been so successful in getting the all important “Buy-in”. Her response rang so true…”Consistent quick and concise information”. She was spot on! She understood that to get maximum benefit for their energy program she would need to present their efforts in a way that captures the plant manager’s attention while taking little or no time.

I’ve personally found that organizing your information in a repetitive fashion has benefits. What do I mean by this? Well, it’s this simple…setup a system to communicate to your boss or plant manager the right dose of information at the right time or frequency. Keep this one simple rule in mind, “speak their language”. To do this you’ve got to understand what drives them and what their pressing interests and concerns are. If you can do this, you will grab their ear and have the opportunity of obtaining their advocacy.

If you’re an energy manager, try the following: (all other mangers, adopt according to your efforts)

Daily Report: this should be the information that your plant manger sees each and every morning. This is the report that usually includes everything about the plant which best resembles the plants vital signs. From an energy perspective this needs to include two numbers which summarize the overall plant energy consumption. Make these numbers meaningful by speaking the language and representing them in terms well understood. What are they? The first one is straight energy units in a certain time period (e.g., BTU/yr., Kcal/hr., MW, or kJ); the second one is the relative number based on production (BTU/lb of finished product, MW/klb of finished product. These two numbers should be presented daily and displayed against a reference number (e.g., goals, budgeted).

Weekly Report: keep this to no more than two short paragraphs so the plant manager can read it in under 3 minutes. Provide a summary of the energy consumption with any explanation of why the number is what it is (positive or negative). Finish by telling the plant manager what energy related items took place the past week and what should be expected to take place next week.

Monthly Progress Report: the purpose of this report is provide a bit more information and detail about individual systems or projects which are either being improved or considered for improvements. Use this report to look back over the previous month and compare against expectations while providing insight for the plant manager as what to expect in the coming month. The report should be written in bullitized format with no more than a couple of sentences of details. The goal here is to highlight the efforts, mention any concerns and potential road blocks, and describe the road map through action items. if you have an energy manage,entteam this is a great place to put it items from team meetings. Because we want this report to be no more than one page, be careful not to break down each individual energy contributor. Pulling this information into large groupings (electrical, steam, water, coal, fuel, furnace efficiencies, etc.) works well.

Quarterly Report: here is your opportunity to shine! Hold a 60 minute meeting with your plant manager and leadership team. Make sure the entire energy management team is present so they too can present items they were involved with to improve overall plant efficiencies. This 60 minute meeting should be split into two segments; 30 minutes of presentation followed by open dialogue of questions and answers. This is an area where I am not real flexible. Make sure your information is put together with great attention to detail and flow. If you can’t present your message in thirty minutes then you will have a hard time gaining the support you are after. Answering their questions while soliciting for suggestions and input is vital.

So, what should you cover in this 30 minute report? Consider the following; list of improvements/projects, failures or setbacks and why they occurred, how any failures or setbacks will be fixed moving forward, ideas for new projects, budget impacts, and ROI’s realized. Keep in mind, be consistent, quick and concise with your presentation to keep the attention of your audience. Be enthusiastic, it’s contagious.

Annual Report: this report should be looked at as your opportunity to show the entir program’s accomplishments and outline how energy projects will be implemented during the new fiscal year. Be sure to highlight the involvement and input from all partis that were involved and engaged I the efforts. Include what you want to see in the next budget along with the business case for spending. Dedicate one small section of the report to present problems that occurred and how they were resolved. Make sure you focus on the positives and solutions rather on the negatives and road blocks. Corporate Executives and Plant Leadership want people leading efforts that are focused on solutions and improvements instead of pointing out all the negatives and why things either can’t or are slow to happen. This report should beno more than 15 to 20 pages and should begin with a summary tablets everything included in the report. Summary table = item of focus and one sentence describing results or solutions.

I hope you will give this system of communication a try because I know it can help you with your efforts. By improving the way you present information, you stand to make your plant manager a believer and advocate of your energy management efforts. Give it a try and let me know how it works. Also, if you have other suggestions or thoughts on this topic please feel free to share by commenting on this blog.