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June 1, 2007

Energy Management: Consider Supply And Demand

The CPI tend to focus on improvements and modifications to improve energy efficiency of process units, while ignoring the way energy is sourced and supplied. This article addresses the full spectrum

Michael Brodkorb, Ian Moore, Joe de Souza and Eric Petela, AspenTech

It's no secret that the chemical process industries (CPI) are being significantly impacted by the recent increases in energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the CPI's percentage of total operating costs that are attributable to energy range from about 7% to over 30%. Because of such intensive energy use, these industries - including manufacturers in chemicals, pulp and paper, metal, mining and agricultural products - consider energy costs to be an important driver of investment and operating decisions....

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