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"Strategic Energy Planning: A Step Zero Approach"
Author: Webb, Mark, P.E., CEM, and Joe Sugg, P.E.
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: January/February 2007

Cautions that the traditional two-step process for completing energy-related capital projects--feasibility study and implementation phases--may lead to projects with poor outcomes due to energy prices and environmental compliance issues. Advocates a Step Zero approach of developing a strategic energy plan before project development and implementation. Details key questions to be investigated during the development of a strategic energy plan and developing a business case for any project request that goes beyond the traditional simple payback analysis. Provides a case study of Santa Clara University which has implemented a new strategic energy plan.

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