The mounting pressure on developing nations like India to commit to limiting greenhouse emissions has caused immense anxiety within the energy sector in the country. Nevertheless, it is evident that like her developing counterparts, India too will have to show her resolve and solidarity in combating global climate change, while retaining her growth rate. Within such a framework of policies, focusing on optimal utilization of energy resources, energy management is set to become one of the hottest professions in the near future.
Though admittedly not many industries are about the need for energy management professionals in India, is slowly catching up with the western world, where these professionals are highly sought after. As HR personnel from different industries become aware of the varied roles that energy management professionals can play, they prefer to hire them instead of mechanical engineering students who have the technical knowledge but lack managerial skills. With the increasing consciousness of the quality of our environment and with the realization of the fact that we soon run out of exhaustible energy resources, energy management is now being given due importance.
What is energy management?
As world leaders gear up to address global energy issues at the Copenhagen summit, experts predict growing demand for energy management professionals.
Energy management is at a very nascent stage in India. This often leads to confusion regarding he term among laymen. Energy management refers to efficient and optimal consumption of energy by an industrial unit. Energy management dos not focus solely on managerial skills. The job an energy manager blends technical know how with managerial abilities. One needs to know the technical aspects in order to be able to manage them successfully.
Graduates can consider a number of options in the energy sector, including oil and gas renewable energy and power transmission and distribution firms. Graduates can pursue either of two major roles those of energy managers or auditors in various industries or energy consulting firms.
An energy manager is responsibility for the energy policy of his firm. As a professional he is required to formulate a plan of optimal utilization of energy within the firm.
Other responsibilities of an energy manager include ensuring the maintenance and regular collection of accurate records and energy monitoring data, developing coordinating and implementing strategies and policies to reduce energy consumption and devising policies for buying energy and helping firms in contract negotiations. The energy manger also has to furnish information related to energy consumption of the industrial unit, to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and state level agency designated to keep a tab on the energy consumption of industries.
An energy auditor is required to conduct a detailed energy audit of firms and identify any wastage of energy, while suggesting financially viable means for possible energy savings. Other key responsibilities include identifying ad prioritizing energy saving measures after analyzing their technical and financial feasibility recommending energy sources and following up with the implementation of these technologies.
As per the Energy Conservation Act 2001, energy intensive industries including sugar, iron and steel textiles, chemicals, railways, transport, petrochemicals, electricity transmission a distribution companies and even commercial buildings / establishments have to designate or appoint an energy manager. Hence, the opportunities for these professionals are vast.
In order to become a certified energy manager / auditor candidates are required to pass the national level certification exam conducted by BEE.
Elaborating on other opportunities energy management graduates should consider CEO Global energy talent a leading energy talent management firm shares, Fresh graduates can look at a number of other roles such as oil and gas traders for financial companies.–