Utilities are almost a part of the scenery for the production; while they are there playing their role, no big deal. But any failure can make the spectacle crumble. No extra value? Consider its fundamental and biggest supporting function for process, which is to be the currency of energy conversion and exchange. In this aspect, utility generation and distribution is crucial for overall energy consumption in the industry. And as mentioned in Section 10.1.4, all energy savings or consumption reductions can end up reducing immediate costs and in the long term, avoiding additional investments in enlargement of utility systems. All these contribute to current and long term economical results.
Energy efficient operation and design is the core business of a well-managed utility system. It makes the difference from just complying with its mission to excelling and contributing significantly to the industry. To fulfill this task, understanding the utility system, its components and interrelation is basic.
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