Chapter 1

Introduction

Abstract

This chapter introduces the concept of energy management, its importance in human affairs today, and the purpose of the book. Around the world, in industrial and non-industrial nations alike, there is a growing awareness of the vital role energy plays in the economy. Efficient energy use can save money while at the same time mitigating environmental consequences due to emissions from internal combustion engines and power plants. The world is at a historic balance point where large emerging economies in Asia and South America are experiencing a rapid growth in demand for energy. How this demand is met has far-reaching consequences. Energy management is an important tool for enabling humankind to meet the challenges ...

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