On Wednesday, The House of Representatives passed a package of energy bills called the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014 (HR 2126). Despite what House of Cards might lead you to believe, there are actually some issues in the nation’s capital that can garner bipartisan support, and energy efficiency is one of them!
In case you missed it, EnerNOC and several other organizations recently came together to launch the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA). As demand response broadens to become an even more flexible resource, this group will provide support for policies that strengthen demand response and increase awareness of the benefits of demand response to key stakeholders at the state and federal levels. I sat down with Rick Counihan, Vice President of Government Affairs at EnerNOC and Chair of AEMA, to chat about the new Advanced Energy Management Alliance. Check out our interview.
Read the latest commentary from our SupplySMART team of energy supply purchasing experts, posted regularly on the EnergySMART blog. This week we begin with an energy market overview that includes an update on weather patterns and natural gas storage. We are following developments with new generation in New Jersey and Reliability Proposals in ISO-NE.
With such an unusually cold winter across much of the United States, many energy managers we’ve been chatting with are concerned about the impact the erratic weather has had on their energy bills. And while we can all rely on the weather forecasters to give a heads up about an upcoming heat wave or cold snap, it’s a lot harder for energy managers to predict the impact weather will have on their energy bills. Until now. EnerNOC’s new projected energy efficiency baseline feature provides visibility into expected energy use to help energy managers better forecast how much they’ll spend on energy in the coming months – helping to keep budgets on track regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.
It’s no surprise that commercial buildings experience a surge in energy usage during periods of significantly warmer or colder temperatures, when occupants are either blasting heat or A/C to stay comfortable. This not only puts stress on the electricity grid, but for building managers, it means the next month’s utility bill is likely to be sky high.
It’s exciting to watch all of these Olympians go for the gold every day in Sochi – and inspires us all on some level to reach our own personal and professional goals. For energy managers committed to achieving efficiency within their buildings, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED certification program offers a path to its own type of podium.
Read the latest commentary from our SupplySMART team of energy supply purchasing experts, posted regularly on the EnergySMART blog. This week we begin with an energy market overview that includes an update on Keystone XL pipeline developments, winter weather affecting the retailer landscape, and weather and price updates.
This Valentine’s Day, we’re talking chocolate with the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America: Blommer Chocolate Company. With four manufacturing facilities in North America – three in the U.S. and one in Canada – the company works with domestic and international customers of all sizes in the confectionery, baking, and dairy industries, focusing on cocoa bean processing, chocolate manufacturing, commodity risk management, and product and process R&D. Founded in 1939, the family-owned and operated company maintains an outstanding reputation for customer service and quality. We sat down with Eric Bliss, Senior Engineering Manager, to learn more about Blommer’s energy management strategies.
This is a guest post from Annie Bedigian, Associate Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, at EnerNOC.
You’ve seen them before – those charges and fees at the end of your utility bill that are tacked on without much explanation. So where does that money go, exactly? Chances are, your local utility puts some of this money towards programs that help make the electric grid more efficient and reliable – including energy efficiency incentive programs. With the 2014 utility incentive program year officially underway across the United States, utilities have new batches of money that they are anxious to give away to their customers. This means there are programs open TODAY that can give you your money back – in the form of new funds to support your facility’s smart investment in energy efficiency.
With unseasonably cold temperatures throughout North America, it might be hard to think about balmy weather and scorching heat waves. But if you’re thinking about cashing in on demand response payments for the upcoming summer demand response season, for most programs, now is the time to do it. Enrollment deadlines for many demand response programs are imminent, and in programs that have space limitations for the upcoming year, we’re already at the “first-come, first-served stage.”