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Step Up Your Game: How to Control the Top 3 Energy Cost Drivers

Posted by Robin Deliso on Apr 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Little Leaguers and Major Leaguers alike who want to hone their skills have three basic areas to focus on: how hard they hit the ball, how fast they throw the ball, and how many balls they catch. Sure, the Billy Beanes of the world will say there’s more to it than that, but at the end of the day, if they do those three things better than the next guy, they’ll get a spot on the team.

The same goes with energy management. To take better control of your energy costs, there are really only three fundamental areas to focus on: how you buy energy, how much energy you use, and when you use energy. Doing these three things better means you reduce the size of the your energy bill each month while at the same time improving your energy productivity: your ability to make more informed decisions about energy use, reduce the time you spend reporting on and managing energy spend, and shielding your organization from risk.

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Complimentary eBook: 10 Questions to Ask Your Energy Intelligence Software Provider

Posted by Robin Deliso on Apr 17, 2014 4:00:00 PM


If you’ve been reading the EnergySMART blog, you know that energy intelligence software (EIS) is a must-have to maximize your energy management efforts. Of course, in order to reap the benefits of energy intelligence software, you need an EIS provider. But how to choose the best one for your business?

We’re here to help! We’ve written a complimentary guide, 10 Questions to Ask a Potential Energy Intelligence Software Partner, which outlines the key questions you need to ask a prospective EIS partner to ensure you make the most informed choice. This guide will help you evaluate partners by asking questions like:

  • What should I consider when building the business case for EIS?
  • How will you ensure my data is safe and accurate?
  • How can I get training and ongoing support for the software?
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CRE Feature: How Energy Efficiency Trims Waste, Increases Net Operating Income, and Retains Tenants

Posted by Ben Smith on Apr 15, 2014 4:00:00 PM


Building managers, owners, or other commercial real estate (CRE) stakeholders know the stats: at 35% of all electricity use, commercial property is one of the top end-users of energy in the United States, with energy often the single largest operating expense for property owners, contributing up to 30% of all operating expenses (that’s $2.27 per square foot!). But even more staggering is the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimate that on average, 30% of this energy is wasted. Savvy building managers know that a tactful energy management strategy is the best defense against lost dollars – but it can also help attract and retain tenants by differentiating buildings in a highly competitive market.

So if you’re thinking about how to formulate your approach to energy efficiency, where do you start? Some questions that might be on your mind include:

This post addresses these questions and others, and identifies some of the specific challenges and opportunities facing energy efficiency in the commercial real estate sector.

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Early April SupplySMART Market Update..

Posted by Pat Welch on Apr 14, 2014 4:00:00 PM


Read the latest commentary from our SupplySMART team of energy procurement specialists, posted regularly on the EnergySMART blog. This week we look at: 

* NYISO capacity price soar: new LHV zone and Zone J clear above previous year's average.
* Policymakers inquire about 'fixed' contracts: new regulation proposed to provide more clarity to consumer.
* Oil generation vital to ISO-NE winter grid reliabilty: accounted for 4% of total generation, up from 0.6%.

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We Want YOU to Enter the 2014 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition

Posted by Robin Deliso on Apr 10, 2014 4:00:00 PM


This is a guest post from EnerNOC Energy Efficiency Analyst, Gabe Wolf.

Competition alert! Most of you are familiar with ENERGY STAR and why you should pursue certification, but did you know there’s an ENERGY STAR National Building Competition that you can enter to gain additional recognition?

Registration for the “Battle of the Buildings” opens April 16 and lasts through May 16, so now’s the time to throw your hat in the ring – even if you’re just starting to think about ENERGY STAR for your building. The ENERGY STAR National Building Competition occurs annually, lasts a full year, and is meant to motivate buildings and teams of buildings to become more water and energy efficient – and it’s a great reason to begin the path to ENERGY STAR certification if you haven’t already. The Competition is run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Winners are recognized across five different categories and as part of the award, the EPA showcases highlights from the competition through traditional and social media.

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Customer Spotlight: Great Lakes Cold Storage Freezes Energy Bills

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Apr 7, 2014 4:00:00 PM


When you’re at the grocery store picking out, say, ice cream, how often do you pause to think about how that product made its way to the frozen food aisle – or how much energy was required along the way to get it there? Accessible frozen food is kind of a marvel when you think about it, right up there with the other things we tend to take for granted in our modern world, like air conditioning, eating avocados in Minnesota or Montreal, and Amazon Prime.

The reality is that these modern marvels require far more energy than you’d think – which makes them a huge opportunity for smarter energy management. Take Great Lakes Cold Storage, for example, a refrigerated distribution company with 8.6 million cubic feet of space across two facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. When Chief Engineer Phil Watson joined the Great Lakes team in 2010, the company faced soaring electricity bills. It had recently enrolled in demand response with EnerNOC as a way to earn money for temporary reductions in energy use – a no-brainer for most cold storage facilities, since refrigeration equipment could be turned off for several hours with no impact on product quality. 

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Spotlight on Utility Incentive Programs – Duquesne Light’s Watt Choices

Posted by Kirstyn Knox on Apr 4, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is a guest post from Annie Bedigian, Associate Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, at EnerNOC.

Energy managers at industrial facilities know: upgrading old equipment is expensive, and finding the time and resources to complete these projects can be a big challenge. Fortunately there are programs available through many local utilities – like the one with Duquesne Light, below – that can help you get the funding and project management support that you need to get these projects off the ground.

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The Energy Intelligence Revolution is Here: Top Lessons Learned at EnergySMART 2014

Posted by Robin Deliso on Apr 2, 2014 4:27:00 PM


Last week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, it was clear that the energy intelligence revolution is catching its stride. With over 600+ energy decision-makers coming together to tackle their biggest energy management challenges, EnergySMART 2014 buzzed with a steady stream of insights being shared from speakers and attendees alike, peer-to-peer interactions, and an all-around feeling that this was *the* place to be to learn more about best practices in data-driven energy management.

I’m back with more EnergySMART reporting, this time with a meatier recap of the big themes that emerged at last week’s action-packed conference in Philadelphia that are more than conference takeaways; they’re best practices for better energy management.

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Late March SupplySMART Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Mar 31, 2014 4:00:00 PM


Read the latest commentary from our SupplySMART team of energy procurement specialists, posted regularly on the EnergySMART blog. This week we look at: 

* Nuclear generation's short-term market share: nuclear generation positioned to decrease gas demand.
* The flow of exports to CAISO: off-peak prices at Mid-Columbia benefit from increased hydro generation.
* A transmission line owner critical of NYISO's price setting: owners of the Hudson Transmisson line critical of NYISO scaling factor decision.

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Customer Spotlight: Accor Hotels Australia Powers Down for Earth Hour

Posted by Robin Deliso on Mar 28, 2014 7:00:00 AM


On Saturday, March 29 at 8:30pm local time, millions of people around the world will switch off their lights or otherwise reduce energy use for one hour as part of Earth Hour, an initiative organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 and has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide. We chatted with one of our customers, Michael Cook, Chief Engineer at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, which is part of Accor Hotels Australia, who has participated in Earth Hour since its earliest days, to learn more about the hotel’s participation in the annual event and the company’s broader energy management efforts.

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Sarah McAuley

Sarah's been bleeding EnerNOC blue for the last five years as the Director of Marketing Communications. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the telecom industry, trying to convince telecom carriers to ditch antiquated switching technology and adopt voice-over-IP. She knows that uber-regulated industries like telecom and energy can have their challenges, but she's always loved being in the throes of an industry undergoing massive transformation.

Chris Richardson

A recovering consultant, Chris is EnerNOC's Product Marketing Manager for DemandSMART and SupplySMART. Chris works to make sure EnerNOC and its customers are managing energy in a way that supports the planet, not for charity but because the economics simply work.

Robin Deliso

As EnerNOC's Corporate Communications Manager, Robin works to build our brand in any way she can, which includes contributing to the blog and finding creative ways to tell the world about the company. She moved to Boston after several years in Washington, DC, and an adventure in Arkansas and has built a career in the sweet spot where marketing, sustainability and communications intersect.

Kirstyn Knox

As EnerNOC's resident Inbound Marketing Specialist, Kirstyn spends her days spreading the word about how EnerNOC is helping to change the way the world uses energy. Based in Boston, Kirstyn is passionate about building a brand that uses data to make business decisions with a positive impact on the environment.

Thalia Pascalides

As Content Marketing Manager, Thalia strives to deliver valuable, relevant information that helps energy managers become heroes in their everyday jobs. Thalia is a 7+ year EnerNOC veteran but a recent transplant to the west coast hub in San Francisco, where she’s inspired everyday by how technology is revolutionizing our world.