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Late November Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Nov 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Read the latest Energy Supply Market Update from our team of energy procurement specialists, posted regularly on the EnergySMART blog. This week we look at: 

* PJM ready for 2015 winter, concerned about 2016 winter
* Financing complete for Virginia natural gas power plant


Want to Get an A+ in Energy Management? Engage Your Students

Posted by Erin Simone on Nov 21, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Schools and universities are some of the most energy-intensive facilities within the U.S, accounting for 10% of the energy consumed by non-residential buildings. But a lot of that energy goes to waste: ENERGY STAR estimates that approximately 30% of the energy consumed in schools buildings is used inefficiently and unnecessarily. While most schools have an individual, or in some cases a team, tasked with overseeing energy consumption, it’s often not enough—nor should it be. Engaging the full academic community—students AND staff—is not only integral to keeping energy costs down, but is also important for creating energy-conscience citizens who prioritize efficient practices far beyond their days in school.

From integrating energy data software into classrooms to dedicating whole days to teaching in the dark, learn how these energy-savvy schools and universities are making energy management a top priority across campus.


Economizing 101: Increase Energy Efficiency with “Free Cooling”

Posted by Kirstyn Knox on Nov 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM


According to Deloitte’s reSources study earlier this year, the two biggest hurdles for businesses in achieving their energy management goals are: 1) length of time required for an investment to pay off, and 2) difficulty measuring impact. Which is why we love serving up no-cost strategies for increasing energy efficiency that drive tangible savings to the bottom line.

For facilities with conditioned space, economizing is one of these simple strategies. Economizing is when a facility’s HVAC system utilizes outside air conditions to help condition the building. One way to do this is by using dampers that are designed to allow “free cooling” with outside air. When the outside air is cooler than the return air, the outside air dampers are opened completely. When the outside air is warmer than the return air, the outside air dampers are closed.


A No Surprises Approach to Your Energy Budget

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Nov 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM


A colleague recently asked me whether I would, hypothetically, forego all future surprises in my professional life. None of the surprise opportunities or promotions (again, hypothetically), but none of the surprise fire drills or unexpected deadline changes either.

It wasn’t a tough call; in our professional lives, being blindsided is as bad as it gets. Especially as an executive, most of what you do involves mitigating the likelihood of surprises.

But when it comes to energy budgeting, eliminating surprises can be like solving a Rubik’s cube blindfolded.

Surprises seem to be baked into the utility bill cake, even if you’ve fully fixed the price of your energy in advance. Or so your Head of Operations tells you. But there are two ways to take the surprises out of your energy budget


The Competitive Advantage You’re Missing: Debunking Myths in Industrial Energy Management

Posted by John duPont on Nov 14, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Chances are, energy is a significant component of your firm’s operations cost—often on par with materials or labor costs to run your plants. Despite this, manufacturing executives don’t always consider the potential of energy management in gaining a competitive advantage.

Executives at leading companies proactively make energy a strategic priority, and incorporate energy management into their daily operating decisions at all levels. But lagging companies don’t manage energy at all, and often cite the same challenges preventing them from tackling energy costs. This post, inspired by our many conversations with VPs and other key energy decision-makers, helps debunk some of the commonly held assumptions about energy costs that prevent many executives from realizing the full benefits of energy management.


Make a Business Case for Energy Efficiency at Your Commercial Property

Posted by Janelle Dawson on Nov 12, 2014 7:00:00 AM


In an earlier blog post, I discussed why benchmarking systems were essential to help create high-performing, energy efficient buildings, and how lowering greenhouse gas emissions can translate to higher NABERS and NABERS NZ ratings. And with legislation such as the (Australian) Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 mandating disclosure of energy efficiency ratings when leasing your commercial building space, your sustainability performance is now more visible than ever before.

Even with mounting evidence that energy efficient buildings outperform their peers when it comes to net operating income (NOI), there are still some holdout executives that reduce energy efficiency projects to their ‘feel good’environmental, employee engagement, public relationsbenefits.

Consider this post your brass-tacks guide to getting the toughest, most financially-focused executives to understand the value of energy efficiency improvements and support your initiatives. To get decision makers to say ‘yes’ to energy efficiency projects, read about the four critical factors you should incorporate into any pitch.


Early November Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Nov 11, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Read the latest Energy Supply Market Update from our team of energy procurement specialists, posted regularly on the EnergySMART blog. This week we look at: 

* Winter forecasts predict colder than average temperatures
* Constellation acquires Integrys Energy Services
* EPA proposes changes to clean power plan

Another Polar Vortex? How Operations and Facilities Managers Can Prepare

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Nov 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM


What is an “arctic outbreak” doing rolling through the United States in early November? Freezing winds, temperatures 30 degrees below average; we’re flirting with the next polar vortex and we haven’t even hit Thanksgiving.

It's already been a variable fall across eastern U.S.: on November 1, thousands of Mainers went a day without electricity in a first snow that beat earliest snow records by fifteen days! Unfortunately that same day, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina also got hit by the earliest snow on record.

Even earlier, on September 25, New England’s National Grid was already spreading the word that it planned to increase residential electricity rates a staggering 37% year-over-year this winter (National Grid’s press release).

Let's hope this doesn't affect your prices, like last year, when energy costs were already so comically high that enterprises from Macy’s to DuPont failed to meet their quarterly projections?

But if you're trying to play it safe and haven’t been doing everything in your power to shield your business against the oncoming freeze, you’re very nearly too late.

Since last year’s polar vortex, we’ve spoken with hundreds of clients who were variably successful (or unsuccessful) at keeping control of their energy spend. EnerNOC's energy procurement experts have synthesized those tips beloworganized by the three energy cost driversto help YOU get ahead of the next one.


Insider Tips from Nashville’s Top Energy Managers

Posted by Meaghan Phelan Amato on Nov 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM


While country music may be the focus in Nashville this week, it was all about data-driven energy management last week. Nearly 100 energy-minded folks came together to discuss the latest trends in energy management at our fourth and final EnergySMART Workshop of 2014. Attendees included energy managers from local schools, hotels, real estate investment trusts, and more. Here are three of their top energy management tips.


3 Reasons Your BMS Isn’t As Smart As You Think It Is

Posted by John duPont on Nov 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM


When we talk to chief engineers about the benefits of software-enabled energy intelligence, we often hear a response to the effect of, “We’ve got a BMS that does all that.” While it’s true that modern building management systems (BMSs) are immensely capable of integrating complex, dynamic systems across a facility, and while they’re interchangeably called energy management and control systems (EMS/EMCS), in practice they often fall short as an effective means of comprehensive energy management. To really manage your energy effectively, a BMS can help you make strides, but this post explains why energy intelligence software (EIS) should be a companion to any BMS if you truly want to get a handle on your energy costs.


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Sarah McAuley

Sarah's been bleeding EnerNOC blue for the last seven 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.

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.

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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.

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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.  

Christopher Fiorello

Christopher brings experience in academic sociology, journalism and marketing for start-ups and corporations to the EnergySMART blog. He has written about everything from militant groups in the Middle East to marriage among immigrants, and most recently led product-marketing at a data visualization firm. He’s joined the EnerNOC team to help document the future of energy use.