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Energy Management Tips Inspired by Lodge Cast Iron

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Oct 2, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Lodge Cast Iron, one of the oldest cookware companies in continuous operations in the U.S. today, has been reducing energy and earning demand response payments as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority-EnerNOC demand response program for over 5 years. Through the program, the company helps ensure grid reliability for local businesses and residents of the valley, and helps keep prices stable for all energy usersall while earning regular payments for its energy reductions. But in order for the company to stay profitable in an increasingly competitive market, it had to go beyond reducing energy just a couple times a year.

Keith Nunley, Lodge’s Engineering/Energy Manager, relies on EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software (EIS) to get the energy data visibility he needs to manage costs better, 24/7/365. The software provides easy-to-use tools that help his teamwhich sees electricity bills of over $2.9 million annuallybetter understand consumption across his facilities. “I log into EnerNOC daily, sometimes hourly,” says Nunley. “It definitely gives us a clear idea of how we’re using energy. Now I can see how much electricity it really takes to make our products. That’s information that goes beyond energy use—it affects the bottom line of our company.” Here are a few helpful energy management tips inspired by Nunley’s data-driven approach at Lodge.

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Calling All Plant Managers: Why Energy Management Should Matter To You

Posted by Erin Simone on Oct 1, 2014 7:00:00 AM

While we know it’s far from the last thing on your mind, your energy management plan might not be the first. On a day-to-day basis you’re concerned with a host of competing interests, from meeting production quotas to safety and regulatory compliance. Herein lies the problem: what many managers don’t realize is how important energy consumption is to a plant’s bottom line. By prioritizing energy management, which starts with understanding how the three cost drivers of energyhow you buy it, how much you use, and when you use it – affect your business, you can take the appropriate action to reduce your energy usage while maintaining smooth, profitable business operations.

Here are four reasons you should prioritize energy management, starting today.

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Late-September Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Sep 29, 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: 

* EPA extends comment period on greenhouse gas (GHG) ruling.
* FERC will not review ISO New England's auction results.

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10 Common Utility Bill Errors [Infographic]

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Sep 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Your energy bills are high enough as it is, but studies have shown that over 2% of utility bills have errors - which means you might also be paying for energy you don't even use. Not cool!

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5 Best Practices for Your Industrial Energy Management Playbook

Posted by John duPont on Sep 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM

If you’re a plant manager that happens to work in one of the industrial enterprises accounting for 33% of total energy consumption here in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to understand why you might be anxious to pursue programs like the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Better Plants Initiative, which requires corporate commitments to reduce energy intensity across operations by 25% over ten years. While there’s great interest in this and other energy reduction initiatives globally, such targets can seem daunting – especially when much of your operation’s energy consumption goes toward fulfilling immediate production orders or maintaining critical processes. Still, over 1,800 plants, including those run by leading manufacturers like 3M, Volvo North America, and Owens Corning have already made substantial progress toward their goals.

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Designing a Utility Demand Response Program? Learn from 30 of Your Peers

Posted by Kris Brewitt on Sep 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM

As demand response (DR) becomes faster and more complex, it’s only natural that utility DR program professionals might experience some new challenges. Fortunately, the U.S. and Canada are home to many demand response programs of all shapes and sizes—and this diverse experience can help inform your DR program planning process. We recently analyzed 42 commercial and industrial (C&I) DR programs from 30 North American utilities and got an interesting look at the interplay of different program parameters.

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Need Help Understanding Your Electricity Bill? Download This eBook

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Sep 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Deciphering your electricity bill is way harder than it should be; the random charges, unclear acronyms, and vague terms can make anyone's head hurt. Even if you’re an expert, it can be really hard to pinpoint exactly what goes into it that “Amount Due” number every month. 

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Mid-September Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Sep 15, 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: 

* Proposed winter reliabilty program causes uproar among generators.
* Salem plant clears hurdle.
* Coal, gas price changes in PJM generation.

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Demand Response Opportunity Knocks in Texas

Posted by Robin Deliso on Sep 12, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Demand response is a great way to earn an additional revenue stream for your business by temporarily curtailing your energy use in times of grid constraint.

In the Lone Star State, commercial and industrial organizations can now participate in two different demand response programs that offer the opportunity to earn up to $50,000/megawatt-year in capacity payments – the payments you get just for being on standby, agreeing to reduce if and when you’re dispatched.

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What’s Behind Australia’s Most Energy Efficient Buildings?

Posted by Janelle Dawson on Sep 9, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Through adopting global best practices and monitoring the energy efficiency of their office spaces, savvy commercial building operators are finding they are reaping more than just cost savings for their properties. Using government programs, information from associations, and peer networking, among other resources, your enterprise can identify more than a few ways to maximise your efforts.

This post highlights CitySwitch, a government initiative based in Sydney, Australia, and how it is helping the business community – and especially the commercial real estate industry – transition to a low carbon economy and increase operational efficiency. I’ll also mention a few other resources our customers have found helpful, and explain why taking a software-centric approach to facility optimization and energy efficiency can help you get ahead.

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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.

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.  

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.

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