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Germany Makes Renewables Work with Demand Response

Posted by Kris Brewitt on Oct 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Germany incorporates a sizable amount of renewable energy into its grid system—more than 80 gigawatts (GW) and upward of 30% of system capacity. In fact, there are hours and days where the amount of wind and solar power on the German electric grid exceeds the entire country’s demand for power. So how are the German Transmission System Operators (TSOs) managing the mega-fluctuations in generation (we’re talking shifts of GW-level orders of magnitude) that accompany so much renewable energy use? They’re using demand response (DR) as an ancillary service as part of the solution—and it has turned out to be an ideal dancing partner. Read on to learn more.


Spotlight on Utility Incentive Programs – Energize Connecticut’s Retro-Commissioning Program

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


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

Commercial buildings, schools, and municipalities across the state of Connecticut have a great source of funding available to them to support their retro-commissioning projects (as well as a wide range of energy projects and equipment upgrades), thanks to the Energize Connecticut initiative. Take advantage of the funds available from your local utility to optimize your building’s operation.


Early-October Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Oct 14, 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: 

* New transmission line will likely impact NY prices
* Department of Energy (DOE) approves of Canada-New York power line


Demand Response 101: Download Our Complimentary eBook

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Oct 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Utility and grid-sponsored demand response programs are gaining traction as a go-to energy management best practice for facilities and large enterprises across the globe—and if you look at the benefits, it’s easy to see why.

Through demand response (DR), facilities can earn substantial payments for being on call to reduce nonessential energy use when the electric grid needs support—a win-win for facilities looking to boost their bottom-line, maintain a competitive edge, and support the communities they serve.


What Energy Managers Can Learn from Billy Beane and Annie Duke

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Oct 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Whether it’s in response to increased regulation or a need to stay competitive in an increasing global marketplace, enterprises must strive to be champions in energy management in order to stay in today’s business game. But what exactly does it mean to “win” in energy management?

Join us next March at our fifth annual EnergySMART conference to find out. We’re inviting energy decision-makers from all over the globe to spend three days learning how to make winning calls in their everyday jobs. And to talk about what it takes to make those calls, we’re headlining two modern heroes in their own rights: Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s baseball team, and Annie Duke, the world-famous poker champion.


Leverage Your Building Efficiency Ratings for Better Tenants and NOI

Posted by Janelle Dawson on Oct 6, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Demand by commercial tenants for energy efficient buildings is gaining momentum. While benchmarking tools such as NABERS or ENERGY STAR were originally designed to be voluntary, they are increasingly becoming a compliance requirement. As a result of both of these developments, savvy commercial building managers are using their properties’ strong energy efficiency ratings as a differentiator to attract higher value corporate tenants.

This article is your essential guide to sustainable building ratings, why you should pursue them, and how you can use them to develop strategies that leverage these energy efficiency ratings to attract high value corporate tenants and get a better return on investment. It includes helpful commentary from EnerNOC’s Chris Quint, Accredited NABERS Assessor and Business Development Manager.


Top 3 Tips to Lower Energy Bills from Houston’s Energy Leaders

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Oct 3, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Dozens of energy leaders spanning the industry spectrum—from oil and gas pipeline companies to school districts and healthcare facilities—came together at Minute Maid Park in Houston last week to share the latest trends in energy management at our fourth EnergySMART Workshop of 2014.

Read on for some of the great tips we heard from the energy leaders at Behringer Harvard, Plains All American Pipeline, and the City of Houston for managing energy more strategically.


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.


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.


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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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.