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How to Keep Energy Costs Low During the Holiday Rush

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Dec 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This time of year, kids who celebrate Christmas are on extra good behavior. Why? Because Santa is watching, and there are singing Elsa dolls and MetalBeard LEGO sets at stake if they’re not.

There’s a lesson in here for energy managers who want better behavior—not from their kids, but from their buildings. Regardless of how closely you monitor facilities this time of year, the holiday rush can result in costly, inefficient energy usage.

But you better not pout; instead, take a cue from the man of the season himself and some of our friends at General Mills, Lodge Cast Iron, and the Massachusetts Department of Energy (DOER), on how to get ahead of naughty inefficiencies this season.


Season’s GREENings: 15 Sustainable Holiday Tips from the EnerNOC Team

Posted by Erin Simone on Dec 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM


The holiday season is officially upon us, and what better way to kick it off than with a few tips on how to keep the season green. Here are some snippets of advice from EnerNOC employees, in the hopes of inspiring a sustainable holiday for you and yours.


“Moneyball” Meets Energy Management: 3 Lessons from Billy Beane

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Dec 15, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's, joins an impressive line-up of speakers at next year’s EnergySMART 2015 from the March 24-26 in Philadelphia.

Since reading Moneyball for the third time, I’ve begun applying statistics to everything from my commute to which movies I watch (a disappointing outcome for my more spontaneous friends). It’s impossible to read Moneyball and not see the potential Beane’s winning strategy has for changing the way we manage everything in our lives, including energy.

Energy managers can learn a tremendous amount from Beane—come to EnergySMART 2015 next March for proof. But in the meantime, here are a few tenets of Beane’s approach that can help you—right now—sharpen your energy management strategy.


Don't Be Fooled by Power Generators' Sob Story Over "Lost" Profits

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


You may have heard about the recent regulatory debate over demand response's role in electricity markets (if not, get up to speed with this primer from the New York Times). Though the value of demand response is proven, some power generators want it out of the market entirely. This article from EnerNOC's Gregg Dixon (written below in response to a recent story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) highlights exactly why EnerNOC and many others are fighting to preserve the value of demand response for businesses and consumers alike.

This is a guest post by EnerNOC Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Gregg Dixon.

Anya Litvak's November 25 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story, "FirstEnergy says demand response putting power plants out of business," rightly calls out FirstEnergy's attempts to "bulldoze" competition so it can unfairly gouge its customers and spike its profits. This level of transparency and greed-induced activity bordering on market manipulation is appalling.


$1 Billion in Energy Savings: Celebrating Our Customers

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Dec 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM


We don’t normally talk a lot about company milestones on this blog—we’d much rather be sharing easy energy savings strategies, guides on how to manage peak demand, and useful explanations of things like regulated energy markets— but it’s not every day that a company can say that they’ve saved their customers 1 billion dollars. Which, as of today, EnerNOC can officially say! (See the official ticker for yourself on our homepage.)

We’re of course very proud of our team for reaching this exciting milestone, but more importantly, we are grateful to our customers for the huge part they’ve played in the story. The thousands of facility and energy managers, C-level executives, operations managers, and sustainability officers around the globe who recognized the opportunity for data-driven energy management and who spearheaded a shift within their organizations about how to think about energy costs—these are the folks to whom we want to dedicate this milestone.


Early December Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Dec 8, 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: 

* ISO-NE better prepared for upcoming winter.
* NYISO fulfils reliability needs for upcoming winter.
* Illinois approves clean power line.

How Australian Retail Energy Charges Are like Holiday Travel

Posted by Nicole Lindsell on Dec 4, 2014 4:00:00 PM


This is the first post in a series about deciphering your energy bill. Stay tuned for future installments.

Summer and the holiday season make December a peak time for the travel industry, which means you’re often stuck paying premium prices to go away on holiday this time of year. The same rationale applies to your electricity bill, too: you’re likely being charged extra for energy you use during certain times. But while search engines make it easy to find cheaper times to travel, without a clear understanding of your bill and how you’re actually being charged for energy, it can be challenging to figure out how to avoid these extra costs. We’re here to help. 

Over the coming months we will be producing a series of posts outlining the four main components that make up your energy bill within Australia: retail charges, network and transmission costs, renewable energy, and "other" charges. First up: here we explain the retail component of your bill, which explains those pesky premium charges, and what you can do to avoid them.


Closin' in on $1 Billion in Energy Savings: What's Your Savings Story?

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Dec 3, 2014 7:00:00 AM


We're pretty obsessed with data and metrics, and one metric we hold near and dear to our hearts is the amount of savings that we have delivered to customers over the years. Well, in case you haven’t checked out the ticker on the EnerNOC home page lately, that savings number is getting reeeeally close to $1 billion. To mark the occasion, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is joining us at our global headquarters in Boston to celebrate this important milestone.


Charting a New Course for Utility Energy Intelligence Software

Posted by Pia Jean Kristiansen on Dec 2, 2014 9:00:00 AM


Today, EnerNOC announced that it acquired Pulse Energy, a Vancouver-based software as a service (SaaS) company that helps utilities drive customer engagement by empowering their commercial end users with juicy insights into their energy consumption. The official press release has all of the particulars, but we wanted to go a step further: why this acquisition? Why now? And what do our new Vancouver teammates think of joining forces with EnerNOC? So we sat down with David Brewster, EnerNOC President and Co-Founder, and David Helliwell, Pulse Energy Founder and CEO, and as of this week, VP of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC.


Enterprise Technology’s Last Frontier: Energy Intelligence, Measurement, and Management?

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Dec 1, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is a guest post by EnerNOC Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Gregg Dixon.

Does any major enterprise manage payroll in spreadsheets anymore? How about customer information? Across virtually every major cost center within a large enterprise—payroll, supply chain management, enterprise resource planning—paper files and spreadsheets have given way to enterprise software applications. With just a click of a button, key questions about performance, spend, risk, and more can be answered—for everything, it seems, but energy.

The tide is turning. Leading enterprises are saying goodbye to the spreadsheets and filing cabinets full of utility bills and adopting an IT-based solution: energy intelligence software, or EIS. Read on for the first part in a two-part series (originally posted on Wired's "Innovation Insights" blog) introducing the technology that is revolutionizing energy management for the enterprise.


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Contributors

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 Senior 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.