So how does one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers – a multi-national corporation with manufacturing operations in more than 35 countries – get a handle on basic energy costs? First, it starts with utility bills. General Motors relies on the utility bill management (UBM) capability within EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software (EIS) to synchronize and streamline the way it handles its monthly utility bills. Since its deployment in 1997, UBM has allowed General Motors (GM) to catch countless bill errors resulting in $21 million in savings. EIS has helped GM not only deliver impressive savings but is also helping GM to run its daily operations more efficiently. Read on for the many ways GM has benefited from software-enabled energy management.
$250 million: that’s how much the Commonwealth of Massachusetts spends on the 1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity it consumes each year. Before deploying a software-based enterprise solution, its energy management team relied on 30-day-old utility bill data that often only told the story of campus-wide usage (versus at the individual building level).
In 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) kicked off an ambitious effort to monitor real-time energy consumption across its more than 25 million square feet of property. With over 1,300 meters across 460 buildings as diverse as courthouses, college campuses, prisons, and hospitals (some of which are brand new construction while others are 100+ year old facilities), getting visibility into real-time energy data was no easy feat. DOER selected EnerNOC’s SaaS-based energy intelligence software (EIS) as the foundation for the project, which has helped them identify nearly $3 million in savings to date.
With all of the information available online to buyers these days, you don't have to worry about being uninformed going into a big purchase. And if you’re considering energy intelligence software (EIS), the more you know, the more empowered you’ll be throughout the buying process – and the more likely you’ll get the returns you want from the investment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.