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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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4 Tips for Better Energy Budgeting and Forecasting

Posted by Ben Smith on Sep 8, 2014 7:00:00 AM


It’s that time of the year again…that wonderful time when finance departments traverse every corner of the organization collecting data, tracking trends, analyzing needs, and developing the spreadsheet models needed to assemble all of this information into a coherent, forwardlooking story. It’s budgeting and forecasting season.

As you’re collecting information to inform budget scenarios around labor costs, capital expenditures, new market opportunities, sales pipelines, and other important factors, be sure not to overlook energy. Whether you’re dealing with 4% of operational costs or 40%, energy is a significant portion of your expenditures and a complex line-item that should be scrutinized and considered carefully before reaching a final forecast.

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Survey Says: Runaway Budgets and Top Energy Pain Points

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Sep 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM


We asked. You answered. In interviews with over 100 Energy Managers, Facility Engineers, VPs of Operations, Procurement Managers, and various other energy management stakeholders, we aimed to pinpoint the biggest challenges in enterprise energy management. At the end of the process, the answers basically boiled down to these six areas (in no particular order).

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Got $$ From Demand Response? Put Your Dollars to Work

Posted by Robin Deliso on Sep 4, 2014 7:00:00 AM


In North America, the big summer demand response (DR) dispatch season is coming to an end, while in Australia and New Zealand companies are gearing up for their busy season. No matter where you live, 2015 approaches and budget planning is top of mind for organizations everywhere as you're likely talking annual planning, or half yearly reviews if you're fiscal year starts later.

If you’re like many of our customers, you’ve been earning payments for your participation in demand response programs. Don’t know how much money you’ve earned from demand response? If you're in the US, there’s an easy way to find out (this functionality is on the roadmap for global expansion)! Log in to EnerNOC and check the recently launched “Earnings” tab. With this feature, you can track earnings trends and manage payment data online, any time. And adjustable filters help you view earned revenue by site, program, and date range.

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Early September Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Sep 2, 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: 

* PA PUC investigating retail supplier.
* PJM pitches new capacity product.
* Private, public utilities duel for right to build gas pipelines.

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What’s the Secret to CRE Energy Management Success?

Posted by Ali Zelisko on Aug 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is the first post by Erin Simone, Marketing Communications Intern at EnerNOC. 

If you’re in commercial real estate (CRE), you know all too well how important a successful energy management plan is. It not only gives you a competitive advantage over your peers, but the way you optimize your energy use can actually be a real differentiator. So how do you make sure your energy management strategy leads the pack? It starts with taking a software-based, data-driven approach. Don’t believe me? Read on for 3 CRE energy management success stories of companies –  Beacon Capital Partners, a second large Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and Westcor – that embraced their real-time energy data with energy intelligence software (EIS), to get great results.

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What Utilities Need to Know About Bridging the Coal-to-Gas Gap

Posted by Kris Brewitt on Aug 26, 2014 7:00:00 AM


The U.S. generation capacity mix is projected to undergo a dramatic shift over the next 25 years. The EPA Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) are putting the pressure on utilities with a heavy reliance on coal-fired generation to figure out a plan for alternative generation resources, quickly. The standards, which take effect in 2015, set higher limits on the emissions of hazardous air pollutants from existing and new coal- and oil-fired generation resources, and have already spurred tens of Gigawatts (GW) of coal plant retirements to date (with tens of GW more projected over the next decade). Coal will continue to play a role in the resource mix, to be sure, but natural gas-fired generation is projected to more than double by 2038 as hundreds of coal plants close. Today, combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT) are the most economical resource to replace retired coal capacity. But there’s a time and cost gap to consider—how do you balance building out new CCGT resources with immediate and near-term peak demand needs?

Read on for three key considerations in balancing the costs and risks of the coal-to-gas transition—and how demand response can be part of the solution. 

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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 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.