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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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Pro Tips for Smarter Energy Supply Purchasing

Posted by Kirstyn Knox on Aug 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Buying energy sounds simple enough, but given the complex market dynamics involved, getting the best price and a contract that matches your budget and risk tolerance can be a time‑consuming (and often confusing) challenge. We sat down with Brian Perrone, Principal Analyst on our Professional Services team and one of the biggest brains behind our supply consulting offering, to get some tips on the future of energy prices, the importance of risk management, and why it’s not always about getting the best price.

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Why the Drought in the Western U.S. Matters to All of Us

Posted by Ali Zelisko on Aug 22, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is a guest post from EnerNOC Energy Efficiency Analyst, Gabe Wolf.

It’s been all over the news: after months and months of extremely dry weather, nearly 50% of the U.S. is currently in a drought. Certain western states, like Arizona, California, and Nevada, are experiencing 100% drought conditions. This summer’s hot, dry weather hasn’t helped: the U.S. Drought Monitor, for the first time in its 25-year history, reported that 100% of California is in severe drought or worse. Lakes are low, rivers and watersheds are running dry, state and local governments have called for voluntary water conservation for months, and the devastation to the state’s agricultural industry has been substantial. As such, the state recently called for mandatory conservation actions.

Droughts aren’t just localized crisis, however. Water is an input in nearly everything we purchase, eat, and do  including the energy we consume – and the lack of it can wreak havoc on a business’ bottom-line and our economy as a whole. It’s easy to feel disconnected from the effects of a drought, but if we don’t act, that won’t be the case for long.

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3 Ways to Unlock Budget for Better Energy Management Tools

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


You want to save money on energy, and you get that investments in energy management can deliver substantial ROI. But in order to get access to the tools you need, you need budget. Here are 3 creative ways to fund your investment in energy intelligence software (EIS), so you can begin reaping financial rewards and reducing bills right away.

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Mid-August Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Aug 18, 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: 

* FirstEnergy Solutions exits mass market and medium C&I sales.
* FERC defends NY capacity zone in appeals court.
* CAISO files flexible resource tariff.

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Do You Know How Much You Spend On Energy? [FLOW DIAGRAM]

Posted by Robin Deliso on Aug 15, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Figuring out how much you actually spend on energy is really hard. How hard? Well, we put together the decision diagram below to outline (as simply as we could) the fact-finding process.

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6 Easy Energy Savings Strategies You Might’ve Overlooked

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Aug 13, 2014 7:00:00 AM


How do you pinpoint the energy your facilities are wasting? If you’re like most of us, you do walk-throughs whenever you can, you check your utility bills for discrepancies, and you remind your team to be mindful. But we all end up feeling like we’re still missing something. Energy waste can be incredibly hard to locate, especially without being able to see your usage in real-time. Our Practice Lead of Education Services, Kurt Fisette—who’s personally worked with more than 400 customers during his time at EnerNOC—has used his experience analyzing real-time energy data to develop the six most frequently missed no-cost energy savings opportunities. Even for energy veterans, these six opportunities can be incredibly difficult to identify without real-time visibility into your energy usage.

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4 Strategies to Optimise the Benefits of the Australian Carbon Tax Repeal

Posted by Janelle Dawson on Aug 11, 2014 7:00:00 AM


After six years of uncertainty, on the 17th July, 2014, the Australian Senate passed eight bills designed to repeal the Australian carbon tax. In addition, these bills will dissolve the Clean Energy Future Corporation, the Climate Change Authority and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and wind up the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program in September 2014. The wind up of these programs and agencies removes a number of government grants available to enterprises to help them with their carbon reduction activities. It also dissolves all the authorities who were overseeing the previous Carbon Tax structure. However, carbon emission reduction is still a high priority for regulators in Australia. The current government has proposed a replacement legislative framework to manage carbon so the reduction in penalties and regulatory oversight is only expected to be temporary.

To ensure you are prepared for any future carbon legislation, we recommend every enterprise utilise four simple energy management strategies to set their Australian operations up for success in the new carbon environment.

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3 Predictions for Utilities: Why Enterprise Software Matters to Your Smart Grid

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


We’re inundated with trend lists and rankings on a daily basis, but this recent mid-year report card from T&D World on their “Top 5 Smart Grid Trends to Watch in 2014” does offer some interesting insight for utilities worth sharing. The five trends T&D World outlines not only highlight activities that are making our electric system ever smarter, but also underscore why this thing called “energy intelligence software” (EIS) that we talk about so frequently is essential to navigating the new energy industry world order. Connecting the dots between these trends, it becomes much clearer that this emerging category of enterprise software that leverages big data can help deliver tangible value to utilities and their customers.     

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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.