EnerNOC has gone global in a big way over the past couple of years, and one of our newest markets is in Japan. Our team was recently included in a Japanese television broadcast. The 10-minute story starts with a residential focus, and explains that this season is the first summer without nuclear energy in Japan, meaning utilities are running old generators to provide power. The story then talks through the basics of demand response (creatively using a diorama approach that’s easy to understand, even with the language barrier) and moves into a commercial DR discussion that talks about EnerNOC’s work with TEPCO in Japan.
Everyone working in cold storage understands that maintaining safe temperatures is absolutely critical. Conversely, keeping food well-stored can rack up energy bills in no time, especially during hours of peak demand. As consumers, we put our health in the hands of these enterprises, and hold them to the same high standards regardless of factors like weather, operating hours or inventory levels. With summer’s fiercest months about to impact North America, we’re taking a moment to consider how the industry leaders balance quality assurance and manageable energy spend using detailed insight from EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software (EIS).
More than 250 supermarket chains and cold storage facilities rely on EnerNOC to help optimize their energy use, including some of the most trusted names in the industry, from Stop and Shop to Associated Wholesale Grocers, Whole Foods, Four Seasons Produce, and Great Lakes Cold Storage.
A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine popped into my office and said, “I have someone you need to meet.” At the time, we were looking for a new copywriter to join our team. I said, “Great, let’s schedule some time for us to grab coffee.” She replied: “One problem: he’s working in Lebanon for a non-profit and hasn’t moved back to the States yet.” Not one to let a mere 5,431 miles get in the way, we connected with Chris through the wonders of modern technology and were blown away by how much he embodied the three EnerNOC core attributes: Bright, Relentless, and Good. His passion for the challenges our customers face, his intellectual curiosity about the evolving energy management landscape, and his willingness to jump on a plane and relocate his life in a matter of a few short days so he didn’t miss out on our latest product launch drove home that we had found ourselves a valuable new team member. So with that, let me introduce the EnergySMART community to our newest copywriter who will be gracing these pages on a regular basis: Chris Fiorello. - Sarah McAuley, Director of Marketing Communications
For many organizations, energy is one of the top five largest operating budget line items, yet many studies—including this one by the Imperial College of London—have noted a rather odd phenomenon: despite the impact on profitability, energy management is rarely a top priority for the C-suite. When CFOs do prioritize it, however, there’s potential for big pay-offs for any organization – on things like profitability, budgeting, and your ability to get or maintain a competitive edge. Keep reading for our three reasons why smarter energy management should be a priority for any CFO:
What could you do with day-ahead notification of peak demand charges?
Whether you’re in a deregulated market where peak demand charges can account for up to 30% of your bill or are in a regulated market where a higher peak demand often translates to a higher rate class, managing peak demand and adjusting when you use energy is a great way to drive savings for your organization.
To make peak demand more manageable, we believe facility managers need to be able to answer four key questions about their energy usage:
There’s a lot that goes into that “Amount Due” number at the bottom of your energy bill every month – whether it’s a big number or small number, it’s not easy to pinpoint exactly why it is what it is. When thinking about energy costs, it can be useful to step back, pause for a minute… and think first about the 3 key drivers of those costs:
1. How you buy energy;
2. How much energy you use; and
3. When you use it.
Do you have manufacturing operations in the U.S.? Do you want to get national recognition for your energy management performance? Are you interested in elevating your internal energy management efforts to new heights by uncovering process improvements, engaging employees, or making progress toward sustainability goals? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ then you might want to consider partnering in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program.
July seems like an easy time to get distracted. Whether we’re sneaking away to watch World Cup games during the work day, celebrating a mid-week holiday (Happy belated Canada Day!), or taking a long weekend (Happy early 4th of July!), it can be challenging to anticipate and plan around our erratic schedules. But when it comes to energy, one of the big sources of waste (and cost) occurs when energy managers forget to do just that. So consider this your friendly reminder.