EnergySMART

EnergySMART is a community of people who are passionate about energy and who are actively striving to make more intelligent energy management decisions.

When the Best Laid Plans Go Awry: The Case for Persistent Visibility

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Jul 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM


An old colleague of mine once likened energy management to a balanced diet. Sure, you can crash diet before your 15-year reunion to dazzle people with your amazing physique, but if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, improve your energy levels, and live a longer, happier life, a healthy diet and regular exercise must be part of the ongoing routine. The same is true for energy management. Good energy management is an ongoing process, not a discrete event or project. The most efficient buildings will drift and the most optimized operational plans need ongoing review to ensure that savings are achieved and preserved over time.

Because I’m a big believer in “show, not tell,” I wanted to share two recent examples of customers that have used our energy intelligence software (EIS) to help define best practice operating conditions and monitor their results to ensure those best practices were followed. (Spoiler alert: they weren’t.)

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Spotlight on Utility Incentive Programs – NYSERDA’s FlexTech Program

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Jul 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is a guest post from Annie Bedigian, Associate Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, at EnerNOC.

Buildings across New York State have a great source of funding available to them to support a wide range of energy projects including energy feasibility studies, technical evaluations, energy master plans, retro-commissioning, and much more. NYSERDA’s FlexTech Program is a great way to leverage utility funds for your planned energy efficiency investments.

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Demand Response in Japan Makes Headlines

Posted by Robin Deliso on Jul 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.

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Late July Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Jul 21, 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 and NEPOOL submit proposal for sloped FCM demand curve.
* FERC accepts most of ISO-NE’s pay-for-performance plan.
* Gas-fired plant in Maryland making progress.

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Cool Under Pressure: How Cold Storage and Grocery Leaders Use Energy Intelligence Software to Cut Energy Spending

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Jul 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.

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Redefining Energy Intelligence: Why I Joined the EnerNOC Team

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Jul 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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

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3 Reasons CFOs Need To Prioritize Energy Management

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Jul 14, 2014 7:00:00 AM


For many organizations, energy is one of the top five largest operating budget line items, yet many studiesincluding this one by the Imperial College of Londonhave 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:

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Predict Your Peak Demand and Lower Your Energy Bills

Posted by John duPont on Jul 11, 2014 7:30:00 AM


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:

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What’s Driving Your Energy Costs? Download This eBook to Find Out

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Jul 9, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants Program: Catapulting Manufacturers to the Next Level

Posted by Robin Deliso on Jul 8, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.

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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.