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How Does General Motors Tackle Utility Bill Management? The $21M Answer

Posted by Erin Simone on Oct 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.


Late October Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Oct 27, 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: 

* Offshore wind update
* Natural gas production impact on basis prices


How the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Eliminates Energy Waste

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Oct 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM


$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.

Here are 5 ways EIS now helps Massachusetts make more intelligent energy management decisions.


Complimentary Buyer’s Guide: Energy Intelligence Software

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Oct 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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 Makes Renewables Work with Demand Response

Posted by Kris Brewitt on Oct 20, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.


Spotlight on Utility Incentive Programs – Energize Connecticut’s Retro-Commissioning Program

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Oct 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.


Early-October Energy Supply Market Update

Posted by Pat Welch on Oct 14, 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: 

* New transmission line will likely impact NY prices
* Department of Energy (DOE) approves of Canada-New York power line


Demand Response 101: Download Our Complimentary eBook

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Oct 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.


What Energy Managers Can Learn from Billy Beane and Annie Duke

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Oct 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.


Leverage Your Building Efficiency Ratings for Better Tenants and NOI

Posted by Janelle Dawson on Oct 6, 2014 7:00:00 AM


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.


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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.