Micah Remley is Senior Vice President of Product at EnerNOC.
I logged into our corporate travel system the other day to book a trip, and while I searched for flights and hotels, my choices were noticeably constrained. Only certain fare classes were shown, some direct flights weren’t displayed, and expensive hotels didn’t appear.
Why? Because we have a corporate travel policy that mandates how employees travel—coach fares only, no direct flights when a connecting flight will do, and no expensive hotels. Most companies and institutions have very similar travel policies and enforcement mechanisms in order to control and manage their travel spend.
That got me thinking about energy cost policy and enforcement. Energy costs are very similar to travel costs: they both average several percent (higher in some segments) of revenue for most businesses and both costs occur in a very distributed nature.
However, they differ in that few businesses or institutions have a published set of energy use policies and even fewer have a means for enforcing them. Does this set up a situation where organizations are allowing buildings to fly first class while forcing their employees to fly coach?