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CRE Feature: How Energy Efficiency Trims Waste, Increases Net Operating Income, and Retains Tenants

Posted by Ben Smith on Apr 15, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Building managers, owners, or other commercial real estate (CRE) stakeholders know the stats: at 35% of all electricity use, commercial property is one of the top end-users of energy in the United States, with energy often the single largest operating expense for property owners, contributing up to 30% of all operating expenses (that’s $2.27 per square foot!). But even more staggering is the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimate that on average, 30% of this energy is wasted. Savvy building managers know that a tactful energy management strategy is the best defense against lost dollars – but it can also help attract and retain tenants by differentiating buildings in a highly competitive market.

So if you’re thinking about how to formulate your approach to energy efficiency, where do you start? Some questions that might be on your mind include:

This post addresses these questions and others, and identifies some of the specific challenges and opportunities facing energy efficiency in the commercial real estate sector.

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Customer Spotlight: Great Lakes Cold Storage Freezes Energy Bills

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Apr 7, 2014 4:00:00 PM

When you’re at the grocery store picking out, say, ice cream, how often do you pause to think about how that product made its way to the frozen food aisle – or how much energy was required along the way to get it there? Accessible frozen food is kind of a marvel when you think about it, right up there with the other things we tend to take for granted in our modern world, like air conditioning, eating avocados in Minnesota or Montreal, and Amazon Prime.

The reality is that these modern marvels require far more energy than you’d think – which makes them a huge opportunity for smarter energy management. Take Great Lakes Cold Storage, for example, a refrigerated distribution company with 8.6 million cubic feet of space across two facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. When Chief Engineer Phil Watson joined the Great Lakes team in 2010, the company faced soaring electricity bills. It had recently enrolled in demand response with EnerNOC as a way to earn money for temporary reductions in energy use – a no-brainer for most cold storage facilities, since refrigeration equipment could be turned off for several hours with no impact on product quality. 

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The Energy Intelligence Revolution is Here: Top Lessons Learned at EnergySMART 2014

Posted by Robin Deliso on Apr 2, 2014 4:27:00 PM

Last week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, it was clear that the energy intelligence revolution is catching its stride. With over 600+ energy decision-makers coming together to tackle their biggest energy management challenges, EnergySMART 2014 buzzed with a steady stream of insights being shared from speakers and attendees alike, peer-to-peer interactions, and an all-around feeling that this was *the* place to be to learn more about best practices in data-driven energy management.

I’m back with more EnergySMART reporting, this time with a meatier recap of the big themes that emerged at last week’s action-packed conference in Philadelphia that are more than conference takeaways; they’re best practices for better energy management.

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Customer Spotlight: Accor Hotels Australia Powers Down for Earth Hour

Posted by Robin Deliso on Mar 28, 2014 7:00:00 AM

On Saturday, March 29 at 8:30pm local time, millions of people around the world will switch off their lights or otherwise reduce energy use for one hour as part of Earth Hour, an initiative organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 and has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide. We chatted with one of our customers, Michael Cook, Chief Engineer at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, which is part of Accor Hotels Australia, who has participated in Earth Hour since its earliest days, to learn more about the hotel’s participation in the annual event and the company’s broader energy management efforts.

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Charting the Course to Energy Efficiency: Understanding Audits, Assessments, and Retro-Commissioning

Posted by John duPont on Mar 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM

If you’re responsible for a facility’s energy budget, you probably hear frequent claims from various sources about how you can save 10 or 15% on your bills through an energy audit, energy assessment, or retro-commissioning. But if you’re like many energy-decision-makers, you may not fully understand what each of these things entails, and why one might be better for your organization than another.

Navigating the sea of available options to get your facility on the course to energy efficiency doesn’t have to seem like you’re sailing through the Bermuda Triangle. This blog post lifts the fog on energy audits, energy assessments, and retro-commissioning, and offers five steps to help you figure out which approach to energy efficiency might be best for you.

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5 New Features in EnerNOC's EIS Platform (And Why You Should Care)

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Mar 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM

EnerNOC’s latest energy intelligence software platform release enhances our applications – DemandSMART, EfficiencySMART, and SupplySMART – and provides our users with even more powerful tools to help manage energy more effectively.

This release is full of new features to make managing energy easier and more actionable, but there are a few standouts I’d like to highlight. Read on for my picks for the top five most notable new platform features – and why they’re important to you.

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Federal Energy Efficiency Bill Helps Overcome Barriers to Energy Efficiency

Posted by Robin Deliso on Mar 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM

On Wednesday, The House of Representatives passed a package of energy bills called the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014 (HR 2126). Despite what House of Cards might lead you to believe, there are actually some issues in the nation’s capital that can garner bipartisan support, and energy efficiency is one of them!

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Keep Your Budget On Track with NEW Projected Energy Efficiency Baselines

Posted by Trey Shehan on Feb 27, 2014 10:05:00 AM

With such an unusually cold winter across much of the United States, many energy managers we’ve been chatting with are concerned about the impact the erratic weather has had on their energy bills. And while we can all rely on the weather forecasters to give a heads up about an upcoming heat wave or cold snap, it’s a lot harder for energy managers to predict the impact weather will have on their energy bills. Until now. EnerNOC’s new projected energy efficiency baseline feature provides visibility into expected energy use to help energy managers better forecast how much they’ll spend on energy in the coming months – helping to keep budgets on track regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.

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Demand Response for Commercial Buildings: Earning Cash to Drive More Efficiency

Posted by Ali Zelisko on Feb 25, 2014 9:30:00 AM

It’s no surprise that commercial buildings experience a surge in energy usage during periods of significantly warmer or colder temperatures, when occupants are either blasting heat or A/C to stay comfortable. This not only puts stress on the electricity grid, but for building managers, it means the next month’s utility bill is likely to be sky high.  

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Customer Spotlight: Blommer Chocolate Company Finds Sweet Savings

Posted by Robin Deliso on Feb 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

This Valentine’s Day, we’re talking chocolate with the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America: Blommer Chocolate Company. With four manufacturing facilities in North America – three in the U.S. and one in Canada – the company works with domestic and international customers of all sizes in the confectionery, baking, and dairy industries, focusing on cocoa bean processing, chocolate manufacturing, commodity risk management, and product and process R&D. Founded in 1939, the family-owned and operated company maintains an outstanding reputation for customer service and quality. We sat down with Eric Bliss, Senior Engineering Manager, to learn more about Blommer’s energy management strategies.

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Sarah McAuley

Sarah's been bleeding EnerNOC blue for the last five 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.

Chris Richardson

A recovering consultant, Chris is EnerNOC's Product Marketing Manager for DemandSMART and SupplySMART. Chris works to make sure EnerNOC and its customers are managing energy in a way that supports the planet, not for charity but because the economics simply work.

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.