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Calling All Plant Managers: Why Energy Management Should Matter To You

Posted by Erin Simone on Oct 1, 2014 7:00:00 AM


While we know it’s far from the last thing on your mind, your energy management plan might not be the first. On a day-to-day basis you’re concerned with a host of competing interests, from meeting production quotas to safety and regulatory compliance. Herein lies the problem: what many managers don’t realize is how important energy consumption is to a plant’s bottom line. By prioritizing energy management, which starts with understanding how the three cost drivers of energyhow you buy it, how much you use, and when you use it – affect your business, you can take the appropriate action to reduce your energy usage while maintaining smooth, profitable business operations.

Here are four reasons you should prioritize energy management, starting today.


5 Best Practices for Your Industrial Energy Management Playbook

Posted by John duPont on Sep 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM


If you’re a plant manager that happens to work in one of the industrial enterprises accounting for 33% of total energy consumption here in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to understand why you might be anxious to pursue programs like the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Better Plants Initiative, which requires corporate commitments to reduce energy intensity across operations by 25% over ten years. While there’s great interest in this and other energy reduction initiatives globally, such targets can seem daunting – especially when much of your operation’s energy consumption goes toward fulfilling immediate production orders or maintaining critical processes. Still, over 1,800 plants, including those run by leading manufacturers like 3M, Volvo North America, and Owens Corning have already made substantial progress toward their goals.


What’s Behind Australia’s Most Energy Efficient Buildings?

Posted by Janelle Dawson on Sep 9, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Through adopting global best practices and monitoring the energy efficiency of their office spaces, savvy commercial building operators are finding they are reaping more than just cost savings for their properties. Using government programs, information from associations, and peer networking, among other resources, your enterprise can identify more than a few ways to maximise your efforts.

This post highlights CitySwitch, a government initiative based in Sydney, Australia, and how it is helping the business community – and especially the commercial real estate industry – transition to a low carbon economy and increase operational efficiency. I’ll also mention a few other resources our customers have found helpful, and explain why taking a software-centric approach to facility optimization and energy efficiency can help you get ahead.


4 Tips for Better Energy Budgeting and Forecasting

Posted by Ben Smith on Sep 8, 2014 7:00:00 AM


It’s that time of the year again…that wonderful time when finance departments traverse every corner of the organization collecting data, tracking trends, analyzing needs, and developing the spreadsheet models needed to assemble all of this information into a coherent, forwardlooking story. It’s budgeting and forecasting season.

As you’re collecting information to inform budget scenarios around labor costs, capital expenditures, new market opportunities, sales pipelines, and other important factors, be sure not to overlook energy. Whether you’re dealing with 4% of operational costs or 40%, energy is a significant portion of your expenditures and a complex line-item that should be scrutinized and considered carefully before reaching a final forecast.


What’s the Secret to CRE Energy Management Success?

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


If you’re in commercial real estate (CRE), you know all too well how important a successful energy management plan is. It not only gives you a competitive advantage over your peers, but the way you optimize your energy use can actually be a real differentiator. So how do you make sure your energy management strategy leads the pack? It starts with taking a software-based, data-driven approach. Don’t believe me? Read on for 3 CRE energy management success stories of companies –  Beacon Capital Partners, a second large Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and Westcor – that embraced their real-time energy data with energy intelligence software (EIS), to get great results.


Why the Drought in the Western U.S. Matters to All of Us

Posted by Ali Zelisko on Aug 22, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is a guest post from EnerNOC Energy Efficiency Analyst, Gabe Wolf.

It’s been all over the news: after months and months of extremely dry weather, nearly 50% of the U.S. is currently in a drought. Certain western states, like Arizona, California, and Nevada, are experiencing 100% drought conditions. This summer’s hot, dry weather hasn’t helped: the U.S. Drought Monitor, for the first time in its 25-year history, reported that 100% of California is in severe drought or worse. Lakes are low, rivers and watersheds are running dry, state and local governments have called for voluntary water conservation for months, and the devastation to the state’s agricultural industry has been substantial. As such, the state recently called for mandatory conservation actions.

Droughts aren’t just localized crisis, however. Water is an input in nearly everything we purchase, eat, and do  including the energy we consume – and the lack of it can wreak havoc on a business’ bottom-line and our economy as a whole. It’s easy to feel disconnected from the effects of a drought, but if we don’t act, that won’t be the case for long.


3 Ways to Unlock Budget for Better Energy Management Tools

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Aug 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM


You want to save money on energy, and you get that investments in energy management can deliver substantial ROI. But in order to get access to the tools you need, you need budget. Here are 3 creative ways to fund your investment in energy intelligence software (EIS), so you can begin reaping financial rewards and reducing bills right away.


6 Easy Energy Savings Strategies You Might’ve Overlooked

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Aug 13, 2014 7:00:00 AM


How do you pinpoint the energy your facilities are wasting? If you’re like most of us, you do walk-throughs whenever you can, you check your utility bills for discrepancies, and you remind your team to be mindful. But we all end up feeling like we’re still missing something. Energy waste can be incredibly hard to locate, especially without being able to see your usage in real-time. Our Practice Lead of Education Services, Kurt Fisette—who’s personally worked with more than 400 customers during his time at EnerNOC—has used his experience analyzing real-time energy data to develop the six most frequently missed no-cost energy savings opportunities. Even for energy veterans, these six opportunities can be incredibly difficult to identify without real-time visibility into your energy usage.


3 Predictions for Utilities: Why Enterprise Software Matters to Your Smart Grid

Posted by Kris Brewitt on Aug 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM


We’re inundated with trend lists and rankings on a daily basis, but this recent mid-year report card from T&D World on their “Top 5 Smart Grid Trends to Watch in 2014” does offer some interesting insight for utilities worth sharing. The five trends T&D World outlines not only highlight activities that are making our electric system ever smarter, but also underscore why this thing called “energy intelligence software” (EIS) that we talk about so frequently is essential to navigating the new energy industry world order. Connecting the dots between these trends, it becomes much clearer that this emerging category of enterprise software that leverages big data can help deliver tangible value to utilities and their customers.     


When You Don’t Have Time for Energy Management

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Aug 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM


I recently joined a colleague for a meeting with a VP of Operations at a manufacturing company who manages a few different facilities across the Mid-Atlantic U.S. “I have money. What I don’t have is time,” he told us, which summed up a sentiment that is fairly common among the folks we work with: energy management often seems like more trouble than it’s worth. For instance, a project like an audit or a retro-commissioning (RCx) is backed by the best of intentions, and has a high promise for ROI, but ultimately, the final report and findings end up collecting dust on the shelf.

Therein lies the myth: that energy management is time-intensive. To help dispel that myth, here’s a list of the top 8 things that currently suck up your time – but that energy management tools can actually help streamline by helping you work smarter, not harder. The goal of the list is to make you think a little bit differently about energy management by looking at how energy intelligence software (EIS) is changing the paradigm. Good energy management is more than just boots on the ground; it’s about combining visibility into your energy data with the right tools to help you be more efficient and freeing up your most precious commodity: time.


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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.  

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.