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Keys to Sustainability Bragging Rights

Keys to Sustainability Bragging Rights

A strong energy sustainability plan is one of the hallmarks of today’s cutting-edge businesses.  But did you know that most organizations are failing to capitalize on the vast opportunities?

We find that most businesses lack a true understanding of their energy information.  An organization will utilize multiple platforms or databases that not only lack flexibility, but more importantly do not provide the tools to execute a successful energy and sustainability plan.  Unfortunately, this results in a grueling process with countless missed opportunities.

I’m already managing my costs; so why do I need to “understand” my energy information?

Energy efficiency is more than simply upgrading equipment with the intent of reducing overall usage.  What many businesses overlook is the importance of how your costs align with your usage.  This is a key point that every initiative should consider.  Again, one major industry challenge is having adequate information and being able to leverage it.

Upgrading your building automation system isn’t enough

Even though you may reduce peak demand, the costs on your utility invoice may be higher.  How is this possible?  The reduction in demand can trigger a rate classification change with the utility, resulting in higher base demand charges.

The scenario mentioned above is an actual example of a recent instance where Energy Advantage assisted in altering a client’s execution plan as follows to leverage and maximize the opportunity:

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What:

Peak Demand Management
(Utility)

What:

Peak Demand Management
(Commodity)

What:

Demand Response

What:

Capacity Tag Management
(Commodity)

What:

Energy Procurement

What:

Accurate Measurement & Verification

What:

Key Performance Indicator Reporting

How:

Reducing usage based upon the local utility’s rate structure

How:

Reducing usage during peak price occurrences

How:

Participation in the local curtailment program for financial compensation

How:

Reducing usage during potential “Grid” peaks

How:

Alter the procurement structure to ensure savings are being capitalized on

How:

Continuously measure savings to quantify “True” ROI

How:

Accurate benchmarking and reporting to administer best practices amongst a portfolio of facilities

Results:

1% to 3%
Savings

Results:

2% to 4%
Savings

Results:

3% to 6%
Savings

Results:

1% to 6%
Savings

Results:

3% to 10%
Savings

Results:

Confidence

Results:

Transparency, Support and Alignment

Obviously, this is just one simple example of how our team can be impactful in leveraging a client’s situation.  I’m confident that there are other successes that we can offer that may be applicable to you.

 

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Barry Haubner

 

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