Set Your Strategy for Facility Energy Management

George Huettel

While keeping energy costs low is a priority for most businesses, the unique usage patterns of your multiple facilities can make it difficult to create a clear roadmap for better energy management. The path is clouded by limited insight into cost drivers and opportunities, limited internal resources and limited in-house expertise on energy issues. Strategic energy management offers one solution for reducing operating costs and driving behavioral change to ensure savings persistence—an approach covered in a webinar ENGIE Insight (formerly Ecova) recently presented with Chain Store Age, Understanding and Controlling Energy Costs.

As detailed in our webinar, strategic energy management combines energy efficiency upgrades, behavioral changes and integrated demand side management to holistically and continuously manage energy usage. By leveraging data that informs key performance metrics, businesses can then drive action at the site level to reduce consumption and cost.

Strategic energy management creates a cycle of continuous improvement that, when consistently followed, allows businesses to quickly see the impact of organizational changes and understand how individual factors impact a facility’s efficiency. As a result, they can prioritize resource allocation to address the operational areas with the greatest potential benefit—maximizing their return on investment.

Our webinar answered some crucial questions to assist your business in implementing strategic energy management, including:

  • How do I gather accurate actionable resource and site level data to assess current systems, define key performance metrics and develop goals and objectives?
  • What assessments and analysis can help me gain insight into the state of the facility, define influencing factors and understand the competitive landscape?
  • How do I create meaningful business cases, drive stakeholder engagement and provide needed technical expertise and capacity to ensure the success of this approach?
  • What continuous monitoring practices should I use to assess the impact of operational and behavioral changes and track progress towards goals?

A successful strategic energy management program has the power to reduce organizational energy consumption and operational costs, enhance product quality and the comfort of store environments and drive ongoing facility improvement. View ENGIE Insight’s webinar to learn more about what strategic energy management can do for you and how to begin integrating these practices in your business.

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