Six Steps to Achieve Enterprise Energy Intelligence

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Create a Cross-Functional Team

Step 1: Create a cross-functional team to support enterprise energy intelligence.

While there are many approaches to energy intelligence, one of the most effective for long-term success is organizational culture. It is crucial to have the right structure in place to build an organization’s energy intelligence infrastructure, and support must begin with executive leadership. Cross-functional teams including facilities, IT, sustainability, and other stakeholders — backed by top-level management — help to ensure that energy enterprise intelligence is a strategic imperative and supported across the entire organization.

Most energy intelligence programs struggle when sole responsibility of execution is left to the organization’s energy team. Instead, cross-functional groups ensure success since every group has accountability and a stake in the outcome. This team needs to identify high-level goals for energy intelligence that should guide priorities and investments.

Energy intelligence has historically been hard to quantify or employ due to the data collection challenge in the built environment. However, with the commoditization of sensors, controls, and wireless connectivity — part of the Internet of Things — the opportunity to apply these technologies to energy management initiatives is here. With rising energy costs and sustainability reporting pressures, it is more important than ever to understand an organization’s energy use and patterns as a foundation for reducing costs, maintaining gross margins, and reporting on key performance indicators.

What is energy intelligence? It is a comprehensive framework for gathering knowledge about enterprise-wide energy and using it for strategic advantage. It requires a combination of a committed workforce, key processes, and technology. It is based on access to energy-focused operational information that can be used to understand broad operational patterns and inform actions. The good news? Rapid technology advances – often embedded in next-generation versions of traditional systems — are instrumenting the built environment — and creating new opportunities to aggregate, analyze, and act on this new data set.

Implementing an effective energy intelligence program involves multiple steps, processes, and measures. However, the payoff is well worth it as insight into energy data allows executives to make well-informed decisions based upon in-depth operating knowledge. Companies eager to become more effective in their energy initiatives should consider the following strategies identified by Aaron Kless, director of application engineering, Digital Lumens.


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