What Would Sun Tzu Do? A summer spent analyzing the competition for EnerNOC
Did you know that buildings in the United States account for roughly 7% of global primary energy consumption? This means that building efficiency, both in the US and abroad, is a vital part of any effort to reduce energy consumption and associated pollution. It also means that making buildings more efficient is big business; more efficient buildings save their owners thousands of dollars per year in reduced energy bills without any decrease in occupant comfort.
As I write this, I am halfway through my summer internship at EnerNOC, a company at the forefront of building efficiency technology. EnerNOC’s core business is demand response. Utilities pay EnerNOC, who then contracts with commercial, institutional, and industrial energy users to reduce energy consumption during times of peak demand – typically anywhere from 0-100 hours a year. In recent years, EnerNOC has been focused on diversifying its product suite and has made strong headway into the energy efficiency market – a fragmented and highly competitive market where vendors are competing not only for wallet-share, but also for mindshare. Traditional service providers (ESCOs), building control hardware providers, and software start-ups are all competing for a share of the market, which Industry reports estimate will to triple to $6 billion by the year 2020. Continue reading →
Marc Gunther starts with a great quote that sums up the energy efficiency argument: “Real estate is the largest source of clean energy in this country, and it’s very inexpensively tapped.” Read the rest of the article for one of the many reasons I chose to work on EnerNOC’s Energy Efficiency Product Line.
Run Your Building Like an Athlete –GreenBiz.com
This article describes a lot of what we believe on Energy Efficiency: the importance of data, targeting specific areas, and proactive energy management.
America’s New Energy Reality — New York Times
Opinion piece on the new politics of energy, including the roles of energy efficiency, renewables and continued domestic oil and gas production.
Back in school and fresh from EnerNOC’s EnergySmart Conference, I’ve dug back into some of my favorite Smart Grid news sources and found a few new ones. See below for the four I am reading now:
Old standards: Greentech Grid Subscribe to Greentech Media’s daily email–it’s probably the best in the business. More specifically, their gtmgrid channel is a solid curator of smart grid news.
Smart Grid News Smart Grid News has one of the largest collections of smart grid-specific news on the web.
New Entrants: I saw Andy Bochman, Energy Security Lead for IBM at EnerNOC’s Energy Smart Conference yesterday. He gave a fascinating talk titled “Smart Grid Lessons from the Department of Defense”. The US Department of Defense is the largest consumer of electricity in the world, so if anyone can benefit from tackling energy, it’s them.