Energent just returned from a very successful and enlightening week at the Globe2012 conference in Vancouver, BC. Aside from attending very compelling presentations by global leaders in sustainability, meeting visionaries from within organizations dedicated to changing the way their business operates, we noticed a decided shift from talk to action. No longer are the conversations blue sky and what-ifs; they are about concrete actions and achieved results.
In our environment, those that are interested in energy management of commercial, institutional, and industrial building are pushing their current systems to keep up to the demand of an engaged and enthusiastic energy manager. The are asking questions like:
What if my energy monitoring system could build in best-case scenarios and I could build business cases directly from the reporting tool?
They are pushing their monitoring systems by saying:
I need my energy monitoring system to help me manage energy in every part of my business, and experts to help me use this tool.
Ultimately, we have found that an Energy Management system is very similar to a gym membership. If you buy an Energy Management system and just look at it, you aren’t going to be very successful at managing energy. If you buy a gym membership to lose weight and you just keep the card in your wallet, you aren’t going to be very successful at losing weight or getting healthier.
Energy Management is a participation sport. We are going to focus on that in our next few posts because Energy Managers have been lied to for the past 5+ years. We want to set the record straight…and based on the presentations at Globe2012, software providers are going to be pushed to provide more than data. We need to start taking that data and turning into information, and from that information, use people combined with the software tools, to create knowledge. Knowledge will enable a true revolution in energy management.
Stay tuned as we teach all energy managers about turning mountains of data into usable knowledge that will enable great decisions.
Thanks to the presenters and attendees at Globe2012 for focusing the conversation from “If” to “Now”. Amazing.
Don’t forget that Energent is hosting its newest webinar or Greenhouse Gas reporting requirments for public builings Thursday, March 22 at 2pm EST Click here to register.