Strategic Energy Management for Commercial Buildings: Five Key Areas

Energy efficiency depends as much on the people within commercial buildings as the facilities and equipment they use. To achieve long-term reductions in energy usage, utilities and businesses need to look beyond standard retrofits. Integrating sustainability and energy efficiency into the ongoing operations of a business requires strategic energy management. In working with retail energy clients as well as the utilities that serve them, Ecova has developed a framework-based approach to strategic energy management that gives businesses an actionable roadmap, with data-driven objectives and continual improvement. I recently presented this framework-based approach at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (this was one of five papers that Ecova team members presented at...

Speed to Action: 10%+ Savings Opportunity

Strategically managing the supply of energy needed to run your business can be both a challenge and an opportunity. You can maximize your opportunities in deregulated energy markets through services that monitor market conditions, enabling you to reduce energy expenses by purchasing the right plans at the right time, and with the right terms. Through our Energy Supply Management solution, we can help you navigate through deregulated markets and identify opportunities appropriate for your company. For example, Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon recently posted indicative pricing that provides 10 percent or greater savings opportunities in 2015 for large commercial and industrial customers who pursue long-term third party supply agreements through the Alternative Pricing Plans...

Corporate Responsibility: Growing Results on Saving Resources

At Ecova, we’re committed to growing results on saving resources. As a company, we recommend and implement best practices for our clients to “see more, save more and sustain more.” However, it is equally important that we adopt and implement comparable solutions at Ecova. Not only do we become better at what we do, but we improve the solutions we provide to our clients. That’s why corporate responsibility is an important and strategic step for us. Corporate responsibility—the consideration of the long-term health of our employees, our clients, our community and our environment in conjunction with Ecova’s financial health—is not only our duty as good corporate citizens, it is vital to our business. That’s because healthy employees, clients, communities and our environment each make the...

Reflections from the Global Sustainability Summit

My colleague, Arnold Bowers, Sales Director at Ecova, recently attended the Food Marketing Institute and Grocers Manufacturing Association’s Global Sustainability Summit in Boston, Massachusetts. The Summit was a great opportunity to connect with grocery retailers and other professionals in the industry on topics about sustainability and waste management. The agenda looked interesting, so I sat down with Arnold to learn about his experience and his main takeaways from the Summit. What are some of the biggest challenges facing grocery retailers today? Some of the challenges include product safety, customer communication and competing in an ever-growing market with fast-paced changes, driven by technology. What was your main takeaway or nugget of information from the summit? There was a...

Ecova’s Seattle Office Makes An Impact for Northwest Harvest

Our Seattle office recently came together to host a food drive for Northwest Harvest, a nonprofit food bank and hunger relief agency in Washington. It was a team effort and included donations from other offices located in our building.The food drive was part of Ecova Impact, our corporate responsibility program. The program strives to enable impact beyond Ecova―for our employees, clients, communities, and our planet. Every quarter our Impact team selects a theme to focus on and this quarter we chose Sustainable Food Practices. In accordance with this theme, the Seattle office partnered with Northwest Harvest. The goal was to collect as much food as possible in a building competition during a two-week period to help restock Northwest Harvest’s traditionally low food levels over the...