Big and Small, Our Data Gives Ecova Experts an Edge in Energy Savings

Even before the IPO of Opower and the Google acquisition of Nest, there was much hype in recent years on the use of data and analytics in utility energy efficiency programs. From home energy reports focused on behavioral savings to disaggregation of smart meter data for virtual audits to a rebirth of smart thermostats, data is providing a valuable first-step to savings by identifying customers with the greatest savings potential and enabling compelling marketing to customers of their specific savings opportunities.   Ecova has been working to fuse this actionable data with the other program components critical to driving program participation and energy savings. I’m excited to share that today we announced the availability of our Ecova Efficiency Platform, an integrated solution that...

Demonstrating Leadership Through Public Impact Reporting

Transparency via impact reporting is becoming a basic expectation of doing business, especially as technological advances necessitate improved tracking and broader sharing of information. However, rather than viewing carbon and sustainability reporting as just the standard cost of doing business, it should also be seen as an opportunity to enhance resource mindfulness, increase accountability, enable industry-wide baselining, and spark important conversations and innovative thinking amongst industry leaders. As a leader in the Total Energy and Sustainability Management space, it is Ecova’s responsibility to envision the world we want to see―and to develop creative, effective solutions that enable our internal and external stakeholders to make decisions that bring us closer to making that...

Key Takeaways from a Retail Sustainability Conference

I recently returned from Retail Industry Leadership Association’s (RILA) 7th Annual Sustainability Conference in Minneapolis, MN where representatives from over 80 of the largest retail brands converged to discuss emerging trends in sustainability and the retail industry. I attended the popular conference with over 500 attendees hoping to learn about the direction of the industry and best practices, and the event didn’t disappoint! Overall, the conference focused on two key themes: Consumers are “snack shopping,” taking small bites of information through multiple mediums (phones, PCs, tablets, print). Sustainability connects retailers and consumers through these mediums when the story is compelling, visual, and evocative. Consumers want to buy from responsible companies and...

Strategic Energy Management for Commercial Buildings: Lessons Learned


Our recent blog post, Strategic Energy Management for Commercial Buildings: 5 Key Areas described Ecova’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program, as presented at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in August. In many ways, strategic energy management is the ultimate energy savings program, for businesses and utilities alike, driving persistent energy savings and ongoing collaboration around energy efficiency. The Ecova Framework includes best practices in five keys areas: Data People Infrastructure Marketing and Reporting Continual Improvement However, there’s no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to creating a more energy-efficient and sustainable business. Every organization has its own operational particulars and cultural environment. In working...

How Fiscal Normalization Helps to Sync Your Organization to Data

In the United States, businesses can choose to end the fiscal year on any date of the calendar year, and most tend to use the end of a month to simplify accounting. Furthermore, most companies’ fiscal year coincides with the beginning of the calendar year on January 1st or at the beginning of a quarter (April 1st, July 1st or October 1st), but there are many variations on this theme for diverse reasons. Department stores, for example, decide to let the entire holiday shopping season (including post-holiday returns) fall in one fiscal year. They also might want to have plenty of time to finish post-holiday inventories before tackling the end-of-fiscal-year accounting. As a result, the fiscal year for many of these companies ends on January 31st or the Saturday closest to this date. Most...