The Value of EMS: Survey Results and Analysis


When businesses decide to invest in an Energy Management System (EMS), they are making a commitment to managing energy and operational resources and delivering measurable results. From the moment EMS is installed management, maintenance, and efficiency become inextricably linked. To understand better where the market is today, specifically how companies, select, maintain and manage these systems and their data to drive value to their organization, Ecova conducted a survey that includes a year-over-year analysis of changes since 2013. We’re pleased to share an overview of the key findings: The majority of respondents – 82 percent – indicated they have EMS installed at some or all of their facilities. Sixty-eight percent – led by big box retail and lodging – indicated EMS is...

How to Stay Informed On Energy Prices & Market Intelligence

For multi-site companies, the cost of energy consumption is a perennial concern. The first half of 2015 has experienced an energy cost reprieve, but there is skepticism that low prices are here to stay. Do you manage a corporate energy budget or procurement strategy? How are you staying informed on energy prices? I’m excited to share some new resources available to you via our new Energy Price Hub, a convenient, all-in-one resource to help you stay informed and get the latest updates on energy prices and market intelligence. Here are highlights of some of the tools you can leverage: WEEKLY ENERGY MARKET WATCH NEWSLETTER: Subscribe to this weekly newsletter, delivered to your inbox, to gain insights on energy market information, market drivers impacting prices today, and updates on the...

Are Recent California Water Use Restrictions Affecting Your Business?


Does your commercial or industrial business have facilities in California? If so, you probably have questions about the recent water use restrictions and what this means for your business. Here is a short summary of the recent mandates: On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order mandating a 25 percent reduction in potable urban water consumption.  On May 5, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board passed emergency regulations that will directly affect local water districts.  On May 18, 2015 the emergency water regulations were approved by the State of California Office of Administrative Law. The 25 percent reduction applies June 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016, compared to a 2013 baseline. Adjusted reduction targets, accounting for 2014 performance, have...

Energy Market Update—Are Price Increases on the Way?

Ever wish you could go back in time? When it comes to energy pricing, you virtually can! Right now, energy prices are as low as we’ve seen them since 2012 but increases may be on the way. So how can companies survive the ups and downs of the industry and take advantage of prices when they’re low? Ecova recently addressed that question in our recent webinar, “Energy Outlook, Q2 Market Intelligence Update.” In case you missed it, here are a few of the most important takeaways:  Natural gas & wholesale electricity are near their lowest since '12Energy prices are likely to rise in Q3 2015 as the supply and demand picture balances.  Power sector demand for natural gas is set to increaseWith around 14,000 MW of coal-plant retirements scheduled for 2015, gas-fired generation will...

Remedying the Healthcare TEM Headache

The healthcare industry is inundated with devices. From simple stethoscopes through advanced imaging machines, healthcare professionals require all kinds of technology to do their jobs. This includes thousands of on-call devices, like smartphones and tablets, which keep professionals prepared to serve their patients well. For many healthcare organizations, under-management of these devices has inflated expenses and left inventories in disarray. It becomes more of a challenge to focus energy and expenses on patient-provider relationships when more resources are channeled to under-managed telecom contracts and expenses. For organizations stuck in this expenses conundrum, there are remedies for this expensive headache. 1. Scalable Inventory Management Organizations with a “keep it...