Many Means to Mitigating Waste Management Costs


A large and professionally varied population of respondents to our 2015 Energy and Sustainability Predictions survey made it clear that waste management provides an organization-wide opportunity to drive cost savings and sustainability. While waste ranks behind energy and water as the biggest opportunity for savings and improvement in 2015, our survey reveals growing awareness of waste disposal challenges across industries and job functions. A full 60 percent of the 500 energy, sustainability, facility, and finance professionals we surveyed said waste management is applicable to them. Why? Perhaps because refuse—more so than water and energy—creates a tangible and daily reminder of its problematic disposal. Or, perhaps it’s due to the 28 percent rise in waste disposal costs over the past...

The AESP National Conference Presents Opportunities to Learn and Share

One of the largest events in the energy industry – AESP’s National Conference and Expo – will take place this year in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, from February 9 to 12. Aside from the fact that all of us in the cloudy, rainy and snowy parts of the country get to see sun for a few days, we’re also looking forward to several days of talking about what makes us passionate every day: energy efficiency. On Thursday, February 12 at 8:30 a.m. our own Ryan Rasmussen, Utility Solutions Manager, will present “Consumer Electronics: Tapping into the Power of the Service Provider.” Ryan led a pilot effort with cable satellite provider DIRECTV, focused on supporting ENERGY STAR® qualified set top boxes and installing advanced power strips in consumers’ homes via a clean energy residential program in...

13th Annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Takes Midwest by Storm

Ecova was a proud sponsor of the 2015 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference (“MES Conference”), hosted by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (“MEEA”) from January 28-30 in Chicago. The MES Conference is the leading energy efficiency event in the Midwest, boasting attendance of more than 600 professionals across both public and private sectors, including utilities, state energy offices, academics, manufacturers and implementation companies. The no-holds-barred event took the Midwest by storm, but thankfully allowed most attendees to escape an actual Chicago blizzard just in the nick of time. As a Chicagoan, I know firsthand just how long it can take to dig out, so let me provide a brief overview of the MES Conference while the snow melts. This year’s MES Conference tackled emerging...

2015 Predictions: What’s All the Hype About Energy Management Systems?

Our last blog highlighted the top three priorities of respondents to Ecova’s 2015 Energy and Sustainability Predictions survey – drawing on the expertise of more than 500 North American energy, sustainability, facility, and finance professionals. In short these were:  Implementing no-cost, low-cost efficiency efforts. Supporting strategic energy and sustainability management plans/programs. Identifying and implementing capital expenditures to support energy efficiency projects.  A common theme shared by these three priorities, as well as other results from the survey, is the repeated utilization of energy management systems, or the recognized needs these systems address, which are explained below.  EMS/BMS (energy management systems/building management systems), are the most...

Data is the Key to Strategic Energy Management

The New Year is shaping up to be an active one on the commercial energy management front. Ecova’s 2015 Energy and Sustainability Predictions report revealed the top three ambitions of the more than 500 North American energy, sustainability, facility, and finance professionals we surveyed: 1.) No-cost, Low-cost Efficiency Efforts The fact that implementing no-cost, low-cost efficiency efforts tops the list is no surprise—it’s where companies can get the biggest bang for their buck. But to execute on these initiatives, organizations need to first identify their best opportunities for savings and then measure their gains. That requires a means of trends analysis and benchmark reporting. Monthly bill data is the foundational source of information required to monitor energy consumption and...