Mitigate Summer Demand Charges

Posted by Mark Gilbreth on July 31, 2019 8:07:00 AM PDT

As electricity users enter the summer months, they should be aware of the Summer On-Peak Demand Charge which is added to their electric utility bill. This demand charge is evaluated weekdays between the hours 1PM to 5PM, 12PM to 6PM, or 4PM to 9PM depending on your electric utility company and rate tariff. It is important because it is an additional charge assessed between $11 and $23/kW depending on your rate tariff. This is commonly a 25 to 30% cost added to your bill, which is significant.

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Topics: energy, energymanagement, sustainability, energyimprovement, energy savings

Energy Manager Key Characteristics: Establish Critical Key Metrics

Posted by Agave Systems on March 15, 2019 1:33:00 PM PDT
 
Part 2

Why is it important to establish critical energy metrics? Mark Gilbreth, CTO and Founder of Agave® Systems, explains that these metrics will identify the goals that rally your organization, at both the executive and working level, around how you add value. These metrics should:

  • Be aware of business operations
  • Monitor energy usage
  • Understand utility rates
  • Know the impact of demand charges 
  • Be compliant with GHG Emissions

Whether you are an experienced Energy or Sustainability Manager, or just getting started, Agave® Systems has developed the Agave® Analytics Suite to assist you on your road to success. If you are looking for a central tool to acquire energy data process metrics in real-time, validate utility bills, or projects, provide alerts or bring knowledge to your team, we are excited to help achieve your business goals. Learn more about Agave® Systems, here. Be sure to tune in next time to hear more about the key characteristics of an energy manager. Until next time, have fun innovating your way to success. 

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Energy Manager Key Characteristics: Experience with Energy Improvement

Posted by Agave Systems on February 27, 2019 1:14:00 PM PST
Part 3-2

 

In this week's blog series, Agave® Systems' CTO, Mark Gilbreth, continues to discuss the Key Characteristics of an Energy Manager by speaking to the importance of experience of energy management. 
 
As an Energy Manager, you are a leader. You must access experience to develop energy savings ideas. Your experience or team of experts should have a thorough understanding of utility rates. Time-of-Use rates are complex and changing, but understanding is critical to identify what energy improvements will help achieve your goals. Other energy reductions include process changes, such as equipment schedules or thermostat setting changes, provide a quick win for the team. Equipment upgrades that require capital, provide paybacks of 1 to 3 years but typically generate more savings.
 
Lastly, onsite generation, such as Solar, Cogeneration, and Energy Storage provide paybacks in the 3-5 year range, but offer greater savings. These are a few examples of energy savings strategies that have helped others achieve their goals. Does your team have the experience to know which will help you achieve your goals? 
 
Whether you are an experienced Energy or Sustainability Manager, or just getting started, Agave® Systems has developed the Evolution™ platform to assist you on your road to success. If you are looking for a central tool to acquire energy data process metrics in real-time, validate utility bills, or projects, provide alerts or bring knowledge to your team, we are excited to help achieve your business goals. Learn more about Agave® Systems, here. Be sure to tune in next time to hear more about the key characteristics of an energy manager. Until next time, have fun innovating your way to success. 
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Energy Manager Key Characteristics: Focus on Adding Value

Posted by Agave Systems on February 20, 2019 1:23:00 PM PST
 
Part 1
In this week's blog series, Agave® Systems' CTO, Mark Gilbreth, provides the importance of the Focus on Adding Value. You must make what you do in your role relevant to the business. The work you perform must drive value or dollars. Mark's advice to adding value is laid out in these key points:
1) understand business drivers,
2) enhance marketing and branding,
3) share roadmap and vision,
4) develop capital budgets, and
5) identify financial objectives.
Whether you are an experienced Energy or Sustainability Manager, or just getting started, Agave® Systems has developed the Agave® Analytics Suite to assist you on your road to success. If you are looking for a central tool to acquire energy data process metrics in real-time, validate utility bills, or projects, provide alerts or bring knowledge to your team, we are excited to help achieve your business goals. Learn more about Agave® Systems, here. Be sure to tune in next time to hear more about the key characteristics of an energy manager. Until next time, have fun innovating your way to success. 
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Energy Manager Key Characteristics: Intro

Posted by Agave Systems on February 8, 2019 12:28:35 PM PST
 
 
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Energy Costs are rising and becoming a more significant portion of your companies operating budget. Local, State, and Federal agencies are mandating that your business begin reporting and reducing Green House Gas Emissions. Meet Mark Gilbreth, Founder and Chief Technology Office of Agave® Systems, Inc. Mark has 27 years of experience driving value with process improvement and automated systems. He has held many leadership positions and his success has been driven by identifying business processes, eliminating waste, and driving value to his organizations. Based on his experience, Mark shares the the 5 Key Characteristics that will make you a successful energy or sustainability manager. Those characteristics are: 1) A Focus on Added Value, 2) Establish Critical Energy Metrics, 3) Experience with Energy Improvement, 4) Model Good Teamwork Habits, and 5) Implement Controls. In this series, Mark will dive deep into each of these key characteristics. Learn more about Agave® Systems, here. Be sure to tune in next time to hear more about the key characteristics of an energy manager. Until next time, have fun innovating your way to success. 
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