Organizations are pressured to reduce overhead costs, to engage their employees, and to be responsive to their customers and/or stakeholders.
Energy utilities are pressured to generate cost-effective energy savings, to help their customers to better manage energy.
Both are trying to manage their climate impact.
At Stillwater, we impact these needs every day.
Depending on your perspective, that impact may look different:
We deploy targeted changes to customer operations, maintenance and behavior to create reliable and long-lasting energy savings.
We strengthen the most important relationships between utility energy efficiency program administrators and their commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.
We provide guidance to enhance utility programs that support utility energy savings goals.
The case for Strategic Energy Management (SEM)
Whereas traditional energy management tries to isolate human intervention to focus on technology/equipment changes, SEM embraces the building occupants and facility staff as part of the solution. SEM leverages the customer’s organization via an energy team that engages executives and employees to take action on energy and integrate it into the business processes.
The result is an integrated, self-reinforcing energy management culture, along with behavioral and operational changes that reduce energy consumption and that last over time. These changes also positively impact employee morale, carbon impacts, and stakeholder perceptions.
At Stillwater, we have seen SEM positively impact organizations in large cities and rural areas, in organizations small and large, in organizations who are sophisticated and experienced in energy projects and planning as well as in organizations who are just starting to manage energy.
We are excited about what SEM does and what it can do for end-users and their utility energy efficiency program administrators and we look forward to working with you.
Why should you deploy SEM?
Whether you are an end-user organization or a utility program administrator, SEM probably makes sense:
Organization Executives – provide a strategic approach to energy management that integrates into your vision of “building a better organization”
Managers – support your bottom line, support employee engagement and retention, and reach energy and energy-related sustainability goals
Staff – support sustainability in a very measurable and meaningful way, support job security through bottom line reduction, gain exposure to multiple departments and levels
Building/Equipment Operators – support uptime through energy-related analysis and maintenance, provide a positive way to proactively engage with occupants/employees
Utility Program Administrators
Utility Executives – keep your largest business customers happy and support their financial viability (and keep them located in your service territory)
Energy Efficiency Program Directors – provide a unified program vision for your customer engagements, where SEM supports your customers’ flexibility, increases their sophistication to increase their participation in new or other programs
Energy Efficiency Program Staff – support your savings goal attainment from operations, maintenance and behavior, while positively supporting customer satisfaction and not negatively impacting your other efficiency programs
Account Executives – support customer satisfaction goals, providing structure that supports deeper, wider and more proactive relationships
Our services support our program administrator clients and their commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in three ways:
Program Design and Development
We help our utility program administrator clients who are considering SEM as a potential new program. We have designed and developed programs for our program administrator clients, creating programs with far reaching influence across North America. Our team designs standalone SEM programs as well as energy management program families that include SEM along with retro-commissioning, energy managers, SEM for small enterprises, and other solutions. We develop program manuals, program curriculum, technical guidelines, measurement and verification tools, and marketing elements that all support quality program delivery.
We help our utility program administrator clients address their needs of cost-effective energy savings as well as other common needs for demand savings, carbon reduction, and customer satisfaction. Our program solution for these needs is SEM.
We manage the SEM program from end-to-end, keeping program managers engaged on high value input and not burdening them with low value minutiae.
We engage the end user organizations in workshops with minimal PowerPoint slides, a focus on group activities, and helping participants to address their real-world energy management issues. We coach these organizations, providing objective insights as well as motivation to help them to meet their objectives.
Ultimately, the participant organizations transform how they manage energy and how they engage with their utility – both in extremely positive ways.
We help our utility program administrator clients to get the most out of their existing programs through Program Optimization.
In this, our team leverages our deep program development and implementation experience to analyze existing programs midstream, provide clear and actionable feedback to refine program implementation and produce even greater results. We address program areas such as marketing, customer service, measurement and verification (M&V), technical opportunities, reporting, and program metrics, comparing current state in these areas to best practice. In these targeted engagements, we provide actionable guidance to quickly improve programs, whether they only need refinements, or they need a more complete turnaround.
Our Vision & Mission
Our vision is a global business landscape where energy is truly integrated into organizational practices.
Together, we support that vision in three ways:
Relatively few people really care about saving energy. We help people understand how reducing energy helps the bottom line, reduces carbon impact, improves employee morale, and addresses uptime, reliability, and market competitiveness.
Companies spend more time in just managing their expenses than they do in managing their energy. We use hands-on techniques to help them to better understand and relate to how they use energy and how they can make a difference.
Traditional energy management revolves around deploying technologies that isolate and minimize occupant behaviors, to keep people from wasting energy. We instead treat people as the solution, engaging them with a structured, data-driven process that yields lasting and positive change.