Guest Post by: Sarah McAuley
This March 25-27th, hundreds of energy decision-makers will flock to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for EnergySMART 2014. The lineup of speakers includes a veritable who’s who of seasoned energy management experts, including David Berdish from Ford, Darrell Smith from Microsoft, Chris Brophy from MGM Resorts International, Paul Cicio from the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, Heather Henriksen from Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, and many more. These folks are on the front line of energy management and their rich experience will help attendees adopt new technology, strategies, tools, and insights to make better decisions for their organizations. The agenda tackles a wide range of topics, from how Energy Treasure Hunts can engage employees towards a common goal, to the latest developments with the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. Whatever sessions you attend, by the end of the conference, you’ll be able to answer these 5 key questions:
- Am I ahead of the curve in terms of energy management?
Well, you’re going to EnergySMART, so that bodes well. But you can always be doing more to stay ahead of one of the fastest evolving aspects of running your facility. EnergySMART will provide you the opportunity to ask questions of your peers and industry experts, understand what best practices work and where big projects have failed, and find out what new tools and services are helping energy managers be better at their jobs. Whether you’re just starting out in energy management or have a sophisticated team and strategy in place, in 2.5 days you’ll get the knowledge you need to take your efforts to the next level.
- What the heck is “Energy Intelligence Software”?
When was the last time you filled out an expense report in Excel? Or used a Rolodex to look up a potential customer’s contact information? Or got a paper cell phone bill? My guess is it’s been a looooong time. Virtually every part of the enterprise uses data to drive down costs and manage vast amounts of information. Yet energy, one of the largest operating expenses for many organizations, is often managed by disparate functions with very few tools that drive visibility and accountability. Energy intelligence software informs three aspects of energy management to drive savings: how you buy it, how much you use, and when you use it. At EnergySMART, you can learn how energy intelligence software helps customers use their real-time energy metering data and powerful analytics to make better energy management decisions. And find out who’s playing in this newly emerging space at our sponsor pavilion.
- What energy projects are the most important for people in my industry? In my role?
The types of energy management challenges that a Chief Engineer at a cold storage facility faces are vastly different than those of a building manager of a commercial office space – and vary even more when compared to those on a CFO’s mind. EnergySMART is designed to facilitate rich discussions among people with similar goals and challenges. The agenda is divided into two session tracks: Commercial & Institutional and Industrial & Manufacturing. There will also be Birds of a Feather networking sessions and industry roundtables to help like-facilities find each other on an even more granular level, and sessions dedicated to overcoming organizational challenges that will feature perspectives from the C-suite to the boiler room. But don’t take our word for it. Why does John Fischer, General Manager-Northeast Region for Southeastern Container, attend EnergySMART year after year? “It’s a great venue to network and meet people that have similar types of experiences in our sector. We’re able to benchmark and understand what they’re doing for energy usage or conservation.”
- What’s the first thing I should do when I get back to work?
The goal for EnergySMART is simple: every attendee will leave the conference with at least 3 concrete ideas that can be immediately implemented to make a meaningful impact on their business. While the agenda will feature a fair amount of visibility into where the energy industry is heading, the rubber meets the road in the breakout sessions where we task our speakers with providing actionable insights and advice for our attendees. Get best practices from energy management veterans at Boeing, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, GE, Ford Motor Co., and more.
- Will the John McNutt Band do the Rolling Stones justice?
If there’s one thing that the years of attending EnergySMART has taught us, it’s that some of the most valuable learning moments happen during those informal conversations you have outside of conference sessions. This year, we’re hosting a party at Field House Sports Bar, featuring music by the John McNutt Band, which will give you a good chance to kick back, enjoy the company of your peers, and catch up over a beer – whether about energy or classic rock is up to you.