While it is true that energy costs are are a burden, successful companies are motivated by more than the reduction of their energy costs. For some, energy programs are a bi-product of employee engagement programs; for others, they are a tool for attracting talent.
While energy efficiency has become the pop term for what we want to do, its a relatively meaningless goal for many companies. Companies are more focused on “sufficiency” - the process of identifying what energy goals are unique and appropriate to them individually.
In order for a company to achieve its energy efficiency goals, everyone in the company must take ownership of the problem. Leveraging the behaviors of employees begins with the creation of opportunities for them to play a role as an individual and as a team.
While smart technology plays an important role in helping companies reduce their energy consumption dramatically, company culture and employee engagement are equally important for success.
People are genuinely passionate about good energy use, and in most cases, it is this passion that catalyzes a company’s energy programs. Passion also drives new ideas for lowering energy consumption, and is a used to influence adoption of energy programs.
Industrial facility that converts natural gas (or coal outside of RI) to electricity; 98% of the RI’s electricity comes from natural gas.
Interconnected network for delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers, made up of three main components
Rhode Island is unique in that, despite its small size and singular metropolitan area, it has no energy czar, or a centralized group that connects all of the “players” within the energy ecosystem. With National Grid as the state’s only distribution company for natural gas and electricity, they have played a major role in initiating policies and providing incentives towards more energy efficient commercial practices. Aside from National Grid, other notable players include the state’s legislative bodies, civic groups that came out of policy changes, including the Energy Efficiency Resource Management Council (EERMC), and other groups that provide advocacy and resources for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy users.
The following timeline shows the most recent and important policy changes that have sparked better energy practices within RI’s C&I sector:
Identifies opportunities for National Grid to purchase low-cost efficiency and system reliability resources
Outlines how they will invest in the least cost, cleanest resource
Explains the implementation of what's contained in the 2008 Opportunity Report
RI’s Public Utilities Commission approves the 3 Year electric efficiency plan and 2012 Implementation Plan, which more than doubles National Grid’s investment in energy efficiency ($40 mil>$88 mil) by 2014