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Water utilities account for almost 30%-40% of total energy consumers of government bodies. The rise in energy prices continues to have an impact on the operating margins of water utilities.
The challenges faced by water utilities include:
Stringent Regulations: Strong consent and quality standards, underpin the core business, which become legally binding
Increasing customer expectations: Owing to increasing pollution, concerns about personal well-being and competition, customers demand better service
Climate Change: Many water quality parameters (pH, salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen -DO, turbidity etc.) are subject to large fluctuations owing to diurnal and seasonal variations
Energy price volatility: This is impacting the operational expenditures with unpredictable electricity bills
Complexity of sites: The water and waste water treatment plants have a mix of both sophisticated and orthodox machinery, spread across huge acres of lands. This becomes a challenge in continuous monitoring of the assets and also in data availability
EcoEnergy Insights Energy Management and Optimization solution, with a robust analytics framework, helps uncover energy saving insights and ensures the sustainability of the realized savings for the client. Energy analytics offer process and energy-centric insights that can offer more sophisticated and evidence-based decision-making, especially in relation to enhancing the efficiency levels of the plant operation, while safeguarding compliance during the construction phase. EcoEnergy Insights believes meeting energy saving targets is not in isolation with meeting compliance targets.
We help you improve your base performance and monitor and sustain your performance. Our services include enhancing data value for evidence-based decision-making (Operating expenditure and Capital expenditure) and enabling capital spend to maximize Return on investment.
We are successfully delivering different stages of Energy Optimisation Managed Services in multiple sites of one of the largest global water utilities in the world. At present, we are engaged in a long term program with the client to deliver energy savings for their top 40 sites. We are helping them through continuous monitoring to sustain improved performance. Through are advanced analytical reports, we are providing enhanced data value to our client for evidence based decision making. In some of their wastewater plants, we are also trying to analyse the contribution of CHP (Combined Heat and Power) generated in-house, towards the overall site consumption. This has helped them in realizing energy savings through lesser dependency on grid energy. Being recognized as a Strategic Energy Partner by them stands as a testament to us delivering results.
Energy cost accounts for up to 25% of a Telecom company’s total operating expenses. Switching centers and base stations account for 60%-85% of this energy consumption. With increasing demand for mobility, cloud and data services, energy requirements of service providers are projected to grow. Along with the increasing cost of electricity, service providers are required to make higher and higher budgetary allocations for energy.
The key challenges faced with regard to energy are:
Network Expanse: The sites (such as Mobile Switching Centers, Data Centers and Base substations) are very disparate, localized and spread across large geographies.
Capacity Constraints: Telecommunication sites are already reaching maximum power capacity of existing systems. In this context, energy efficiency and management are being considered as a strategic option for supporting network growth in addition to providing operating expense (OPEX) savings.
Regulatory Requirements: Regulatory requirements in different parts of the world have started to either incentive efficiency improvements or penalize in efficiency to reduce carbon emissions. Many socially responsible organizations have also set targets for themselves to improve their efficiencies and decrease energy and related carbon emissions.
At EcoEnergy, we deliver high impact energy management services by uniquely integrating customer’s distributed facilities/infrastructures with EcoEnergy Insights Energy Management Platform and performing equipment level data analytics to deliver and sustain year on year incremental savings to customers.
EcoEnergy Insights Energy Management Platform captures and consolidates energy and performance data of different connected infrastructure at sites in near real-time. Energy Management Platform also integrates with a 24×7 service desk (Energy Operation Center) for dynamic real-time interventions and expert analytics of data monitored to deliver target energy efficiency, associated emissions reduction and cost benefits. Reports of energy consumption and performance, such as power consumption from different sources during different periods, thermal profiles and PUEs are all recorded & hosted via web services for monitoring & control.
EcoEnergy managed energy services offers complete scalability & flexibility to not only integrate thousands of Telecom infrastructure sites but also with a range of Telecom sites like Mobile Switching Centers (MSCs), Data Centers (DCs), Network Operations Centers (NOCs), Corporate office buildings etc.
EcoEnergy deployed multi-year managed energy and operational services to a Tier-1 telecom service provider with operations in Asia, Middle East and Africa across multiple telecom circles. We executed necessary site modeling and one-time corrections along with the integration of EcoEnergy Insights Enterprise Energy Management Platform.The support of the Energy Operations Center and incident management techniques enabled near real-time centralized monitoring and control of key energy performance parameters of critical assets. EcoEnergy Insights also handled breakdowns and deviations with integrated service assurance.
The cost of energy is a significant expense for retailers globally. Rising energy costs impact the profitability and at the same time there is an increased focus on managing customer experience and meeting regulatory requirements.
As compared to retrofit based energy savings programs which rely on refitting energy efficient components into existing assets, there are significant gains possible with much lower capital outlay. At the same time, there are many hurdles to be crossed for a successful deployment.
Network Expanse: Retailers with a national or international presence face the challenge of setting up and scaling energy efficiency programs across the organization. The integration of current energy infrastructure, collecting data, modeling the differences between various sites and then tailoring saving strategies accordingly proves to be a tough task.
Technology Suitability & Domain Expertise: A solution has to address the multi-vendor environment in the same or different geographies. Expertise in Refrigeration, HVAC, Lighting and Controls along with ability to understand large volume of data retrieved from across the network is key to roll out of such programs.
Capital Funding: Capital funding for implementing EMS program and the availability of incentives and rebates for operational saving programs.
The present approach to energy management focuses on discrete measures for an individual site. The same is then applied across larger number of sites based on criteria like tariffs, type of assets and operational knowledge.
At EcoEnergy, we understand the complexities involved in managing a network of large infrastructure. We have aced the management of distributed energy infrastructure based on device level analytics, delivering year on year incremental savings to you. Our strategic operational measures help you find new ways to save energy and promptly act on energy-saving strategies.
Our expertise in multi-site retail environment to model and ramp up the savings environment enables us to quickly scale the program, ensuring quickest possible positive cash-flows. In fact we offer you more than just saving energy cost. We deliver savings on operational costs covering a wide scope ranging from food safety management comfort (employees as well as customers) to pro-active asset performance management.
We offer you a Zero-Risk savings program. With our commitment to deliver significant savings to customers, our extensive capabilities with hosted platforms and our vast experience in Global Delivery, you can count on us to be your partner in meeting your energy cost reduction targets.
We partnered with a leading retail chain in the US to design a multiyear energy management program, with the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by the year 2020. Energy optimization had to be implemented simultaneously with enhancing customer in-store experience through ambient lighting and temperature set points. We integrated and commissioned more than 1000 stores to our Energy Management Platform and Energy Operations Center. This involved continuous identification and commissioning of energy saving strategies through dynamic control of connected stores to sustain and provide incremental savings. We improved the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) score for the retail chain successfully.
Energy is the third largest variable cost in the restaurant industry after raw materials and direct labor, representing on an average of 5-7% of the company’s turnover depending on the format of the business.
The challenges faced at restaurants are:
Rising Costs: With rising prices that have increased on an average of 30% over the last 5 years, energy costs have become an important factor that need to be smartly managed towards the profitable running of any restaurant or café chain.
Unique Consumption Patterns: The energy consumption pattern across restaurants is different and is dependent on multiple factors viz. type of consumption equipment and their condition (age, maintenance, technology, etc.), sales turnover & footfalls, seasonality, weather, and type of retail outlet (layout, size, orientation etc.). There are large fluctuations in energy consumption in a restaurant within a working day as well as during the week and across months. While these complexities exist at each individual sites, the energy management challenge increases manifold when energy needs to be managed across a network or chain involving thousands of restaurants.
Establishing Control: Establishing control on energy usage inside a restaurant implies the management of food safety compliance, reduction of equipment downtime and operating costs, increasing useful life for the equipment and optimizing utility procurement.
EcoEnergy offers an integrated energy management solution called EcoEnergy Insights Energy Manager (WEM), along with a robust energy services portfolio. The solution is built on a breakthrough approach called “Service Window ”. This framework allows for identifying the unique energy profiles that a typical restaurant goes through during its operations. We use our energy management platform with a robust analytics framework to uncover energy saving insights and ensure the sustainability of the realized savings. We also control temperature management for refrigeration, dining, kitchen areas and equipment and provide asset management capabilities such as asset performance management, service management and warranty tracking. With the capability to gather and analyze large amount of data, the Advanced Energy Analytics engine of the Energy Management Platform enables detection of energy optimizing opportunities across a restaurant network.
We executed an enterprise- wide energy management initiative for a leading pizza chain in the world with 500+ restaurants in India alone. Our objective was to optimize the energy spend, enforce policies and enable central visualization of energy. We reduced energy costs by 7-13% at each restaurant across kitchen, dining and refrigeration loads through deployment of our EcoEnergy Insights Energy Manager platform for energy monitoring hardware, application and services.
Energy is one of the fastest growing operating costs in the hospitality industry, accounting for up to 6% of total running costs. The goal is to reduce energy costs whilst improving guest experience, guest safety, and increasing hotel staff productivity.
The challenges faced in implementing energy efficiency programs in hotels are:
Unique Consumption Patterns: Energy consumption pattern across the hotel facilities differ from site to site, rendering benchmarking meaningless. Consumption is also dependent on multiple factors viz.: Type of Facility, Type of Electromechanical System and their condition, Location
Equipment dependency: The ever-expanding role of power-dependent technology in the delivery of services to guests.
Maintaining Guest Comfort: Guest comfort and the overall experience at the hotel is of paramount importance. Continuous operations and focus on guest experience require uninterrupted power supply.
Dependency on Staff: There are multiple departments that need to come together to make the program successful: Real Estate, IT, Facilities Development, Strategic Sourcing, and Human Resources.
EcoEnergy’s Managed Energy Services Program (MESP) for the Hospitality sector is developed to address these challenges and continuously deliver sustained savings during the engagement period. MESP model generates savings primarily through Operational control – Policy and Control Strategies, Deviation Management, Benchmarking, Long Range Analytics etc. The program is anchored on a deep domain understanding and constraints of a hotel such asits 7 days per week operations, need to cater to individual comfort requirements of different guests (lighting, temperature levels, ventilation etc.), time of checking-in to check-out, running energy systems irrespective of demand etc.
MESP delivers energy monitoring & management by ensuring major assets are run as per the best optimized schedule and set-points, detecting and reducing energy leaks. The Platform runs rules/algorithms to identify multiple service consumption areas (SCA). Schedules and policies are defined for every SCA as per building codes and operational demands based on the unique service window framework.
Discrete & Process Manufacturing
For manufacturing industries, energy is one of the most significant operating costs. With energy costs continuously rising, coupled with increased regulation around environment, there is a greater need for industries to be smart about their energy usage.
While manufacturing companies may have taken steps to upgrade certain machineries and office buildings to use more energy efficient infrastructure, they are yet to implement an integrated solution covering all assets due to following complexities:
Complexity of operations: Every plant typically produces different products, have different production processes & schedules, different operating conditions & parameters, different number of employees, etc. All this adds to the complexity of devising a suitable solution.
Equipment Downtime: Any stoppage in a process industry can result in significant amount of lost revenues due to lengthy start-up and re-calibration procedures. This adds complexity to the implementation process.
Ownership Challenges: Manufacturing spaces can be leased or owned. Integrating energy efficient infrastructure or upgrading them can thus become a challenge.
Unavailability of standard solution: There are no out-of-the-box softwares that can work for different industries or different manufacturing plant in the same industries, each requiring customization and thus there’s difficulty in implementing energy management measures.
At EcoEnergy, we leverage our breadth and depth of expertise and experience to transform the key cost component to a key competitive advantage. We understand that each customer is different and recognize the unique needs of manufacturers to collaboratively achieve the organization goals.
We offer customized solutions using our “Managed Energy Services” engagement model to provide a Capital Expenditure light efficiency solution for all phases of manufacturing. Under this we take ownership of identifying savings opportunities, developing the best fit custom solution, deploy site instrumentation, deploying software and then delivering time bound savings. Our Energy Management Platform is integrated with our 24×7 EOC to provide real-time interventions to deliver energy efficient targets, associated emission reduction and cost benefits.
Commercial & Public Buildings
According to the Energy Information Administration report (from the U.S. Department of Energy), Retail power prices will increase by an average of 4% in 2014, the biggest jump since 2008, and prices will be 13% above this year’s level by the year 2020. Rising energy costs lead to administrators to cut spending in key areas such as maintenance, capital investment and staffing. EcoEnergy Insights leaves net cash on the table for educational institutions (like school districts & universities etc.) to be utilized in educational tools, materials & other student facilities. Likewise, commercial establishments may utilize the net cash in facility upgrades/operational upkeep.
Energy efficiency becomes a challenge for buildings because of various complexities such as
Rising costs: There is a rise in electricity prices.
Facilities maintenance budgets: Budget constraints affect the deployment of measures to reduce energy consumption.
Compliance of energy reduction targets: Government bodies are setting challenging reduction targets in order to combat the threat of global warming.
Our Managed Energy Services for Buildings (such as Commercial buildings, education institutions, county buildings, etc.) is developed to address these challenges. We believe that energy efficiency requires more technological changes beyond traditional investments in retrofits. Therefore, we commit to deliver sustained savings during the entire engagement period primarily through Operational control – Policy and Control Strategies, Deviation Management, Benchmarking and Long Range Analytics. By way of BMS integration, every critical energy asset is connected to our Energy Management Platform.
Our Platform is completely scalable in terms of facilities and types of services, which include energy efficiency services, site-related retrofitting, availability management services, and operations and maintenance services. The platform generates intelligent site-level and enterprise-level reports for MIS and analytics. Our engagement helps engage customers with the right blend of conservation measures and efficient asset operations, which lead to substantial energy savings over a period of time.
One of the top-performing global Information Technology Services Company headquartered in India, implemented EcoEnergy’s Managed Energy Services for its own office buildings/facilities covering an area of ~15Mn sqft across the country, with a focus to optimize the O&M performance, achieve significant energy savings and practice efficient day-to-day energy operations. In the year 2012, client’s energy spend was ~1,900Mn INR for their 70+ buildings in 30+ different locations. We addressed these requirements of the client by deploying our intelligent energy data management platform. We controlled energy consumption by running in-built energy algorithms and rules that detect exceptions and energy wastes/leakages in a dynamic basis and at a device level. We also performed advanced energy analytics, which help in historical consumption of trending and patterns, and sustaining energy savings achieved through a dedicated 24X7 Energy Operations Centre (EOC). Our Enterprise Energy Management Services program, helped the client in a substantial reduction in energy consumption of around ~5Mn units (~32Mn INR cost reduction) – YTD in the year 2012-13. This translates to an 8.98% reduction in energy consumption, per employee, for the year 2012.
The cumulative annual energy spend across bank branches, offices, ATM networks and Data Centers, runs into millions of dollars and can add up to 40-80% of the overall bank consumption of energy. While banks have taken significant steps to address consumption in large offices & Data Centers, little has been done on the branch side because of complexities such as:
Network Expanse: Bank branches are spread across locations. Managing energy consumption and efficiency becomes one of the major challenges for this industry.
Multiple formats & operating schedules: Due to its expanse and widespread locations, banks have different operating schedules and formats. Assigning a consistent energy-efficient strategy becomes a challenge.
Multiple stakeholder involvement: Landlords, Procurement Teams, Facilities Teams, OEMs, Service Providers etc.
Ownership challenges: Bank spaces may either be leased or owned. Integrating energy efficient infrastructure thus becomes a challenge.
Unviable solutions: Most energy management solutions are designed to suit big box stores.
To meet the energy management challenges of bank branches, EcoEnergy offers Managed Energy Services engagement, wherein we take ownership of identifying savings opportunities, developing the best fit custom solution, deploying the solution and then delivering time-bound savings. At EcoEnergy, we understand the operational challenges of the banking industry. We use an innovative energy management platform called EcoEnergy Insights Energy Manager to deliver a range of high-impact energy services. We deploy site instrumentation, which connects the on-site devices to the central platform. This enables us to connect to both BMS and non-BMS sites effectively. Our Energy Management Platform is integrated with our 24×7 EOC to provide real-time interventions to deliver energy-efficient targets, associated emission reduction and cost benefits
Airports, Cold Chain & logistics
The Airports, Cold Chain and Logistics (Transport & Logistics) sector accounts for 20-25% of the global energy usage. Energy is the second major operating expense for such companies and hence energy cost reduction is now widely accepted as an important enterprise goal. However, the goal is to reduce energy consumption without impacting customer comfort, business operations or product integrity in case of cold rooms or warehouses.
The challenges faced in implementing energy efficiency measures are:
Rising Costs: Rising fuel and electricity costs
Lack of Staff: Very few or no dedicated staff at the locations to effectively manage energy
Unique Operations: Dynamically changing loads resulting in challenges in managing load and capacity
Regulations: Regulatory authorities have increased controls and deployed stringent measures to reduce emissions, wastage, etc.
Data Management: Huge volumes of Energy & Asset Performance data collected from a diverse eco-system. It is difficult to correlate multiple data such as Passenger Count, Flight Statistics, Weather/Seasonality, Equipment Usage/Age of Assets and Product Temperature.
The need of the hour is to have an analytics-driven link between the energy infrastructure, control layers, external variables and the operating systems. EcoEnergy’s Energy Management Service is perfectly tailored to help you achieve this. The rich analytics delivered by virtue of using the Energy Management Platform and the Energy Operations Center will help you spot the energy efficiency opportunities as well as lead to operational improvement of assets. Our Advanced Analytics derives insights from diverse forms of data and helps identify opportunities for energy savings.