5 Obstacles to Conquer in Energy Management

iStock_000013389344SmallObstacles can either break you or make you better. Take Miami-Dade County, for instance.

Home to 2.5 million residents, the County’s building portfolio—more than 1,500 facilities—is complex and constantly changing. It includes the County’s top two sources of revenue, the Miami International Airport and PortMiami. Other public service facilities under active energy management include 70 fire stations, 100 parks, 43 libraries, and many others.

The County was facing five large obstacles in their energy management program. Maybe you can relate to some of them. 

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January 30, 2014

Univ of Kansas and Energy Management [Video]

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The University of Kansas is a teaching and research institution that operates multiple campuses and serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor.

KU needed to track and manage chargebacks on 1,100 meters and submeters throughout a complex structure of divisions and departments including athletics, housing, and food services.

With annual chargeback revenue totaling over 2.3 million dollars, managing chargebacks was a high priority business process. In addition, KU wanted to measure the success of energy management projects.

How did KU do it? 

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January 25, 2014

A Tale of Three Cities

Today’s blog is a Tale of Three Cities.

tale-of-two-citiesWe’ll give you three brief but instructive stories, and you see if you can match them to the city where each occurred:

The three cities are:

  • Westminster, CO
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN

Short on Cash

In 2012, this city declared a state of fiscal emergency and filed for bankruptcy protection. Reduced staffing made it necessary for an account technician to take on an energy management role. With two electric companies, two water companies, a gas company, and nine months of backlogged energy bills for its energy management software, this city needed a way to stop paying late fees.

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January 23, 2014

Forest City by the Numbers [Video]

FCpictureYou can know an organization by its numbers. Real estate developer Forest City Enterprises manages and owns properties nationwide. Their numbers are:

  • 5,000 monthly utility bills
  • 10,000 utility meters
  • 3,000 chargebacks on tenant submeters
  • 300 utility vendors
  • 100 rate codes

With numbers this size, Forest City had an energy management challenge on their hands.

Watch this 2 minute video to discover how they solved it.

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January 5, 2014

How Corporate Social Responsibility Improves the Triple Bottom-Line

Is Corporate Social Responsibility just a trendy term or does it have tangible value for an organization?

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. has proven the latter. An owner, operator, and developer of distinctive places to live, work, and shop, Forest City emphasizes the benefits of CSR to its triple bottom line—people, planet, and profit.

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November 25, 2013

When the Little Guy Makes a Big Difference

When my brother John was 12 years old, he entered a wrestling meet at summer camp.

Pairings were determined by weight, and after the weigh-in, John was matched with … Joe. Joe was one of the camper leaders, was 18 years old, and was in the oldest cabin. It hardly seemed like a fair fight, and organizers told John he could opt out. But without a blink, John agreed.

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October 15, 2013

Interview: Why Virginia Beach’s Utility Invoice to Payment Process Is Turning Heads

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September 25, 2013

2 Energy Myths Challenged by City of Westminster

The City of Westminster, Colorado was like many other modest-sized municipalities when it came to handling utility bill expenses.

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August 13, 2013

Video Interview Shows How County Saved $96,000

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July 23, 2013

3 Ways an Energy Manager Helped Bail Out a City in Crisis

In 2012, four California cities declared a fiscal emergency and/or filed for bankruptcy.

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July 10, 2013

The Secret About Utility Companies

Want to hear a secret about your utility vendor? 

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June 20, 2013

Virginia Beach and EnergyCAP Receive Energy-Saving Award from the GFOA

The City of Virginia Beach (CVB) has received the Louisville Award for Innovation in Government from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for improving the City’s utility bill management process.

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June 13, 2013

Riverside County, CA Saves $96,000 Through EnergyCAP

riversideCountySealRecently EnergyCAP received an email from Janet Purchase, the energy manager for Riverside County, CA.

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March 18, 2013

City of Jacksonville Selects EnergyCAP Utility Bill Management Software

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Download the official press release.

The largest city in Florida has selected EnergyCAP energy management software for city-wide utility bill management. The City of Jacksonville, FL, awarded the contract to EnergyCAP, Inc. for a Utility Management System after a competitive selection process. The System will be funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.

Jacksonville chose EnergyCAP to reduce energy cost, report on the environmental impact of government operations, improve the energy efficiency of City buildings, and reduce negative environmental impacts. EnergyCAP will be used for utility bill tracking, auditing, benchmarking, greenhouse gas tracking, and reporting for more than 6.5 million square feet including 300 buildings.

“We’re very proud to work with City of Jacksonville to attain their energy efficiency and sustainability goals,” said Steve Heinz, CEO of EnergyCAP, Inc. “Residents ought to cheer the City—not only for focusing on energy and cost reduction—but for acquiring the Utility Management System with grant funds.”

EnergyCAP will interface with IBM Maximo®, the City’s asset management system, and will receive electronic billing data from utilities including JEA, Beaches Energy, the Town of Baldwin, and cities including Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. EnergyCAP will also automatically submit building energy data to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager so Jacksonville can receive building energy ratings. EnergyCAP is a two-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

The City of Jacksonville joins other organizations in Florida already using EnergyCAP, such as the counties of Miami-Dade, Orange, and Charlotte, the City of Tampa, University of Central Florida, Valencia Community College, and 30 school districts and other clients.

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November 21, 2012

EnergyCAP Up and Running at Texas State

texasStateUniversity_80Thanks to an enthusiastic and dedicated energy management team, EnergyCAP energy management software is up and running at Texas State University just in time to add value to a new submetering project.

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November 13, 2012

Kalamazoo Valley CC Saves More than $1 Million

Kalamazoo Valley Community College announced this month that savings from energy conservation efforts in the last three years has totaled more than $1 million.

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November 2, 2012

New Case Study: City of Westminster, Colorado

westminsterInfograph_200x605The City of Westminster, Colorado was like many other modest-sized municipalities when it came to handling utility bill expenses. But Thomas Ochtera, Energy Coordinator for the City of Westminster, set out to challenge many of the assumptions that contribute to wasteful spending in order to impact city budgeting, accounting processes, and most importantly, energy awareness.

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August 3, 2012

Texas State University Combats Tuition Hike with New Energy Strategy

Read the PDF version.
Read the article in Campus Technology magazine.

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July 26, 2012

City of Tampa Purchases EnergyCAP Utility Bill Management System

tampaInfoGraphic_200The City of Tampa has selected EnergyCAP energy management software as its new utility data management system. Through EnergyCAP, the City will achieve its city-wide sustainability goals including reducing energy costs, improving energy efficiency of City buildings, reporting the environmental impact of government operations, and reducing negative impacts through energy tracking and utility bill management.

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June 21, 2012

If You Want Energy Management Done Right, Do It Yourself

FCE_adIf you want something done right—do it yourself. That’s what Forest City Enterprises, Inc., a national real estate owner and developer, decided to do by moving all of its utility billing and auditing functions in-house.

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June 19, 2012

Kentucky and Kansas Both Energy Management Winners

Whether you are rooting for Kentucky or Kansas in the 2012 College Basketball National Championship, both schools are already winners when it comes to energy management.

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April 2, 2012

EnergyCAP Awarded Miami-Dade County Energy Software Contract

miamiInfographic_175Read the official press release.

EnergyCAP, the best-selling energy management software since 1980, has been selected by Florida’s Miami-Dade County for county-wide utility bill management. EnergyCAP will enable the County to reduce energy cost through improved electronic utility bill processing, auditing and payment, benchmarking, advanced analytics, and automated reporting.

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March 7, 2012

EnergyCAP Helps Green Data Center

EnergyCAP is mentioned in a thoughtful article on greening the data center through practices including centralization of server functions, server virtualization, and data center climate control.

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April 11, 2011

City/County Government Uses EECBG Funds for EnergyCAP Purchase

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, in the heart of the Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky, has purchased EnergyCAP energy efficiency software with stimulus funds from a U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).

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May 13, 2010

EnergyCAP and BITHENERGY Awarded Energy Management Contract by Virginia Commonwealth University

EnergyCAP, Inc. and BITHENERGY announce the award of a contract for an energy management and utility information system for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The system is based on the best-selling EnergyCAP energy efficiency software, and will be administered and hosted by BITHENERGY to analyze VCU’s energy usage and utility data.The new energy management system will allow VCU to eliminate billing and metering errors, pinpoint inefficient facilities, optimize utility bill payment processes, streamline energy accounting and budgeting, generate energy analysis reports, and track greenhouse gas emissions. EnergyCAP, Inc. and BITHENERGY jointly provide ongoing energy efficiency services to Maryland’s Department of General Services and the District of Columbia.


“We’re pleased that VCU has joined dozens of other colleges and universities that manage their utility bills and campus-wide chargebacks with EnergyCAP. Energy management at higher education facilities can be complex, but there are often great savings opportunities available. VCU is a particularly notable EnergyCAP client because they first became a user of our industry-leading FASER energy accounting software way back in the 1980s. We, along with BITHENERGY, are excited to move forward to a new era of energy efficiency with VCU,” said Steve Heinz, PE, CEM, the Founder and CEO of EnergyCAP, Inc.

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March 5, 2010

Equity Residential Documents $250,000 Savings in EnergyCAP’s Issue Tracker

“Thanks to EnergyCAP, we have already identified savings of $250,000 in 2009 alone,” says Lou Schotsky, Vice President of Property Operations for Equity Residential (EQR).

Accounting staff and property management administration at EQR, the largest publicly traded owner, operator, and developer of multifamily housing in the United States, are using the Issue Tracker functionality in EnergyCAP to help track and report on one-time and recurring energy-related issues that lead to bottom line savings.


Issue Tracker is a "trouble ticket" system for utility bills. Once EnergyCAP’s audits spot a cost anomaly or savings opportunity, an Issue is created. Each Issue includes optional data fields designed for tracking of cost and usage reduction estimates. Schotsky is using those fields to tally recurring and one-time expense recoveries. “We’ve always tried to track savings related to energy audits and analysis, but now that everything is in EnergyCAP the issues are easier to find, fix and track. We've been pleasantly surprised to see how big the numbers are when you add them up."


Schotsky says that the recurring issues primarily involve rate analysis, while the one-time issues are most often billing errors.

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November 20, 2009

Toronto Waste Management Office Adds EnergyCAP to Energy-Saving Arsenal

Building reports are key to savings, according to the Energy & Waste Management Office (EWMO) of Toronto’s Facilities & Real Estate division. To generate savings, EMWO uses EnergyCAP to reduce energy use across the city.

Every month, EMWO enters utility billing data into the EnergyCAP database and generates building reports for city-owned facilities. Building Managers use the report data to spot high energy use quickly and take measures to rectify the situation.


EWMO says that EnergyCAP is saving the city money on public utility bills.

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November 20, 2009

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