Tag Archives: Energy Efficiency

Over Obsession with “Savings” will cost your organization dearly! #EnergyAnalytics #EnergyEfficiency

Over obsession with “Savings” starts to cost organisations dearly, anything that does not straight away give X% savings isn’t looked at with interest, potentially ignoring the fundamental value addition it brings in sustaining #EnergyEfficiency or #EnergyProductivity improvement.

Without doubt Savings either in the form energy consumption or cost reduction or a combination, is something that drives decision making process when it comes #EnergyEffciency investments.

To be frank we cannot blame industries entirely for it, i mean that is the way most of products, solutions around #EnergyEfficiency have been sold to them. People have spoken about #ROI, #Payback etc, seldom people talk about aspects like Performance Management, Automated M&V, Automated Reporting & Scientific Budgeting, aspects that have greater impact on organisational and cultural change when it comes to #EnergyEfficiency #EnergyProductivity management.

Some of the forward looking organisations have realized that having a myopic view on ways to improve #EnergyEfficiency #EnergyProductivity will cost them dearly in the longer run. They are looking at driving changes that have a long term vision and an integrated strategy, they are not looking at executing things in isolation. That is going to be the differentiator.

Your thoughts?

Umesh Bhutoria

Shared Economy in #EnergyEfficiency Markets #DataHubs #OpenUp

Energy markets are transitioning fast; Energy Efficiency/Productivity is set to play much bigger role in the transitioning process. Energy Efficiency policies must reflect the new market sentiments and provide long term direction, which in most cases is found missing.

Different think tanks, development agencies and governments have sponsored/funded numerous studies and reports barriers to scaling Energy Efficiency and potential ways to overcome those barriers. The kind of data that has been collected over the areas has not been utilized adequately and is not digitally available.

Establishing central repositories and digitizing such data assets can help create better economic and social value out of data assets, information and insights that can be generated collectively could foster business model innovation, develop tools/applications to simplify energy efficiency, rationalize the cost of energy audits, encourage new age Entrepreneurs to leverage technology and #BigData to solve complex problems.

We have seen the impact of Shared economy in sectors like transportation, hospitality and media. It’s time that Energy Efficiency markets take a clue; open-up to create more value for every stakeholder.

Yours Sincerely,

Umesh Bhutoria

Data Discovery- Why aren’t more businesses doing it? #EnergyProductivity #EnergyEfficiency

Greetings!

Over last two months we have been engaged by two big companies from Textile and Automobile sector to dig deep into their data assets (Energy, Production, Process) and conduct a detailed data discovery process.  Background being that both the organisations wanted to find out ways in which data could support their decision of improving #EnergyProductivity.

Though they were not completely aware about the sort of insights/ benefits the data discovery process could bring to them but they still wanted to do it with an open mind and without any possible constraints.

Because of the way in which #DataAnalytics has been sold to companies, their ability to look at the use cases is getting restricted to what’s being sold to them. Forward looking organisations are wanting to do more, develop their share of process driven IPs that could give them competitive advantage and be able to innovate on use cases. It is this approach that is letting some of these companies get the right strategy in place, implement solutions that fit their requirements and more importantly generate much more economic value out of their data assets than they would have been able to do otherwise.

I am afraid that we do not have enough businesses/companies investing in the #Data discovery process. Last year i had release series of Podcasts on use of Data Analytics in driving Energy Productivity improvement and better Energy Management practices in Industries. One of the important areas i touched upon was the link between Change Management and adoption of data driven processes in assessing, reporting and managing energy performance!

Once businesses are able to overcome legacy issues, challenge their conventional approach they would be in a position to embrace #Data and make the best of use of emerging technologies/techniques.

What is your take on it? Would love to hear on your experience.

Best Regards,

Umesh Bhutoria

Section 134 of Company act 2013- Lost Opportunity to drive engagement with stakeholders? #EnergyEfficiency #EnergyManagement

As per the rule 8(3) the Companies (Accounts) Rules 2014 the Board report shall contain Disclosure of Energy conservation activities that happens in the financial year. Disclosure should include steps taken to conserve energy, utilization of alternative sources and capital investment on energy conservation projects.

In last week I went through many annual reports to understand kind of projects or initiatives leading conglomerates are taking in the Energy Efficiency landscape. Reviewed annual reports from over 10 large and around 15 midsize companies from diverse industrial sectors, to understand and analyze their thought process on Energy Efficiency or Energy Productivity in general.

Surprisingly most of the Energy Efficiency initiatives listed in the annual reports were to common projects like Installation of VFDs, replacement of CFL with LED lights, Power factor correction, and low-cost retrofit projects. They certainly meet the objective of complying with the regulatory requirements and reporting the bare minimum information as is required by the system.

With forward looking organizations taking scientific targets on Energy Productivity improvement, investors and stakeholders want to know more about how your company is poised to respond to challenges of tomorrow.

Some of things that companies can cover are:-

  • Efforts being taken to utilize data assets?
  • How is company planning to innovate on operational practices?
  • What is the plan to use emerging technologies such as #IIoT, #BigData and #Cloud?

I genuinely think that annual report is a very effective way of communicating with stakeholders, reaffirming the company’s approach towards increased Energy Productivity and overall sustainability, otherwise it’s pretty much a lost opportunity.

Regards,

Sumit Nawathe

Kill the way you operate/do business now, so that you can lead tomorrow!

Energy Efficiency markets have seen some renewed sense of urgency over the last couple of years. But there is one shift that has had the highest amount of impact and that is the transition or the intent of economies to double Energy Productivity over the next 10-15 years.

Looking at Energy Productivity widens the role that emerging technologies like #IIoT, #BigData and #Analytics would play and that is where preparedness or the lack of it would also come in to play, especially when it comes to Industries/conventional businesses.

For conventional businesses/industries to take up the task of doubling energy productivity would mean attempting to slowly kill the way they operate/do business now, it is like trying to unlearn/ undo most of things you have done in the past, question everything and find answers/solutions that would take them to the goal of doubling energy productivity!

It is difficult but not impossible. We will see organisations that make the most out of their data assets, develop IPs around their businesses are going to be more likely to leapfrog in this transition process. Ones that do not catch up will not just be left behind, but eventually have to kill their business/operational model anyways. Decision to kill it now; thereby giving you a chance to survive/lead is purely yours.

Trust me i never ever doubted that #EnergyEfficiency would be so critical for businesses/economies. Your thoughts?

Yours Efficiently,

Umesh Bhutoria

In the right place at the right time and doing the right things?

We are seeing some amazing momentum in the Energy Analytics markets in India. Quite a lot of companies have been focusing on technology and building platforms, whereas we’ve taken a conscious approach to focus on developing IPs/Algorithms that can work on existing solutions and provide value addition to clients!

As we move to explore sectors like Commercial Buildings and add 2-3 industrial sectors in our list, we believe we are in the right place at the right time and perhaps doing the right things, would you agree?

Click on the LINK to listen to the final podcast, where I share my thoughts on future of energy analytics markets and our approach going forward.

Would be glad to have your feedback/comments/suggestions.

Yours Sincerely,

Umesh Bhutoria 

Podcast series on #EnergyManagement and #EnergyAnalytics exclusively for #CXOs

Over the last few years #EnergyEfficiency markets have evolved, calling for businesses/industries to provide more strategic importance to #EnergyManagement.
To assist #CXOs and #EnergyManagers understand the changes happening and the response they need to provide, E-Cube Energy has come up with a 6 series Podcast on Energy Management and Energy Analytics. Each episodes have been designed in a way to help address specific problems and provide certain call to action.
You can use the following links to listen to the Podcast series or sign up for the EDA clinic assistance on Energy Data Analytics
Call to Actions
  1. Are your #EnergyManagement strategy as per global best practices? –  Take the test!
  2. Want to scale your Energy Data Strategy but not sure how? – Sign up for Free EDA Clinic
  3. Heard the podcast, have some feedback for us? – Podcast Feedback Survey
Happy Analyzing!

How close are we to having a Central Energy Efficiency Data Repository?

For all of us who have been wanting to see an inclusive energy strategy backed by Data, Niti Aayog’s focus on Energy Data Management & decision to set up of an Energy Data Agency comes as a pleasant surprise.

What impact will National Energy Data Agency have on Industrial Energy Efficiency? Will this also lead to setting up a Central Energy Efficiency Data Repository?

In this short video i talk about my take on these questions!

Would be glad to have your thoughts/feedback on the same!

Cheers,

Umesh

Ignoring potential benefits of Motor Performance and Maintenance Data?

Electric motors/motor driven systems consume 50-60% of Industrial electricity consumption and most industries generate huge data related to motor performance and maintenance, with Engineering/Maintenance department taking measurements of basic parameters etc.
Question is is your organization converting that data to insights that has potential to:-
  1. Guide on possible energy efficiency interventions?
  2. Advise on predictive maintenance of motors, avoid productivity losses?

E-Cube Energy has launched www.motor-tool.com that allows you to maintain all data pertaining to motor performance and maintenance on a #SaaS based cloud platform, accessible from anywhere.

Platform is simple but powerful in a way that it has the potential to disrupt the way industries look at managing all the unorganized data (related to motor performance/maintenance). Essentially allowing industries to organize data, store it centrally and analyse on the plattform to have insights that otherwise was not available!
We are providing free accounts to industries for configuration of 10 motors (For 3 Months Usage). To sign up for your Free account visit www.motor-tool.com
Cheers,
Umesh Bhutoria

Release Trapped Energy!

Across the entire energy value chain from mining, generation, distribution and consumption there are inefficiencies that get accumulated.

Every single unit of energy consumed is not in a way a single unit, it’s something much more than that! 

Everyone in the value chain is paying more than they should. Companies that bring energy to consumers spend on additional infrastructure spend, consumers spend additionally for inefficiencies build in the distribution network.  For inefficiency in consumption, the ones who are denied access to energy pay the price.

  
How can it be stopped? No one denies that focus should be on capacity addition but not thinking about how energy is generated, distributed and consumed efficiently will not solve the problem.

Through this blog we aim to make people aware about the benefits of Energy Efficiency and the need to look at the markets in an unconventional way!