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Connectivity is the Future of Building Management

Additional features in technologies like LED lighting are wielding a broad new range of advantages, and proving that connectivity is the future of building management.

4 Energy Challenges Facing Grocery Managers and Considerations to Overcome Them

With so many energy challenges facing grocery managers, having help with a thoughtful, integrated plan is key to balance satisfaction and profitability. Here, we offer four considerations.

ESG and Impact Investing: The Effect on Hospitality

To stay competitive in this evolving market, to attract serious customers and investors, your company can’t afford to ignore or obscure its impact on society and the environment. As a sign that environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting is becoming the standard versus the exception, three of the world’s largest hotel companies have created programs to measure and report their ESG criteria.

Distributed Generation: A Key Component of a Sustainable Strategy

Learn how distributed generation uses small-scale technologies to produce electricity at or near the end user. Distributed energy can come from onsite generation sources like solar panels, wind turbines and combined heat and power (CHP).

Today we buy gallons of gas. With EV’s we buy what?

In June I was excited to use Turo’s novel car sharing app to rent a Tesla Model 3 while on a trip to San Fransisco.  After pickup at Turo’s SFO airport location, I headed to Target in San Mateo, where the store hosts several Tesla superchargers.  Unlike Tesla’s Model S and X, the Model 3 doesn’t come... Read More

Before Intelligence, Focus on Making Your Buildings Digital

  The energy efficiency community has fallen in love with Intelligent Buildings. The imagery is strong; AI and machine learning, IoT, big data and cloud, all making energy operating decisions based on the weather, the building’s process, it’s occupancy and the utility’s real-time energy rates. Yet most commercial and industrial buildings don’t even have a... Read More

Does Amazon-Whole Foods make Grocery Store Efficiency more relevant?

Friday’s news hit Bloomberg at 9:06am.  Within minutes my 14 year-old daughter walked in with,”Hey Dad, did you hear Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion?” There’s no Bloomberg terminal in her room, just an iPhone feed. Rarely does a merger get this speedy visibility with both consumers and stock market followers. Hours later, WalMart’s Bonobos acquisition... Read More

Lightfair 2017 – Standardization is here, LED apps still developing

Last week a dozen Groom Energy team members traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to take part in our 10th annual Lightfair tour.  For two days, the team scattered across the Exhibit Hall floor, navigating around 30,000 other LED lighting fans, searching for what was new, cool and different. Their initial reaction? Surprisingly little has changed from last year.  Standardization... Read More

Without Their Own Software, Can Utilities Survive?

Today large companies often prioritize resources and investment for their core competencies, while everything non-core becomes eligible for outsourcing.  Outsourcing makes them more efficient and saves them money over the long term.  Ironically, knowing how to outsource has itself become a core competency. In the 1980s many companies deemed internally managed, enterprise software to be core.  Oracle... Read More

Energy Managed Services – Can One Company Do It All?

In 2005 we started Groom Energy with a pretty basic idea: eventually, companies would (1) more actively manage and reduce their energy consumption and (2) consolidate their vendors, rewarding the ones who offered comprehensive services and performed the best. Fortunately, today it seems our initial thesis was probably correct. We’ve been able to grow an... Read More