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The Value of Long-Term Energy Planning

The Value of Long-Term Energy Planning

Jerry Burin, vice president and partner at Sieben Energy Associates, recently authored an article on the value of long-term energy planning. ​In his article, Jerry provides sound rationale for "the orderly execution of an energy plan aligning with the organization's other long-term planning objectives."

Rather than approaching energy management as a series of ad hoc tactical initiatives, adopting a strategic approach can achieve greater success and a stronger return on investment. The article was published in the January 2017 issue of Building Operating Management magazine and appears in three parts online.

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Explore the Future of Energy at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

A groundbreaking interactive exhibit called Future Energy Chicago opened at the world-renowned museum in the fall of 2013. Sieben Energy Associates played an important role in the development of the Museum of Science and Industry exhibit, uncovering and validating the simulation data for the real-world scenarios encountered by museum guests.

MSI describes the grounding of the simulation in real-world data that Sieben Energy Associates contributed to the exhibit: "The Future Energy Chicago Simulation is based upon real-world information and data. MSI partnered with Sieben Energy Associates to seek out, organize, and interpret the data, which provided the basis for the simulation game's scoring system."

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Efficiency By The Numbers

​Energy data is collected and analyzed as never before. Nearly every industry has been revolutionized by the continuous processing of numbers at unprecedented speed and scale. Purposeful data analysis elicits new perspectives on how value is assigned to products and services. Data collection and handling is important, yet we find that the value is in the interpretation as well as the response. 

While there are costs associated with data management, if leveraged appropriately the advantages will produce significant ROI. The more accurate and in-depth the data analysis, the more value is derived from it. The same is true of data use: the more an organization uses data to inform day-to-day operations and to develop long-term goals, the greater the return.

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...And Energy Planning For All

Energy planning has become essential business practice at many major corporations. Understandably, smaller organizations have been slower to join the trend. Now may be the time to act. After falling sharply during the recession, energy prices are expected to escalate substantially in the near future. In addition, sustainability and energy benchmarks have become increasingly important to potential customers and investors looking to differentiate organizations. For these reasons, an actionable, effective energy plan is a valuable tool in the hands of leadership of any organization, large or small. 

This overview of energy planning first examines how select corporations have integrated energy into their strategic planning. Regardless of size, industry, budget, or location, thinking about energy and implementing steps to improve energy consumption and procurement have the potential to reduce cost, improve efficiency, and excite existing and potential clients and customers. Whether you employ four, four hundred, or forty thousand people, a realistic energy plan can help sustain and grow your business.Copy this template before you save.

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The Next Wave of Solar

In a feature article by Jennie Morton in this month's issue of Buildings Magazine, Dan Bailey of Sieben Energy Associates is quoted several times discussing the future of solar photovoltaics. The article, "The Next Wave of Solar", introduces thin-film solar cell technology, which makes it possible for solar cells to be incorporated into functional parts of a building. They no longer need to be accessories placed on top of or next to the structure.

Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) are a growing trend. BIPVs seamlessly combine the solar cells with standard materials used in the building envelope—such as roofs, glass, or façade. Solar cells are no longer confined to the domain of building engineering; they increasingly appear in the context of building design and building architecture.

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