Why Choose Zenith Energy?
By taking a comprehensive approach to energy management, reviewing both procurement and energy demand/efficiency together, we can drive results that exceed those that emerge from addressing
supply and utilization separately.
From the Founder
Our founder talks about the importance of managing energy demand and energy supply in concert.
Reducing Energy Costs From Two Sides
Coordinating purchasing and efficiency efforts accelerates cost savings. You can:
- Lower supply costs
- Reduce consumption
- Improve budget predictability
- Prioritize efficiency projects
- Have greater control of risk
- Choose fuel type wisely (Solar, Co-Gen, etc.)
- Reduce carbon footprint
- Maintain clarity and consistency of data
Zenith Energy offers facility owners and operators a comprehensive integrated energy management program independent of any manufacturers or suppliers of energy related equipment or services. The purpose of the program is to:
- Establish best practices across all energy functions including supply, demand, and data management; and
- Drive greater energy efficiency and savings.
Benefits From a Combined Approach
By breaking through the silos separating Procurement and Consumption efforts and analyzing energy data comprehensively, we can drive outcomes that exceed results of addressing Supply and Demand separately. True energy management combines all aspects of the process into a single, whole vision.
The data sets normally collected and evaluated in Supply and Demand projects overlap. They consist of the electric and natural gas supply contracts, the utility bills, interval data, weather, and tariffs. Despite the commonality of data, business decisions are often driven separately and demand reduction projects are not made in conjunction with purchasing strategy. This lack of integration limits results and adds cost.
How Demand Monitoring and Management Impact Supply Costs
Interval data reveal periodic demand spikes that drive electric utility rates higher. By understanding why and when these spikes occur, systemic or operational changes may be made to lower peak demand, and consequently lower rates. Over a longer term, being able to demonstrate to energy suppliers that the overall “shape” of an energy load has flattened enables negotiating of lower market electric rates.
How Supply Decisions Maximize Demand Reduction Results
Traditional fixed “all-in” supply contacts often bind the buyer to certain minimum fuel and electricity purchase requirements. Even if conservation measures are effective in lowering demand, the buyer is committed to minimum purchase levels. This means the full value of efficiency projects may not be realized until multiple years after completion. By anticipating the effects of conservation, purchase agreements can be structured to capture savings as soon as possible.
Cost Monitoring as a Natural Byproduct of Energy Management
Tracking the interval data along with the component cost drivers and tariffs reflected on an electric or gas bill is integral to a comprehensive energy program. Combining all this data in one place allows accurate monitoring of invoices. Further, trends data can be identified to accurately plan monthly and yearly budgets.
Working with Zenith Energy
Talk to us about your energy goals. Would you like a Structured and Focused Site Assessment to identify on-site efficiency projects with short payback periods? Or are you interested in running a Competitive Procurement Process to find an energy supplier that fits your needs? Or would you like to explore On-Site Supply Projects such as solar, cogen, or storage to improve your resiliency, reduce carbon, and lower costs? After we've talked with you, and we have a handle on your goals and current programs, we will report back with our deliverables, which include:
- Current purchasing strategy and account review process, along with opportunities for improved performance through:
- Aggregation of spend across facilities and with existing clients to improve market leverage
- Competitive supplier selection process including financial strength, contract protections and pricing.
- Employment of financial analytics to forecast probable market trends and risks and determine the optimal mix of fixed pricing and market index pricing based on the forecasted risks
- A list of 5-10 capital projects with an ROI of less than three years. These projects could range from lighting to variable speed fans, to heat reclamation. Depending on what we learn in the initial customer consult, we can widen the offering to address CHP, batteries, solar, etc.
Final Actionable Report and Recommendations:
- In addition to the above:
- Data access to track performance
- Negotiate and arrange for supply contracts
- Performance improvement outcomes from integrated energy management program
- If the customer wishes to proceed on any of these projects, we can provide sources for design, fulfillment, and financing. We can also source government and/or utility money to help fund the effort.