Energy Management Trends and Expert Predictions for 2019
By Danielle Villegas
Vice President, Product Management
As the memories of 2018 settle into the dust, the future of energy management is bright for 2019. According to Energy Manager Today, the leading energy management trends and predictions for the coming year reflect a market growing more confident in the use of automation and technology. In addition, energy management is evolving to offer better experiences for building occupants. In the classroom setting, this amounts to a better learning experience, opportunities for reinvesting and more. Superintendents and school district leaders need to understand the energy management trends and expert predictions for 2019 and how they will shape the development of a successful energy management program in K-12 schools.
Pay-For-Performance Stands Apart as the Gold Standard and Leader Among Energy Management Trends
Recent years have focused on the use of software-as-a-service payment models and subscription-based energy management. Unfortunately, these models, which work wonders in commercial settings, have severe setbacks in the K-12 environment. School districts do not have the funds available to invest in an energy management program upfront. However, the state of energy management is evolving to a pay for performance model, resulting in payment based on energy savings, the end result is the same: schools do not have to pay until savings are realized.
Energy Costs Will Continue to Increase, Driving More Demand for Energy Management in K-12 Schools
The beginning of the year is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the status of your facilities, but 2019 is shaping up to include increases on energy costs, reports the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As solar generation increases throughout the year, steady growth of the economy will contribute to higher electricity costs in the industrial sector. Depending on whether industrial or commercial rates are assessed for a given district, rates will increase, but those receiving commercial-grade rates will see a gradual decline in expenses.
Automation and the Internet of Things Will Empower Data-based Decision-Making
The capabilities of the Internet of Things are transforming energy management into a data-driven opportunity. The coming year will see a higher demand for energy management, verification of energy savings, opportunities for improvement through analytics and real-time visibility into energy use. This will help superintendents and school boards understand their energy use and the actions contributing to it. Therefore, they can leverage information to make actionable changes in energy use behaviors.
Humans Will Remain Relevant in Energy Management
While automation and new technology can empower best in class savings, technology will always have limitations. Artificial intelligence is moving and evolving to address some of these limitations, but the ability to work together and build rapport with superintendents, principals, students, and staff will be critical to successful energy management in K-12 schools throughout 2019. In fact, the role of the Cenergistic energy specialist is expected to increase as schools look to derive even more significant savings from their implementation of an energy management program.
Plan for a Successful 2019 by Putting the Power of Energy Management in K-12 Schools to Work in Your District
A thorough plan for K-12 energy management must align with the top energy management trends in the industry. Automation and IoT-enabled devices will continue to offer better insight into energy costs, and energy costs are expected to increase throughout the year. Working with a Cenergistic Energy Specialist will empower your district to save even more as the year progresses. Call 1-8550798-7779, or visit Cenergistic online to get started.