2 min read

Your Business Needs a Whole Health Energy Plan

By 5 on February 26, 2021

Since the dawn of electricity deregulation, most commercial and industrial clients have relied on brokers and sales reps as their primary source of education and strategy development. Clients meet with a different set of sales people to discuss procurement, engineering, demand-side management, sustainability, and resiliency, leading to a fractured decision-making process and piecemeal strategies that lack depth, diversity, harmony, and foresight. When energy prices are falling, the weather is following normal patterns, and suppliers are offering low bids in a race to the bottom, any sales rep or broker running a simple procurement process can appear to be adding value to your business.

But what happens when your energy strategy never contemplated resiliency and rolling power outages quickly erode the bottom line while possibly damaging equipment and creating dangerous conditions? What happens when an overly simplistic energy strategy leads to contractual penalties or revenue limitations after adding an onsite generator or solar array behind the meter? What if the ROI on your energy efficiency project is based on poor assumptions, faulty logic or does not account for the unique attributes and tariffs in each market? What if the generator you recently installed does not meet the necessary standards to participate in economic demand response programs?

For too long, clients have been approaching procurement, engineering, sustainability, and resiliency as separate decisions from one another when, in fact, a synchronous approach is necessary to minimize the undue risks and maximize the opportunities and benefits that come with deregulation. It is time to pivot away from the siloed decision-making of the past and start implementing customized, comprehensive, Whole Health Energy Plans.

This holistic approach to strategic energy management encompasses every part of the energy value chain, from initial construction through procurement and usage optimization to complete grid independence, and everything in between. Each of the individual decisions are made in concert with one another while relying on the overarching strategy and guidance of a robust energy advisory firm, like 5.

Many of our clients are successfully executing on their Whole Health Energy Plan by leaning on 5’s intellectual capital and team-based approach to address the following:
• Construction services and site selection, including design and equipment considerations
• Energy efficiency projects and infrastructure upgrades, HVAC, lighting, and controls
• Client usage analytics, benchmarking, budgeting, tariff and tax auditing, local law reporting, EnergyStar, LEED, WELL Building, ASHRAE audits, and regulatory guidance
• Bill data management, metering, and submetering
• Customized procurement and on-going product management
• Demand response participation at the utility and/or ISO levels
• Power factor correction, coincident peak management, load optimization, load resource programs
• Renewable energy procurement, onsite solar, utility scale solar, renewable retail contracts, RECs, PPAs, VPPAs, carbon offsets, de-carbonization, wind energy, Green Hydrogen, and ESG master planning
• Resiliency plans with a diverse set of options, including distribution generation, microgrids, battery storage, fuel cells, CHP, and more 

The details of which programs are best for each client’s Whole Health Energy Plan depends on a complex set of variables. That is why client relationships begin with an in-depth review of operations and usage data along with a series of diagnostic meetings to best understand the client’s needs, risks, and opportunities. The agreed upon plans must be farsighted, while also adjusting over time to fit the evolving needs of the client, the utilization of new technologies, and the ever-changing dynamics of the market.

A well-designed Whole Health Energy Plan reduces costs, improves resiliency, enhances sustainability, and ultimately creates a competitive edge for our clients. Contact our team to discuss options for your Whole Health Energy Plan here.

Read More
Topics: Markets Procurement Demand Response Sustainability Education
2 min read

Client Spotlight: Trinity River Authority

By 5 on January 27, 2021

The Trinity River Authority (TRA) was formed by the Texas legislature in 1955 to provide clean water to the communities within the Trinity River Basin. Based in Arlington, TRA serves an area of nearly 18,000 square miles, which includes all or parts of 17 counties and 60 cities. TRA owns and operates four water treatment and supply facilities and five wastewater treatment facilities across its jurisdiction that provide clean and safe drinking water to and protect water quality for the millions of residents of the Trinity River Basin. TRA also owns and operates Lake Livingston, which provides a major source of supply to the City of Houston, and as a local sponsor for three multiple-purpose lakes operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement Renewables
1 min read

Client Spotlight: Junior Tennis Champions Center

By 5 on December 22, 2020

The Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming lives through tennis for residents of the greater Washington DC area. Their mission is to grow the game of tennis and create a lifetime sport for everyone. This unique organization serves as much more than an athletic training facility as the JTCC School prepares students for academic success through the Champions Program, an after-school and full-time program for players 10 and older. The results of the JTCC approach speak for themselves as many graduates are well-prepared for the rigors of playing top collegiate tennis and pursuing their education at a wide range of leading colleges and universities across the country.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement
2 min read

Client Spotlight: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

By 5 on November 24, 2020

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), founded in 1890, is a world-renowned, private research and education institution with research programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, quantitative biology, and bioinformatics and genomics. The research environment is highly collaborative, allowing CSHL scientists work together across disciplines to solve biology’s most challenging problems. The ultimate goal is to apply this research on basic biological mechanisms to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, neurological disorders and other diseases. The campus has been home to eight Nobel Laureates and is ranked by Thomson Reuters as #1 in the world among the leading basic research institutions in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory selected 5 to assist in managing the facility’s energy requirements while keeping energy expenses low through a strategic procurement strategy, which allowed more funding for the critical research they are known for.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement Renewables
1 min read

Client Spotlight: 400 Record

By 5 on October 29, 2020

Built in 1985 and originally known as the Belo Building, 400 Record is a 17-story, 235,000 square-foot property in downtown Dallas. Over the last several years, 400 Record has undergone extensive renovations and today is an iconic part of the Dallas skyline. In 2016, the property began a massive renovation that included a redesign of the entire first floor to accommodate a new restaurant, Bullion, which has become one of Dallas’ top restaurants.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement
1 min read

Client Spotlight: CitySquare

By 5 on September 23, 2020

More than 300,000 people live in poverty throughout the Dallas metroplex and CitySquare aims to change that. CitySquare is a non-profit that fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. Today, the organization’s services include a comprehensive array of social services that address four key areas related to the persistence of poverty: hunger, health, housing, and hope.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement
1 min read

Client Spotlight: Klein Tools

By 5 on August 26, 2020

Klein Tools, founded 160 years ago by a German immigrant, Mathias Klein, continues to be led by his family, six generations later. The Klein family takes great pride in carrying on Mathias' legacy of creating and manufacturing the highest quality tools and related products. Klein Tools is headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL and has offices, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities throughout the country. Klein Tools are so well known and respected among professionals in the electrical industry that a Lineman’s pliers are often referred to as “Kleins.”

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement Demand Response
1 min read

Client Spotlight: Cleveland Institute of Music

By 5 on July 24, 2020

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is one of just seven independent conservatories of music in the United States and one of three exclusively devoted to classical music. CIM students benefit from intensive study with CIM’s stellar faculty, access to world-renowned visiting artists and conductors, and the rich curriculum offered by CIM’s partner Case Western Reserve University. CIM’s graduates command the most celebrated and revered stages in the world as soloists, chamber musicians and ensemble members; compose award-winning repertoire; and are sought-after teaching artists, administrators and thought leaders within the world of classical music.

Energy costs are an important expense that CIM needs to control to remain within its operating budget. Additionally, the school’s facilities must be climate controlled and operated within strict temperature and humidity parameters in order to store and properly maintain its instrument collection. CIM needed a partner to advise them on electricity and natural gas procurement and the implementation of a purchasing strategy that will help the school to stay within its budget. Through 5’s competitive procurement process, electricity and natural gas contracts were put in place that reduce CIMs energy costs by $93,000 over the term of their agreement.  Our team leveraged our proprietary energy market platform, Level5, to identify strategic purchasing opportunities, lowering CIM’s energy costs now, and into the future. 

CIM also relies on 5 to provide advice on regulatory issues that are shaping energy markets in Ohio. Recently, Ohio enacted legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions and increase the amount of electricity from renewable power sources.  Some of these initiatives are affecting what customers pay for electricity. Our advisory services help CIM take both regulatory and market forces into account as they plan and forecast their expenses. 5’s energy expertise and its partnership with CIM enable the school focus on what it does best – train and educate classically trained musicians.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement
2 min read

Client Spotlight: DiBella's Subs

By 5 on June 24, 2020

DiBella’s Subs started over a century ago as a little corner grocery store in Rochester, NY. The business evolved into an Italian import store and delicatessen and eventually decided to focus on perfecting the time-honored baking techniques that would produce the classic sandwich roll for which they are famous. Today, that small, family-run business has 44 stores in five states, and is known for its quality, exceptional service, and fresh baked bread. In fact, DiBella’s mantra is, “It’s all about the bread.” They believe that every time they build a sandwich, they build a relationship. This has created a dedicated customer base, where first-time visitors are changed into life-long fans.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement
1 min read

McLean Packaging Commits to Completely Renewable Energy

By 5 on May 28, 2020

Moorestown, NJ - May 28, 2020

McLean Packaging, a turnkey provider of rigid set boxes, folding cartons, corrugated displays and thermoformed packaging solutions with emphasis on the beauty and personal care sectors, has contracted with national energy advisory firm 5 and ENGIE Resources, LLC on a five-year energy agreement that supports the development of renewables. The deal supports McLean’s zero carbon transition and sustainability goals which include sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable resources.

Read More
Topics: Clients Procurement Sustainability Press Renewables