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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.

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Topics: Markets Procurement Demand Response Sustainability Education
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New Fuel for New York Summit

By 5 on January 15, 2021

On Thursday, January 28th, businesses from across New York will come together to discuss the future of Green Hydrogen and its potential as a clean energy solution.

New York State continues to lead the nation as the center of the transition to a zero-emissions energy system. While electrification, executed in tandem with a significant expansion of renewable energy resources, has the potential to drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, certain sectors of the economy may not be able to fully electrify. These more challenging sectors include manufacturing, heavy transportation, and long duration energy storage.

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Topics: Sustainability Press Renewables
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Let's Talk About "RECs", Baby

By 5 on December 22, 2020

In recent conversations with clients and suppliers, we have noticed the Renewable Energy Credit (REC) has been viewed with some degree of disdain and ridicule. Some of the negative impressions associated with RECs are justified. About a decade ago, the energy industry went through an era of “greenwashing” where many companies made dubious environmental claims, and RECs certainly played a role in some of those cases[1].

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Topics: Sustainability Education Renewables
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Introduction to Green Hydrogen

By Sean Ewart on November 24, 2020

It’s got Jim Cramer saying it’s “sexy” and natural gas companies betting their futures on it. What are we talking about? Green hydrogen (GH2). And no, GH2 isn’t just hydrogen by another name, it’s hydrogen produced by renewable energy and there are several important reasons why its trending today.  

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Topics: NYISO Sustainability Education Renewables
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Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions During Lockdown

By 5 on September 10, 2020

COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways. At 5, we transitioned to remote working on March 16th as lockdowns were imposed in the states where we live. One positive that came from this transition is that fewer cars are on the road. The result is a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The 5 Planeteers, our internal sustainability team, wanted to highlight the environmental impacts of this reduction and calculated the overall carbon emissions that our team has saved by telecommuting since mid-March.

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Topics: Sustainability Education
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5 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

By 5 on August 18, 2020

Even though we are spending more time at home these days, which means less commuting and less pollution, each of us continues to leave an environmental footprint. Consider these 5 steps you can take to reduce your environmental footprint today:

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Topics: Sustainability Education
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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.

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Topics: Clients Procurement Sustainability Press Renewables
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Billingsley Company Partners with 5 and TXU Energy on Renewable Energy Strategy

By 5 on April 3, 2020

Dallas, TX - April 4, 2020

As an industry leader in real estate development and property management, Billingsley Company has a robust and diverse portfolio throughout Texas. Now, with the help of energy advisory company 5, and TXU Energy, the firm has landed a deal of a different kind: a long-term energy contract utilizing 100% renewable energy sources that will yield significant cost reductions.

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Topics: Clients Procurement Sustainability Press Renewables
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Client Spotlight: Royal Holiday Group

By 5 on October 24, 2019

Royal Holiday Group has more than 35 years of experience in the national and international tourism industry. It is an owner and operator of Royal Holiday Vacation Club and Park Royal Hotels & Resorts, a hotel chain with 14 resorts in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Florida in the United States. Park Royal Hotels and Resorts caters to travelers that are looking for a luxurious beach destination with their Grand Park Royal resorts, a family-friendly resort with their Park Royal line or their Park Royal City group of hotels which offers a more urban hotel setting.

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Topics: Clients Procurement Sustainability Renewables
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Client Spotlight: Waterside Plaza

By 5 on July 31, 2019

Waterside Plaza is a luxury rental community in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in New York City. Located in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan, Waterside Plaza is comprised of four residential towers with nearly 1,500 units and retail space that serves the community. The complex is adjacent to the United Nations International School and is situated on the East River.

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Topics: Clients Procurement Sustainability Renewables