Clearing the Hurdles to Energy Management Centralization

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Centralizing the energy procurement function for an industrial or commercial company is not a simple task. For all companies, hurdles abound; some within the company and some outside of it.

Overcoming these hurdles requires strong leadership, a disciplined strategy and the ability to successfully prepare for the challenges ahead. With a strong leader guiding the effort to centralize and an understanding of expectations, the rewards at the finish line will prove worth the effort.

Summit Energy has assisted hundreds of North American and global companies as they have navigated this path. In the various scenarios described below, we show how companies have had to overcome different challenges related to successful implementation of a centralized energy management program. While the specific issues are unique to each organization, some common threads do exist – and these key hurdles must be cleared in order to achieve success. Summit has found the five that typically arise are:

  • Resistance to centralizing
  • Lack of focused expertise
  • Multiple and conflicting strategies
  • Undefined procurement roles
  • Absence of reliable energy spend data

This paper explores each of these hurdles and provides a quick review of approaches we use to overcome them. Understanding the obstacles that lie ahead will enable your company to clear these hurdles, giving you a much higher rate of success and the highest quality of outcome.

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