Before Intelligence, Focus on Making Your Buildings Digital

  The energy efficiency community has fallen in love with Intelligent Buildings. The imagery is strong; AI and machine learning, IoT, big data and cloud, all making energy operating decisions based on the weather, the building’s process, it’s occupancy and the utility’s real-time energy rates. Yet most commercial and industrial buildings don’t even have a... Read More

Does Amazon-Whole Foods make Grocery Store Efficiency more relevant?

Friday’s news hit Bloomberg at 9:06am.  Within minutes my 14 year-old daughter walked in with,”Hey Dad, did you hear Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion?” There’s no Bloomberg terminal in her room, just an iPhone feed. Rarely does a merger get this speedy visibility with both consumers and stock market followers. Hours later, WalMart’s Bonobos acquisition... Read More

Lightfair 2017 – Standardization is here, LED apps still developing

Last week a dozen Groom Energy team members traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to take part in our 10th annual Lightfair tour.  For two days, the team scattered across the Exhibit Hall floor, navigating around 30,000 other LED lighting fans, searching for what was new, cool and different. Their initial reaction? Surprisingly little has changed from last year.  Standardization... Read More

Without Their Own Software, Can Utilities Survive?

Today large companies often prioritize resources and investment for their core competencies, while everything non-core becomes eligible for outsourcing.  Outsourcing makes them more efficient and saves them money over the long term.  Ironically, knowing how to outsource has itself become a core competency. In the 1980s many companies deemed internally managed, enterprise software to be core.  Oracle... Read More

Energy Managed Services – Can One Company Do It All?

In 2005 we started Groom Energy with a pretty basic idea: eventually, companies would (1) more actively manage and reduce their energy consumption and (2) consolidate their vendors, rewarding the ones who offered comprehensive services and performed the best. Fortunately, today it seems our initial thesis was probably correct. We’ve been able to grow an... Read More