By now you’ve probably read about the growing number of energy reporting requirements being enacted across the United States and abroad.
What was your initial reaction?
Do you lead your organization’s sustainability effort? The reporting requirements may not show up on your radar, but it should.
State and municipal policies can be inconsistent from region to region and collecting and maintaining the relevant data is more time consuming than you might think.
Differences can include:
- Property Type
- Building Size
- Energy Source
- Data Verification
- Reporting Format
- Building Occupancy
- Deadlines & Penalties
Fortunately, there are also common elements among policies and existing tools to facilitate the reporting process. Once the relevant data has been gathered, the US EPA provides Portfolio Manager as a free means to submit, store and distribute reports.
But here’s the real problem:
Very few organizations gather and curate the relevant data in a useable format.
If you have any question about your organization’s system, try this little exercise:
Calculate the time it takes to determine monthly utility consumption for the last 3 months.
Looking up your utility expense on a P&L won’t help. The P & L lacks the necessary detail like late fees, usage, cost per unit so you are forced to print every utility bill and spend hours parsing the data.
Most likely, you will need to gather copies of the actual invoices, which can be confusing all by themselves.
“This is not what organized and efficient looks like”
There is a better way: utility specific ECC’s BillPay System
With BillPay, you will no longer have to review every electric bill to extract the correct information. No more having to keep up with spreadsheets for each address or water/sewer account.
BillPay insures that the information you need for existing, and future, reporting requirements is instantly available and formatted. ECC’s systems can automate reporting and distribute the usable data to the required local and state offices and any additional designated stakeholders.
There are a number of reasons why BillPay makes sense, but the growing number of legislated energy reporting requirements are highest on that list.
For more information on AIP, please visit us at www.ecc.energy/billpay.