How Heila iQ Helps C&I Operations Overcome the Hurdles Blocking Urgent Energy Goals

How Heila iQ Helps C&I Operations Overcome the Hurdles Blocking Urgent Energy Goals

In most instances, plant managers know exactly what they need to achieve their energy goals: more resources. Unfortunately, managers must often contend with internal hurdles blocking their desired objectives, like financial constraints, organizational resistance, or technical complexity.


But with the right mix of monitoring, data analysis of electrical power demand, consumption, quality, and other operational metrics, along with data-driven insights and investment recommendations, C&I facility managers of individual sites or multi-property portfolios can overcome these hurdles on their way to energy cost savings.


And that’s just what Heila iQ delivers. Let’s explore how Heila iQ helps C&I operations achieve urgent energy goals.


Hurdles to Energy Goals


Financial constraints can limit the resources and technologies available for improving energy management. Internal competition for budgetary allowances remains fierce. If plant managers cannot effectively articulate how energy system investments can deliver actual cost savings, they’ll be unable to gain leverage in bolstering their budgets.


Organizational resistance also often hinders the implementation of new energy management initiatives. Business leaders remain cautious about embracing emerging technologies, with the assumption that the cost and complexity may appear to outweigh the perceived benefits. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for some leaders to remain set in their “Doing things how they’ve always done it” ways or to show hesitancy due to following an “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” mentality.


At the same time, new energy management trends and technologies continue flooding the market. These innovative solutions for modernizing and future-proofing energy management systems can involve complex systems that require specialized knowledge to operate and maintain. Some managers may find that fully understanding these new energy management systems has evolved beyond their level of expertise. Even those with the expertise may find that staying up-to-date on the latest advancements — and deducing which could be most useful — can require significant time and resource commitments, an excuse that some business leaders may use as evidence for their unwillingness to upgrade.


Access to more detailed energy information offers a good starting point. But effectively using this data still requires accurately interpreting and translating it into non-technical recommendations for communicating how to best improve energy systems.


Heila iQ: Clear and Concise Energy Reports for Making Clear and Concise Business Cases


Although these hurdles might seem insurmountable, plant managers will find them easier to overcome when they have clear and concise energy reports to share with other organizational stakeholders. At the end of the day, plant managers need to show how energy investments will generate long-term savings in operational expenses.


Heila iQ provides plant managers of a single-site or multi-site portfolio with clearly identified low-capital behavioral changes that can immediately impact electricity-based operational costs, as well as clearly identified potential capital expenses to reduce long-term electricity-based operational costs. It accomplishes this through precise monitoring that gathers thorough data on electrical power demand, consumption, power quality, and other operational measurements at the individual meter, site, and portfolio levels.


Using this data, Heila iQ delivers monthly reporting covering critical energy metrics, all accompanied by actionable insights and capital-efficient investment recommendations, such as equipment considerations, scheduling adjustments, and power quality control to help plant managers overcome the hurdles to achieving their energy goals.


At regular intervals, managers also receive summarized reports containing over-time comparisons of their energy-saving initiatives, the effects of changing tariffs, or similar measures. These regular summary reports also include indicative estimates of operational savings based on the potential deployment of different DER types and sizes compared against a single facility’s or a fleet’s current utility billing.


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