Energy management is changing, and more companies are taking note of these top trends to expect for the rest of 2017 & beyond
Energy management platforms and applications are growing dramatically, and the second half of 2017 and the coming years will see new systems push the limits of savings in effective facilities management systems. Let’s take a closer look at the top energy management trends that will come to fruition throughout the rest of this year and beyond.
1. The IoT Will Grow More Important
The role of the Internet of Things in energy management will expand in 2017 as more devices come online. In addition, experts widely disagree on the exact predictions for how many new devices will be added, but it is starting to number into the trillions. These devices will be deployed across every connection point in facilities, ranging from WiFi to lighting control, reports Facilities Management magazine.
2. Energy Management Will Go Mobile
Energy management systems will also move away from desktop-based control environments to mobile devices. This will propel even more companies to invest, and mobility will enable better control and management of systems.
3. FM Will Manage New, Unique Environments
Facilities management will also move into new environments, not traditionally controlled by facilities managers. For example, purpose-driven conference rooms may lead to open-seated areas, and traditional workstations may become more centralized around group areas, reports Neal Peters.
4. Roles of Energy Managers Will Expand
The traditional role of the energy manager will change this year as well. Managers will be tasked with more duties, ranging from construction to vendor-relationship management and beyond. This will make simplicity in controlling environments essential to meeting increasing duties.
5. Sustainable Power Will Get a Bigger Slice of the EMS Pie
Sustainable power will become a key focus of all industries. While overall energy demand in the U.S. will climb slightly in 2017, the demand for clean, renewable energy will excel. Moreover, companies will be able to leverage EMS systems to migrate from reliance on traditional sources of energy, like coal and fossil fuels.
6. Automation Will Permeate the Power Grid
Automation will replace manual processes throughout the nation’s power grid. As a result, utility companies will change billing rates to reflect peak and lulls in demand. In other words, companies that do not understand these changes internally will face higher and higher electricity bills.
7. Big Data Gets Bigger With Powerful, Complex Analytics
Big Data will become more important too as new systems identify previously hidden trends and insights in operations. Furthermore, analytics will eliminate the stresses associated with managing energy and resource utilization in-house.
8. Integration Becomes Integral to EMS
Integration between systems is essential to identify disparate data points that compound each other. Essentially, integrated systems will be the cornerstone for upgrading energy management programs to maintain critical assets throughout 2017.
Take Advantage of These Trends Now by Implementing an EMS
These trends point to an inescapable future; successful businesses must have an effective EMS in place now. By implementing an EMS, your company will be ready to meet the demands of tomorrow and reap significant overhead cost reductions.