ERA Environmental Management Solutions
“This is a great tool for energy management. The key here is the ability to capture and track data to support the decision process to achieve energy management goals.”
–Energy Manager Today Awards judge
The ERA Energy Management Platform provides a comprehensive tool that tracks and reports on the energy/utility usage of processes across entire enterprises. ERA’s platform gives manufacturers detailed information about usage and efficiency to pinpoint opportunities and weaknesses – and to provide detailed progress bench-marking. ERA tailors its solution to individual client needs through a facility modelling methodology, which creates a virtual map of the facility and illuminates the relationship between processes, materials, resource-use, and production.
The platform provides multiple levels of benefit for all tiers of facility management, from the floor supervisor, to plant managers, to executives, and shareholders. Data entry is automated and standardized, reducing cost and hours by over 80 percent and preventing data errors. Data is kept in a centralized database which simplifies queries and eliminates redundancy. Energy usage and goals are rolled up and output into a wide library of customized graphical reports and an executive dashboard. Stakeholders can measure, monitor, and improve energy usage, efficiency, and reduction programs down to individual processes.
ERA has worked with manufacturers and sustainability professionals for over two decades to develop protocols for connecting the diverse systems that play a role in a facility’s energy use and efficiency, the company says.
One company was struggling to keep on top of their energy usage because of its large number of facilities, amount of time required to chase after and enter data into their spreadsheets, and data that wasn’t in a user-friendly form from their utility providers.
ERA customized the platform to accept universal imports of data from any utility provider, regardless of how the data was presented to them (i.e. digital bills, paper billing, meter readings, etc.). Additionally, ERA set up the platform to track energy per utility account number, which was a need for their internal reporting needs. The company can now import and track energy usage on a regular basis, allowing them to make energy management decisions proactively and see more immediate results.
“This type of tool has become a standard to; every company or facility should have one,” one judge said.