What should an energy manager know, and what skills do they need to be successful?
The Ideal Energy Manager…
...has a strong educational foundationNo one has a degree in strategic energy management specifically, but the ideal energy manager should have a strong educational background nonetheless. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum, but an MBA or other graduate degree is even better. A strong foundation is not only an indication of what this energy manager knows but also of the fact that they are open to new ideas and ultimately good at learning.
...has credentialsEnergy management credentials are another good indicator of how invested an energy manager is in his job. Some of the most common energy management credentials are:
- Certified Energy Manager from Association of Energy Engineers
- Certified Energy Procurement Professional
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the Green Building Council Institute
An ideal energy manager needn’t have all these credentials, but at least one shows a dedication to continuing education.
...is a confident leaderEven when an energy manager is brought in as an outside consultant, it is critical that she be able to take charge of a team. Strategic energy management services cannot be delivered by one person alone. Rather, an energy manager should be able to lead energy management projects while also partnering with existing executive leadership to execute a comprehensive, and effective, strategy.
...has an analytical mindAnalysis is another critical piece of the energy management puzzle. Indeed, as soon as an organization engages with an energy manager, analysis will begin on current levels of energy use and where immediate efficiency improvements are possible. An ideal energy manager needs to be able to take raw data and make sense of it, then present it effectively to organizational stakeholders.
...is a visionarySome might argue that an analytical mind is antithetical to being a visionary but the fact is that an ideal energy manager must play both of these roles. We are growing in our understanding of energy management each day, and an energy manager must be able to look forward to new technologies, suggest unique solutions and employ creative thinking to leverage all aspects of energy for the company.
...is in high demandThere is currently far more need for energy managers than there are ideal energy manager candidates. This high demand means not only that it is difficult to find people to fill this specialized role, but that when companies can find them, they come with a steep price tag attached. In too many instances, this means that companies eschew hiring a qualified energy manager, instead investing in other areas of their business.
Finding an ideal energy manager is no easy task. Fortunately, hiring one of these highly educated, experienced, credentialed professionals is no longer the only path towards effective energy management. An energy platform like Correlate’s can offer the same level of savings and strategic direction at a fraction of the cost. In fact, your initial engagement is completely free.
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