Consulting Snapshot: Hiring an Energy Consultant

energyThere are many benefits to hiring a consultant. First, you receive professional expertise without having to pay a full-time employee. Secondly, consultants don’t require training. Finally, you have the peace of mind that the consultant is someone who monitors the markets and stays abreast of industry trends.

In this series, we will take a look at different types of consultants, starting with an energy consultant.

Energy Consulting

As a sub-discipline of environmental consulting, energy consulting focuses on energy uses and energy sources such as solar, wind, gas, oil, and electric. Energy consultants design, evaluate, and support market strategies for clean energy investments to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Why should I hire an energy consultant?
Energy consultants can reduce operational costs as well as meet the needs of corporate social responsibility, including environmentally-friendly energy sources.

What type of background should I look for in an energy consultant?
Energy consultants typically hold engineering or management degrees. You will want to hire someone with the experience to apply theory to real-world applications. Some states offer certification by state regulators such as the Public Service Commission or Public Utility Commission. This certification is proof that the consultant has management, technical, and financial knowledge. A relationship with an industry group such as the Association of Energy Engineers is also a plus.

What is the first step after hiring an energy consultant?
Once you have made a hiring decision, the energy consultant can give you an analysis of your energy consumption, beginning with an audit of your business’ previous energy use.

  • How much energy is used overall?
  • Where is energy being used (what building systems, parts of building)?
  • When is energy being used (at what peak times)?

Next, the energy consultant can provide low-cost and no-cost energy alternatives, including strategies to:

  • Reduce consumption
  • Eliminate waste
  • Offset costs

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