Why I am Not a Fan of Most Energy Benchmarking

Benchmarking in the energy industry is generally capital-H Horrible, with all sorts of unexamined assumptions and presumptions that can readily  be shown to lead to incorrect conclusions.  I have railed against tools like Energy Star Portfolio Manager, but to no avail.  It is a bill of goods that has been sold to upper management and many consultants – who always likes things to be short, sweet and simple.  In this case, way too simple.

As a management tool, most benchmarks are awful.

My reasons for benchmarking skepticism are located here:

http://tinyurl.com/d2l5oy5

This is not to say that good benchmarking metrics can’t be created.  But we need to take the process away from the well intentioned policy types and have a discussion about what rigorous and accurate metrics should look like.

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One comment on “Why I am Not a Fan of Most Energy Benchmarking

  1. lark says:

    Oh man, you got that right…

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