According to a Lux Research report, the market for building energy management sensors and controls will grow 17 percent annually to reach $2.14 billion in 2020 in the United States. In addition to that, the market will grow to $1.93 billion in Europe.

I don’t think these statistics will catch anyone by surprise. They seem reasonable, if not even under estimated. As much as I try to resist over analyzing here, I can’t help myself.

I think it is safe to assume a combination of the following factors will increase both the necessity and drive for organizations to implement “green solutions” that both consume less power and run more efficiently with the power they have:

  • Cost and availability of power

  • Government regulations

  • Sustainability initiatives driven by public relations

  • The personal ideals of a few innovative leaders

If we accept that these factors will drive change, we can also assume that the market for sensors to capture data used to understand, manage and optimize building energy systems will inevitably increase. In my opinion, this data is a snoozer to analyze; however, what gets me curious is the following:

  • Who is responsible for driving energy initiatives inside your organization?

  • How do you bring separate divisions together to support a common goal?

  • How do organizations balance short-term economic savings with long-term energy initiatives?

Last year, my colleague, Shaire McGrath, and I held three global round-table sessions—one each in Europe, Asia and theUnited States. We invited key representatives from facilities, IT and corporate real estate from our largest strategic global customers. We asked them all the above questions and I wasn’t surprised to hear different answers from each representative organization. We also heard, “We could definitely do a better job as this is a pain point in our organization.”


So, when it comes to energy policy change, who makes the decision in your organization? How do you get everyone on the same page to support a common goal while balancing short-term savings with long-term initiatives?

At CommScope, we see both a need to offer energy efficient power solutions like our hydrogen fuel cell solution as well as the need to support and enhance solutions and products with partners who are creating solutions to collect and manage data to implement successful and smart energy policies.

Our team will be at Cisco Live in San Diego (June 11-14) to showcase how our SYSTIMAX® iPatch®Intelligent Infrastructure Solution can enhance the energy-saving potential of Cisco Systems’ EnergyWise® Energy Management Architecture. You can see these benefits for yourself at the EnergyWise UPoE Pavilion (Booth 2776).

There’s no doubt that the market and the world are changing its philosophy on energy conservation and management. These philosophical changes are driving the growth and demand for specific solutions and technologies to intelligently reduce our energy consumption. CommScope has heard the call from its customers and are providing world-class intelligent infrastructures that not only support today’s network systems, but also are prepared for future demands. With that in mind, don’t you think it’s time for you to “call the shots” in your organization?

About the Author

Melanie A. Reid

Melanie A. Reid is a member of the Channel Organization within CommScope’s Enterprise Solutions division. Melanie has more than 10 years of telecommunications and marketing experience and currently manages CommScope’s Global Alliance Program. Melanie holds an MBA from Boise State University with an emphasis in High Technology Marketing.

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1 comment for "When It Comes to Energy Policy Change, Who Makes the Call?"

When it comes to energy policy change, you must look at the ROI for any and all new "solutions". Building owners will take a look at new solutions if the payback is right. Some solutions that require a 20-30 year payback are NOT going to be implemented. After working in Intelligent Buildings and Intelligent Business Campuses for three decades, when it comes to dealing with property owners and property managers, you have to be realistic when it comes to hawking "solutions" that have a payback that no one will buy off on.

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