Schneider Electric, Siemens and Ameresco are the leading energy savings companies in the energy efficiency sphere, according to a report from Navigant Research.
Through the use of energy performance contract or energy savings performance contract financing structures, ESCOs have been instrumental in providing access to energy efficiency technologies and services in market segments that would not normally be able to consider or afford capital-intensive projects.
Experience and brand presence in this market can provide a significant competitive advantage, as well as high levels of competency and resources available to provide adequate, consistent, and guaranteed services over long-term project horizons.
“The highest ranking ESCOs are evolving their offerings with new smart building technologies and a larger and more on-going services presence,” says Tom Machinchick, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Additionally, these companies are acting on deeply insightful information, reducing project risk, and including a diverse array of project components that satisfy needs throughout an organization.”
ESCOs are realizing the growing value of digital intelligence as the volume of data coming from buildings is used to create new and unique sources of information that add value before, during, and after an EPC project, according to the report.
The amount of data captured from existing and new projects has allowed ESCOs to develop sophisticated statistical models for determining project risk and return profiles, which help stakeholders understand building performance and end-use customer operational, maintenance, and comfort issues.