Now in its fourth year, the Retail Energy Management Report portrays a high level view of the industry’s adoption of various energy management practices. Specifically, we asked the largest retail companies about their teams and operations as well as the level of maturity at which their companies operate for twenty-three energy dimensions.
Our first set of questions asked retailers about their energy teams and budgets to get a better context for what “energy management” really means at a national retail company.
Retailers were then asked to consider their company’s progress in twenty-three dimensions of energy management.
The twenty-three dimensions and corresponding maturity stages come from RILA’s Energy Management Leadership Model. The Leadership Model is a standalone roadmap to help retail energy managers optimize their programs. Retailers can use the matrix to first to baseline the maturity of their program and then to identify the highest leverage opportunities for improvement.
In the survey, retailers were asked to select the maturity stage that most closely represents their current state and then the maturity stage that most closely reflects where they plan to build their program over the next two years. There is no prescribed progression; the activities documented for each maturity stage are meant to detail some of the typical activities as programs develop.
Respondents generally fell into four categories, based on most comparable energy load profiles and operations:
- Large format with grocery
Ex. Grocery stores, mass retail
- Large format without grocery
Ex. Department stores, home improvement, pet stores
- Small format based in malls
Ex. Apparel, cosmetic stores
- Small format not based in malls
Ex. Drug/pharmacy, dollar stores
This report was developed through an online survey disseminated in March of 2017; 44 retail companies responded, representing more than 100,000 locations and $900 billion in revenue.
RILA Retail Energy Management Program
2016 Energy Management Report
2015 Energy Management Report
2014 Energy Management Report