Ah, 2016 - the year of fake news, celebrity deaths and cyber attacks, namely to the electricity grids of several countries. The biggest story came out of the United States, where the Washington Post (falsely) reported that a Vermont utility had been infiltrated by Russian hackers. Should energy managers be concerned about cyber attacks like these? Embracing connectivity thanks to the IoT devices of Industry 4.0 also means exposing buildings to potential security vulnerabilities, a significant fear among facility managers. In this article we'll examine which energy data security issues facility managers should be aware of, and most importantly, how to protect against them.

The kids at Sharge made quite the splash yesterday when Forbes added them to their prestigious Top 30 Under 30 list of promising entrepreneurs. In addition to offering a hearty congratulations to those brilliant young upstarts, we thought it an opportune moment to help the energy manager community understand how blockchain has the potential to transform our entire industry. This is a theme we'll cover in our upcoming webinar, so make sure to reserve your spot here if you want to take an even deeper dive!

Goal setting is probably one of the toughest and most overlooked parts of your job as an energy manager, yet it is the core driver of your day-to-day activities. Heck, it promotes constant improvement for your entire company - especially to fatten that triple-bottom-line. So why is it so hard to find time to sit down, roll up your sleeves and actually DO the thing? Not only do you have a million urgent tasks calling for your attention now, but vague goals set in a hurry only lead to frustration and failure - often sending you right back to square one.

If this looks and sounds familiar, you'll love this free tool we built especially for energy managers to help you set energy performance goals more effectively.

Happy New Year! Wait, what's wrong? Not so happy? In trouble trying to choose the right energy management software for your project? Oh no!

We can just picture the scene: your desk is piled high with brochures, quotes and provider offers… and the clock is ticking. Yours is the classic energy manager dilemma: the longer you put off your decision, the fewer energy savings you will be able to achieve! Worry no more: you’ll be in a much better position to make a decision faster with our latest guide: How to Choose the Right Energy Management Software.

With just days to go until 2017, are you scrambling to quote a budget or calculate the ROI of your next energy efficiency project? Or rushing to get your energy budget planning done before the end of the year?  No worries, we’re here to help! Use our handy Excel template to calculate and fast-track your energy project funding: