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Method, System, and Computer Program Product for Energy Conservation Best Practice Management Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198978D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-19

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Energy Conservation Best Practice Repository, status, action plan and approval process

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Method, System, and Computer Program Product for Energy Conservation Best Practice Management

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Prepared for and/or by an IBM Attorney - IBM Confidential Created By Derek S Jennings On 08/18/2010 10:24:04 AM CDT

        Last Modified By Derek S Jennings On 08/18/2010 10:24:29 AM CDT The following people are responsible for these comments Derek S Jennings/Watson/IBM

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                                         IBM Confidential Method, System and Program Products for Energy Conservation Best Practices Management

Background of the Invention

The invention relates generally to energy conservation and associated best practices management.

Field of the Invention

The disclosed invention is a method, system and program products for collaboratively creating and completing energy conservation best practices. This invention will be used by surveyors, additional authors, site operations managers, finance managers, technical energy teams, and upper management to organize the creation, application, submission, and management of energy conservation best practices.

Description of the Related Art

The management of energy demand programs and initiatives requires strong record keeping capabilities and oversight. This is important as governments increase regulations surrounding the consumption of energy and reporting of energy programs' performance, and the increasing supervision by non-governmental organizations or NGOs. Examples of NGOs are the Chicago Climate Exchange, the World Wildlife Fund, and the like. Additionally, energy-consuming organizations desire to obtain the maximum value from their energy demand management

programs and initiatives to include regulatory compliance, cost reductions, environmental

responsibility, and the like.

The current art focuses on the maintenance of energy consumption data such as building controls, energy cost, energy use, energy conservation results, cost avoidance, and green house


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gas emissions. Many energy-consuming organizations have rudimentary energy conservation best practices compiled, generally published in paper form and not optimized for global use. The related art of checklist management does not address energy demand management programs.

The daunting challenge for large organizations is the virtual collaboration of many individuals involved in an organization's energy demand management programs, and the reduction of widespread inefficiencies within their energy demand management processes. These process inefficiencies and the lack of quality application support increase cycle times from identification of energy conservation opportunities to implementation.

This invention and tools advantageously integrates the disparate elements of energy demand management processes,

provides sound project management, increases reporting quality, ensures

provides a method to audit energy conservation activities, and the like; all of...