Retail Industry Gets New Energy Management Tool

Next time you step into that big box store or shopping mall, count the number of lights and measure the volume of enclosed space that has to have a regulated temperature. The sums, could they be calculated, add up to a huge amount of lighting fixtures and interior dwelling space—billions of square feet of retail real estate—to be lit and climate controlled. Now the Retail Industry Leaders Association has released the Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix, a tool designed to help retailers identify leading practices in energy management. The Matrix provides a baseline for retail energy managers to measure existing programs, identify opportunities for more efficiencies, and outline improved procedures. In the future, our shopping experience will include forward-looking energy efficiency management.  

John Howell, Editorial Director