Rodrigo Calderón
Director General
Energetika
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Bridging Gaps Between Data Mining and Interpretation

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:34

Q: What is Energetika’s most valuable contribution to Mexico’s smart and efficient energy consumption?

A: Energetika assists companies to interpret energy consumption data and identifying the primary factors within their operations that drive the intensity of their consumption. Energetika’s clients are deeply embedded in Mexico’s economic activity and include household names such as Walmart, Chedraui, H&M, 7-Eleven and Coca-Cola FEMSA. We are bolstering their data-mining capacity. Valuable insights can be created from a single in-depth analysis of their respective electricity bills, compiled in operational KPIs. Energetika is bridging the gaps between data collection and interpretation to the benefit of energyintensive companies.
Q: How does Energetika provide user-friendly data regarding complex energy-consumption variables?

A: The market is witnessing a boom of companies offering IoT, telemetry and artificial intelligence services for energy consumption. In our view, these services are a second stage to a critical first step involving a certain expertise and long-standing work in O&M to provide clarity over what to look for in the generated consumption data. Without this knowledge, insightful KPIs cannot be generated, regardless of how good the data interpretation technology is. Energetika is laying the building blocks to provide predictive maintenance services to its industrial clients via an online app that can control maintenance times, maintenance budgets and rate maintenance providers. Based on our energy data-interpretation expertise, we provide prompt, effective and efficient action plans to our clients based on the results obtained. Efficiency stems from both a virtuous operational cycle where all the equipment works in optimal conditions and development of a 360-degree view of the industrial operation’s energy consumption. We are also developing a residential app where the client can register his or her electric and electronic assets and manage the warranties and maintenance of each asset. The app’s development is anticipating the inclusion of IoT technology in electric and electronic appliances.
Q: What has been your experience with local governments integrating energy-efficiency policies?

A: At the municipal level, there is an ongoing crusade in favor of energy efficiency as ESCOs are dead set on selling efficient LED lighting to municipalities, which is a doubleedged sword. On the one hand, municipal presidents are increasingly pressured to inject efficiency into their energy consumption, especially considering public lighting represents close to 60 percent of municipal energy consumption. On the other, the execution side of the project is poorly done more often than not. Large cities know about CONUEE’s work and LED lighting norms NOM-013 and NOM-031 pertaining to lighting certifications and street specificities. CONUEE’s guidelines for efficient and effective LED installations have yet to reach the municipal levels of government. There is one particular issue that is virtually untapped among municipalities: water pumping. Selling water-pumping systems is the easy part. Complexities arise when trying to automate water-pumping stations, opening a large window of opportunity. Sizable amounts of energy are wasted every year by using inefficient and dated water-pumping systems, making energy savings greater in this niche than with LED lighting. The issue revolves around electricity tariffs, where water-pumping systems are charged the HM tariff and lighting is charged under 5A tariffs, the latter being considerably costlier.
Q: What is missing for Mexico to fully capitalize on energy efficiency measures?

A: We lack the legal certainty for ESCOs that would let energy consumers see them as an option for energy supply through energy efficiency. Such certainty could unlock access to risk capital to finance our business and avoid using client loans. Energy savings as a concept in the regulatory framework is not clearly stipulated. An institutional transformation to recognize, from an accounting and financial standpoint, energy savings is need