Before ProcureCon released their recent State of Indirect Procurement Benchmark Report, they put out a study on Energy and Utility Procurement that summarized responses from 39 survey participants. While it was by no means an empirical study and the be-all-end-all to energy and
utility sourcing, it does allow you to compare your own program to some extent and may inspire ideas for program enhancement.
One of the most interesting points of this report was that there doesn’t seem to be a single approach to any aspect of managing energy that respondents agreed upon. Like many other aspects of non-direct sourcing, companies are all over the board. This is likely due to the relatively new involvement of procurement, the sheer complexity of the category and variety of energy requirements on a company-by-company basis.
This is one of the many areas where, due to the varying degrees of regulation in different locales, the different types of energy (production) available, and the different views on the need for green, it helps to get with your peers and get different ideas, best practices, and perspectives — as well as the inside information on what works, and what doesn’t.
Fellow Canadians, your options for events have been limited, but now that ProcureCon has come North, you have one more option. Join the doctor at the inaugural ProcureCon Canada event (and register with code PCA14SI) and share your experiences.