Governments, corporations, and energy services companies often need to collect and manage large volumes of utility data to develop energy projects and report greenhouse gas emissions. Relying on spreadsheets and manual bill gathering is time consuming. This session will provide an overview of strategies and best-practices for automating and optimizing utility bill data management and of some of the recent national efforts to improve data quality and access. Topics will include: common challenges and solutions for integrating with Accounts Payable, how to evaluate utility bill processors to align with your needs and the level of bill detail you should expect, how your choice of billing method (dual or combo) can impact bill processing costs and data quality, strategies for sharing data with Energy Star automatically, and methods for automating bill data collection.
Portfolio Energy Manager
Linnea Paton, CEM, is a Portfolio Energy Manager at JLL, a leading global real estate services firm, helping clients achieve their sustainability ambitions. She has led multiple clients in transforming utility data management processes and advocates for the development of increased utility data access and standardization. She holds an M.S. in sustainability in the urban environment from the City College of New York and a B.S. in civil engineering, environmental policy, and development from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. For her work in energy management and climate advocacy, she was named AEE International Young Energy Professional of the Year in 2019.