NISC Launches Building Benchmarking Featuring ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., July 26, 2022 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of IT solutions for broadband and utility organizations, has launched Building Benchmarking, a feature that automatically provides building owners access to their aggregated monthly energy usage.

Building Benchmarking leverages the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. Portfolio Manager is the industry-leading solution for benchmarking energy use for any type of building and provides NISC Members the ability to provide building owners in their service territory access to their monthly consumption information.

“Benchmarking is critical for managing energy and reducing carbon emissions from buildings,” said Cindy Jacobs, chief of the ENERGY STAR Program for Commercial Buildings and Industrial Plants. “Organizations like NISC are making a tangible difference in the fight against climate change by providing building owners and managers with easy access to the energy data they need.”

With Building Benchmarking, NISC Members can help building owners measure the electricity used by a building, as part of documenting the total energy used. They can then leverage that information to assess opportunities for improvements and build energy management strategies to track consumption and lower costs.

Certain state and even local ordinances require building owners to report their monthly electricity consumption, as one metric in their annual disclosure requirements. With iVUE Connect’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager integration, that data is automatically available for monthly consumption reporting.

“We’re excited to be able to provide our Members a new solution that not only helps meet new and changing energy reporting requirements but also provides utilities an avenue to partner with their customers for efficiency programs,” said David Bonnett, Vice President of Product for NISC. “Much like NISC solutions, the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an industry-leading tool, and we’re proud to be able to integrate with it.”

NISC Member Holy Cross Energy, located in Glenwood Springs, Colo., helped NISC beta test the Building Benchmarking solution over the past two months.

“After developing our training and documentation, we are reaching out to our members who have requested their usage content to meet the state requirements as mandated by the Energy Office of Colorado,” said Wesley MacCachran, Software Support Specialist for Holy Cross. “The NISC solution allows us to automate and deliver the usage information to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. It’s great to see an automated solution, which allows our member service team to focus on other duties.”

For more information on NISC’s Building Benchmarking, please contact sales@nisc.coop.

About NISC
NISC is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to 913 independent broadband companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including financials, service, operations and marketing as well as many other supporting platforms and business services. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Blacksburg, Va., NISC and its subsidiary employ more than 1,200 professionals between the four locations and remotely throughout the United States. Additional information about NISC can be found at www.nisc.coop

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500®—partner with the U.S. EPA to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions that protect the climate while improving air quality and protecting public health. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses save 5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs, and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. Additional information can be found at www.energystar.gov.