The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the Clean Power Plan proposal, a rule that would require power plants to reduce carbon emissions 30% by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels. According to the EPA, power plants account for nearly a third of the nation’s carbon emissions and account for a major portion of our environment’s pollution.

Created as an extension of President Obama’s climate change action plan, the Clean Power Plan proposes a set of guidelines to help cut carbon pollution from plants and make them more efficient. The EPA estimates that by doing so, electricity bills will be reduced roughly 8% through increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand on the grid.

However, power plants are not solely responsible for high levels of carbon emissions and pollution. Commercial buildings account for 18% of energy consumption and, as with power plants, reduction is the key to unlocking savings and emitting less carbon.

An energy management system (EMS) like GridPoint’s provides visibility into enterprise-wide energy consumption through sub metering, monitoring and big data analytics. Our cloud-based platform includes control automation and advanced algorithms to maintain set points and identify new opportunities for savings. While the EPA predictions assume 8% savings, the 12,000 sites that have GridPoint’s EMS systems installed have generated energy savings up to 30%. To date, GridPoint’s lifetime carbon emission reduction is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 200,000 cars.

From power plant to retail stores, the reduction of carbon emissions is needed across the board. Let GridPoint and its energy management systems help your enterprise be part of the solution, not the problem.