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Retail Energy Leadership Model

​​​​​​​​​About RILA’s Retail Energy Management Leadership Model
RILA’s Retail Energy Management Leadership Model is a roadmap to help retail energy managers optimize their energy programs.

The Model is divided into six sections, as illustrated by the diagram to the right.

It is intended to identify possible pathways to strong energy management programs in retail. The leading practices are currently only performed by a few companies at most, and not every company can/will achieve every leading practice.


How to Use the Model
The Model is a tool that can be used for individual company and industrywide purposes. Retail companies can use the Model to:

  • Baseline the maturity of their programs (contact Erin.Hiatt@RILA.org to receive a custom benchmarking report)
  • Identify the dimensions offer the highest leverage opportunities for improvement
  • Refer to RILA’s Retail Energy Management Resource Library for corresponding tools, case studies, and further opportunities for each dimension

Program dimensions that were identified as “floodgate opportunities”, where industry progress will also enable advancement in all other dimensions, have been noted. These are also the Program’s 3-year focus areas.


Process to Develop the Model
The Retail Energy Management Leadership Model was originally developed in 2014 with retailer input as well as review of existing tools like ISO 50001 and EPA’s ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. The Model undergoes annual reviews by retailers, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff and contractors, and other energy experts.

The Model is organized according to the Virtuous Cycle of Strategic Energy Management, a resource pioneered by MIT and Environmental Defense Fund. In an optimized organization, all components of the “virtuous cycle” function at full capacity to improve the performance of the energy consuming systems, generating maximum financial and environmental returns.

V​isit www.RILA.org/energy to learn more about RILA’s Retail Energy Management Program.

Download a PDF copy of the model.


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