There are many companies that would like to tell you how to reduce utility costs or achieve sustainability goals. But most of these companies approach energy issues with their own particular agenda. In most cases, their advice is influenced by their specific area of expertise, or by products and services that they hope to sell to you – whether it’s solar panels, energy-efficient equipment, a maintenance contract, or energy accounting software.
UCM is different. Yes, we’re objective, because our only goal is identifying and implementing the best solution, not selling a particular product. But more than that, we take a holistic, long-term approach to energy challenges. Instead of immediately focusing on a pre-determined approach, we like to step back, see the “big picture”, and ask “is this the best, most cost-effective way to achieve client goals?” We hope to earn our clients’ confidence, so that we will still be their trusted advisor 5, 10 or 15 years down the road.
UCM can offer this wide-ranging expertise because of the unique perspective that the firm has gained during the past 26 years. Very few consulting firms get an in-depth view of the way that thousands of commercial, industrial, agricultural, and governmental customers manage their utility expenses. From this experience, UCM has seen what works, and what doesn’t, and has learned how customers can benefit from greater utility knowledge.
Finally, UCM has developed its expertise by participating in PUC proceedings to bring about far-reaching changes to utility company policies and tariffs. This has required UCM to obtain an in-depth understanding of regulatory issues that we put to use every day to help our clients.