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EnerNOC aims to get executives thinking about energy prices

Chris Morris for The Boston Globe
Tim Healy is the chief executive of EnerNOC.

Tim Healy, EnerNOC Inc.’s chief executive (above), has long tried to convince potential clients that energy decisions should be a priority of C-level executives, not just lower-level managers.

Now he has some reinforcements.

Healy’s Boston energy management company joined with the consultant PwC and author Andrew Winston to release a “strategy brief” on Wednesday. The goal is to show top executives how energy decisions can fit into their corporate planning. Input came from a range of companies, including Boston Properties, Cargill, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

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This is just the latest chapter in Healy’s ongoing effort to broaden EnerNOC’s energy software business and become less reliant on “demand response,” in which customers get paid for reducing electricity use at peak times, and EnerNOC gets a piece. Healy says nearly 10 percent of EnerNOC’s revenue came from software in 2014. Now, it’s roughly 20 percent.

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It’s been a busy spring for Healy in that regard. The company just signed a $5.6 million, three-year agreement with Governor Charlie Baker’s administration to manage energy costs at over 420 state-run facilities, which Healy hopes will lead to more contracts with other states. He also decided to put EnerNOC’s utility software business, formerly known as Pulse Energy, up for sale, which he said removes about 35 jobs from the payroll, mostly in Vancouver.

The new document isn’t designed to be a sales pitch. But Healy concedes it could help bring in more software sales.

“I think there will be something in it for EnerNOC,” Healy says. “[But] I think there will be something in it for the customer. The customer will spend less time wasting money on energy, going down the wrong path.” — JON CHESTO

Trading Coronado Beach for Carson Beach

Much as we love this city, if we were to do a totally unscientific poll, we’re willing to bet that, given the choice of attending a conference in Boston or San Diego, most would pick that reliably warm, sunny, paradisiacal Southern California beach town over the Hub.

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Not Pat Walsh and Scot Chisholm.

UMass Amherst grads who grew up on the South Shore (Walsh from Weymouth, Chisholm from Hingham), they’re cofounders of Classy, a San Diego company that provides online fund-raising technology to nonprofits and other “social enterprises.”

For the past few years, they’ve hosted a biennial conference in San Diego called The Collaborative for nonprofits and businesses doing world-changing socially innovative work. Think drones combatting illegal poaching and 3-D printers making prosthetics for people with disabilities.

This year, however, they wanted a change of scenery. They considered moving the event to the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C. Ultimately, Walsh said, they concluded “there’s no place we’ve seen in the country that does a better job of incubating young social entrepreneurs than Boston.”

And that’s why attendees of next week’s Collaborative, rather than strolling through Balboa Park, hiking at Torrey Pines, or cooing over sea lions at La Jolla Cove, will instead find themselves at Cruiseport Boston in the Seaport, where the three-day conference is being held.

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“Boston weather is certainly not San Diego, by a long shot,” Walsh joked, acknowledging the climatic downside of the change of venue. “We did try to avoid the winter, though!”

The gathering will conclude Thursday with the Classy Awards, which recognize “the most remarkable change-makers of our generation.” Several of the 100 finalists are local, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Ceres, Design That Matters, Grit, Interise, Match Education and Seeding Labs.

Billed as the country’s “largest social innovation event,” the conference expects at least 1,000 attendees. Its big-name sponsors include Salesforce, Southwest Airlines, and the United Nations Foundation. This year’s Boston-based speakers include Susan Musinky, executive director of the Social Innovation Forum; Ray Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America; and Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance. — SACHA PFEIFFER

In Bill Weld, casino mogul sees hope for politics

To casino mogul Steve Wynn, former GOP governor Bill Weld has been a valuable guide through the byzantine world that is Massachusetts government. But Wynn also now apparently sees Weld as a possible antidote to the ills of modern-day politics.

Few expect Weld to succeed in his quixotic quest: He’s taking a break from his job at the lobbying firm ML Strategies to run for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket. A gracious Wynn told Boston business leaders on Wednesday that Weld still could leave his mark during the campaign.

“We lament . . . the loss of our attorney Mr. Weld, [but] we think America is better off,” said Wynn, luncheon speaker at the Boston College Chief Executives Club.

The CEO of Wynn Resorts then directly addressed Weld, who had introduced him to the BC club’s audience: “I hope you don’t come back because you win.”

Wynn spent most of his speech sharing details about his management style and the $2.1 billion casino/hotel complex that John Fish’s Suffolk Construction plans to build on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett for Wynn Resorts. But Wynn didn’t steer clear of politics completely, saying he’s unhappy with government leaders in both major political parties.

“I’m one of those guys who thinks government is giving the American people a bad deal,” Wynn said. “I’m one of those angry white guys.”
— JON CHESTO