You can compare your own organization's results against others through benchmarking. The procedure doesn't necessarily propel you toward your power reduction goals; however, it can be useful to monitor your progress and to compare your organization to others.
Benchmarking can be performed in a number of ways:
• Past performance Compare your current status to historical performance.
• Industry average Compare your organization's results to an average of other organizations in your industry.
• Best in class Compare your organization to the best in the industry, not just the average.
• Best practices Compare your organization's results to established practices that have been deemed to be the best in the industry.
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