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All About Energy

Best and Worst Times to Sign an Energy Contract

Jared Crane Aug 3, 2017 9:18:00 AM
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Energy procurement is an ongoing cycle. It is critical that you procure energy at the right time so that you avoid paying for energy at premium rates. Like everything in the supply and demand model, there are best and worst times to enter into negotiations. If your job requirement is that you become the energy broker for your company, then take a deep breath and relax as we are about to make your job a little easier.


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Demand Response Program Hesitations Keeping you from Making Money

Jim Kordoban Jul 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM
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Facilities that use large amounts of electricity have often heard of demand response programs, or are active participants.  Demand Response programs typically compensate facilities based on curtailment during a specified time period.  The utility or market operator will call an event during times when the electrical grid is under a considerable amount of stress from high demand or lack of adequate generation.  Ultimately, more generation is produced or curtailment is called to help prevent a rolling brownout or blackout.  For many organizations, the idea of shutting off, curtailing, or adjusting energy use can be a scary thought!  Whether you’re a building manager concerned about tenant comfort, a data center operations manager who is worried about uninterruptible power, or a plant engineer focused on product quality, you’ve got a business to run and your operations come first. 


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Major Impacts on the Cost of Energy

Jared Crane Jun 27, 2017 10:10:00 AM
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There are many factors that impact the cost of energy but perhaps the greatest is simply the power of supply and demand. Even Issues like energy deregulation, political unrest, and voter initiatives take a backseat to the power of supply and demand. That is because of "time", which is not a single quantitative force here, plays a very large role in the available energy supply and the demand for energy.


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Why Just Tracking Energy Usage Isn’t Enough

Caroline Haywood May 25, 2017 2:13:18 PM
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When it comes to keeping your business afloat, one key element is cost savings. Any way you can help your business cut costs and save money will financially help in the long run. One easy way to save is by tracking and reducing your energy usage, but what happens when that is not enough. Research shows that almost 30% of energy in commercial buildings is wasted. It may seem that no matter how hard you and your business try to cut back, the savings just aren't happening, tracking energy isn’t enough.

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4 Ways Energy Deregulation Saves you Money

Caroline Haywood May 19, 2017 11:35:08 AM
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Every year, more and more states are choosing to deregulate their energy markets, but what exactly does that entail for you, the consumer? It may seem like this is just another step to confuse you in the process of powering your business or home, but in reality deregulation is actually one step towards savings.

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Electricity for the Multifamily Industry

Will McGinnis May 4, 2017 8:04:00 AM
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In the energy industry, Retail Electric Providers (REP’s) and natural gas suppliers alike are creating innovative, new products for different industries while continuing to advance the products already in place. Because of the unique nature of the apartment industry, owners and management teams have new ways to procure energy and set up the products that go along with it.

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The Energy Broker's Role

Andrew Barth Apr 27, 2017 11:12:39 AM
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On April 10th, an article was published on Energy Choice Matters, and subsequently on  Energy Manager Today that questioned the efforts of the broker community to create a better marketplace for our customers. As an organization made up of brokers, suppliers and multiple affiliate members, I feel it’s important to engage in a healthy conversation about the market, its direction and our place in it.
 
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3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Installing a New Meter

Eli Sachs Apr 27, 2017 10:55:45 AM
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When you build a new facility, your local utility will install an electricity meter and deliver the power, but your energy provider supply the electricity. With so many parties involved, it's easy to loose track of the meter, and it could cost you. Energy meter installation often causes construction and/or move-ins delays. Then, once a meter is up and running, your energy provider could put you on a high or variable electricity rate. Here are some pitfalls to avoid when adding a new meter.

 

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President Trump's Impact on Climate Change Policy

Caroline Haywood Apr 22, 2017 9:08:00 AM
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On Tuesday March the 21st, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will relax the government's climate policies. The order aims to protect American jobs in the energy industry as part of President Trump’s “America First” plan. However, the cost to the environment could be too high.

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The Death of 1¢ Electricity Rates

Will McGinnis Apr 20, 2017 8:01:00 AM
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It's no surprise that most folks in Texas
are familiar with Power to Choose, a website known to help Texans find their next energy provider and plan. 

 

The PUC changed the default view of the Power to Choose website, removing many of the 1¢ electricity rates. But why? Penny rates seemed like such a great deal. But were they really?

 

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