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100 Massachusetts Businesses Join Electricity-Buying Group

Linda Hardesty

More than 100 businesses have signed on to the Massachusetts Manufacturing Energy Collaborative (MassMEC) to reduce energy costs by purchasing electricity and natural gas in bulk, reports Patch. MassMEC also provides no-cost renewable energy reviews and consultations. The group of business members includes metal manufacturers as well as restaurants, hospitals and real estate properties. MassMEC made   …Continue Reading

Small Businesses Don’t Understand Their Energy Contracts

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Research Council’s new brief “Buyer Beware: Early Contract Termination” finds that seven out of every 10 small-to-medium business owners are unaware of early termination provisions in their electricity supply contracts. Early termination occurs when a customer locks into a contract with an electricity supplier for a start date that overlaps with an existing   …Continue Reading

UK Allows Interconnectors to Participate in 2015 Capacity Market

Karen Henry

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that interconnectors linking Britain to other European countries will be able to participate in the 2015 second four-year-ahead capacity market auction. The first auction is scheduled to be held at the end of this year. An interconnector is a connection between the electricity transmission systems   …Continue Reading

Electricity from Renewables Cost Competitive with Coal

Linda Hardesty

Although a recent story from Spectrum IEEE said Google researchers gave up on a project to produce electricity from renewables more cheaply than electricity from coal, a story in the New York Times says some renewable electricity is already cost competitive with coal. The story cites a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, which   …Continue Reading

Bluestone Offers Retail Electricity Through Constellation

Linda Hardesty

Bluestone Energy Services, a company that provides energy conservation and development services for businesses, will now offer Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy (EME) program. Constellation’s EME combines a multi-year electricity agreement with energy conservation measures. The cost of efficiency measures is included in the price per kWh over the term of the electricity supply agreement. In creating   …Continue Reading

Army Issues RFP for CHP Project at Redstone Arsenal

Karen Henry

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala., hosted a pre-proposal conference for companies interested in building and operating a combined heat and power (CHP) renewable energy project on Redstone Arsenal, reports. Representatives from 40 companies attended the conference. The Engineering and Support Center issued a request for proposals   …Continue Reading

How to Choose an Energy Broker

Nick Linklater

Don’t break the bank – choosing the correct energy broker is essential to your success. Today’s competitive and complex energy markets have spawned a host of brokers apparently eager to help businesses find a good deal, but deciding the best one to use can be tricky. Working with a good energy broker enables an informed   …Continue Reading

AES Provides 1,384 MW to SCE

Linda Hardesty

In addition to 100 MW of battery-based energy storage that Southern California Edison (SCE) will procure from AES Corporation, SCE has also awarded 20-year contracts for AES to provide 1,284 MW of combined cycle gas-fired generation. This new capacity will be built at AES’s existing power plant sites in Huntington Beach and Long Beach, Calif.   …Continue Reading

EnerNOC Buys World Energy Solutions for $76M

Linda Hardesty

EnerNOC signed an agreement to acquire World Energy Solutions, an energy procurement company, for a purchase price of about $76 million in cash. EnerNOC says World Energy will add about $30 million to its enterprise annual recurring revenue. World Energy runs a software-based retail auction platform, selling electricity, natural gas and environmental commodities. The company has more than 100 employees and is headquartered   …Continue Reading

Real-Time Energy Markets Bring Millions in Cost Savings

Karen Henry

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) and Portland-based PacifiCorp have launched the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). The real-time market—covering California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming—went live November 1 and is the first of its kind in the West. EIM analyzes the needs of the grid every five minutes and then automatically finds the   …Continue Reading

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