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New York Yankees Pick Major Energy as Retail Energy Supplier

Linda Hardesty

The New York Yankees named Major Energy as the organization’s Official Energy Supply Company. The partnership provides Major Energy with brand integration at Yankee Stadium and expands its in-progress partnership with the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden. Major Energy is an energy supply company serving both residential and commercial customers in the deregulated   …Continue Reading


Wholesale Electricity Markets Explained

Josh Kessler

Why does wholesale pricing matter to retail buyers? If you are a retail energy buyer, why should you care about wholesale markets? Retail electricity pricing depends heavily on what takes place in wholesale markets. Understanding how wholesale pricing and markets work will give you a much clearer understanding of what drives both short- and long-term price   …Continue Reading


NYISO Proposes Changes to Shortage Pricing

Josh Kessler

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) created the Fuel Assurance Initiative to address concerns about reduced power reserves and constrained natural gas capacity – and the associated costs and operational risks for New York energy consumers. As part of this initiative, NYISO filed a proposal with FERC to create a Comprehensive Shortage Pricing (CSP) project to   …Continue Reading


NYC Explores Municipal Aggregation

Josh Kessler

New York City is exploring Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). On February 17, the City submitted comments with the Public Service Commission on case 14-M-0224, which would create a framework to enable CCA in New York State. In its comments, the city deemed the concept “meritorious and worthy of consideration.” The comments also included three points of   …Continue Reading


Michigan to See Power Capacity Shortfall

Josh Kessler

DTE Energy’s CEO Gerard Anderson expressed concerns last week about a shortfall in Michigan’s power generation capacity during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. While discussing the implications of the EPA Clean Power Plan, Anderson stated that his company and Consumers Energy, the state’s two largest electric utilities, are building to meet the needs of   …Continue Reading


Groups Request ‘Time-of-Use’ Electricity Pricing in Illinois

Linda Hardesty

Utility watchdog Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are urging the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to have the state’s biggest electric utilities, Commonwealth Edison and Ameren, offer optional “Time-of-Use” electricity pricing plans. If the ICC agrees, the utilities would be more competitive with retail energy suppliers. With Time-of-Use pricing, customers with   …Continue Reading


Shopping for Retail Energy

Josh Kessler

The first step to procuring retail energy for your business is to identify available suppliers and find out what prices, terms, and conditions they can offer. “Shopping” websites can help you identify suppliers and compare retail product offers from different suppliers in your area. Energy consultants can also help to solicit quotes and compare offers,   …Continue Reading


Report Criticizes MI Law Limiting Energy Choice

Josh Kessler

On February 5, the COMPETE Coalition published a blog entry that criticized in Michigan’s cap on its competitive electricity market for severely hampering customer choice and triggering higher electricity prices. In 2008, the state established a 10 percent cap on the percentage of electricity sales that can come from competitive suppliers within each utility’s service territory,   …Continue Reading


Energy Consumption by US Government at All-Time Low

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) shows total delivered-to-site energy use by the federal government fell to 0.96 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year 2013, the lowest recorded since 1975, the earliest year for which data are available. Energy consumed in federal government facilities has generally been declining over   …Continue Reading


University of California’s New Retail Energy Supplier: Itself

Josh Kessler

The University of California (UC) has become a licensed electric service provider and now plans to switch from a third-party supplier to purchasing power from its own Wholesale Power Program. This program will serve several university and medical campuses throughout the state. According to a press release from UC, administrators believe they can achieve a   …Continue Reading