Retail Energy Supplier Creates Energy Management Portal

Linda Hardesty

Great Eastern Energy (GEE), a retail energy supplier, is working with UM Technologies to construct and maintain a customer dashboard and analytical portal for energy management. The beta version of the new web-based application is currently being tested by a select group of Great Eastern Energy’s customers to gain additional insights before being made publically   …Continue Reading

Time-Varying Electricity Pricing

Josh Kessler

The Environmental Defense Fund’s senior manager for Grid Modernization posted a blog entry this week about the importance of time-varying electricity pricing to reduce usage at peak hours of the day – such as hot summer days when consumers come home from work and turn on their air conditioners. Across the US, consumers used between 47 and   …Continue Reading

New Resource from Energy Research Council

Josh Kessler

Retail Energy Buyer has new benchmark retail electricity price data from the Energy Research Council (ERC) that will be provided each week in the right sidebar of the newsletter. The benchmark metrics in these tables are based on a standardized database of daily matrix prices from over a dozen retail electricity suppliers. Benchmarks are derived   …Continue Reading

Mass. May Publish Yelp-Style Supplier Reviews

Josh Kessler

In January, Retail Energy Buyer reported that Massachusetts is looking to develop a web portal to provide retail energy buyers with standardized information on suppliers to help them shop for energy. According to an article in Energy Choice Matters last week, the website could include supplier reviews similar to those employed by rating websites like   …Continue Reading

To Combat Winter Price Spikes, Conn. Proposes State-Run Procurements

Josh Kessler

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has proposed state-run procurements designed to address the type of gas and electricity price spikes that have occurred in Connecticut and other northeastern states the past two winters. An article in RetailEnergyX reports that DEEP is seeking to solicit large hydropower, gas and electric transmission capacity,   …Continue Reading

BMW Gets 51% of Electrical Energy Worldwide From Renewables

Linda Hardesty

The BMW Group says that 51 percent of its electricity worldwide is being supplied from renewable sources. BMW Group has a step-by-step plan to transition the company to 100 percent electrical energy supply from renewable sources. The first step is to increasingly improve the efficiency of energy consumption at facilities worldwide. In a second step,   …Continue Reading

Energy Procurement Training Opportunities

Josh Kessler

There are many training opportunities available to professionals interested in developing their energy buying expertise. Many are free, either online or over the phone. In-person seminars and advisory services are fee-based. Course content can include: Competitive energy market fundamentals Provisions of electricity and gas contracts Procurement and negotiation tactics Specific topics of interest, such as renewables or   …Continue Reading

Pennsylvania May Allow Electricity Aggregation

Josh Kessler

Pennsylvania State Representative Harry Readshaw has introduced House Bill 778 to allow municipal electricity aggregation in Pennsylvania. The bill would allow municipalities to create organizations that negotiate with electricity suppliers on behalf of residents and small businesses (those with less than 50 kW of demand), reports RetailEnergyX. If the legislation is enacted as it stands,   …Continue Reading

Maine May Create Smart Grid Data Portal

Josh Kessler

This week, a working group recommended the creation of an online portal to allow customers to share their energy data with retail providers in Central Maine Power’s service territory, according to Energy Choice Matters. Customers who chose to enroll in the Electricity Supplier Marketplace would share their contact and hourly energy usage data, recorded using   …Continue Reading

Special Electricity Pricing Offer for Cape Cod Customers

Josh Kessler

Fifteen years ago, during the early stages of electricity deregulation, the Cape Light Compact (CLC) in Massachusetts became the first organization of municipalities to aggregate the energy buying power of its 200,000 residential and business customers. Previously, the Compact had offered residential and commercial pricing that was slightly lower than prices offered by the local   …Continue Reading

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