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The surprising truth about Spring 2018 and natural gas usage 1

Jul 13

The surprising truth about Spring 2018 natural gas usage Don’t be surprised if you see higher than expected natural gas usage (and, therefore, cost) for the Spring 2018. If you’ve noticed a variance to your gas cost and budget this year, it is probably due to a slightly unexpected reason. Yes, late December 2017 and […]

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Repost: A potentially significant development in electricity and power 1

Jun 7

A new article by David Roberts on Vox “This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity: An “operating system” for power could double the efficiency of the grid“ describes a new technology that could offer massive improvements in the efficient delivery of electricity across the grid. As Roberts explains, while it sounds too good to […]

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Make sense of complexity with energy analytics

If you read 1 article about C-suite energy analytics, read this one 1

Apr 20

If you read 1 article about C-suite energy analytics, make it this one The energy industry is undergoing dizzying changes. New technology, market complexity, shifts in the regulatory landscape, changes in cost-structures, demanding customers weigh on the C-suite. Executives must focus on profitability, customer service, and cost management. Pressures on the C-suite are substantial:  find innovative ways to […]

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The Unconventional Guide to Energy Budgeting 1

Apr 11

Last week we ran an online introduction to energy budgeting called Energy Budget Planning: 3 Insights Every Manager Should Have. During the 30 minute course, we discussed the key challenges that all managers face when planning their energy budgets. Issues like: time constraints, lack of access to data, management expectations. In addition, we described the importance […]

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Energy data and historical info: Why it is essential for accurate energy cost management 1

Feb 28

Historical energy data: access Every sound analysis of energy usage and cost begins with the harrowing and hair raising experience of accessing historical energy data for gas and electricity. Getting historical usage and cost data from utilities in an efficient way is extremely difficult. Ask anyone on the front lines of this activity, whether they […]

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HVAC maintenance pays

Energy cost management: What cold weather can tell you about your building operation 1

Feb 6

Energy cost management: What cold weather can tell you about your building operation Guest post by Tom Leach, Scientific Air Your lobby should be warm even if it is 10 degrees outside. Your tenants and guests expect comfort under the most extreme circumstances. You should too. You know how good your health is after you […]

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Growth mindset for energy 1

Dec 7

For those of you who have yet read her book, go find Mindset, by Carol Dweck. Take it out of your local library, get it on your e-reader, buy it from your bookstore. It is a fantastic book and has particular relevance, we believe, for those of us who have been in the energy industry for decades. What […]

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Largest source of CO2 emissions in the US? No longer power plants! 1

Dec 4

Today, Bloomberg reports a significant transition in major contributors to US CO2 emissions. Power plants are no longer the largest source of CO2 emissions in the US. That “distinction” now belongs to the transportation sector. The article, titled America Crowns a New Pollution King, appears here on Bloomberg’s homepage. Why a transition from power plants […]

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Power and Gas Price Update: Cooler Weather expected, Markets up 1

Nov 29

Any news of cooler temperatures these days sends the 12 month strip price for gas and power up. Major reports show cooler weather in the Northeast likely starting around December 7th. As a result, we have seen another spike in the 12 month strip price for both gas and power. Even though the weekly storage […]

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November Market Update: Energy Cost Management 1

Nov 13

It is newsworthy that gas and power markets were up over 7% last week. This increase in forward curves follows months of low cost power and gas markets. As of Friday afternoon, there was some relief thanks to a modest price decline for the Winter 2018 months. To put this in context, we have been […]

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