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Energy Procurement Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Were Making (& how to avoid them): #7: Using One Firm for “All Things Energy”

As we start our next installment in this series, let’s recap the mistakes we’ve covered so far when it comes to savvy energy procurement: not procuring proactively, missing the most competitive rates, developing an inappropriate procurement strategy for your specific needs, not having a pre-determined goal of what you want to achieve, utilizing an aggregation […]

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Who Owns Energy? Why a Partnership Between Purchasing and Facilities Departments is Vital to Reducing Energy Costs.

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More than 20 years have passed since the first U.S. states began to deregulate their energy markets.  This was a milestone that gave energy consumers an opportunity to reduce electricity costs by shopping for the provider with the most competitive rates, rather than simply relying on their local utility company. Currently, more than 15 states […]

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The Procurement Professional’s Guide to Negotiating Energy Supply Agreements Part 5: Material Changes

We are now on the final piece in our series on negotiating energy supply agreements – material change language. This wraps up the five-part discussion, which also offered our insights in the other four keys: Payment terms Termination fees Adding and deleting accounts Usage bandwidth Material change language is something of a “catch-all” with regards […]

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The Procurement Professional’s Guide to Negotiating Energy Supply Agreements Part 3: Adding & Deleting Accounts

Previously in this series on negotiating energy supply agreements, we covered “Payment Terms” and “Termination Fees” – both of which are very important in structuring a contract that meets the needs of your organization. This installment will discuss the use of “Add/Delete Language.” In the final two installments, we will delve into “Usage Bandwidth” and […]

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The Definitive Guide to Hiring An Energy Advisor, Part 5: Independence is Key

This article concludes our “Definitive Guide to Hiring an Energy Advisor” designed to assist you, the purchaser, in finding, evaluating, and engaging an energy advisor. Over the past four editions, we have shared our insights into the important elements to consider if your organization is shopping around for advice. If you missed any of the […]

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The Definitive Guide to Hiring an Energy Advisor, Part 2: Covering Energy Supply Needs from Soup to Nuts

In our previous installment, we started a five-part series with advice for the energy buyer when engaging an energy advisory firm to assist with the procurement and management of energy supply. We highlighted the five key factors to consider: Experience Full-Service Solutions Wholesale Market Expertise Strategic Approach Independent Status We initially discussed how important “experience” […]

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SolarCity Completes Remote Microgrid 4,000 Miles off US West Coast

Microgrids are currently being implemented in remote locations, like the islands of American Samoa, but also have the potential to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure reliable electricity in communities around the globe. A remote microgrid can play a crucial role on a far-flung island, as SolarCity shows today in unveiling a completed project 4,000 […]

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