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Energy Procurement Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Were Making (and How to Avoid Them): #3 – Lack of a Proper Procurement Strategy

Energy procurement requires a significantly different process than the procurement of most other goods and services. If you’ve been your organization’s procurement officer for any length of time, this is likely not the first time you’ve heard that. This series on the “Top Energy Procurement Mistakes” seeks to explain why this process is such a different beast.

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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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10-Year Energy Agreements Are Growing In Popularity Among Large Energy Users. Are They Here To Stay?

In the world of finance and procurement, some of the preferred buzzwords include “conservative,” “stable,” and “predictable.”  Because of the need to keep operational costs as low as possible, energy procurement presents a unique set of challenges to businesses that use a lot of energy.   To begin with, energy commodities are volatile – and electricity […]

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Tradition Energy Price Forecast 2015 – MidYear Update SAVE THE DATE!

This year, the energy markets have presented savvy energy buyers with numerous opportunities to lock-in low rates not seen in several years. Will the low-price environment continue? Or, will prices change course as we push through the second half of the year? SAVE THE DATE!  to join Tradition Energy on Thursday, July 30, for an informative discussion outlining […]

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Five Costly Energy Buying Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them

Energy decision-makers wear a lot of hats – and their job descriptions are all over the map:  Some are purchasing agents, property managers, and CFOs.  Others are mayors, operations directors or presidents.   The point is, it’s rare to find a person who specializes in “energy procurement” alone.  For most of these people, “electricity procurement” or […]

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Are You Outsourcing Energy Procurement? 3 Signs That It Might Be Time

Outsourcing Energy Procurement

“Outsourcing” as we know it today traces its modern roots back to the business climate of the 1970s and 80s.  It was around this time that many organizations turned to outsourcing as a way to remain competitive in a global economy.  During this time, the mindset was that in order to compete, organizations must focus […]

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