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About Patrick Clouden

Patrick J. Clouden is the Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc., one of the nation’s top energy consulting firms. Consumer Energy Solutions was founded in 1999 and represents some of the largest energy suppliers in North America. CES has enrolled over 2.5 million residential and 300,000 commercial customers across the United States and Canada including many Fortune 500 companies.

What Will the Clean Power Plan Cost America?

By | 2016-03-14T22:05:58+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Electricity|

“Energy policy needs to ensure all Americans have affordable and reliable electricity to meet everyday challenges and to help build a strong foundation of economic success. Regardless of where you stand politically, this plan fails to meet that threshold.” Mike Duncan, President of the American Colaitiuon for Clean Coal Electricity. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) [...]

How to Avoid Unexpected Penalty Fees & Costs

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:34+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Energy Efficiency at Home, Energy Efficiency for Business|

At Consumer Energy Solutions we strive to empower our customers with information they need to make intelligent decisions regarding their electric and gas accounts. The purpose of this article is to bring attention to an issue that seems to be on the increase. We have been receiving a significant number of reports of “slamming” from [...]

El Niño Versus La Niña and the Polar Vortex

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Energy News|

You no doubt have heard much discussion of the effects of El Nin᷉o and La Nin᷉a on our weather patterns and how these phenomena are used to predict weather—like the number of hurricanes in a season, how cold the winter will be or how hot the summer will be. Let’s start with defining these two [...]

Weather, Energy Demand, Coal & Natural Gas – What Does It All Mean?

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Electricity, Natural Gas|

There are many factors that have an influence on the demand for energy. A big one is the weather. Colder weather increases residential and commercial heating demand. The Farmers’ Almanac is telling us that during the winter of 2016 we’re going to see unseasonably mild temperatures with occasional shots of bitter cold in much of [...]

A 15-Year Outlook on Energy Prices – The Clean Power Plan

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 October 31st, 2015|Energy News|

On August 3rd of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration announced the final version of The Clean Power Plan, a policy aimed at combating global warming that was first proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June 2014. In his announcement, the president stated that the plan includes the first standards [...]

What Impacts the Price of Electricity and Natural Gas?

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Electricity, Natural Gas, Uncategorized|

At CES we help you find the best rate for your electricity and natural gas in the current market. Now, you might ask, what does that mean actually? Well, the fact is that pricing of electricity and natural gas is constantly changing. So a quote you get today might be different next week. Typically, up [...]

The Story of a Parking Garage and Its Lighting

By | 2015-09-03T21:25:52+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Energy Efficiency for Business, LED Lighting, Uncategorized|

I have written in the past about the virtues of upgrading a commercial property to LED lighting. I want to now give you a specific example of a project that demonstrates overall savings on a realistic level—let’s talk about a parking garage. The four important pieces of information that must be gathered to calculate the savings [...]

Surprisingly, U.S. Natural Gas Production Hitting All-Time Highs

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Energy News, Natural Gas|

The current low prices for natural gas in the U.S. make it very difficult for companies to spend money on more drilling. And yet, the U.S. is producing more natural gas than ever in 2015. In fact, the government's Energy Information Administration forecasts a 5.4% increase in output this year compared to 2014. However, the new [...]

Save Big On Maintenance Costs By Retrofitting Your Business Lighting to LED

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Energy Efficiency for Business, Energy Efficiency Tips, LED Lighting|

A lot of people don’t realize the significance of the long-term savings that switching to LED can provide. First of all, switching to LED bulbs will have an immediate impact on your electric bill. Lighting costs tend to be a large portion of the bill. LED bulbs use 50% to 90% LESS electricity than traditional [...]

Is It Possible Your Company Is Being Overcharged On Its Utility Bills?

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:37+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Energy Efficiency for Business|

Yes! It’s entirely possible! Approximately 70% of companies are overcharged on their utility bills. And a whopping 90% of non-profits are overcharged! All the way back in 1986 a U.S. House Ways and Means Committee study found that in a single year, public utility companies had overbilled their customers by approximately $19 billion. In today’s [...]