Basics of energy production have to be understood before one can make any sense of what happened in Texas in February when a brutal cold snap lead to blackouts in over four million homes and businesses. For years the Texas grid operator, ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), has overestimated the ability to maintain a [...]
Why Should a Commercial Property Lock in a Fixed Rate on Their Electricity and Natural Gas Now—More than Ever?
Here we are close to March of 2021. As we sit here gas prices at the pump have gone up on average, 30 cents a gallon across the boards since January 1st and since the end of November the price has gone up about 44 cents. What does this mean for the future? Well, there’s [...]
Special Report From Pat Clouden to our CES Direct Energy Customers I want to make sure all our Direct Energy Business customers receive this important information from Direct Energy Business about their new relationship with NRG Energy. Please read the letter below from Direct Energy Business.
You are in a deregulated state and you are working with an Energy Supply Company or a Broker to get your electricity put on a 2 or 3 year fixed rate contract. Sounds simple enough and is a smart step for a commercial enterprise to take. But what do you need to know and look [...]
We like to keep track of what natural gas is doing in the energy market because it is the key fuel used to generate electricity. In fact, natural gas is used to produce the highest percentage of electricity over any other fuel or generating method. While demand from commercial and industrial establishments for natural gas [...]
Consumer Energy Solutions (CES) works with some of the largest energy supply companies in the country. One of our favorites is Liberty Power, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and providing retail electric service to 16 states. I am so happy to reprint here a recent press release—"Liberty Power signs new multi-year energy supply agreement with [...]
What Commercial Electricity and Natural Gas Customers Can Do NOW, to Avoid Inevitable Rate Increases
I want to jump right in and talk to you about what the graph above means. This graph is from the New York Mercantile Exchange, the largest physical commodity futures exchange. What do we mean by “futures?” This is short for “futures contract,” which is a legal agreement to buy or sell a particular commodity [...]
Increased Use of Natural Gas and Reduced Electricity Demand Has Temporarily Reduced Energy Rates—Here’s Why
Recent conditions have added a new variable to electricity prices. With social distancing and closing of non-essential businesses, there is decreased energy demand and activity in many commercial establishments across the country. Additionally, with increased numbers of people working from home, there is a reduction of energy usage in office buildings nationwide. The U.S. Energy [...]
I have learned some valuable lessons as a business owner. These are golden nuggets of knowledge that can lead to surprising success. For instance, how do you get a group of random individuals to come together and perform as a team? And how do you lead them on to amazing production? Here’s a production case [...]
“Energy” is a common topic of discussion these days. With recent geopolitical events in the Middle East one’s attention becomes focused on the costs of energy. What will happen? The U.S. is becoming more and more energy independent—but on the world stage when the price of oil goes up, you’ll find other prices going up [...]