Electricity

Gas-Fired Generation

How it can factor into your electricity costs According to a recent article published by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), as of 2016, natural gas generators make up the largest percentage of generation capacity in the United States. In fact, the cost-effective natural gas sources stand as a significant majority, at 42% of [...]

Peak Load Contribution (PLC) and How it Dictates Capacity Costs

In previous blogs, we have discussed capacity costs and the Base Residual Auction (BRA) that decides the clearing prices. Now we are going to delve into how these prices are converted into the $/kWh charges that are included in your supply rate. A customer’s specific capacity costs are dictated by their peak load contribution (PLC) [...]

CEA Case Study – Dental Office Lighting Upgrade

Background Dental office in a suburban setting Size – approximately 4,000 sf Age – Building approximately 10 years old. Existing Lighting 35, 2x4 fluorescent fixtures, 3 tubes per fixture 36, 6” can lights with 65w incandescent bulbs Estimated annual spend for lights - $2,800 ($2,200 electricity cost / $600 bulb replacement and maintenance) Overview The [...]

New Study Shows Energy Choice is Saving Businesses Money

Energy choice is rapidly proving the best model for electricity markets In April 2017, a new study was published by the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) explaining that over the past decade, energy markets where consumers have a choice between suppliers have shown a consistent downward trend in pricing. By contrast, in the states with [...]

Base Residual Auctions (BRA) – Capacity Costs

As we have discussed in a previous blog, capacity costs are the second largest component of an electric supply rate. It’s important to understand how they are calculated. Capacity prices are decided through auctions, which are organized by the regional transmission organization (RTO). In early June, PJM, the RTO that coordinates the movement of wholesale [...]