Supplier Spotlight: American Electric Power

American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP) is a public utility holding company that engages in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers.  AEP is one of the 80 companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry. Compared to its competitors, AEP has lower earnings, but higher gross revenue. Their service area consists of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Most of AEP’s shares are owned by institutional investors, which indicates that it is poised for long-term growth. In a Week Herald article AEP is said to beat its competitors on 8 of 15 factors including profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

AEP is just one of the suppliers we currently work with to help our customers stabilize their electricity and natural gas costs. Third party suppliers allow customers in deregulated states to compare pricing from multiple sources. Looking at your utility bill you can often find a Price To Compare. This price will tell customers how much the utility is charging for energy generation and if you find a supplier with a lower cost then you will save money. Everyone enjoys saving money, but the ability to stabilize energy costs is often very advantageous for commercial energy customers as well. Signing a low rate fixed price contract can give businesses the best of both worlds.

Working with Better Cost Control will allow business customers to shop the market without having to do any of the leg work. All they need to do is send us their most current utility bill and we will get pricing from a number of suppliers to see if they could be saving money or if there would be a better rate to lock in now to avoid market volatility later.  We offer complimentary no obligation quotes, so feel free to reach out to us to see how we could help your company. Click here to find out more.

 

 

Connecticut Electricity Customers Will Have Sticker Shock This January

Customers in Connecticut will be paying a higher rate for their electricity this January and there could be more price increases to come. State regulators announced that Eversource and United Illuminating will be increase their generation rates to make “investments in the electric system”.

Eversource is set to increase its Small C&I Standard Service rates by about 12%. In addition, Eversource is also requesting a three-year, $336.8 million increase that would rise the average consumer’s electricity bill by 6.79 percent. Listed below are their published rates through June 2018.

CL&P Standard Service Rates, Jan 2018 – Jun 2018 (¢/kWh)

Rate 1            9.078

Rate 5            9.078

Rate 7

On-Peak      11.701

Off-Peak      8.201

Rate 18           9.304

Rate 27

On-Peak      11.353

Off-Peak      8.353

Rate 29           9.304

Rate 30           9.304

Rate 35           9.304

Rate 37

On-Peak      11.353

Off-Peak      8.353

Rate 40           9.304

Rate 41 (less than 500 kW)

On-Peak      11.474

Off-Peak      8.474

Rate 55 (less than 500 kW)

On-Peak      11.474

Off-Peak      8.474

Rate 56 (less than 500 kW)

On-Peak      11.474

Off-Peak      8.474

Rate 115          9.304

Rate 116          9.728

Rate 117          9.728

Rate 119          9.314

United Illuminating is also set to increase their rates. Their GS standard service rate will rise from 7.54 cents per kWh to 9.4509 cents per kWh. Listed below are the rates customers can expect to pay.

UI Jan-Jun 2018 Standard Service Rates (¢/kWh)** Rates include Bypassable FMCC **

Rate GS:      9.4509

Rate GST

On-Peak:   11.3776

Off-Peak:   8.3776

Rate LPT

On-Peak:   11.5397

Off-Peak    8.5397

Rate M:       9.8006

Rate U:       9.8006

In times like this, customers can be left wondering what they can do to combat these high rates and take control of their energy expenses. One option is to contract electricity through a low priced fixed rate long term contract. By choosing a fixed price contract for a long-term, customers can avoid facing price increases for the duration of the contract. Budgeting energy expenses will also be easier especially for commercial customers who need to control their costs. If you are interested in locking in a fixed price contract for your business please reach out to us for a complimentary price quote to see what you could save. Click Here!

Eversource MA Customers May Be Paying More in January

Eversource electricity customers in Western Massachusetts might see an increase in their rates starting in January if the state approves the requested rate increase. Although the company claims they will not see any direct profits from the rise in price, customers will notice the extra cost to them.

Rates for commercial customers will be as follows, if approved.

Fixed Price Option: January 1, 2018 – June 30,2018

Small C&I     11.559 cents per kWh

Medium & Large C&I     12.396 cents per kWh

Variable Price Option: January 1, 2018 – June 30,2018

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Small C&I13.65313.96911.17810.0299.6319.862
Medium & Large C&I13.14313.28310.637N/AN/AN/A

 

Utility rate increases and the volatility of the market in general is enough to make customers wonder what options they have to take control of their costs. The best solution to this time of uncertainty is signing a long term fixed price contract, that will allow consumers to purchase energy at a fixed price for the duration of the contract. This takes out the worry that rates will increase and better allows businesses to budget for upcoming energy expenses.

If you are interested in helping your business fix energy costs and take back control of your expenses, but don’t know where to start feel free to reach out to Better Cost Control. We have been helping companies like yours save on energy procurement since 2002. We know the market and work with many suppliers to get you the best price possible. Feel free to contact us for a complimentary quote with no obligation to your business. Reach out today to help control your costs and gain peace of mind to get back to the important matters- your business.

The Reason Energy Utility Companies are in a Panic

Commercial businesses are often looking for ways to cut costs. One of these costs is energy procurement. Every business needs their lighting and heating, but often are looking for ways to spend as little as possible. Meanwhile, Utility companies are looking to make high profits through selling energy.

Currently utility companies are seeing a flat line in sales and many are starting to worry about commercial customers who are looking to behind-the-meter storage solutions. The only way for utility companies to increase sales levels are to raise the price or the demand charge. By business customers having solar powered batteries to run during specific times their demand charge decreases. This has many utility companies are worried about plummeting profits.

An increase in the price for each kilowatt-hour sold, which needs to be approved by regulators is not ideal for utilities. Conversely the demand charge is a measurement of the highest average 15-minute electrical flow during the billing cycle. If the customer uses a lot of power during a short period of time then these charges will be a larger part of their bill and vice versa. Currently this charge is estimated to be between 30 and 70 of commercial customers’ bills.

According to a recent white paper published by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Clean Energy Group for about 28 percent of commercial customers using solar powered batteries to cut their electricity consumption would be advantageous. This not only would decrease electric usage, but also revenue collected from demand charges.  This shift could decrease a commercial company’s bill by as much as $2,000 a month according to one study of a theoretical Big Box retailer.

With these potential decreases in profits it’s no wonder that Utilities are worried about the future of the energy market, while commercial customers are continuing to look for ways to save costs.

 

You can read more at http://www.theenergycollective.com/djwamsted/2413367/storage-puts-utilities-big-bind-demand-charges

 

National Grid Rhode Island To Raise Electricity Rates

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Rhode Island electricity customers may be seeing an increase in their monthly bill if National Grid’s rate increase is approved. National Grid is proposing to raise electricity rates by 53 percent, bringing the rate to 9.5 cents per kilowatt hour. This increase leaves many business owners wondering about future energy costs and looking for ways to ensure they have the proper budgetary plan in place.

Being able to properly budget for energy costs will allow your business to not be subject to the ever-changing market at hand. This is where Better Cost Control can help. Working with Better Cost Control allows businesses the ability to sign a fixed price short to long term contract that allows for easier planning of future energy costs. We work with many suppliers to get our commercial clients the best price. We do the work to understand the prices being offered and not worry about unexpected price increases.

Reach out to us today to see what rates your business qualifies for with a free, no obligation quote.

Source: http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/state/10648373-154/national-grid-requesting-increase-of-53-in-standard-electric-rate.html 

What are FERC Order 745 Costs?

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Commercial Customer Question:

Taking a closer look at my most recent energy bill I notice a line item for FERC ORDER 745 costs. Why are these costs being listed on my bill and what are these funds going towards paying?

BCC Answer:

In the beginning of 2016 the Supreme Court voted to uphold FERC Order 745. This law gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the authority to reward Demand Response programs. Demand Response programs work to balance out supply and demand during peak operating times by giving customers a monetary benefit for reducing their energy usage during these times.  This reduction in usage allows for better grid reliability since demand is decreasing. This ruling should help the energy market better regulate energy consumption and lower rates for participating markets. This also means that customers will be seeing a line item for this federally mandated fee on their energy bill for participating markets.

What are Commercial Businesses’ options:

For those business owners who are trying to regulate their energy costs, this is just another variable in their monthly expenses. However, business owners don’t have to leave it all up to chance. Right now, commercial businesses can lock in long term contracts for a fixed energy price that will guarantee the price they pay for their energy consumption and take one variability out of the equation.  Long term contracts allow businesses to better budget and give them peace of mind in an ever-changing market. Reach out to Better Cost Control today if you would like to learn how we could help your commercial business. We have been in the business since 2002 and can offer your company a no obligation quote. Call us today to see what we can save your business.

Penn Power Price to Compare 2017

Penn Power’s Price to Compare as of March 1st, 2017 has been released. Customers that buy electricity for less than the Penn Power Price to Compare can save money on their energy costs. These prices are especially important for commercial businesses, who need to be very conscious of their energy expenses, as it could affect their bottom line. Below is a list of the commercial Penn Power Price to Compare per rate class.

  • General Secondary – Non Demand Metered (GS-Small)
    • 7.41 cents per kWh
  • General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company
    • 5.884 cents per kWh
  • General Secondary – Medium (GSM)
    • 7.41 cents per kWh

Today (3/17/17), some businesses with “General Secondary- Medium (GSM)” rate class could qualify to pay as low as 6.024 cents per kWh. This price can be locked in for the next 3 years. For those customers who would not want to make a long-term commitment, a year-long contract could be as low as 6.244 cents per kWh. These fixed rates allow businesses to better predict their energy expenses and control their costs.

Based on this potential savings, commercial customers should reach out to Better Cost Control today to see how we could help their business. Start with a free consultation with no obligation to see the benefit of using our services. Businesses who want to reduce their electricity cost can often feel lost and overwhelmed with all the energy options available to them. This is where Better Cost Control can help. We know the market and what to look for when evaluating pricing from various sources. Contact us today to start saving!

Met-Ed Price to Compare 2017

Met-Ed Price to Compare as of March 1st, 2017 has been released. Customers that buy electricity for less than the Met-Ed price to compare can save money on their energy costs. These prices are especially important for commercial businesses, who need to be very conscious of their energy expenses, as it could affect their bottom line. Below is a list of the commercial Met-Ed price to compare per rate class.

  • General Secondary – Non Demand Metered (GS-Small)
    • 6.842 cents per kWh
  • General Secondary – Volunteer Fire Company
    • 6.964 cents per kWh
  • General Secondary – Demand Metered (GS-Medium)
    • 6.842 cents per kWh
  • Municipal Service (MS)
    • 6.842 cents per kWh

 

Today (3/15/17), some businesses with “General Secondary- Demand Metered (GS- Medium)” rate class could qualify to pay as low as 5.763 cents per kWh. This price can be locked in for the next 3 years. For those customers who would not want to make a long-term commitment, a year-long contract could be as low as 6.014 cents per kWh. These fixed rates allow businesses to better predict their energy expenses and control their costs.

 

Based on this potential savings, commercial customers should reach out to Better Cost Control today to see how we could help their business. Start with a free consultation with no obligation to see the benefit of using our services. Businesses who want to reduce their electricity cost can often feel lost and overwhelmed with all the energy options available to them. This is where Better Cost Control can help. We know the market and what to look for when evaluating pricing from various sources. Contact us today to start saving!

Staying Ahead of Winter Energy Costs

As we bid adieu to warm summer days and welcome in the cold winter nights many business owners need to consider their energy costs.

As the season changes so too will factors that affect the price of electricity and gas. Right now, natural gas has kept up with the demand of the market, but with colder temperatures predicted, this may not be true for long. It has been said that this year the northern US will be colder and damper than in the past and the southern US will experience warmer and drier temperatures. While everywhere else has been said to go either way.

Power price projections are also increasing, meaning what business owners pay right now might dramatically change when winter strikes. This volatility could cause some organizations to spend more than they had originally planned and leave them at the whim of the market. Although commercial customers do have options. Those who lock in fixed cost, long-term contract at a lower price now can beat the spike in price and save money on their energy consumption.

At Better Cost Control, we can analyze each individual business’s energy consumption and get them the best price possible. We work with all providers so we do not have any motives except to get your company the best price. In addition, long-term contract terms mean that for the length of the contract business owners do not have to worry about increased market prices. Stop playing the risk game and reach out to Better Cost Control today.

What You Need To Consider About Energy Costs

Purchasing energy for your business can be complicated. It can be hard to know your companies best option due to competing providers and a constantly changing marketplace. Decision makers need to know how the current prices compare to those in the past as well as the factors that affect future prices. Here are some key points you should consider when purchasing energy for your business.

The first thing to consider is natural gas. Natural gas prices are starting to directly correlate with cost of electricity as more and more power plants start becoming natural gas reliant. This can be good when the prices are low, but once they start rising or have any volatility, so too will your energy costs. This dependence also becomes harder to predict as the issue of supply not meeting demand arises. As of late, the supply has kept up with demand and prices have gotten low for both natural gas and power. With forecasts pointing to reduced prices in the coming years many energy purchasers are taking advantage of extended energy contracts.

Noticing the changes in the power market is also an important factor when shopping for energy. Prices tend to be cheaper in the spring and with the warmer temperatures lasting into September prices are falling less rapidly. In this case, buyers might be more willing to forgo purchasing energy until the spring time, betting on the winter weather. Whether that is a good idea is hard to know. This winter’s weather is one of the hardest factors to predict and could cause major fluctuations in price. The only way to guarantee pricing for your business’s energy consumption is to have a long-term fixed contract, where the price is stable for the whole length of the time.

Lastly, something else to keep in mind is the inventory of natural gas. Although levels are sufficient right now, if demand increases due to poor winter conditions, this may not be the case for long. As the temperatures drop and demand increases business owners need to be sure they have taken the necessary precautions to protect themselves against severe price increases.

After reading all the details that need to be considered when purchasing energy, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to turn that could help you weigh your options? An organization who does not have any motivations, but to get your business the best price. That is where Better Cost Control can come to the rescue. At Better Cost Control, we know what the market is doing and we stay up to date on the latest prices from all providers. Our long-term fixed price contracts allow for peace of mind in a market full of ambiguity. We work hard so you don’t have to worry. Contact us today to see how much we can save you and lock in a low rate to take the confusion out of energy pricing.

Is It Time To Lock In a Fixed Energy Price?

Eversource released it rate filing for January 1st, 2017 thru June 30th, 2017 for commercial users. Customers who are being billed medium commercial rate codes can choose the published fixed price of $0.10099 per kWh.

As of today, customers billed with a medium commercial rate code can spend as low as $0.094 per kWh for a 6-month term and $0.1002 for a 12-month term. Another advantage is that we also can secure pricing for longer term contracts as well. Imagine not worrying about energy costs for 2 years and knowing exactly how much you would be paying for your commercial energy consumption.

Locking in these lower rates can give commercial business owners peace of mind and lower the risk of paying more than they should. To take control of your costs and gain budget certainty contact Better Cost Control today to see what rate your business is eligible to receive.

Benefits of Fixed Price Energy Costs

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Massachusetts Electric Company (National Grid) published the pricing for general commercial service rate classes from November 2016 to April 2017. The prices range from $0.07366 per kWh all the way up to $0.10956 per kWh.

As of today, commercial customers can lock in a fixed price of $0.0961 per kWh for a 6-month term. This fixed price will ensure that the amount commercial business owners pay will be consistent for the duration of the contract. We also offer options to sign contracts for longer terms such as a year or even two years, which means commercial customers do not have to worry about their energy costs for the entirety of the contract.

If you think that your business could benefit from fixed energy costs, please feel free to reach out to Better Cost Control. We can find a price that is right for your business that won’t leave you at the mercy of the market.