50% energy savings possible with new home energy rebates from Maryland Energy Administration

50% energy savings possible with new home energy rebates from Maryland Energy Administration

A new rebate program from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) unveiled January 20 enables Marylanders to save up to 50% on home energy efficiency upgrades.

The Home Performance Rebate program is designed to bring Maryland closer to achieving its goal of reducing energy consumption by 15% by 2015. It offers a 35% rebate (up to $3,100 total) toward qualifying home efficiency upgrades. When combined with the existing utility-sponsored rebates of 15% off the cost of qualifying home efficiency upgrades, Marylanders are now able to reduce the cost of upgrading their home by as much as half.

Solar Energy for New Jersey Customers – No charge for Solar Panels

Better Cost Control announces a special program exclusively for New Jersey to provide Solar Energy to our residential and commercial customers.  Through our partner, Solar Panels are installed on your building under a 20-year lease.  The customer then pays for electrity at a discount of roughly 50%.  The supplier is 100% responsible for permitting, installation, operation, monitoring and maintenance of the system.

Your benefits:

Going Green makes a good public statement

No investment

50% savings on your electricity for the life of the contract, which is typically 20-years.

You own the system after the term of the contract.

Increases the value of your property.

For more information, contact Steve Garson at 860-436-2768.

Better Cost Control now licensed to provide electricity in Pennsylvania

On February 14, 2011, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved the application for Better Cost Control, LLC, d/b/a Ardor Energy to offer or supply electricity or electric generation services as a broker/marketer to residential, small commercial, large commercial, industrial and governement customers within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

We look forward to sharing our expertise in controlling electricity costs with the many electricity customers of the state.  Call us at 860-436-2768 to learn more.

First Energy Ohio Sets New Prices Today

What First Energy customers in Ohio pay for electricity for the next three years will be determined this week.  A better economy means higher prices.  The price bidding process for the Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison, with results reviewed by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.  This auction will determine the “Price to Compare”, which is the price to compare to competitive suppliers to see whether you will save money or pay more if you contract electricity with another supplier.  Stay tuned for the results.

Are you interested in Electricity and Natural Gas Sales?

Recently, Better Cost Control has received a number of inquiries from sales people working for a well known supplier of electricity that only offers variable price contracts.  This seemed like a good product to sell when the energy markets were level or going down.  That has changed.  Their customers have seen prices jump unexpectedly resulting in unhappy customers.

If you are in the energy sales business, consider selling for Better Cost Control.  We represent a wide assortment of energy suppliers, offering the ability to save your customers money with fixed price contracts or any of the contract options that are listed on http://bettercostcontrol.com/your-energy-procurement-advocate/ .

Shopping for Competitive Energy Suppliers Grows in Several States

The percentage of customers shopping for alternative energy suppliers has grown in four key restructured markets, according to recently released data from state regulators.

These new numbers compiled from earlier this year, combined with “astounding” shopping rates in Pennsylvania’s PPL Electric Utilities service territory, are the latest evidence of competition delivering lower-cost competitively priced electricity to consumers.

Nearly 68 percent of customer demand and 58 percent of total usage in Washington D.C. was met with power from a competitive supplier, noted the District of Columbia Public Service Commission. More impressively, nearly 85 percent of commercial & industrial demand and 78 percent of usage was provided by competitive suppliers.

In Texas, the nation’s largest competitive retail market, over 50 percent of residential consumers and about two-thirds of the total load across all customer segments is being served by a non-incumbent supplier, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Shopping in Rhode Island neared a third of all customers in February, with 29.4 percent of all load being serviced by alternative power suppliers, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission announced. In New Jersey, hourly rate shopping by large commercial & industrial customers grew to 86 percent of total load and 68.5 percent of all accounts, according to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

These numbers are yet more evidence that our nation’s well-structured competitive electricity markets are promoting competition among energy market participants and providing economic benefits for customers

Competitive Electricity Positively Impacts the Illinois Economy

There has been a lot of discussion about the positive impacts of the competitive electricity market on the Illinois economy. The benefits have been twofold:

Competition Can Drive Down Prices
The competitive electricity market brings structure and discipline around electricity costs. This enables customers to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the most competitive supply services, or provide alternative energy solutions. Essentially, competition can drive down prices, which has a direct impact on the local Illinois economy and the health of businesses, universities, hospitals, etc.

Competition Spurs Job Creation
With more than 20 active competitive retail suppliers in the Illinois marketplace, thousands of jobs have been created to support the energy industry. Retail suppliers have established themselves in the Illinois market by opening offices and hiring staff to participate in the competitive markets. Businesses and institutions that have energy choice also have increased budget certainty and the ability to shop for lower energy costs—forces that make it easier to create jobs.

Brokers Help Companies Make Good Decisions

Despite the fact that Illinois has been deregulated for ten years, the use of an electricity broker helps customers make the best decisions.  Since electricity pricing changes daily, it is a challenge to obtain accurate and comparable price quotations from a large number of suppliers, since prices must be collected at the exact same time.  Then there is the complexity introduced by the varied contract language and terms that often result in a different invoiced price than a customer expects.  The use of an experienced broker helps sift through all this confusion and assures that the customer obtains the best electricity price for the desired contract term length and financial goals in mind.

Competitive Energy Choice Continues to Grow

WASHINGTON–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–“The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that enrollment in natural gas and electricity ‘Customer Choice’ programs hit an all time record high in 2009 with nearly a half a million new consumers choosing competitive energy marketers over the 2008 statistics. Members of the National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) have been experiencing record growth in enrollments of residential and small business consumers in states with well-constructed, competitive natural gas and electricity choice programs,” said Craig Goodman, President of NEM and high-ranking energy policy official for three prior Presidents.

“In my opinion, the new emerging ‘Energy Services and Technology Industry’ is poised for explosive growth over the next three years”. “In my opinion, the new emerging ‘Energy Services and Technology Industry’ is poised for explosive growth over the next three years,” said Goodman. “States like New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio have been steadily improving their regulations to permit competitive energy suppliers to offer real savings and competitively-priced energy services and technologies to all consumers. This is especially good news for residential and small business customers, who historically have not had the opportunity to shop for their energy supplies. Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio and New York have adopted a series of new energy policies which have allowed hundreds of thousands of small consumers to shop for energy in ways that were not available to them before,” added Goodman.

“The recession has forced consumers of all sizes to take a hard look at their energy costs, and our members have been quick to respond with an entire slate of energy services, pricing and technology offerings. EIA statistics just released confirm that consumers are responding to competitive offerings in record breaking numbers,” Goodman reports.

“As price caps continue to come off of electric utility rates later this year in Pennsylvania and both Maryland and Illinois begin to implement new utility billing practices, this could easily set the stage for many years of record growth for this emerging new highly competitive energy services and technology industry. At the same time, the growth in ‘Smart Grid’ technologies will save consumers additional energy costs. As more States enact progressive rules permitting consumers to choose their energy suppliers without penalties, it becomes an engine for economic growth both locally and nationally,” said Goodman.

Survey finds Connecticut consumers strongly favor retail electricity market

Boston, MA – 4/30/10 – Survey results released today by the New England Energy Alliance (NEEA) finds that a compelling 88 percent of Connecticut consumers support having competition in the electricity industry.  The survey also finds consumers strongly favor having the choice to buy electricity from alternative electricity suppliers in addition to utility companies.

This sentiment is in sharp contrast to legislation currently under consideration by the Connecticut General Assembly that would dampen competition in Connecticut’s wholesale and retail electricity marketplace which was established more than a decade ago along with four other New England States.

“These results show that a super majority of slightly more than 75 percent of consumers believe that competition among private companies is the best way to lower electricity prices, rather than creating greater state authority over the electricity industry,” said NEEA’s Executive Director Paul G. Afonso.  “The findings offer important guideposts to the legislature regarding the opinion of ratepayers who are also voters.”

The survey also found that 75% of consumers favor maintaining a requirement that electric companies provide information to consumers on how to choose alternative electricity suppliers. The consensus is that consumers need more information rather than less on electricity choice and competition options.

A clear majority of consumers (83 percent) expressed preference for the current billing method of receiving one monthly electric bill, rather than two, if electricity is purchased from an alternative supplier – a change also considered this legislative session.

“The survey also found that 75% of respondents felt it was extremely important that the Legislature focus on job creation and economic development, while just 24% had the same feeling about additional regulation of the electricity companies.   “The Legislature seems out of touch with the concerns of consumers,” said Afonso.

The telephone survey was performed for NEEA by Opinion Dynamics Corporation of Waltham, MA.  Interviewing was conducted between April 14 – 21 among 241 registered voters (consumers) in Connecticut as part of a broader, region-wide survey.  The margin of error on the Connecticut portion of the sample is ±6.3%

The question-by-question results are available on NEEA’s website. (www.newenglandenergyalliance.org).

To contract your electricity now, visit www.bcc-energy.com.

Improving economy will mean higher electricity rates ahead

Natural Gas: May ’10 natural gas ended the week at $4.03/mmbtu after jumping above $4.25/mmbtu during intra-day trading on Wednesday, aided by signs of improving economic conditions. On Thursday, prices plunged 21 ½ cents to $3.985/mmbtu, erasing the previous two days gains, after the EIA reported a larger than expected storage injection of 87 Bcf.

While the price drop was small, the markets indicate rising prices are ahead.

Save 25% on heating cost this winter

Based on the present NYMEX natural gas prices, many companies have the ability to reduce their heating costs this winter by contracting their natural gas supply this winter.

You may wonder why and how you can save this much money?  Many of the local gas utilities have contracted their natural gas supplies this past summer, when prices were higher.  With the present economic upheaval that we are experiencing, gas prices have dropped.  And you can take advantage of that price drop by contacting Better Cost Control to contract your natural gas supply for this winter.

Locking in a one year price guarantees that your price will not change for the term of the contract.  The utilities only publish their gas supply prices for a limited period of time, like six months.  So we can’t guarantee that you will save 25% after that period, because no one knows what the price of gas will be in six months.  But there is a reasonable chance that if you can save 25% this winter, even if prices go down in the November – December 2009 time frame, you will still come out a winner.  Contact us to learn more about protecting your electricity and gas budgets.

Nstar announces new Massachusetts electric rates

Nstar today announced its newly approved electric rates for the  January 1 – June 30 2009.  All prices below are in cents per kilowatt hour.

For fixed price customers:

  • Commercial: 12.707
  • Industrial NEMA: 10.673
  • Industrial SEMA: 11.963

For Variable Price Option


  • Jan: 14.228
  • Feb: 14.329
  • Mar: 12.559
  • Apr: 11.849
  • May: 11.354
  • June: 11.704

Industrial NEMA:

  • Jan: 11.044
  • Feb: 11.313
  • Mar: 9.624
  • Industrial SEMA

  • Jan: 12.347
  • Feb: 12.591
  • Mar: 10.909
  • You can eliminate your electricity price risk and save money by locking in your electricity pricing with longer term contracts.  Better Cost Control is a licensed electricity broker that represents all the electricity generation companies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  We will obtain the lowest possible prices for your commercial and business electricity requirements.  Contact us at 860-436-2768