Archive for the ‘Transparency’ Category

The Power of Energy Information 1

Dec 4

What does data, transformed into actionable information, do for you, the business or institutional energy buyer? There is a lot of talk and a lot written about what Big Data can do for business and consumers. A Stanford economist interviewed about the potential for Big Data had interesting insights about the possibilities for Big Data. […]

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How do costs vary from year to year? 1

Sep 25

  We’ve been getting questions about how markets have changed and what is different between 2012 and 2013. Many businesses are working on their budgets now for 2014, and it seems you want to know whether your costs will be more like 2012 or 2013? The bottom line is that stability and predictability in energy […]

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News: CICU Collaborates with The Megawatt Hour on Innovative Energy Program 1

Jul 11

    CICU Collaborates with The Megawatt Hour on Innovative Energy Program News Date: 07/11/2013 The Megawatt Hour, the New York-based energy information platform, has signed an agreement with the Albany, New York-based Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), which represents more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. The agreement […]

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Lessons from the Field: Your Supplier Bill 1

Feb 27

Periodically we post information about experiences customers have when purchasing electricity. The following post describes recent lessons learned from customers who are currently buying electricity from a third party supplier. Here we focus on supplier billing verification and tracking. Verify savings and/or rates A customer recently asked us to help them switch from an index, […]

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Electric Power Markets are Up and Down 1

Dec 2

Electric Power Markets are Up and Down…. We have seen power markets climb since mid-October. In the last week, market prices were up and then have fallen again in the last few days. Forward curves are now equivalent to last winter’s strip prices. On a relative basis, market prices are still competitive. Nothing to panic […]

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What is an electricity product: Focus on Index with Block 1

Nov 29

This post is the final one in a three-part series that delves in to the details of electricity products and pricing. The first post is found here and covers fixed price products (similar to your fixed rate mortgage): what they can do for a business, and how suppliers manage risk and exposure when pricing a fixed […]

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Electricity prices are up.. don’t buy today 1

Nov 15

Northeast wholesale prices have increased over the past two days due to natural gas price increases. According to the Energy Information Administration, natural gas prices have increased due to colder than normal weather, lower LNG imports, and pipeline constraints in the Northeast. We would recommend not buying today. There is no need for panic-driven decision […]

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What is an electricity product: Focus on index, or variable rate product 1

Oct 16

  This post is the second in a three- part series that delves in to the details of electricity products and pricing. This first post is found here and covers fixed price products: what they can do for a business, and how suppliers manage risk and exposure when pricing a fixed price product.   This […]

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Natural Gas: Background 1

Aug 3

What drives natural gas prices? Why do we care? Well, for one thing, because it’s relevant for understanding the market for electricity. Recent estimates are that about 25% of US electricity usage is met by burning natural gas in gas-fired electricity plants. But also there’s been some buzz around natural gas recently. You may have […]

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ReCharge NY.. What all customers should know 1

May 22

Overview   On Friday, I had the opportunity to tour the New Fulton Fishmarket in Hunts Point, the Bronx. The market is second in size worldwide only to Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale seafood market. It handles millions of pounds of seafood daily and annual sales exceed one billion dollars. It was an incredibly impressive place– employing […]

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