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Looking at Energy Costs for Operational Efficiencies

When reducing operating costs, many methods come with unintended consequences, such as layoffs or budget reductions.  While any cost reduction improves short-term profitability, companies need to consider risks that are difficult to quantify, such as the impact of employee morale and customer experience, which directly affect long-term profitability and revenue growth.

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What Is a Microgrid and Why Should I Care?

Behind the scenes of your electricity typically lies a complex web of public and private energy companies that produce and distribute power that ultimately arrives at your business through power lines. While it may seem like just your utility company is responsible for delivering your power, these utility companies are connected to large regional power grids, which are the power lines and related equipment that move power from one point to another.

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What Do I Need To Care About On My Utility Bill? Part 2

Power Factor Rating (if billed on kVA/kVAR)

When looking at your utility bill, if you notice that all your demand charges are based on kW, then skip this post does not apply to you.  However, if you notice that your demand charges are based on kVA or kVAR, then keep on reading!  Power Factor is the difference between kW and kVA.

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Five Companies That Are Sustainability Role Models

For many companies, sustainability used to be a buzzword and low priority on the corporate totem pole.  Put simply, those days are over.  In a recent Forbes poll, 36% of Fortune 500 CEOs cited sustainability as a top five company priority, with 13% ranking it as their company’s number 1 priority.

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What Do I Need To Care About On My Utility Bill? Part 1

Distribution Rate Class Assignment

Distribution rates are typically updated on a quarterly to annual basis and are subject to approval from the appropriate regulatory authority. Depending on the host utility and their breakout of distribution rates, customers can be assigned to one or more rates based on their historical energy usage characteristics.  These rates usually incorporate various fixed, consumption, and demand charges which allow the utility to recoup costs associated with delivering power to consumers and secure a regulated profit margin.

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How to Prepare for the Future of Sustainability

A great leadership challenge is upon us. Stalwart organizations, upstart innovators and concerned citizens alike can take the lead in grappling with, advancing and fulfilling the new sustainability orientation now emerging across the globe.  Taking short term steps now could advance broad goals for humanity.

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Capacity & Demand: Hidden Drivers to Energy Retail Costs

Everyone knows that energy prices in New England are quite high relative to other regions of the country. That is particularly true in Connecticut, where Artis Energy is based. Even though New England’s wholesale energy markets produce competitive prices that reflect suppliers’ costs, per ISO New England, the fact remains that fuel costs – most particularly natural gas which sets the price for wholesale electricity in our region — as well as the need for new power resources and improved transmission, remain key energy cost drivers. Both electricity and natural gas prices have seen dramatic swings in recent years (e.g., in 2012, natural gas prices hit a 10-year low; in the winter of 2015, the region saw some of its highest wholesale electricity prices since 2003), driven in large measure by an inadequate natural gas delivery infrastructure.

But there are other, less visible costs that can – and do — contribute mightily to higher bills for a range of accounts. These include capacity and demand charges. Let’s take a closer look.
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