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Doing the Work For You with Municipal Electric Aggregation

By Becky Thompson June 11, 2018 – Energy aggregation can mean big savings for Illinois residents. Residential electricity aggregation first emerged in Illinois in 2012-2013 when over 750 communities passed referendums to allow cities to buy electricity for residents. But several years later, deflated utility prices led many communities to return to utility supply. Fast […]

5 Things You’ll Need to Take Your Illinois Business Solar

By Michael DeCaluwe May 14, 2018 – Solar energy initiatives have been in the news a lot lately – from requirements to install solar on new homes in California to community solar projects in the Midwest. Illinois is poised to become a leader in new solar power. There are excellent new economic incentives to install […]

Your Easy Guide to Selecting the Right Commercial Energy Product

By Sarah Rousseau April 23, 2018 – So many options. So many details. So many “what-ifs…”. What does it all mean? There is no disputing that energy procurement is extremely complex. The process takes a lot of time (something that, let’s face it, you don’t always have in great supply). It requires evaluating several factors […]

5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Bad Energy Brokers

By Kurt Backert March 26, 2018 – Clients tell me all the time: “I get a call every day from one of you brokers. It’s getting to be overwhelming.” I get it – it’s tough trying to figure out who you can take seriously in the energy industry. The marketplace has become flooded with “brokers” […]

Your Energy Efficiency Project: 100% Funded with On-Bill Financing

By Mike Eckenroth February 12, 2018 – What comes to mind when I say “energy efficiency”? There was a time where energy efficiency seemed out of reach for many organizations. Upgrades were too expensive. Technology was too new or too complicated to implement. Results and success stories seemed too good to be true. But in recent years, […]

Comparing January 2018 LMP Prices to the Last Polar Vortex

By Michael DeCaluwe January 17, 2018 – Taking a look at this year’s index power prices vs. those we saw in the last polar vortex, most markets are mirroring what we saw then. At that time, prices rose higher as the cold continued. We’ve seen the same initial burst of cold weather this season. If […]

Illinois School Districts on Energy: To Group Buy or Not to Group Buy

By Becky Thompson January 15, 2018 – As an Illinois public school administrator, you hold an enormous amount of responsibility for your district. You have a finite budget, and what you spend is public knowledge. With that kind of transparency comes the expectation to spend it responsibly. No pressure, right? Considering that schools in the […]

Index Power Price Alert – January 2018

By Michael DeCaluwe January 10, 2018 – For those that have their electricity service priced under an index agreement, you have seen record low costs throughout 2017 due to our unseasonably mild weather over this past year. However, the brutal cold we saw at the end of 2017 sent index prices soaring to some of […]