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Risk Management / 09.12.19

Commodity price risk management: When to hit the brakes

You’re hitting the road for your daily commute. Driving can be risky and you want to arrive safely at your destination. You consider yourself a careful driver and you’ve adopted a strategy of maintaining 50% braking force for the entire journey.

Wait, what? Nobody drives like that.

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Commodity price risk management: When to hit the brakes

Energy Strategy / 06.28.19

Distributed Energy Resources: The Next Big Thing in electricity is happening right outside your door

If you are a large commercial, institutional or industrial electricity user, the next big thing in electricity is happening right outside your front door. The deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) on local distribution systems redefines the role of your local utility, and brings new opportunities for large energy users to reduce costs and manage their energy supply.

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Distributed Energy Resources: The Next Big Thing in electricity is happening right outside your door

Energy Strategy / 04.30.19

Hedging, A Tool for Price Risk Reduction, Not Cost Reduction

Energy buyers are tasked helping their organizations lower costs and manage cost uncertainty on the energy they need to operate. Energy price hedging is an important tool for accomplishing that goal. But to hedge effectively, we must clearly understand what hedging is for, and what it is not for. Only with the goals clearly in mind can we implement a strategy that will be successful.

In talking with energy buyers, it commonly emerges that many view energy buying as a speculative process. They see their job as requiring them to understand where the market is going next, so they can buy at the bottom and “lock in savings”. But the energy market is inherently uncertain, and no one can consistently predict market direction or the timing of market movements. Sounds like a stressful situation for these buyers!

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Hedging, A Tool for Price Risk Reduction, Not Cost Reduction

Energy Strategy / 03.15.19

The Imperative to engage senior management in energy

Public sector organizations like school boards, municipalities and hospitals face a requirement to update their public Energy Conservation and Demand Management plans by July 1, 2019.

While energy has long been on the radar as a facility cost to manage, energy strategy is becoming an imperative at the senior management level as well. For example, an article in the Harvard Business Review makes the case for energy strategy to be a C-suite issue.

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The Imperative to engage senior management in energy

Electricity / 03.08.19

The Post FIT Era: Renewables as a Strategic Fit

The Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) regime established with The Green Energy and Green Economy Act of 2009 offered developers above-market rates for electricity generated from renewable sources, with a goal to kick-start renewables development. As electricity rates have escalated rapidly since 2009, the appetite to pay a premium price for renewables has diminished. No new FIT programs are being offered and several hundred FIT contracts were cancelled by Ontario’s new government in 2018. The FIT era is over.

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The Post FIT Era: Renewables as a Strategic Fit

Natural Gas / 03.01.19

The right approach to gas supply strategy for your CHP project

The e-mail was marked “urgent”. It was from an organization that is not a client of ours, but it wasn’t a surprise. We’ve seen this kind of e-mail many times before.

“Our CHP [Combined Heat and Power] project goes to our board in two weeks, and we have some questions about natural gas supply and costs. Can you help?”

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The right approach to gas supply strategy for your CHP project
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