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Miso Drops Capacity Cost 98%

  Clearing prices in the Midcontinent ISO capacity auction for the 2017-18 delivery year were $1.50/MW-day for all zones. Among other zones, the $1.50/MW-day clearing price will apply to Zone 4 (Ameren Illinois) and Michigan's two zones (Zone 7-DTE/Consumers and Zone 2-Upper Peninsula) For the 2016-17 delivery year, Zones 2, 4, and 7 had cleared at $72/MW-day. Zone 4 had cleared at $150/MW-day for the 2015-16 delivery ye…

MH Vs LEDs

I was recently approached by a Restaurant owner who had 5 parking lot lights out. CEC offers LEDs replacement bulbs so we took a look at his current set up. The 5 lights were Metal Halide lights (MH) on 30 foot polls. MH bulbs require an external ballast, Ignitor, and capacitor. When the power is turned on a huge surge of power starts the bulb and then is regulated back to 400 watts. Once a light goes out it can because of any or…

Don't Replace A Ballast. Upgrade To Ballast Free Leds.

The benefits of LED lighting have certainly become a frequent topic among business and home owners looking for more efficient thus more affordable lighting than incandescent. “I was visiting Gary Johnson, owner of the ACE Hardware in Bethalto, and noticed that his lighting that used to be fluorescent was just brilliant,” said Mike Grimes, owner of Commercial Energy Consultants. “He said that he was getting tired of clim…

Weekly Energy Report 10/02/2106

Natural Gas Storage Report  Injection Season Week 26 (Week Ending September 23, 2016) Week 26 of Injection Season saw a similar build to the previous week, further eroding the historical surplus. Today, the EIA reported a …

Energy Report 9/06/2016

Daily Market Update September 6, 2016 Sep 06, 2016   Early Morning Update The Oct16 natural gas contract is trading down $0.04 at $2.75.  The Oct16 crude contract is down $0.24 at $44.20.   Summary Ahead of the holiday weekend, cooler weather forecasts helped keep the Oct16 natural gas futures contract literally unchanged from the previous day.  The prompt month closed the week withou…

Daily Energy Report

Daily Market Update - August 31, 2016 Aug 31, 2016   Early Morning Update The Oct16 natural gas contract is trading up $0.02 at $2.85.  The Oct16 crude contract is down $0.45 at $45.90.   Summary In its debut session as the prompt month, the October natural gas futures contract traded as high as $2.943/MMBtu early in the day, before falling lower, eventually settling at $2.827/MMBtu, down …

Daily Energy Report

Daily Market Update - August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016   Early Morning Update The Sep16 natural gas contract is trading up $0.01 at $2.77.  The Oct16 crude contract is down $0.76 at $47.34.   Summary On the back of increasingly warmer weather forecasts, Sep16 natural gas futures continued their climb yesterday, settling at $2.761/MMBtu, up another 8.2 cents.  At a time when demand usually…

CEC Expands Services To Ballast Free LED Lighting

Can You Really Save Money with LED Lighting? By Marcel Brown | June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments   This is not your traditional lighting system, but it could save you a lot of money! Read on to find out more about this specific model. Technology has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Smartphones, tablets, apps, and the rise of social media are probably the changes tha…

Competitive Renewal Auctions

  Don’t renew and energy contract without talking to CEC.   The good news.  80% of downstate IL has picked an alternative supplier.   The bad news.  Contracts don’t last forever and they have to be renewed.   It is on the renewal process that the majority of abuses happen.   Enter CEC.   Commercial Energy Consultants offer a competitive reverse au…

5 Reasons Not To Have Homefield Energy As Your Supplier

Are you ready to save $$ on your energy bill now? Did you know that your city opted for municipal aggregation last year in an effort to save you money on your energy bill? Simply stated, the city put all the residents together and bid them out. Homefield Energy, owned by Ameren, was chosen.  Did you know that Ameren then sold Homefield Energy to Dynegy effective January 1, 2014, thus no longer making them Amer…

Nat Gas Update 6/18/2015

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Through Week 11 (Week Ending June 12, 2015) The injection report today showed a build of 89 BCF, on the low end of expectations which ranged from 87-94 BCF  The market was down about …

The MISO Mess

The Miso Capacity auction results go into effect June 1st 2015.  A little history is need here. In April 2015 The Mid continent Independent System Operator (MISO) announced the results of it third annual Planning Resource Auction. Zones 1-3 and 5-7 cleared at $3.48/MW a day Zone 4 (Downstate Illinois)  cleared at $150/MW a day Zones 8-9, cleared at $3.29/MW a day In previous auctions Zone 4 cleared at 16.75…

Letter To The Governor Of IL

April 7, 2015 The Honorable Bruce Rauner Governor of Illinois Office of the Governor 207 State House Springfield, IL 62706 Dear Governor Rauner: Congratulations on a successful election campaign and your inauguration as governor. Energy policy is surely among the top issues you will confront. The undersigned electricity customers wish to introduce themselves and express support for competitive electricity markets in Illinois. In Illinois, we…

Why Is My January Power Bill So High?

I’ve been hearing this a lot lately.  Why are energy costs are so high every January?   First: Natural Gas is on the bill and you are using more when it is cold.  If you are a commercial account you can deregulate your Nat Gas if you use the minimum (1000 therm annually) and save 20%.   Second:  Delivery costs are up 20% starting January 1st. Again, if you are a commercial account you will save …

Homefield Strikes Again

Not many times am I driven to right a wrong.   Let me explain:   Homefield Energy was sold to Dynegy in Jan 2014. I venture to say 99% for the people do not know this fact.  There are a lot of Homefield customers out there that still think Ameren owns them.   So Dynegy is your new parent. But who is Dynegy?  Google Dynegy Scandal and get ready for a shock.   Now why did 151 Munici…

Natural Gas Update 1-15-2015

Market- Natural gas prices traded much higher during the week but trading lower this morning after the storage report. Short term cold weather is here but continued ample supply couple with increasing LNG exports signal traders that there is plenty of natural gas. Natural gas storage inventories are higher than last year but lower than the five-year average as seen on the graph to the right. Prices are supported by global i…

It's Time To Deregulate Your Natural Gas Account

If you run a company, it’s time to deregulate your natural gas.   As the weather turn cold thoughts turn to winterizing and turning up the furnace and as the furnace flows so does your natural gas bill.   What’s a business to do?   Did you know you can pick an alternative natural gas supplier?   You get the exact same gas delivered over the exact same pipes for approximately…

Why You Need To Challenge Your Energy Suppliers.

Why to need to challenge your Electric and natural gas suppliers.   I wish it weren’t so. But reality says it is.   Common misconceptions:   I’ve been with my supplier for years they will take care of me.   My supplier promised me the lowest rate.   My supplier said so and they are the experts.   Reality:   Suppliers employ call centers and…

Have You Deregulated Your Natural Gas Account?

Nat gas is making lows that haven’t been seen since to the polar vortex.   It’s a great time to deregulate you natural gas account and lock in these rates before the colds weather hits.   What does Commercial Energy Consultants(CEC) have to offer is this area?   If you use 10, 000 therms or more (if you don’t know we’ll find out). CEC offer a state of the art Reverse auction. …

Deregulate Yourself

Deregulate Yourself:   While it always makes sense to use an Energy consultant, I know there are do-it-yourselfers out there. If it’s you I’m reaching consider deregulating yourself.  It’s pretty simple   go to www.trycec.com and click on reverse auctions   Watch the 2 minute video on how an auction works.   click on yes I want suppliers to bid on my a…