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Ameren request for lower energy efficiency targets stokes division in Illinois

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by rgadmin

When does negotiating STOP and work begins? Perhaps after you sign the agreement? NOT if you are Ameren. They want to amend an agreement that took 2 years and countless parties to negotiate. Ameren agreed to reduce emissions to help lower consumer’s energy bills and reduce climate change. They still want to be paid if they achieve their goals but, they want them lower.

In looking to reduce energy efficiency goals, Ameren is trying to create separation between Chicago issues and downstate issues; arguing that Chicago bureaucrats don’t know downstate Illinois. This might be fair if it WASN’T for the FACT that Ameren negotiated these goals with downstate bureaucrats.

Also, isn’t saving money and reducing greenhouse gases going to affect both Chicago and downstate the same?

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://midwestenergynews.com/2017/08/08/ameren-request-for-lower-energy-efficiency-targets-stokes-division-in-illinois/


American solar industry rises up against Suniva Section 201 trade petition

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by rgadmin

American solar industry rises up against Suniva Section 201 trade petition

Suniva and SolarWorld have filed a trade petition with the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The petition seeks to subject imported solar equipment to trade tariffs. This could double solar prices, stopping growth and destroying 88,000 jobs. The energy independence the US has gained would halt and country-wide investments would be jeopardized. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) leads the opposition due to the endangerment of America’s solar jobs.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/pv_solar/american-solar-industry-rises-up-against-suniva-20170815/


50% Rise in Renewable Energy Needed to Meet Ambitious State Standards

Posted on: July 28th, 2017 by rgadmin

Renewable energy production (wind, solar, wave, and biomass) has been the fastest growing energy producing technology over the last 8 years. However, if renewable energy is to meet all State issued renewable goals, it’s hardly started. Every State has set a goal in order to shift energy production to a sustainable effort, increase technology jobs in their State, and reduce greenhouse gases.

No state has decreased their renewable energy goal. The cost of renewables is comparable to fossil fuel technology. So… how much renewable energy has to come online to meet ALL the State’s renewable goals? The chart below shows the current level of renewable energy production in 2017 and the growth that is required to meet each region’s collective renewable energy standard. Renewable energy has to grow from under 10 TWh to over 150 TWh. Such growth is exiting and will cause new jobs, less pollution, and new technology.

Consider the following; if just 10% (current estimates are close to 30%) of cars and trucks in the US converted to electric power (battery), the renewable energy produced would be used ONLY to power those cars and trucks.

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Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

 Additional Information:

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/26072017/rewnewable-energy-portfolio-standard-wind-solar-states-increase


Don’t squander America’s leadership in nuclear energy

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by rgadmin

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Nuclear energy in the private sector has been beneficial but certain needs may not be met if energy innovation is purely in their hands. Federal control is necessary for national security. To maintain a leadership role worldwide, the U.S. must instill several strategies within the nuclear energy realm.

  1. Ensure significant and safe production
  2. Compete in the international marketplace and win for the private sector
  3. Actively partner with countries that have no nuclear energy
  4. Lead innovatively

Continuing to employ private-public partnerships domestically and internationally will prove the U.S. can grow their influence and safely lead the way for the next generation.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/343895-dont-squander-americas-leadership-in-nuclear-energy


Senate appropriators advance $38.4 billion energy spending bill

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by rgadmin

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act was approved to support investments with infrastructure, research, and security. The $38.4 billion budget for the bill is above the President’s request and delegates the bulk of spending towards the Energy Department. Some disagreement on details include amendments to boost spending on solar and wind energy. Programs that encourage the U.S.’s energy independence are prioritized within an amendment that supports nuclear. Sen. Graham believes without supporting nuclear, the U.S. will not become the low carbon, green economy we want to be. When the bill comes up for a final vote on the floor, we expect to see a push to boost renewable energy.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/senate-appropriators-advance-384-billion-energy-spending-bill/article/2629253


Buying power from an indie? You may be paying too much.

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by rgadmin

Customer Choice is usually introduced as unleashing market forces to bring about savings compared to the monopoly utility. And it does. Then Energy Marketers conform to the “landscape” the regulators and politicians create. The latest case in point is Illinois. IL trumpeted savings provided by Energy Marketers in 2013 at $37 BILLION.

Then the Energy Marketers who bring market pricing direct to consumers had an increase due to the following changes:

  1. Regulatory demands- oversight and compliance
  2. Taxes and fees- IL charges Energy marketers for the agency that buys power for the utilities (yes, you read that right)
  3. Utilities cost for supplying power decreased to nearly below market pricing at times (see comment 2)
  4. Municipalities were allowed to offer their residents energy; typically low for the first year which then increased. Of course, the municipalities wanted the Energy Marketers to pay them so the resident’s cost increased.

Consider how the above market changes caused $37 BILLION in 2013 to change…

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These changes produce: less innovation, lower utility costs, and higher market costs. The current environment in IL is that the regulatory and political consideration seems to be driving out Energy Marketers to facilitate the return of the monopoly utility.

Realgy still provides savings compared to Illinois utilities.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170715/ISSUE01/170719893#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-morning10&utm_campaign=ccb-morning10-20170718


Fast ways to cut your home energy bills

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by rgadmin

Now that we’ve gotten some of the warmer days this year under our belt, you may have experienced some utility bill increases. Due to the heat, more electricity is being used. Luckily, Realgy helps save you money on your supply. If you’re looking to keep your bill even lower, you might want to follow some of these energy saving tips.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/12/fast-ways-to-cut-your-home-energy-bills.html

 


As Kansas utility pursues surcharge on solar customers, advocates want more data

Posted on: July 13th, 2017 by rgadmin

The Kansas Corporation Commission has been looking at the rate design for distributed-generation customers. They are considering a demand fee to be added onto customer bills by the utility company. Various utilities nationwide state that solar customers reduce the power they purchase and no longer pay their total share of costs. Studies funded by utilities have shown this outcome. However, independent studies conclude that these customers pay for more than their expenses. Advocates believe more data is necessary to come to an agreement about what expenses are being covered and how to handle those that are not.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://midwestenergynews.com/2017/06/27/as-kansas-utility-pursues-surcharge-on-solar-customers-advocates-want-more-data/


Mr. President: In Iowa, wind energy equals jobs

Posted on: July 12th, 2017 by rgadmin

Iowan’s see that investments in renewable energy are investments in rural communities themselves. Iowa’s wind industry employs 7,000 and is expected to grow to 20,000 by 2020. 35% of Iowa’s electricity is wind produced and is estimated to increase to 40% within 3 years. The ability to lower dependence on other energy sources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create domestic jobs, and lower electric bills are all benefits to not just Iowan’s but to our entire nation.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnists/mr-president-in-iowa-wind-energy-equals-jobs-20170702


Study: Solar roof customers benefit the grid

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by rgadmin

Solar panels on a roof

 

The Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) conducted a study on solar roof customers. The utility says they credit those customers, meaning the customer pays less than their share of the electricity infrastructure. However, IEI concluded that customers pay for more than their portion.

IEI’s President, Dan Scripps says the credits are fair and the simplicity of the plan is beneficial. If the commission alters the credit, he believes customers should receive more instead of less since the electricity they produce is worth more than the credit received.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://michiganradio.org/post/study-solar-roof-customers-benefit-grid


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