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Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana continue to slip behind Illinois’ electric prices

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by rgadmin

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Over 10 years ago, Illinois had some of the highest rates in the Midwest; today not so much, as they are below their neighboring states.

What did Illinois do that Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana haven’t; implement customer choice.

Customer choice enable businesses and residents to buy energy directly from the wholesale market without having the utility put any additional costs or taxes on top of the energy cost.

Its work so well in Illinois that its residents and business have saved over $37 billion and counting.

http://realgyenergyservices.com/competition-work-tune-37-billion/

Comparing current (2016) electric rates:

Electric cost
Illinois      $0.063
Indiana      $0.071
Ohio     $0.068

Illinois is leading the Midwest in energy costs, solely due to customer choice.

The arguments made against customer choice programs are always based upon the impact it would have on the incumbent utility(s) and creating doubt whether customers can buy energy. The first thing to overcome in customer choice, is that utilities don’t want competition and that they are major contributors to politicians. The politicians have to believe in technology and that residents can buy energy like they buy everything else.

In Illinois, what are the drivers lowering cost;

  1. Competition: there are over 30 energy marketers offering over 100 types of agreements for residents to buy energy. Abundant choices, lower costs.
  2. Technology: Illinois has deployed more smart meters enabling real-time pricing, time-of-use pricing offering numerous advances to marketers and the utility to reduce costs to residents.

Illinois has its issues but offering customer choice isn’t one of them.

The economic benefits will soon require other states implement customer choice, the sooner they do so the better it will be for their residents.

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.eenews.net/stories/1060051085


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School fights to keep solar incentive; it’s why they installed it!

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by rgadmin

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The Indiana General Assembly (Senate Bill 309) has corrected a provision in an earlier bill that would have eliminated an incentive used by the school in deciding to install solar panels.

The incentive allows for “net” metering. That is; if the solar panels generate more energy in some months than you use, you get a credit for those kilowatts (kWh). If you use more in the next month than the solar panels generate, you can draw from the stored kilowatts and net out the bill.

Changing that provision would mean that when the solar panels generate more energy than you can use; you sell them to the utility at the wholesale cost ($.03 /kWh) and when you need more you buy it at the retail cost ($0.11 /kWh).

In the case of Lebanon Community School eliminating the net metering would have cost the school $300,000 to $900,000 in just a few years.

Utilities across the country are trying to have net metering removed from their service requirement. However, changing the rules should NOT take place to punish those who invested and relied on the rule to continue.

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.reporter.net/news/local_news/school-fights-to-keep-solar-power-incentive/article_44ef01b5-013a-56cd-884f-e498067e7e00.html

 


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Do solar jobs outnumber coal jobs?

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by rgadmin

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At one time, there were buggy whips sold in every town in the United States; today not so much.

Same with typewriter, pay phones and fax machines.

Progress is relentless.

Coal jobs are being replaced with automation or by cheaper sources of power generation. What does that mean to the jobs; they change.

Illinois and Indiana are replacing coal jobs and the electricity it generates with jobs in wind and solar generated electricity. The same is happening in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

In the U.S. (as of 2015), there were 65,971 direct coal jobs compared to 260,077 solar power workers. A difference of nearly 200,000 jobs. Yes, solar jobs are in different locations and require different skills.

Progress is relentless.  

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.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2017/03/solar-jobs-up-coal-jobs-down-in-ohio-west-virginia/

 


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State orders new probe of massive Peoples Gas project

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by rgadmin

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Q: How many different people does it take to lay pipe in the ground?

A: 50: 1 to dig the hole, 1 to put in the pipe, 5 to supervise and 43 to audit, regulate, review, police and provide oversight

The Illinois Commerce Commission, the entity responsible for oversight over utility monopolies in Illinois, has announced that the Peoples Gas pipeline replacement project be reopened and investigated.

Peoples Gas has been digging up Chicago streets for over a year as part as part of what was a $5.7 billion and is now projected to be over $7 billion. The ICC previously investigated Peoples Gas and fined them $18 million, oh but they approved $3.5 billion of the project!

Perhaps the ICC will hold Peoples Gas accountable for spending recklessly and not approve billions while barely slapping their hand with a petty fine

Previous reports have provided insight into the topic include: http://realgyenergyservices.com/?s=peoples+gas

  1. Peoples Gas Admit it withheld information; receives $3.5 Billion more but pays $18 Million fine.
  2. “I am NOT a crook!”
  3. Peoples Gas Officials ‘Misled’ Regulators About Cost Overruns
  4. Who oversees a monopoly that is spending recklessly?
  5. Peoples Gas parent to be acquired in $9.1 billion deal

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/20170301/NEWS11/170309973#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-morning10&utm_campaign=ccb-morning10-20170302


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Will Trump’s environmental policy change Coal’s use; Utilities respond with a No

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by rgadmin

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Since Trump’s election, utilities continue to replace/retire coal plants in favor of new plants or future plants. When facings such decisions utility executives cite technology and customers as a factor more than any of Trump’s statements or latest tweet. Six coal plants have announced closure since his election.

Utilities plan for decades ahead. Whether a President wants to use more coal really has no bearing on any power plant or power plant development. Technology has caused solar, wind and non-fuel using energy creation to be nearly as economical as any fossil-fuel generation. Considering the technology advances that are just on the horizon and customer’s changing use pattern and preferences you have some easy decisions for utility and power generation executives.

Retire coal plants. Energy demand is falling so a replacement might not be needed immediately. When the demand for additional electricity is demonstrated or forecasted, a non-fuel generation choice of wind or solar is considered. Natural gas has been used as a replacement for coal generation for at least 8 years due to its lower cost and abundant supply.  

NIPSCO’s recent decision to close Baily Generating Station in northwest Indiana follows this pattern. By 2023 NIPSCO will go from generating 90% of electricity from coal to less than 40%. This decrease in coal’s dominance, will still leave NIPSCO with more coal generation than many neighboring 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.eenews.net/stories/1060050333


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Where’s Minnesota’s electricity choice?

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by rgadmin

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Remember when competition amongst competitors was relied on to lower cost, provide innovation and serve consumers.

Allowing customers to be served directly from the wholesale markets for their natural gas and electricity has lowered costs, provided innovation and is serving millions of customers.

States around Minnesota such as; Illinois, Indiana and Michigan all have some customer choice programs in place.

Minnesota does not.

Minnesota has only a monopoly; a government regulated utility. Customers have no choice, the government oversees the utility to set the price of power and the government oversees that they are charging the correct amount.

So Minnesota’s monopoly utility wants to spend $800 million to build a new power plant and wants to be repaid for it regardless of whether it delivers any energy.

Minnesotans should look to other states to see how customer choice completion works for consumer’s not politicians or the monopoly utility.

The government does not regulate the wholesale energy markets and they are not needed to regulate the retail energy markets. Customer choice allows business to deliver wholesale power directly to customer.

Minnesota consumers deserve the benefits of cost savings and innovation from customer choice. They do not need a regulated monopoly that is government regulated deciding their energy choices.

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.postbulletin.com/opinion/columnists/where-s-minnesota-s-electricity-choice/article_b4070d95-0e74-5b13-b067-1261d304c737.html

 


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Ridgeland Recreation Complex completes installation of its solar power project.

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by rgadmin

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The Park District of Oak Park’s Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex will soon be powered by 100 kW of solar energy. Realgy, LLC announced the installation of a 100.8 kilowatt (kWDC) solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Rec Center which houses an indoor ice rink and outdoor pool serving the Oak Park community.

The solar PV system is being installed on the roof of the ice rink. Jan Arnold, Executive Director of the PDOP stated: “The Solar system will reduce not only our operating expenses but our carbon foot print. The park district is always looking to expand solar opportunities to increase sustainability as well as improve our overall environmental conditions.” This project will help to make the building a LEED Certified Gold Building, the first of its kind in the Chicago area.

The solar PV system is being installed by Eco Solar Solutions of Morton Grove, Illinois. “Ridgeland has a relatively new metal roof with southern exposure making it an ideal candidate for solar,” said Terry Black, Director of Business Development for Eco Solar Solutions. “When the center is using the most electricity during the summer months, the system will be producing at its peak. This projects fits in perfectly with the sustainable efforts of everyone involved in the project.”

Realgy, LLC is an alternative energy service supplier in Illinois and is the owner of 6 solar PV systems, including our newest at Ridgeland. Realgy is paying for the installation so as to generate renewable energy locally as part of its sustainable commitment in Illinois.

The Ridgeland PV Solar system will produce over 125,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually and more than 3.1 million kWh over the next 25 years. That is enough energy to power over 12 average Illinois homes annually. Beyond the economic value are the environmental and health benefits associated with the PV system. Consider the following:

  1. Reduction of 337,500 lbs. of coal burned each year to produce an equal amount of electricity. That is the same as getting 337 pickup trucks of coal off the road.
  2. Substituting the use of coal means the removal of 87,500 lbs. of CO2 into the environment each year. That is the equivalent of planting 6,731 trees.

“We expect to complete the installation by Christmas,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy, LLC. “The Ridgeland PV project builds on our commitment of reducing the cost and providing the environmental benefits of renewable energy to our customers in Illinois.”

Realgy entered into a long term agreement with the Park District under which the District pays nothing for the Solar PV system, its installation or maintenance. Ridgeland simply remains a customer of Realgy and pays only the market-based cost of power it uses (averaging 5% below COMED rates). In addition, the Park District will receive a discount of about 10% as a result of having the solar energy displace energy that would otherwise be delivered (and charged) by COMED.

Contacts:

Chris Lindgren
Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
218 Madison St
Oak Park, Il 60302
708-725-2050
chris.lindgren@pdop.com

ECO SOLAR Solutions, LLC.eco
Paul Szczesny, President
847-220-8786
paul@eco-solar-solutions.com
www.eco-solar-solutions.com

Realgy Energy Services, LLCrealgy energy services good quality
Michael Vrtis, President
675 Oakwood Avenue
West Hartford, CT
860-233-2270
www.realgyenergyservices.com


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Innovation is key to making clean energy more attractive

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by rgadmin

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So, if current energy usage cannot continue without making Earth uninhabitable, what should we do?

How about offering $1,000,000,000,000 (one billion dollars) to find alternative energy sources.

Some of the wealthy people on earth (Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Jeff Bezos) have contributed to a fund to help develop alternative energy technology. For instance, the price of solar energy has decreased by over 500% in the last 5 years. So much so, that it is nearly economic with fossil fuel.

However, if you question whether climate change is occurring consider this insurance. Reducing emissions will improve the environment and perhaps it will cost no more than what we currently do.

The power of economic incentive providing the means for inventive people to improve lives and perhaps sustain life on earth.  Win –Win.

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/2016/12/13/microsoft-co-founder-bill-gates-says-innovation-is-key-to-solving-the-clean-energy-problem.html

 


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Energy bills head to lame-duck showdown; House Republicans, biz groups split

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by rgadmin

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A Michigan energy bill.

This has been the stuff of legend. Like seeing the Abominable Snowman!

So the energy bill passed the senate with bi-partisan approval and is before the House; which is seeing an army of lobbyist. It includes:

1. Increase in renewable support from 15 to 21% (not that big a change)

2. Lifted caps on energy efficiency spending by utilities (think higher rates)

3. Eliminates competition amongst wholesale electric energy suppliers (think utility monopoly is only choice). Currently only 10% of residents can get pricing direct from wholesale suppliers. They want to eliminate even this.

The utilities want these changes, most public advocates and companies and business groups DO NOT.

Which side do you think represents your interests?

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://mibiz.com/item/24225-energy-bills-head-to-lame-duck-showdown-house-republicans,-biz-groups-split


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Key compromises reached on Illinois energy bill, advocates say

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by rgadmin

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Illinois compromise…..for a state that hasn’t passed a budget in nearly 2 years, those are startling words.

So what has been compromised?

  1. Exelon will get a paid a subsidy to keep open 2 nuclear power plants they have threaten to close
  2. Solar will retain a net-metering
  3. Residential customers will not have to face a demand charge
  4. Energy efficiency targets improve

So who wins? Perhaps Illinois rate payers and residents.

A compromise is never one sided and this shows that each side can claim victory without getting everything they wanted.

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/2016/11/22/key-compromises-reached-on-illinois-energy-bill-advocates-say/


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