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Realgy Proposes $2.6 Million in Savings for Indianapolis Public Schools

PRESS RELEASE October 16, 2013 | By: Realgy, LLC

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, October 16, 2013 – Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has issued a request for proposals for natural gas to serve its 90 schools.  Realgy Energy Service, a wholesaler or third party supplier in the Citizens Gas Energy Select program responded with a proposal that would have saved the school district over $2,588,000 for the last 3 years.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer IPS nearly 3 million dollars in savings,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Service. “We submitted our proposal and even if we are not selected, the savings IPS can expect to receive from purchasing their natural gas directly from a supplier, without any Citizens Gas markup, will provide significant cost reductions.”

The Energy Select program was initiated by Citizens Gas to “reduce the energy cost of Citizens Gas customers.” This was in keeping with their charter which states; “We maintain the lowest possible rates with sound financial management.”

The Citizens Gas Energy Choice program is not well known but it provides all municipal, commercial, and industrial customers a choice between purchasing their natural gas from Citizens Gas or directly from a registered third party supplier of natural gas such as Realgy Energy Services.

In April 2009, Realgy Energy Services received approval as a third party supplier in Citizens Gas. Unlike other suppliers, Realgy Energy Services extends customer choice to commercial and small businesses.

“The benefits from receiving your gas service with Realgy Energy Services as your wholesale supplier instead of Citizens Gas has been demonstrated every month over the last 3 years,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Services. “From November 2010 through to October 2013, Realgy Energy Services has delivered nearly 16.79% savings compared to purchasing from Citizens Gas. For the average commercial customer that is an annual savings of $7,120.86.”

The bidding for natural gas service was opened October 16, 2013 with service expected to begin January 1, 2014. Additional information on the bid and the bid results can be obtained by contacting the IPS Purchasing Agent at 120 E. Walnut Street, Rm. 117 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

Realgy Energy Services is an energy marketer serving retail customers in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. They began serving Indiana customers in April 2003; since that time they have a perfect record (certified A+) with the Better Business Bureau; http://ct.bbb.org and no complaints before the IURC http://www.in.gov/iurc  or OUCC http://www.in.gov/oucc/

Contacts:

Michael Vrtis
President
Realgy Energy Services
860-233-2270
www.realgyenergyservices.com

Nicole Werner
Media Contact
Realgy Energy Services
860-233-2270
www.realgyenergyservices.com

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In Response to “Analysis: Arctic chill exposes weakness of U.S. natural gas system”

Written by Michael Vrtis President of Realgy Energy Services in response to the Reuters article Analysis: Arctic chill exposes weakness of U.S. natural gas system

As Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet said about the financial crisis; “You don’t know who’s naked until the tide goes out.”

Same goes for any extreme event; with this current arctic blast the need for heat has exposed how market forces and planning work in the natural gas market.

Nobody did without gas, but some had to pay more. The alternative is to build pipelines and storage to provide for gas to accommodate such very extreme weather (last time was over 20 years ago) and incur the cost of that infrastructure in higher transportation and delivery rates.

Realgy provides fixed pricing and our ManagedPriceTM and PriceWatchTM services to shield our customers from the sudden price risk of such events.

Supply and demand worked and the price is already moderating with the temperatures and everyone stayed warm that had gas; doesn’t sound like a very weak system to me; but certainly improvements are warranted in places.

Stay warm

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Check out The Reuters article: Analysis: Arctic chill exposes weakness of U.S. natural gas system

 

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5 ways to save energy and stay cool this summer

1. Close your blinds!

Closing your blinds in the summer reduces radiant heat from the sun entering your house or office.

Even if you close the blinds only during peak sun hours this trick will help decrease the amount of radiant heating caused by the summer sun.

 

close the blinds

 

2. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees

Air conditioners will run at their optimal performance level when set at 78 degrees. Making it even 5 degrees lower will result in your AC using up to 40% more energy. Keep that thermostat at 78 degrees during the day and turn it down at night, to conserve the most energy.

 

thermostat

 

3. Use passive cooling techniques

To reduce the need to turn on the AC try out some passive cooling techniques.

Passive cooling techniques include but are not limited to planting trees or hedges, installing window awnings, the use of fans, and opening and closing windows and blinds at the appropriate times of day. For example you would open windows at night for the cool breeze and close them along with blinds during peak sun hours.

 

4. Upgrade your windows

Replacing old single-pane windows with new dual-pane ones that include Low-emissivity (Low-E). The Low-E coating reduces energy loss by as much as 50%, and as a bonus you could be eligible for tax credits for buying energy star rated windows.

 

New Windows

 

5. Reduce your energy costs

Enroll with Realgy Energy Services to save on your natural gas and electricity

These simple tricks coupled with Realgy Energy Services low rates can drastically reduce your energy costs this summer.

croppedCheck out Realgy Energy Services rates and see how much you could be saving www.realgyenergyservices.com Or Call one of our Energy Brokers today 877-300-6747.

 

Sources:

U.S Department of Energy, Energy Savers, Thermostats and Control Systems

The Daily Green, Close Your Blinds to Beat the Heat

Earth 911, 9 Ways to Ready Your home For Summer

Houzz, Life Without Air Conditioning? These Passively Cooled Homes Say Yes

U.S Department of Energy, Energy Savers, Window Types

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The City of Northville has accepted a bid from Realgy Energy Services to supply natural gas

PRESS RELEASE 17 MAY 2013 | By: Realgy, LLC

Realgy Energy Services has won a bid to supply the City of Northville with natural gas through the Michigan utility Consumers Energy.

Northville, MI

On Monday May 6th the City Council of Northville approved a bid placed by Realgy Energy Services to supply natural gas to the city. Realgy Energy Services out bid two other competing companies for the right to supply the city with natural gas.

The City of Northville started exploring the possibility of finding a lower cost alternative gas supplier in April. The City Council sent a request for proposals to seven alternative gas suppliers, all licensed with the Michigan Public Service Commission and also certified to operate in the Consumers Energy territory.

Out of the seven alternative gas suppliers, the top three were Options Utility Consulting, Xoom Energy, and Realgy Energy Services. By contracting with Realgy Energy Services, the City of Northville will save approximately 19% or $7,592.70 per year, based on their usage from last year and an average cost of $4.03/MCF. Realgy Energy Services will provide natural gas to the City of Northville, city employees and city employee family members for the term of the contract.

Realgy Energy Services is comprised of a group of people who worked for many years with large utilities, energy service companies, and energy marketers. Within these organizations, they saw the limitations of the systems and software and decided they could provide a more efficient service. First formed in 1999, Realgy Energy Services today is a retail energy marketer and wholesale energy provider in three deregulated states, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois with plans to expand. Realgy has had a perfect record (certified A+) with the Better Business Bureau; http://ct.bbb.org since 2003 and has been recognized as an Inc 500 | 5000 company in 2011 and 2012. http://www.inc.com/inc5000/profile/realgy

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Contacts:
Realgy, LLC
Michael Vrtis
675 Oakwood Avenue
West Hartford, CT
860-233-2270
www.realgyenergyservices.com

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ServiceMatch™

For all our natural gas and electric customers not currently on a fixed price, Realgy offers ServiceMatchTM as follows:

ServiceMatchTMBuyer has the right to present all written offers to RES that provide pricing and terms for service under the Program. RES will match the proposed terms and pricing from all qualified electric or natural gas service providers. If RES cannot offer better terms or pricing or match the same terms and pricing, RES will transfer Buyer to the new electric or natural gas supplier upon Buyer’s written request at the end of the Term. ServiceMatchTM is not valid when Buyer has a Fixed Price.

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Please be aware that ServiceMatchTM is not a new service.

Realgy offers this and other services including but not limited to PriceWatchTM and natural gas storage, to all our eligible customers.

If you have any questions regarding ServiceMatchTM, fixed prices, or the end of your current Term, contact a Realgy Energy Services customer service representative at 860-300-6747.

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How a Natural Gas Furnace Works

Natural gas forced-air furnaces are by far the most popular method of heating in North America, mainly because they can distribute heated air from a central furnace to every room of the house and they can also be used in conjunction with a central AC unit.

furnace diagram

The basic components of a forced-air system include:

  • An air handler, which may be either a stand-alone blower cabinet used with a heat pump or a forced-air furnace that includes a blower
  • A means of heating air, such as natural gas-fueled burners
  • Ductwork for delivering cold air to the heater via a return
  • Ductwork for sending heated air back to rooms via some vents
  • A thermostat for turning the system on and off

A natural gas furnace reacts to changes in a room’s temperature. When the air temperature in the room drops below the thermostat’s set temperature, it alerts the furnace. Cold air is then drawn from the room’s return through ductwork into the cold air return and through an air filter. The burner ignites to heat the air as it moves through the furnace. The circulating fan helps the warmed air circulate through the ductwork and back into the room via vents. The cycle continues until the set comfort level is reached at which point the thermostat turns the system off until the next time the temperature drops.

Sources:

Wikipedia, “Furnace
Buzzl, “How does a Gas Furnace Work

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In Response to “Local Communities on a Continent of Cheap Natural Gas”

Written by Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Services in response to the Forbes article Local Communities on a Continent of Cheap Natural Gas

So what does having an abundant source of fuel (in our case, natural gas) within our own country mean?

In a word, business! The article points out some of the industries that could directly benefit from having large natural gas reserves. These industries will take notice and manufacturer planning will develop. But the impact is well beyond just a few industries.

Consider the following benefits;

  • In the competitive business world, a $0.10 edge is huge. However consider a $2.00 edge. That is the equivalent advantage that local natural gas production provides.
  • Local natural gas prices are not tied to the price of oil. That is, oil prices can vary without ANY impact on local natural gas costs/prices.
  • Natural gas had been previously piped thousands of miles (albeit efficiently, as pipe line operations are very efficient) but that cost would then cease.
  • Planning for long-term commitments; the natural gas field has a 100-year production life with current technology (let alone what will be developed).
  • Its emissions are much cleaner than oil.

Responsible development of our natural resources is imperative. The benefit will have a more reaching effect.

Check out the Forbes article: Local Communities on a Continent of Cheap Natural Gas

 

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In response to “Natural Gas Could Be Bigger Than the Internet, Welch Says”

Written by Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Services in response to the CNBC article “Natural Gas Could Be Bigger Than the Internet, Welch Says

I greatly admire Mr. Welch, having worked for him at one time. I read his article with interest and thought his statements invited comment.

Natural gas availability has been plentiful and the availability of more domestic supply calls for long term planning considerations.

U.S. Natural Gas Marketed Production from 1900 to 2012 – courtesy of EIA

In planning for the long term, consider just the following two facts:

The United States already has a more than $2.00 advantage per dekatherm (MCF) over the rest of the world. The US average cost of natural gas is about $4.00 and the remainder of the world is over $6.00.

The amount of gas discovered and presently available has occurred with a method of recovery (hydraulic fracturing or fracking) that has been exempt from most of the Federal environmental regulations. State environmental regulations are not superseded by this Federal action. Thus, states can set their own environmental regulation.  The growing state concern is ground water pollution, considering that it takes only 1-2 drops of a petroleum product (frack fluid) to make over 1,000 gals of ground water undrinkable.

So it is not regulation that will prevent natural gas from accelerating the US economy. Instead it is the over inflation of a political issue instead of any economic or environmental issue

Reducing our cost of natural gas has already occurred, reducing it further should not come at the expense of ground water.

Mr. Welch was a great business leader but his comments on regulation of natural gas fracking appear geared more toward political posturing than balancing the economic and environmental concerns that come with recovering natural gas.

Check out the CNBC article: Natural Gas Could Be Bigger Than the Internet, Welch Says

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Storage Season is here!

The natural gas you have stored starting April 1st running through October 31st will begin to be added into your monthly natural gas usage from November 1st through March 31st.

You have probably noticed your summer bills were a little higher than normal, this is because Realgy Energy Services has been storing 20% of your natural gas annual usage at the lower summer rates, to be used during the winter months when the demand and more importantly the pricing for natural gas historically increase.

You may be asking do I have natural gas in storage, and if so how much?

If you are a customer of Realgy Energy Services and you live in Indiana or Illinois and are services by one of the following Utilities: Nicor, Nipsco, North Shore and Peoples Gas.

You most likely have natural gas in storage.

To find out how much natural gas you have in storage you can either:

Log into your account and view your account summary

Call one of our customer services representatives at (877) 300 6747

Enjoy the saving that the Realgy Energy Services Storage Program provides and have a wonderful toasty warm winter!

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Can locomotives run on natural gas?

That is the ground-breaking question Canadian National Railway is hoping to answer by retrofitting the diesel engines in two 3,000-horsepower Electro-Motive Diesel SD40-2 locomotives to run on natural gas.

Two natural gas-fired locomotives courtesy of Canadian National Railway Handout

These two locomotives will not be fueled solely by natural gas but by a mix of 90 per cent natural gas and 10 per cent diesel fuel for ignition. The natural gas retrofit seems like a logical step for the railway industry as roughly 25 percent of crude and natural gas from shale deposits is currently carried by train. Not to mention all the drilling materials, construction equipment and machinery that are also moved by the railways.

Canadian National is testing the two locomotives along the 298-mile stretch between Edmonton, a natural gas pipeline hub, and Fort McMurray, an oilsands production site.

“CN launched this locomotive test to explore the use of natural gas as a potential alternative to conventional diesel fuel. This reflects CN’s continuing drive to look for ways to improve operating efficiency and advance the company’s sustainability agenda,” said Keith Creel, executive vice-president and chief operating officer.

Two natural gas-fired locomotives courtesy of Canadian National Railway Handout

Switching to natural gas will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 70 per cent over a locomotive duty cycle.

Canadian National is also working on a longer-term project to develop an all-new natural gas locomotive engine as well as a specialized tank car to carry the fuel.

Sources:
Canadian National, Press Release, CN tests natural gas/diesel fuel powered locomotives between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alta.

National Post, Canada, Natural gas-powered locomotive drives CN into eco-friendly(er) future

Energy & Capital, Natural Gas Engines for Trains

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