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Realgy Settlement with IAG

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Realgy Settlement with IAG

20 AUGUST 2019 | BY: REALGY, LLC

Realgy Energy Services recently settled an investigation with the Illinois Attorney General (IAG) over allegations of non-compliance with consumer protection laws.

The IAG investigation stemmed from a TV report and a unique Realgy offer; Guaranteed Savings below the utility. Realgy is the only energy marketer in Illinois that guarantees its energy rate will be below the utility. The investigation covered 7 years, the entire time Realgy Energy Services provided service to residential customers in Illinois.

The result, Realgy provided savings per below:

Utility Savings Energy Savings ($)
NICOR, Peoples and North Shore Yes Over $300,000
Ameren Yes Over $400,000
ComEd Yes Over $110,000

 

Michael Vrtis of Realgy Energy Services stated, “The investigation looked at our energy costs paid by the customer compared to what the customer would’ve paid for the utility’s cost each month during the 7 years we served residential customers. Customer savings resulted from the fact that Realgy’s energy costs were on average less than the utility.”

So, Realgy saved Illinois customers money.

However, Realgy reached a settlement with the IAG to refund $181,000 to ComEd customers. Again, Michael Vrtis, “Yes, even though our energy costs were less during this time, we had a high turnover of customers. The resulting early termination fees paid by these customers when added to the savings brought the total costs to ComEd customers above the utility.”

Realgy acknowledged the IAG findings in agreeing to the refund as its goal is to provide savings as compared to the utility costs. “The IAG conducted a fair review of Realgy’s practices and we agreed to the refund and to changes already made to our sales practices like eliminating door to door enrollments and monitoring our sales agents more closely,” stated Michael Vrtis. The IAG assembled a list of transgressions they uncovered during their investigation of many other energy marketers. The list was included in the settlement even though Realgy was already in compliance with them.

Realgy reported that the bulk of the refunded amount of $100,704.06 will go to 1,871 existing customers and the remainder to clients that were served by Realgy between January 2012 and January 2019. The average refund is $36.60.

Realgy, LLC

Michael Vrtis, President

675 Oakwood Avenue

West Hartford, CT

860-233-2270

www.realgyenergyservices.com

 

 

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Midwest Groundcovers’ newest solar power project completed.

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12 JUNE 2019 | By: Realgy, LLC

Midwest Groundcovers, LLC solar array installation at St. Charles facility increases their existing system.

Realgy, LLC announced today the completion of their newest solar photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of 325 Watts at Midwest Groundcovers, LLC. Their 240-Watt system installed 8 years ago underwent a complete overhaul. Midwest Groundcovers is the leading wholesale container nursery in the tri-state area.

The rooftop PV system was installed on the maintenance building and is part of the 96-acre site of Midwest Groundcovers’ facility located in St. Charles, Illinois.  Stan Schumacher, Vice President of Midwest Groundcovers said “We are glad to continue our partnership with Realgy Energy Services to expand our Solar PV System by 25% and upgrade the existing telemetry and inverters to increase the solar PV’s efficiency.  The additional panels and upgrade should increase our cost savings by 33% by reducing our usage charges and distribution charges.”

Eco Solar Solutions, LLC of Illinois installed the addition. The project is the second Realgy collaboration this year with Eco Solar in Illinois. According to Terrence Black, Vice President of Eco Solar Solutions, “Upgrading Midwest Groundcovers’ solar system allowed us to maximize the amount of solar production at this location. The overall performance has improved and the savings from avoiding delivery costs went up as well. We also helped lower their costs and carbon footprint.”

Realgy, LLC is an alternative energy service supplier in Illinois and is the owner of the PV system. They paid for the project and continue to supply the property’s electricity. Midwest Groundcovers was selected for the original installation to generate renewable energy locally as part of Realgy’s sustainable commitment.

Midwest Groundcovers’ solar array will produce over 100,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually and more than 2.5 million kWh over the next 25 years. That’s enough energy to power about 9 average U.S. homes annually. Beyond the economic value are the environmental and health benefits associated with the PV system such as:

  1. Reduction of 136 tons of coal burned each year to produce an equal amount of electricity. That’s the same as getting 272 pickup trucks of coal off the road.
  1. Substituting the use of coal means the removal of 1.76 million lbs. of CO2 into the environment each year. That’s the equivalent of planting over 5,400 trees.

“To be asked to reinvest in an existing project after several years is always gratifying. We are excited to contribute to Midwest Groundcovers’ increase of green energy production,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy.

 

Contacts:

Midwest Groundcovers

Stan Schumacher, Vice President

6N800 Route 25

St. Charles, Illinois

www.midwestgroundcovers.com

 

Eco Solar Solutions, LLC

Paul Szczesny, President

847-220-8786

Paul@eco-solar-solutions.com

www.eco-solar-solutions.com

 

Realgy, LLC

Michael Vrtis, President

675 Oakwood Avenue

West Hartford, CT

860-233-2270

www.realgyenergyservices.com

      

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 Ridgeland Recreation Complex Completes Addition to its Solar Power Project

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 Ridgeland Recreation Complex Completes Addition to its Solar Power Project

MARCH 2019 | BY: REALGY, LLC

In 2015, Realgy, LLC announced the installation of a 100.8 kilowatt (kWDC) solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Park District of Oak Park’s (PDOP) Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex. Home to an indoor ice rink and outdoor pool serving the Oak Park community, the rec center has been reaping the benefits of an average generation of 10,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) monthly.

This year, an additional solar PV system of 260.4 kWDC has been installed. Connected to 200 kW AC of inverter capacity, it will produce over 312,000 kWh annually.  Jan Arnold, Executive Director of the PDOP stated: “The Park District of Oak Park is grateful for this valued partnership with Realgy, LLC. Not only are we seeing an annual savings in energy costs but, we are also reducing our carbon footprint with the addition of these solar panels.”

The initial project allowed the center to become a LEED Certified Gold Building, the first of its kind in the Chicago area. Eco Solar Solutions of Morton Grove, Illinois has once again partnered with Realgy to install the new addition. “Eco Solar is proud to be a part of the largest solar array in Chicago’s western suburbs. We are happy to work with the PDOP and Realgy again in this effort to expand the array to 260,400 watts. The Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex site is an ideal location for this large system” said Paul Szczesny, President of Eco Solar.

Realgy, LLC is an alternative energy supplier in Illinois and is the owner of 6 solar PV systems, including our newest at Ridgeland. Realgy is paying for the installation to generate renewable energy locally as part of its sustainable commitment in Illinois. Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy, LLC stated “This, our largest to date solar project highlights the continuation of efforts by the State of Illinois, Eco Solar and the Park District of Oak Park to benefit from bringing environmentally beneficial solar energy at a cost below ComEd. Every year through 2025, we will look back on this project and be able to substantiate for all our children what we did to help our communities.”

With the addition, the Ridgeland PV Solar system now covers 17,240 ft² and plans to generate more than 7.8 million kWh over the next 25 years. That amount of energy could power over 29 average Illinois homes annually. Beyond the economic value are the environmental and health benefits associated with the PV system. Consider this:

  1. Reduction of 422 tons of coal burned each year to produce an equal amount of electricity. That’s the same as getting 844 pickup trucks of coal off the road.
  1. Substituting the use of coal means the removal of 182,000 of CO2 into the environment each year. That is the equivalent of planting 16,834 trees.

Terry Black, Director of Project Development for Eco Solar said, “The new Ridgeland Commons array will have a significant environmental impact. The array will offset the release of 182,000 lbs of CO2 by not burning the 703,000 lbs of coal each year to make the equivalent electricity.”

Realgy and the PDOP entered into a long term agreement 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 Parks and Planning

218 Madison St

Oak Park, IL 60302

708-725-2050

chrislindgren@pdop.org

https://www.pdop.org

Eco Solar Solutions, LLC

Paul Szczesny, President

847-220-8786

Paul@eco-solar-solutions.com

www.eco-solar-solutions.com

Realgy Energy Services, LLC

Michael Vrtis, President

675 Oakwood Ave

West Hartford, CT 06110

860-233-2270

Support@Realgy.com

www.realgyenergyservices.com

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Realgy, LLC Receives 2018 Best of West Hartford Award

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Realgy, LLC Receives 2018 Best of West Hartford Award

West Hartford Award Program Honors the Achievement

WEST HARTFORD December 6, 2018 — Realgy, LLC has been selected for the 2018 Best of West Hartford Award in the Professional Services category by the West Hartford Award Program.

Each year, the West Hartford Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the West Hartford area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 West Hartford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the West Hartford Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The West Hartford Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the West Hartford area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The West Hartford Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: West Hartford Award Program

CONTACT:
West Hartford Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardingbest.com
URL: http://www.awardingbest.com

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. 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.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

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Trialing Ringless Voicemails

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TRIALING RINGLESS VOICEMAILS
18 May 2018 | By: Realgy, LLC

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Constant advancements in technology occur every day. Pushing the limits and creating solutions to make daily responsibilities more efficient are the norm. To spread knowledge about the Energy Choice Program in each state, Realgy is trialing a new system that does just that. We will be sending out Ringless Voicemails (RVMs) to potential customers. You may discover that you suddenly have a voice message without hearing the familiar sound of the phone ringing. Many companies have employed RVMs to generate and increase knowledge on various topics.

We want customers to know they have a choice on where their supply comes from and how much money Realgy can save them compared to the utility. We will begin with Indiana and the NIPSCO Choice Program. The message will be for NIPSCO customers that we have unsuccessfully attempted to reach and will direct customers to our site www.nipscochoiceprogram.com. It will state that you are eligible for a guaranteed savings and the average Realgy customer saves almost 19%.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. 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.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

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LAKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS & EVENT CENTER SOLAR ARRAY EXPANSION

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Lake County Fairgrounds & Event center Solar Array expansion
18 May 2018 | By: Realgy, LLC

Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Grayslake, IL has recently incorporated an addition to their solar photovoltaic (PV) system more than doubling the size and efficiency of the current system.

Realgy, LLC has announced the start of usage with the new 99.84 kilowatt (kW) roof installation. Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, operated by Lake County Fair Association, is home to many popular events including the historic Lake County Fair. The fair will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary this July with the help of the new solar array. Jon Brodzik Jr, the General Manager of the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, said, “The expansion is more than welcome and we are all looking forward to its usage and the events surrounding it.” The destination’s significant space allowed the capability of higher production to be more than just a day dream. With the help of Eco Solar Solutions, the goal to expand has been made a reality.

Eco Solar Solutions completed the new addition. “This project will provide great environmental benefits to the local community, and we’re ecstatic to have been part of the team to make this happen. We will be maintaining this system for the next 20 years to make sure that it continues to operate,” said Paul Szczesny, President of Eco Solar Solutions.

Realgy, LLC is a choice energy supplier in Illinois and selected LCF for both the initial and expanded project. Lake County will receive all solar energy produced by the panels. With its popular events comes high consumption that leads to environmental disadvantages. Renewable energy sources such as PV arrays help to combat those issues. This expansion will save LCF approximately $12,000 each year while improving the environment and safety in the area as follows:

  • The Lake County solar PV system will produce over 121,324 kW hours (kWh) or enough power to supply about 11 average Illinois homes every year for the next 25 years.
  • Some environmental and safety benefits associated with this array’s solar energy production:
    • Over 84 thousand pounds of carbon dioxide WILL NOT be produced over the initial 25 years of operation.
    • The level of offset emissions is equal to planting over 6,500 trees.
    • Over 327 thousand pounds of coal would be necessary to produce the same amount of electricity.
    • Reduction of 328 half- ton trucks used to transport that coal annually means less trucks on the road and less pollution from those trucks.

“We are happy to be partnered with Lake County on such a great endeavor,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy. “Realgy is pleased with the extension of this project and the boundless support of the municipality. We look forward to everyone coming together with us for this Solarbration.”

Please join us at the Lake County Fairgrounds on May 18th, 2018 at 1 PM for this celebration.

 

Media Contacts:

Sue Markgraf
GreenMark Public Relations
847-917-9654
smarkgraf@greenmarkpr.com
for:
Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center
1060 East Peterson Road
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
847-680-7200
www.lcfair.com

Eco Solar Solutions
317-201-4435
www.eco-solar-solutions.com

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

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Wholesale Electric Costs Skyrocket in Jan 2018 with Polar Vortex

The Polar Vortex of Jan 2018 may be history, hopefully not to revisit.
However, its impact is still being felt.

Below is a table of the wholesale electric costs in the ComEd utility area of January 15, 2018

polar vortex Jan 2018

The Wholesale Energy Costs nearly doubled. As the wholesale market provides power to ALL utility and Realgy customers, every customer will feel this cost increase.

Realgy passes costs incurred each month. Typically our costs are below ComEd. In January 2018 the polar vortex caused a supply peak and corresponding price increase.

As this is a temporary increase and one that changes during the month, we collect it through the settlement recovery charge on your bill. It will only appear on your January bill. Then, like the Polar Vortex, it will go away.

ComEd, as a monopoly utility, will collect this increase as part of their next rate increase which will be as early as February.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. 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.

Realgy owns and operates 6 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

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Electric cars will wipe out oil demand equal to Iran’s output by 2025, Barclays says

A Tesla Model S vehicle being charged.

Due to the growing demand for electric vehicles (sales rose 40% last year), oil consumption could drastically decrease over the next 20 years. Various markets have proposed banning or curbing vehicles that burn fossil fuels and more are considering the same. Barclays analysts project that by 2025, 3.5 million barrels a day of oil demand could be wiped out. To compare, Iran is the 3rd largest OPEC producer and pumps a total 3.8 million barrels a day. The projections only increase as time goes on. However, there are still hesitations to electric vehicles especially with consistently low gasoline prices encouraging larger vehicle purchases.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. 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.cnbc.com/2017/10/05/electric-cars-could-cut-oil-demand-roughly-equal-to-irans-output.html

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Realgy Energy Services enters the Ohio market

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Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Services (RES) recently announced the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has authorized the company’s expansion into Ohio. RES is now an Energy Choice supplier for Duke Energy customers in Ohio. Residential and commercial accounts will now be able to receive both their natural gas and electric supply from Realgy.

Before entering into a new market, Realgy considers several matters.

“Above all, we make sure we can help customers save money in each utility area. We perform detailed evaluations over the course of about a year. Generally, we expand due to the demand of existing customers, as was the case for serving the Duke Energy area in Ohio.” -Michael Vrtis

Realgy is excited about the expansion of their service. With this program, customers will be able to save money on the supply portion of their utility bills.

Additional Ohio utilities RES is approved for and will begin serving:

  • The Ohio Edison Company
  • The Toledo Edison Company
  • The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company

PUCO also granted authorization to RES to serve in the following areas:

  • Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • Dayton Power and Light (DPL)
  • Dominion East Ohio
  • American Electric Power (AEP)

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. 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.

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Realgy Energy Services Receives 2017 Best of West Hartford Award

West Hartford Award Program Honors the Achievement

WEST HARTFORD June 2, 2017 — Realgy Energy Services has been selected for the 2017 Best of West Hartford Award in the Gas Company category by the West Hartford Award Program.

Each year, the West Hartford Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the West Hartford area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 West Hartford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the West Hartford Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About West Hartford Award Program

The West Hartford Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the West Hartford area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The West Hartford Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: West Hartford Award Program

CONTACT:
West Hartford Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@onlineawarded.org
URL: http://www.onlineawarded.org

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.

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