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Is less really more?

Views on energy efficiency vary depending on who you’re speaking with. Some believe we should lower usage and lessen electricity waste. We’ve all heard not to leave lights on that aren’t being utilized. On the other hand, economists address efficient use of electricity and overcoming market failures.

These perspectives come into play when discussing electricity rate design and how usage affects those rates. It is believed by some that lower rates encourage higher usage whereas higher rates encourage the opposite.

Social marginal cost is ideally based on customer usage and “the incremental amount they pay matches the incremental cost they impose on society”. Basically, we want to increase awareness of the behaviors discouraged and encouraged when it comes to energy usage. Efficiency should be about decreasing wasteful consumption to achieve “the ultimate goal of a prosperous, clean-energy society”.

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.

Additional Information: https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/2019/06/03/how-much-electricity-consumption-is-too-little/

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Solarbration at Park District of Oak Park Recreation Complex

On April 27, 2019 Realgy, Eco Solar, and the Park District of Oak Park hosted Solarbration 2019. The event was a success with representation from over 5 neighboring park districts in attendance. More than 15 other districts requested information regarding the event and solar installation. The note-worthy project contributes to clean energy production and savings for Oak Park. Check out the video of the installation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6SQ05i9V_U 

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.

Additional Information: https://realgyenergyservices.com/ridgeland-recreation-complex-completes-addition-to-its-solar-power-project/ 

 

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‘Land no one else wants’ gets solar as coal, nukes die

What does land contaminated with radioactivity from past nuclear accidents have in common with abandoned coal mines? Typically these lands are unsuitable for nearly any use.

Until solar energy is looked at.

Solar energy installations are turning these liabilities into productive energy and helping offset environmental damage.

A 20 year old contaminated coal site in Kentucky and the Chernobyl nuclear site are both being retrofitted for solar power generation.

Regions long dependent on traditional energy sources for jobs and tax revenues (such as Appalachian coal in Kentucky) are increasingly turning to solar and wind power. U.S. coal produced power continues to shrink (down 6.3 % in 2018), while wind and solar are growing to replace coal, oil, nuclear and natural gas.

Consider beyond the environmental benefits; wind generated electricity is the least costly energy source in the U.S. Reread that last sentence; yes, wind generated electricity costs are lower than any alternative including coal, nuclear and natural gas. This fact will drive its adoption further across the U.S. and the world.

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.

Additional Information:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/land-no-one-else-wants-gets-solar-as-coal-nukes-die/ar-BBWfEuE?ocid=spartanntp

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 Ridgeland Recreation Complex Completes Addition to its Solar Power Project

PRESS RELEASE

 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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Seawater turns into freshwater through solar energy: A new low-cost technology

Many people have been searching for an answer to efficient and low-cost desalination. A new prototype using solar to remove salt from seawater has been developed. The device is “inherently inexpensive and simple to install and repair”. The ideas for using this tool are endless; helping areas suffering from emergency situations or pollution are just some examples of how this device could benefit the world.

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.

Additional Information: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190107131242.htm

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So 4 years after the first Polar Vortex…How was the 2019 version?

Last week on January 30th, 2019 Chicago matched a record as the coldest day ever.

Power and gas supplies increased but not as severely as in 2014.

Here is why:

  1. Businesses and schools closed in anticipation of travel delays. This kept power needs down.
  2. Generators provided the power expected. This was not the case back in 2014. Changes made to generator contracts provided substantial penalties if power wasn’t delivered. Investments in cold weather operations and many of the power plants certainly prevented power shortages.
  3. Solar and wind kept operating. This was the first polar vortex with substantial solar and wind resources. They performed very well.

Overall, the markets reacted to past incidents and put into place corrections to continue to improve and safeguard the power grid.

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.

Additional Information:

https://energynews.us/2019/02/01/northeast/7-takeaways-on-how-grid-operator-pjm-weathered-this-weeks-polar-vortex/

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How this up-and-coming leader is improving energy equity in Illinois

Lavannya Pulluveetil - EDF

Do you believe in Energy Equity? How about Solar for All or Future Energy Jobs?

These are just some of the initiatives driving Lavannya Pulluveetil Barrera, a recent grad with a degree in Environmental Sustainability and Sciences.

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.

Additional Information: 

http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2018/04/10/how-this-up-and-coming-leader-is-improving-energy-equity-in-illinois/

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A Clean Energy Revolution Is Rising in the Midwest

Major utilities envision reducing carbon emissions and using clean energy to facilitate those plans. The Midwest has stepped up to the plate promoting the shift to renewable energy. Low costs of wind power and growing use of solar are propelling Midwest utility executives to take charge in the climate change battle. Xcel, Consumers, and NIPSCO have proposed several plans to embrace renewable resources. Howard Learner, President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center says “utilities are beginning to make decisions based on the market of the future rather than that of the past” and “It’s a matter of environmental value and economic justification.”

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.

Additional Information: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02012019/renewable-energy-tipping-point-midwest-2018-year-review-utilities-wind-solar-xcel-100-percent

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Tesla Solar Roof production to ramp up

Orders have been placed for Tesla’s Solar Roof since May 2017. Appearing as a traditional roof, the glass tiles will generate electricity with embedded solar cells. Ensuring an inexpensive product that will last 30 years and have an efficient installation process requires considerable engineering. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk is hoping to put these on the map and begin fulfilling orders next year.

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.

Additional Information:
https://www.cnet.com/news/tesla-solar-roof-production-to-ramp-up-in-2019-says-elon-musk/

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US Solar Tariff Impact

solar tariff cost impact 2018

It’s been about a year since Trump enacted a 30% tariff on solar imports to the US. Although it is set to last 4 years, each year is planned to decrease by 5%; in 2021 the tariff will be 15%. Hopes to benefit domestic manufacturers and residential solar projects are among the expected advantages. However, the high rate caused large scale developers to pause or cancel planned projects of $2.5 billion. This hold on utility scale arrays could dent advances the US made using these renewable sources. Research also shows the average consumer had a price increase for a standard system. Preceding the tariff’s implementation, costs had been falling. They are again decreasing but, at a lower rate. Ideally, the hope is to get back on track to at least the rate of decline prior to the tariff.

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.

Additional information:
https://www.utilitydive.com/news/trump-issues-30-tariff-on-solar-panel-imports/515265/
https://news.energysage.com/2018-us-solar-tariff-impact-prices/

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