EPA Green Power Partnership Program will see changes in 2011

The EPA Green Power Partnership Program which recognizes businesses, corporations schools and institutions for their commitment to the development of renewable technologies will modify their minimum requirements to participate in the program. Consumers of electricity that purchase Green Power through the use of RECs, Renewable Energy Certificates, will have to increase the percentage of their purchase to meet the new levels. The two levels of recognition are the Partnership Club and the Leadership Club. Below is a table outlining the changes come 2011.

If you have any questions about the EPA Green Power Program contact the Good Energy information line at 866-955-2677 x103.

Five Pitfalls a Commercial Energy User Should Avoid when Making an Energy Procurement Decision

Deregulation of electricity supply began in the late 1990's with Pennsylvania and California becoming two of the first states to offer commercial energy consumers the ability to choose an alternate electric supplier. Since then there have been 16 more states added to the mix that provide an "Electric Choice" program that let competitive suppliers offer alternative rates and energy products to rate payers. Competitive offerings have changed dramatically since the early years of deregulation and commercial customers need to be aware of the pitfalls associated with choosing a supplier and signing an electricity supply contract. The two most common products are fixed rate and variable rate contracts. A fixed rate contract includes a locked-in price per kilowatt-hour for a definitive period: usually a 1 to 3 year term. A variable rate contract allows the energy supply rate to float with the sometimes-volatile wholesale spot market. The wholesale market from which the ultimate rate paid by the customer is derived varies by geographic region. In New York for example, the New York System Operator, ("NYISO"), manages markets including the Day Ahead Market and the Real-Time Market, and in Texas the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, ("ERCOT") manages the Market Clearing Price of Energy, "MCPE") market. This article examines five critical pitfalls commercial energy users may face when choosing an electric supplier and offers suggestions of how to avoid them.

Read more ...

Con Edisons New Reactive Power Charge

Con Edison and other NY energy delivery companies recently began sending out letters to energy users describing the implementation schedule of the new reactive power charge. Beginning in October 2010, customers with monthly demand higher than 1,000 kW and power factor lower than 95% will see a reactive power charge on their bills. Beginning in October 2011, the charge will apply to customers with monthly demand higher than 500 kW. Correcting power factor by installing capacitors will result in the elimination of this charge.

Read more ...

Good Energy Supplies Green Power to Schools

Good Energy is pleased to announce that it has supplied green power to four of the twenty largest K-12 purchasers of renewable energy in the United States, according to EPA. See the list of top twenty green schools here.

Read more ...

Energy-Related Engineering Studies

Energy Engineering Studies - Customer Benefits: Engineering studies performed at commercial and industrial facilities can yield actionable data that can in turn result in significant energy cost savings.

Read more ...

Demand Charge Reduction - Case Study

We were pleased to have been able to assist a client reduce their energy expense by providing an engineering study.

The study was aimed at providing a manufacturing client with the opportunity to avoid inflated demand (kW) charges that their utility company imposes on facilities that close down but still have electricity service active, as might be required if the customer wants to offer the real estate for sale.

Read more ...

Load Factor, Load Profile and Power Factor

So what's the difference between Load Factor, Load Profile and Power Factor? People in our industry will say that a meter has a low, medium or high load factor.....but do you know how to calculate a load factor? If not, it's important to learn how to do this using historical energy usage data.

This term refers to the the energy load on a system as compared to its maximum or peak load for a given period. Load factor is most typically calculated on a monthly or annual basis. When a customer creates his maximum demand on the system, he will probably not continue to use electricity at that same level for the whole month, but will use it at different levels throughout the month. The extent of his use for the month as compared to his maximum use for that same month is called his "load factor". Load Factor is computed by dividing his kWh usage for the month by the product of the month's "peak" or maximum demand for him times the hours for the same period (730 for a month and 8,760 for a year). Here is the formula: Load Factor = Month's kWh Usage / (Peak Demand or KW x 730)

Read more ...

Good Energy BOMA 2007

Good Energy's exhibit at the Building Owners and Managers Association annual Office Building Show was a hit again in 2007. A special thank you this year to the Good Energy team members that made it happen, and to Ideal Industries, Electric Lighting Agencies, and Lamar Lighting for tremendous support.

Lamar's Occusmart fixtures were a big draw, as was our display comparing 32W T8 lamps to 28W T8 lamps.

Read more ...

Buy Renewable Energy Certificates Online

New York, NY- Good Energy, a national energy management consultancy providing electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and renewable energy certificate supply consulting services announces the launch of its Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) online store, located at www.goodenergy.com/store.

Every U.S. business, college, non-profit organization, government agency and individual consumer can purchase RECs, also referred to as green tags, green credits, renewable certificates, renewable credits and Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), to reduce the environmental impact of everyday activities, including automobile use, airplane travel, energy use and waste production.

Read more ...

About Good Energy
Good Energy launched a business to bring a simple concept to the marketplace... savings via lower electricity costs and superior efficiency lighting solutions. A smarter way to buy power and to use power. With ever changing technologies and product offerings Good Energy has provided new efficiency applications to the market and has pioneered a community centric buying approach that has achieved hundreds of millions of dollars in savings to the residential and commercial segment.

Read more