Buying Strategies

Commercial & Industrial Solutions

Energy Buying Strategies Tailored to Your Business

Good Energy is devoted to providing value by better understanding your company or institution’s processes and systems. Using this tailored approach, Good Energy can fully optimize your energy-buying strategy, enabling your business to operate more efficiently.

Energy Procurement Solutions

When an energy consultant has strong relationships with energy suppliers it can help commercial and industrial customers shop for the best supply rates available. Whether it’s shopping for natural gas, fuel oil or renewables – the competition is stiff – and a qualified energy consultant can help you navigate through the noise and identify the best price, product and contractual terms to meet your specific needs.

Historical Usage Data Analysis

Analyzing a facility’s energy usage patterns is critical to understanding how a business consumes energy. Knowing how and where energy is consumed can lead to reduced costs and lower consumption.

Power Factor Correction Solutions

One of the hidden costs unknown to most utility customers is “power factor” fees. If you are a large manufacturing organization or operate 24/7 data centers running servers, AC units, etc., there is increased potential for having a poor power factor. Since motors create wasted power while idling, the more motors and production equipment operating the higher your exposure is to posting a deficient power factor. This wasted energy – or reactive power – costs utilities money since the energy is not consumed on a regular basis. For example, if a utility has a tariff that requires customers maintain a 95% power factor or greater, those customers that don’t meet this requirement can see additional charges on their monthly bills. Identifying your utilities’ specific power factor requirements, determining what your power factor is, and working with an informed consultant to evaluate custom solutions can lead to significant savings.

Efficient Lighting Solutions

Working with lighting distributors, commercial and industrial businesses can purchase and install more efficient and affordable lighting solutions to save on energy. With new and improved LED technologies the solutions are broader than ever. Whether it’s re-lamping (Replacing existing lamps/bulbs with more efficient product); Retrofitting (Replacing existing fixtures, lamps/bulbs and ballast with new equipment) or simply ordering more efficient replacement product for your existing fixtures, commercial industrial customers can achieve sizable savings through efficient lighting solutions.

Engineering/Efficiency Studies

Engineering studies can be used to lower energy usage and reduce costs in a myriad of ways. Various states offer sales tax exemption options to qualified commercial and industrial entities. A comprehensive efficiency study can help identify if you qualify for this important benefit. Energy efficiency studies can lead to attractive savings rebates as well as state and federal incentives. For instance, if a manufacturing business upgrades its outdated equipment (pumps, chillers, lighting, etc.) they can lower power consumption to gain efficiency and qualify for valuable exemptions. Businesses may also use efficiency studies to meet state or city benchmarking requirements and demonstrate compliance as needed.

Environmental / Sustainable Products

Meeting sustainability initiatives is becoming a growing trend for businesses. Installing solar panels or wind technology can help a commercial building be less reliant on utility companies. Commercial and Industrial customers can also purchase renewable energy certificates (REC’s) or earn revenue generating white tags by reducing demand and increasing efficiency.

Comprehensive Bill Auditing

Since deregulation and customer choice is a new trend, larger commercial entities located in states with no energy buying choices, can employ energy consultants for comprehensive cost study to audit energy bills and fixed cost expenses to find savings in multiple cost categories. Some consultants will require no upfront cost for the service, but instead share in the savings they find.

Demand Response Programs

By participating in demand response programs a commercial or industrial business is capable of generating sizable income by lowering energy consumption during times when supply is low and demand is high on the grid. Simply put: when demand is high for energy, utilities tend to increase prices and the need for power becomes worth paying consumers for. A business can offset the rising fees by giving power back to the grid to help prevent brown-outs and black-outs. An analysis of your energy load can determine how much is available for you to return. In some instances, revenues for participation can be as high as $200,000 per year or more. By way of example, data centers, hospitals and many large manufacturers are great candidates for these revenue generating programs with the capability to switch to back-up generators and curtail load while pocketing tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue in the process.

Demand Reduction Strategies

Commercial entities can save on power bills in two primary ways:

  1. Supply side savings – determine how to pay less for energy.
  2. Demand side savings – determine how to use less energy.

By reducing peak demand with more efficient lighting, more efficient pumps and other strategic solutions, companies shift habits and can save on electricity bills. For instance, if a manufacturing plant turns on all equipment at 8 a.m. every day, they can reduce consumption by staggering the start times and reduce demand. The lower the peak demand/capacity, the less you pay for power.

Energy Aggregation Programs

For businesses located in qualifying deregulated states, owners should seek out and take full advantage of energy aggregation programs – bundling multiple sites together to achieve lower energy costs. In some cases, energy consultants can help commercial and industrial entities with multiple sites combine their collective usage and attract better pricing and contractual terms from bidding suppliers. For instance a multi-site restaurant chain or portfolio of commercial real estate buildings could work with an experienced consultant to explore aggregating their energy consumption for all their sites to take advantage of lower power costs. Some consultants work with Chambers of Commerce and even cities, counties and townships to structure aggregated programs to help the participants achieve preferred rates.

Good Energy Provides More!

For more than a decade, Good Energy has served Fortune 1000 companies and major industrial manufacturers. Good Energy focuses on energy efficiency alternatives and time-saving measures related to energy cost analysis and procurement for commercial, industrial and institutional customers

Good Energy constantly scans buying opportunities and shops the market for the best available energy-supply offers so you don’t have to. In addition, Good Energy helps commercial, industrial and institutional customers control costs by maintaining steady energy demand.

Learn how your business can be more efficient through Good Energy’s no-obligation energy evaluation.