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  • ESCOWare 2017 Summer Forecast

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    Winter 2016 / 17 Recap Back in October 2016, we called for a November through March period that was going to be colder than normal (in aggregate) for the northern tier east of the Mississippi River (fig 1).  As is obvious from Figure 2, the overall cool weather did not materialize as temperatures averaged some […]
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  • ESCO Advisors 2016 Winter Forecast…

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    2016 Summer Recap Figure 1 contains the ESCO Advisors Summer 2016 forecast.  We were bullish on heat in the central part of the country, from the central/southern Plains through the Ohio Valley and south into the northern Gulf Coast.  Figure 2 shows the actual temperature anomalies from May through September.   As you can see, we […]
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  • ESCO Advisors 2016 Summer Forecast

    ESCO Advisors 2016 Summer Forecast
    2015/16 Winter Recap Winter 2015/16 can best be summarized by the following statement from our Winter newsletter back in October 2015, “We foresee the northerly jet being contained in Canada more often than not, leading to above-average temperatures in the northern tier of the country. Please note that this does not mean that short-term colds […]
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  • Report: In 2015, American energy got seriously greener [Video]

    Report: In 2015, American energy got seriously greener
    The American energy portfolio saw serious growth in renewable capacity last year, according to a recent report.
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  • Energy storage juices up innovation in 2016 [Video]

    Energy storage juices up innovation in 2016
    Energy storage has already revolutionized the ways we use electricity, but in the coming years, it will also shape much of how electricity is generated.
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  • Wind power bursts into 2016 with big news [Video]

    Wind power bursts into 2016 with big news
    Bitter winter weather can do a number on unprotected noses and ears, but instead of grumbling about it, try to remember all the good wind can do in 2016. Consider these recent wind power wins.
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  • Coal-to-gas conversions pick up speed this winter [Video]

    Coal-to-gas conversions pick up speed this winter
    Thanks to mild winter weather and rock-bottom natural gas prices, coal-to-gas power plants are able to make the switch quicker than anticipated.
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  • Could a new bill really turn nuclear energy green? [Video]

    Could a new bill really turn nuclear energy green?
    The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology recently introduced a bill that could give nuclear energy the boost it needs to sustain its popularity in the age of green energy.
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  • Report: Energy storage experienced a jolt in 2015 [Video]

    Report: Energy storage experienced a jolt in 2015
    A recent report showed shocking statistics about U.S. energy storage.
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  • Paris accord on climate change could signal a new age in energy [Video]

    Paris accord on climate change could may signal a new age in energy
    A successful United Nations summit on climate change ended with nearly 200 nations officially signing an agreement to lower carbon emissions globally.
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  • Enhanced energy security measures tucked into recent transportation bill [Video]

    Enhanced energy security measures tucked into recent transportation bill
    The energy grid will see future security enhancements thanks to a recent transportation bill signed into effect by President Obama.
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  • CA proposes unique net metering changes for solar energy adopters

    A recent adjustment to California's net metering laws proposed by the CPUC takes a bold new outlook on how residential solar energy system owners should be charged.
    A recent adjustment to California’s net metering laws proposed by the CPUC takes a bold new outlook on how residential solar energy system owners should be charged.
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  • ISO-NE files questionable capacity requirements for February Forward Capacity Auction

    Could future solar energy installations reduce Northeast capacity? ISO New England believes so. Others aren't so sure.
    Could future solar energy installations reduce Northeast capacity? ISO New England believes so. Others aren’t so sure.
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  • La Niña Whitepaper

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    By Ian Palao | Director of Analytics Many of you have probably read or heard about the news article where the author stated that La Niña “is virtually a sure thing to happen within the next half year”.  I know that I have been asked about it by clients and coworkers alike.  In the article, […]
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  • Study: New England can suspend natural gas infrastructure expansion – for now

    New England never has enough natural gas, or does it? A recent report believes certain factors could prevent the region from unnecessarily investing in new infrastructure.
    New England never has enough natural gas, or does it? A recent report believes certain factors could prevent the region from unnecessarily investing in new infrastructure.
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  • Michigan bill could effectively end state energy deregulation

    A new Michigan bill proposal could set limits on how much choice retail energy customers retain.
    A new Michigan bill proposal could set limits on how much choice retail energy customers retain.
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  • Exelon sends nuclear power plant to 2016 MISO auction [Video]

    Exelon sends nuclear power plant to 2016 MISO auction
    After much debate, Illinois energy provider Exelon has decided to sell off its Clinton nuclear reactor.
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  • NYISO report OKs two power plant retirements [Video]

    NYISO report OKs two power plant retirements
    An independent study by the New York Independent System Operator confirmed retiring both Dunkirk and Huntley plants won't noticeably impact ratepayers through 2020.
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  • Massachusetts lawmakers propose carbon tax [Video]

    Massachusetts lawmakers propose carbon tax
    The commonwealth of Massachusetts has proposed implementing a tax on carbon emissions for regional generators.
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  • Clean Power Plan decision must wait until after UN climate conference [Video]

    Clean Power Plan decision must wait until after UN climate conference
    A U.S. appellate court will postpone a major decision regarding the future of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan until mid-to-late December.
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  • Where does nuclear power fit into America’s clean energy concerns?

    While state lawmakers butt heads with energy regulators, nuclear energy could be the moderating force capable of balancing the needs of everyone involved.
    While state lawmakers butt heads with energy regulators, nuclear energy could be the moderating force capable of balancing the needs of everyone involved.
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  • Can renewables survive the end of federal subsidy?

    Can renewable resources swim on their own, or will they sink without major government financial backing?
    Can renewable resources swim on their own, or will they sink without major government financial backing?
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  • Upcoming laws that may change the energy generation and distribution landscape [Infographic]

    Significant changes are on the horizon regarding to how energy companies do business today and what the industry’s climate will look like in the years to come.
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  • Report breaks down U.S. climate change struggles into nine distinct regions [Video]

    Report breaks down U.S. climate change struggles into nine distinct regions
    A recent U.S. Department of Energy report divided the nation into nine climatological zones, each with their own description of vulnerabilities impacting service for local ratepayers.
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  • ESCO Advisors™ 2015 Winter Forecast…

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    2015 Summer Recap As we head into fall, let’s take a look at how our Summer 2015 forecast fared.  Figure 1 depicts our Summer 2015 forecast where we predicted much of the country to experience above normal May-Sep temperatures, especially from the northern Plains through the Mid-Atlantic states.  Figure 2 shows the May-Sep 2015 actuals.  […]
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  • Massachusetts energy companies can bring more natural gas to grid, says DPU [Video]

    Massachusetts energy companies can bring more natural gas to grid, says DPU
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will allow electric distribution companies to have a hand in building new infrastructure through gas pipeline contractors.
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  • Federal government to auction off open ocean for wind energy [Video]

    Federal government to auction off open ocean for wind energy
    The U.S. Department of the Interior recently announced it will be auctioning off three-hundred and forty-four thousand acres of open ocean just outside Atlantic City.
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  • Black Hills proposes new cost-effective natural gas infrastructure [Video]

    Black Hills proposes new cost-effective natural gas infrastructure
    Black Hills, a natural gas and electricity supplier in the Midwest, recently announced it will join other energy interests in the region in proposing large-scale infrastructure investments.
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  • Changes to perspective many help energy sector encourage distributed resources

    Distributed energy resources can improve grid functions faster and allow it to operate with greater efficiency sooner. What aspects should receive the most attention to affect such a change?
    Distributed energy resources can improve grid functions faster and allow it to operate with greater efficiency sooner. What aspects should receive the most attention to affect such a change?
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  • Nuclear plant delays may lead to rate increases in South Carolina [Video]

    Nuclear plant delays may lead to rate increases in South Carolina
    Nuclear power can added reliability to a grid by providing a constant, reliable flow of energy. However, as South Carolina has learned recently, cost might cancel out the benefits.
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  • Is U.S. wind energy caught in an updraft?

    Though wind energy may still be establishing its footing, the environment into which its growing may be just the fertilizer it needs to take root.
    Though wind energy may still be establishing its footing, the environment into which its growing may be just the fertilizer it needs to take root.
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  • ‘Burdensome’ Clean Power Plan impacts grid reliability, says NJ Governor [Video]

    'Burdensome' Clean Power Plan impacts grid reliability, says NJ Governor
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has thrown his hat in the ring, opposing the Obama administration's energy initiative based on its inability to consider the past.
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  • Redirecting investment surges for more reliable grid management

    What grid-related investments have shown to help the energy industry, and which ones haven't been living up to expectations?
    What grid-related investments have shown to help the energy industry, and which ones haven’t been living up to expectations?
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  • The PJM Price Analysis Overview

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    By Ian Palao | Director of Analytics   Introduction The PJM Interconnection comprises all or parts of thirteen states and the District of Columbia.  The regional transmission organization (RTO) has about 184 gigawatts of generating capacity and serves almost 61 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers. PJM has a day ahead (DA) offer cap of […]
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  • Report: Ohio regulators should reconsider efficiency plans from power companies [Video]

    Report: Ohio regulators should reconsider efficiency plans from power companies
    As energy regulators in Ohio argue over how reduce consumption statewide, a new study has revealed their best plans may have been right under their noses the whole time.
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  • Clean Power Plan receives first official complaint with emergency petition [Video]

    Clean Power Plan receives first official complaint with emergency petition
    Fifteen states have filed the first official opposition to the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
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  • Massachusetts energy companies unite to plot grid modernization

    What deficiencies are energy regulators in Massachusetts aiming to resolve, and can these energy companies rise to the challenge?
    What deficiencies are energy regulators in Massachusetts aiming to resolve, and can these utilities rise to the challenge?
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  • Excess capacity could stop power plant plans in Wisconsin [Video]

    Some people turn to their neighbors to borrow a cup of sugar, but what about a billion dollars worth of megawatts?
    TranscriptSome people turn to their neighbors to borrow a cup of sugar, but what about a billion dollars worth of megawatts?Wisconsin-based utility We Energies has asked the state to halt any upcoming plans to build generators, believing it possesses enough excess capacity to supply two other state utilities seeking new power plants. The Milwaukee Wisconsin […]
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  • Research: Wind energy suffers from regulation disparities [Video]

    A study found inconsistencies between state and local zoning laws may hold wind energy technology back from reaching its full potential.
    A study found inconsistencies between state and local zoning laws may hold wind energy technology back from reaching its full potential.
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  • Clean energy initiatives poised to reduce grid demand nationwide

    New executive actions outlined by the president will use clean energy reduce demand on the national grid.
    New executive actions outlined by the president will use clean energy reduce demand on the national grid.
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  • Huffing and puffing: First offshore wind farm sued over market violations

    Opponents of the United State's first offshore utility-scale wind installation have sued developers over supposed violations to federal energy regulation.
    Opponents of the United State’s first offshore utility-scale wind installation have sued developers over supposed violations to federal energy regulation.
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  • Global prices for energy storage predicted to halve [Video]

    Batteries will be making a global comeback in the energy storage sector according to a new report out of Australia.
    Batteries will be making a global comeback in the energy storage sector according to a new report out of Australia.
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  • How an unknown energy bill could greatly impact the U.S. grid

    A new bipartisan energy bill reached the senate last week, and certain aspects could drastically affect the future of grid operations in the U.S.
    A new bipartisan energy bill reached the senate last week, and certain aspects could drastically affect the future of grid operations in the U.S.
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  • Report: Coal still relevant to evolving energy market [Video]

    The Coal Utilization Research Council and the Electric Power Research Institute believe they can make a pretty convincing argument for coal's continued use.
    The Coal Utilization Research Council and the Electric Power Research Institute believe they can make a pretty convincing argument for coal's continued use.
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  • What does the EPA’s finalized Clean Power Plan mean for the energy industry?

    Now that the final version of the Clean Power Plan has been unveiled, how will it ultimately affect the energy industry? What can ratepayers anticipate?
    Now that the final version of the Clean Power Plan has been unveiled, how will it ultimately affect the energy industry? What can ratepayers anticipate?
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  • Energy storage enhancement to secure Texas grid [Video]

    An upgrade to an energy storage facility in Texas could ensure ratepayers get exactly what they pay for, as well as preserve grid stability statewide.
    An upgrade to an energy storage facility in Texas could ensure ratepayers get exactly what they pay for, as well as preserve grid stability statewide.
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  • CA utilities want rooftop solar added to new regulation [Video]

    The California Public Utilities Commission may require energy providers to draw as much as half of their total annual capacity from a specific set of renewable sources.
    The California Public Utilities Commission may require energy providers to draw as much as half of their total annual capacity from a specific set of renewable sources.
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  • Connecticut energy merger on shaky ground [Video]

    Connecticut lawmakers have given Spanish utility provider Iberdrola a final warning: Shape up or ship out.
    Connecticut lawmakers have given Spanish utility provider Iberdrola a final warning: Shape up or ship out.
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  • Ohio vetoes $72 million yearly tax exemption for generators [Video]

    Ohio energy generators were stymied by Governor John Kasich this week after they attempted to defer millions of dollars in tax obligations away from power plants and onto distributors.
    Ohio energy generators were stymied by Governor John Kasich this week after they attempted to defer millions of dollars in tax obligations away from power plants and onto distributors.
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  • California balances the good with the bad amid energy rate reform

    Members of the California Public Utilities Commission voted to reduce the original four-tiered system of assigning utility rates down to only two tiers, among other adjustments.
    Members of the California Public Utilities Commission voted to reduce the original four-tiered system of assigning utility rates down to only two tiers, among other adjustments.
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  • MATS rejection could send energy industry reeling

    The Supreme Court's decision against airborne toxin regulation could have a ripple effect on energy generators across the U.S.
    The Supreme Court’s decision against airborne toxin regulation could have a ripple effect on energy generators across the U.S.
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  • Renewable energy adoption could drive up capacity costs for generators [Video]

    Argus Media reported growth in ISO New England's future renewable energy initiatives could force generators to charge more for baseload energy.
    Argus Media reported growth in ISO New England's future renewable energy initiatives could force generators to charge more for baseload energy.
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  • Maine makes unorthodox energy decision to battle regional demand [Video]

    Maine took drastic measures to avoid investing a significant amount of money into the state's energy transmission infrastructure.
    Maine took drastic measures to avoid investing a significant amount of money into the state's energy transmission infrastructure.
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  • How the government and generators deal with clean energy adoption together

    Lawmakers and energy generators have reached something of an impasse when it comes to clean energy. Let's take a look at a couple of way both sides are holding up their end of the bargain.
    Lawmakers and energy generators have reached something of an impasse when it comes to clean energy. Let’s take a look at a couple of way both sides are holding up their end of the bargain.
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  • New Jersey hopes to double its energy storage budget to secure its grid [Video]

    In an effort to ensure grid stability, New Jersey lawmakers seek to double energy storage initiatives in the state's 2016 Clean Energy Program budget.
    In an effort to ensure grid stability, New Jersey lawmakers seek to double energy storage initiatives in the state's 2016 Clean Energy Program budget.
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  • MISO can clean up its act, but it isn’t out the woods yet, says report

    A recent report found MISO might be more able to comply with environmental regulations than it lets on. However, some tough decisions might make the path to cleaner energy a bit bumpy.
    A recent report found MISO might be more able to comply with environmental regulations than it lets on. However, some tough decisions might make the path to cleaner energy a bit bumpy.
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  • Report: First quarter US coal retirements account for 3 percent of capacity [Video]

    Coal-fired power plants cannot hide from the federal government's strict carbon regulations, according to newly released research.
    Coal-fired power plants cannot hide from the federal government's strict carbon regulations, according to newly released research.
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  • D.C. appellate court reinforces EPA’s air quality regulations

    Ground-level ozone regulations have some energy generators reeling, but the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. isn't phased.
    Ground-level ozone regulations have some energy generators reeling, but the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. isn’t phased.
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  • Press Release – Genscape and ESCOWare partner to deliver automated solutions…

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    Industry’s Most Advanced Load Scheduling Optimization Reduces Supply Costs and Enhances Profitability for Retail Providers Genscape and ESCOWare partner to deliver an automated solution combining best-of-breed price and demand forecasting capabilities.   June 2, 2015, Boston, MA – Genscape and ESCOWare today announced the availability of a new Price-Optimized Scheduling module within ESCOWare’s Demand Forecasting […]
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  • Dog days of regulation: A look at this summer’s energy and environmental standards

    In the coming months, energy generators nationwide - and the states they call home - will be subject to a host of new regulations regarding environmental protections.
    In the coming months, energy generators nationwide – and the states they call home – will be subject to a host of new regulations regarding environmental protections.
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  • Wind generation in Iowa could aid in out-of-state carbon regulation [VIDEO]

    Some uplifting news from the Heartland: Iowa wind energy could help nearby states reach their carbon emissions goals according to a new report.
    Some uplifting news from the Heartland: Iowa wind energy could help nearby states reach their carbon emissions goals according to a new report.
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  • FERC seeks to upgrade grid protection against geomagnetic storms

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rolled out new proposed guidelines to secure national energy infrastructure from geomagnetic disturbance events.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rolled out new proposed guidelines to secure national energy infrastructure from geomagnetic disturbance events.
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  • DOE and utilities join forces for a stronger grid [VIDEO]

    Thanks to a new coalition between the Department of Energy and utilities nationwide, blackouts could become could become a thing of the past.
    Thanks to a new coalition between the Department of Energy and utilities nationwide, blackouts could become could become a thing of the past.
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  • FERC will have its day in court regarding demand response [VIDEO]

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's case for incentivized demand response programs will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's case for incentivized demand response programs will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future.
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  • Gigantic bill package opens up conversation about the future of American energy

    Senator Lisa Murkowski rolled out an extensive multi-bill agenda this week for modernizing the energy industry. What kind of changes to generation and distribution are in store?
    Senator Lisa Murkowski rolled out an extensive multi-bill agenda this week for modernizing the energy industry. What kind of changes to generation and distribution are in store?
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  • The dream of a hydropowered grid

    If the U.S. were to go forward with its notion of a more hydropowered grid, what sort of benefits could this mode of generation provide?
    If the U.S. were to go forward with its notion of a more hydropowered grid, what sort of benefits could this mode of generation provide?
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  • Report: Wind energy posts small, but positive gains in 2015's first quarter [VIDEO]

    New research released by the American Wind Energy Association shows how adoption of wind energy is more than just hot air.
    New research released by the American Wind Energy Association shows how adoption of wind energy is more than just hot air.
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  • Maine Senator drafts unprecedented distributed energy resources bill

    Maine Senator Angus King has submitted a bill that could shape energy markets nationwide if signed into law.
    Maine Senator Angus King has submitted a bill that could shape energy markets nationwide if signed into law.
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  • D.C. court ends EPA backup generator rule

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals got rid of an Environmental Protection Agency rule expanding exemption framework for carbon-emitting backup generators.
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals got rid of an Environmental Protection Agency rule expanding exemption framework for carbon-emitting backup generators.
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  • ESCO Advisors 2015 Summer Forecast…

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    2015 Winter Recap Winter is over, finally!  Figure 1 shows the ESCO Advisors Winter 2014/15 forecast that was presented in Danbury, CT at the Retail Energy Conference in September 2014.  Figure 2 shows how November through March actualized.  In comparing the two figures, there were both hits and misses to our forecast.  The two most […]
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  • AEP considering the sale of Ohio generators, says CEO [VIDEO]

    American Electric Power Company might be putting their Ohio power plants up for sale in the near future.
    American Electric Power Company might be putting their Ohio power plants up for sale in the near future.
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  • Bill by New Mexico senator could endow FERC with new authority over state governments

    FERC could receive a new tool in the struggle to expedite transmission construction proposals at the state and local level.
    FERC could receive a new tool in the struggle to expedite transmission construction proposals at the state and local level.
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  • Minnesota split down the middle on renewable energy legislation [VIDEO]

    A new bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives is receiving mixed reviews from the public.
    A new bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives is receiving mixed reviews from the public.
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  • DOE report highlights struggles crippling U.S. energy grid

    Research released this week from the White House suggests there’s no better time than the present to deal with America’s energy infrastructure.
    Research released this week from the White House suggests there’s no better time than the present to deal with America’s energy infrastructure.
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  • FERC bumps up natural gas scheduling curfew [Video]

    FERC bumps up natural gas scheduling curfew
    FERC recently approved a handful of measures to make the purchasing and transportation of the resource more efficient for everyone involved.
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  • Wind energy transmission lines might be on their way to Illinois

    Wind energy generated on the rolling plains of Kansas could soon find its way to eastern sockets.
    Wind energy generated on the rolling plains of Kansas could soon find its way to eastern sockets.
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  • Mysterious outages in D.C. blamed on faulty infrastructure [VIDEO]

    An energy transmission error last week left 28,000 Washington D.C. and Maryland residents in the dark last week, including the White House.
    An energy transmission error last week left 28,000 Washington D.C. and Maryland residents in the dark last week, including the White House.
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  • Austin Energy customers should be allowed to petition for fairer rates, according to new bill

    A controversial new regulatory bill in Texas has reached the State Senate this week.
    A controversial new regulatory bill in Texas has reached the State Senate this week.
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  • REPs love REV: Why retail providers are excited about the future of New York energy

    Retail energy providers in New York can expect a fresh approach to the industry in the coming years thanks to the state's Reforming the Energy Vision plan.
    Retail energy providers in New York can expect a fresh approach to the industry in the coming years thanks to the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan.
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  • Possible changes for PJM could mean better price offerings for gas generators

    PJM might be rethinking its system for collecting prices from gas-fired electricity generators.
    PJM might be rethinking its system for collecting prices from gas generators.
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  • FERC report highlights natural gas achievements in 2014 [VIDEO]

    FERC released its State of the Markets report showcasing natural gas's growing prominence in the energy industry.
    FERC released its State of the Markets report showcasing natural gas's growing prominence in the energy industry.
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  • Michigan may add new restrictions onto its energy market [VIDEO]

    Though its energy market remains deregulated for the time being, Michigan may soon see some re-regulation in the form of customer purchasing restrictions.
    Though its energy market remains deregulated for the time being, Michigan may soon see some re-regulation in the form of customer purchasing restrictions.
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  • New Hampshire bills hopes to make energy bill crystal clear for ratepayers

    A proposed bill in New Hampshire seeks to inject a little more transparency into the state's deregulated market in the form of added information to the customer's monthly bill.
    A proposed bill in New Hampshire seeks to inject a little more transparency into the state’s deregulated market in the form of added information to the customer’s monthly bill.
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  • Massachusetts Attorney General announces variable rate contracts violates regulations[VIDEO]

    the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that variable electric rate products that set prices based on market conditions,

    The Massachusetts Attorney General announced that variable electric rate products that set prices based on market conditions, "discretion," or other vague descriptors violate regulations.

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  • Energy in Michigan may become regulated once again

    A new proposal put forth by House Energy Policy Chair Aric Nesbitt will require Michigan citizens to buy their energy within the state - a market critics say has been monopolized by two providers.
    A new proposal put forth by House Energy Policy Chair Aric Nesbitt will require Michigan citizens to buy their energy within the state – a market critics say has been monopolized by two providers.
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  • Why the Energy Department has high expectations for wind generation

    A new report from the Department of Energy announced that wind could make up about 35 percent, or 404 gigawatts, of the electricity supply in the U.S. by 2050.
    A new report from the Department of Energy announced that wind could make up about 35 percent, or 404 gigawatts, of the electricity supply in the U.S. by 2050.
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  • Massachusetts Attorney General comes down on unclear variable rate contract terms

    ESCOs/REPs in Massachusetts will have to be much more precise in the the way they sell customers on their managed variable rate contracts after the state Attorney General ruled that vague product descriptions and pricing violate state regulations.
    ESCOs/REPs in Massachusetts will have to be much more precise in the the way they sell customers on their managed variable rate contracts after the state Attorney General ruled that vague product descriptions and pricing violate state regulations.
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  • Comcast selects retail energy partner to offer energy to its customers[VIDEO]

    What does it look like when a media titan enters the retail energy space?

    What does it look like when a media titan enters the retail energy space?

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  • New England states look to join forces on clean energy, natural gas procurement

    On Feb. 25, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island released a draft request for proposals that will help the region procure natural gas and renewable energy generation resources and transmission.
    On Feb. 25, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island released a draft request for proposals that will help the region procure natural gas and renewable energy generation resources and transmission.
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  • New pipeline project to increase New England's natural gas access[VIDEO]

    New England may be in for some relief from the high energy prices it pays due to a lack of natural gas capacity.

    New England may be in for some relief from the high energy prices it pays due to a lack of natural gas capacity.

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  • NERC’s risk-based approach to electric reliability compliance gains FERC approval

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission signed off on the Reliability Assurance Initiative, which is the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's new risk-based approach to monitoring and enforcing compliance with electric grid reliability standards.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission signed off on the Reliability Assurance Initiative, which is the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s new risk-based approach to monitoring and enforcing compliance with electric grid reliability standards.
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  • Illinois legislators launch a new sweeping clean energy bill

    Renewable and nuclear advocates could be poised to score a major victory in Illinois as state legislators introduced a major bill that would cap carbon emissions, promote energy efficiency policies and bolster Illinois' Renewable Energy Standard.
    Renewable and nuclear advocates could be poised to score a major victory in Illinois as state legislators introduced a major bill that would cap carbon emissions, promote energy efficiency policies and bolster Illinois’ Renewable Energy Standard.
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  • FERC grants waiver for Energy Offer Price Cap in MISO’s energy markets

    Earlier this month, FERC granted MISO its desired waiver, though on a temporary basis, according to a document released by the Commission.
    Earlier this month, FERC granted MISO its desired waiver, though on a temporary basis, according to a document released by the Commission.
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  • New study finds Clean Power Plan is unlikely to harm grid reliability [Video]

    Since it's inception, one of the key points critics of the Clean Power Plan has advanced is that it will threaten grid reliability and drive price increases for consumers, but a new study says otherwise.
    Since it's inception, one of the key points critics of the Clean Power Plan has advanced is that it will threaten grid reliability and drive price increases for consumers, but a new study says otherwise.
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  • Study finds the NERC’s warning of Clean Power Plan’s threat to grid reliability is likely overblown

    A new study prepared by The Brattle Group concluded that the Plan is unlikely to harm grid reliability due to its allowances for sufficient alternatives to make up for any shortfalls in generation capacity.
    A new study prepared by The Brattle Group concluded that the Plan is unlikely to harm grid reliability due to its allowances for sufficient alternatives to make up for any shortfalls in generation capacity.
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  • FERC rejects generators’ challenges to ISO-NE’s New Entry Pricing rule

    On January 30, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee rejected complaints from Exelon Corporation and Calpine Corporation that alleged ISO-NE's New Entry Pricing Rule was
    On January 30, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee rejected complaints from Exelon Corporation and Calpine Corporation that alleged ISO-NE’s New Entry Pricing Rule was  “unjust, unreasonable, and unduly discriminatory.”
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  • New York PSC re-emphasizes 'reasonable' requirement for ESCOs/REPs serving low-income customers [Video]

    Last week, the New York Public Service Commission granted rehearing requests regarding the details of its February 2014 order, which curtailed retail energy providers' ability to serve low-income customers except in certain situations

    Last week, the New York Public Service Commission granted rehearing requests regarding the details of its February 2014 order, which curtailed retail energy providers' ability to serve low-income customers except in certain situations.

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  • New York PSC issues rehearing regarding ESCOs/REPs ability to serve low-income customers

    In a Feb. 5 meeting, the New York Public Service Commission conducted a rehearing regarding its February 2014 retail energy market order, which curtailed the ability of ESCOs/REPs in the state to serve low-income customers except under specific circumstances.
    In a Feb. 5 meeting, the New York Public Service Commission conducted a rehearing regarding its February 2014 retail energy market order, which curtailed the ability of ESCOs/REPs in the state to serve low-income customers except under specific circumstances.
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  • Maryland PSC launches new price comparison website [Video]

    The Maryland Public Service Commission has just released its new, improved website that will allow customers to easily compare prices from the various retail energy providers in the state.
    The Maryland Public Service Commission has just released its new, improved website that will allow customers to easily compare prices from the various retail energy providers in the state.
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  • FERC challenges Supreme Court demand response decision [VIDEO]

    The legal battle surrounding the demand response industry is heating up as the Federal Energy Regulation Committee filed a Supreme Court challenge saying that its earlier ruling misinterpreted federal law.
    The legal battle surrounding the demand response industry is heating up as the Federal Energy Regulation Committee filed a Supreme Court challenge saying that its earlier ruling misinterpreted federal law.
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  • How one ESCO/REP is making automated home energy management easier for consumers

    Home energy management has been a popular topic for tech and home goods media for several years now. But despite all of the discussion surrounding these products and services, consumers have remained lukewarm when it comes to actually using them.
    Home energy management has been a popular topic for tech and home goods media for several years now. But despite all of the discussion surrounding these products and services, consumers have remained lukewarm when it comes to actually using them.
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  • RESA petitions LIPA to allow for meaningful competition on Long Island

    The RESA formally petitioned the LIPA to open an investigation on what the association believes is a lack of meaningful competition in the retail energy markets
    The RESA formally petitioned the LIPA to open an investigation on what the association believes is a lack of meaningful competition in the retail energy markets
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  • Will solar-plus-storage really lead to mass grid abandonment?

    Some researchers have speculated that there will be a mass
    Some researchers have speculated that there will be a mass “grid defection,” as solar-plus-storage proliferates.
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  • Illinois legislature continues deliberations on nuclear plant aid

    An multi-agency report presented to the Illinois legislature earlier this month suggested several options to help the state prevent the closure of three nuclear power plants.
    An multi-agency report presented to the Illinois legislature earlier this month suggested several options to help the state prevent the closure of three nuclear power plants.
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  • Report finds that utility-scale wind generation kept prices stable last winter

    A recent report showed that wind power made the grid more reliable and helped operators control costs during last winter's cold snaps.
    A recent report showed that wind power made the grid more reliable and helped operators control costs during last winter’s cold snaps.
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  • Illinois weighing its options in the face of potential nuclear plant closures [VIDEO]

    Energy markets are continuing to garner considerable attention in the Illinois legislature, as a debate about the make-up of the state's generation mix heats up.

    Energy markets are continuing to garner considerable attention in the Illinois legislature, as a debate about the make-up of the state's generation mix heats up.

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  • EPA will finalize carbon rules by mid-2015 [VIDEO]

    The EPA recently announced that the first-ever set of federal regulations that will attempt to curb power plant carbon emissions will be finalized this summer.
    The EPA recently announced that the first-ever set of federal regulations that will attempt to curb power plant carbon emissions will be finalized this summer.
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  • ISO-NE faces an uncertain future after Vermont Yankee plant gets decommissioned

    New England appears to be going all in on its commitment to natural gas as it closed the doors on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on Dec. 29.
    New England appears to be going all in on its commitment to natural gas as it closed the doors on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on Dec. 29. The decision to close the plant comes at a time when several coal-fired plants in the region are also on track to be retired, if they haven’t […]
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  • Early research on EVs shows their potential impact on the grid

    The market for EVs is poised to see considerable growth over the next few years, and an early study showed what suppliers can expect from their impact on the grid.
    To talk about the impact that electric vehicles will have on the grid seems a bit like putting the cart before the horse: How can anyone discuss the topic when EVs comprise just a small fraction of the total number of automobiles on the road? According to InsideEVs, the total number of EVs sold last […]
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  • 2015 could be a tipping point for rooftop, utility solar [VIDEO]

    2014 was a banner year for residential- and utility-grade solar, but that may only be the beginning for this popular renewable energy source.
    2014 was a banner year for residential- and utility-grade solar, but that may only be the beginning for this popular renewable energy source.
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  • Smart meter benefits have yet to show themselves [VIDEO]

    Smart meters have come with a lot of promise, but are utilities and customers seeing the benefits yet?

    Smart meters have come with a lot of promise, but are utilities and customers seeing the benefits yet?

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  • New York utilities are already moving forward with REV program[VIDEO]

    Utilities in the Empire State are wasting no time in moving forward with the Reforming the Energy Vision program that will help modernize the state's electrical grid.

    Utilities in the Empire State are wasting no time in moving forward with the Reforming the Energy Vision program that will help modernize the state's electrical grid.

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  • Report shows increasing but uneven smart meter penetration, demand response programs

    The FERC report found that while both smart meter penetration and demand response programs are growing on the national level, progress on both fronts has been uneven, with some regions posting bigger gains than others.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff recently released its “2014 Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering” report which outlines the successes and obstacles facing these two technologies as they become an integral part of the electrical infrastructure in the United States. The report found that while both smart meter penetration and demand response programs […]
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  • Illinois Senate approves funding for further smart grid development [VIDEO]

    Illinois’ electrical grid is about to get a whole lot smarter.

    Illinois' electrical grid is about to get a whole lot smarter.

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  • Increasing adoption of solar, energy efficiency creates new challenges for providers [VIDEO]

    As more and more homes and businesses turn to distributed energy generation and energy efficiency measures, utilities and ESCOs/REPs are looking at a major change in the customer landscape
    As more and more homes and businesses turn to distributed energy generation and energy efficiency measures, utilities and ESCOs/REPs are looking at a major change in the customer landscape
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  • Illinois Senate approves funding for smart grid development, utilities awaiting Quinn’s decision

    Illinois utilities, ComEd and Ameren, are pleased that the Senate approved their smart grid funding bill, but know that their victory could be temporary if Governor Quinn vetoes the bill.
    Just before the Illinois Senate adjourned for the rest of the year, they sent a bill to Governor Pat Quinn that, if passed, would give the state’s largest utilities, ComEd and Ameren, two more years to develop Illinois’ smart grid and continue charging their customers to fund the projects. The bill now awaits Quinn’s signature […]
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  • What does the EPA’s Clean Power Plan mean for the electric grid?

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    In light of growing concerns about climate change, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan seems like a sensible step toward making large-scale energy generation less impactful on the environment. The crux of the plan is centered around cutting carbon emissions by quickening the process of phasing out coal-fired power plants, but some of the plan’s specifics […]
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  • Jon Parrella to Speak at the Committee of Chief Risk Offers General Meeting in Houston, TX December 9-10th, 2014

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    The CCRO will be held in Houston, TX on the 9th and 10th of December. These general meetings discuss issues on topics which center on leading practices for energy risk management. This is an informal roundtable type event, with discussions that are relevant and substantive for the senior risk professionals. This invitational meeting is small […]
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  • November “Polar Vortex” Latest News: Midwest Temperatures Could Plummet Into The High Teens Through November 22nd…

    November “Polar Vortex” Latest News: Midwest Temperatures Could Plummet Into The High Teens Through November 22nd…
    Over the last few days, weather services have been decreasing their temperature forecasts for the end of this week, and into next week.   The Midwest appears to be going down to lows in the 20s this weekend, and into the high teens next week, through about the 22nd of November.   From a review of the […]
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  • Esco Advisors was recently chosen as one of the 2014 Top Tech Companies to Watch by the Connecticut Innovation Summit this month…

    Esco Advisors was recently chosen as one of the 2014 Top Tech Companies to Watch by the Connecticut Innovation Summit this month...
    The Connecticut Innovation Summit is Connecticut’s ultimate gathering of entrepreneurship & growth in the state honoring Tech Companies To Watch  – tech and non-tech start ups representing innovative and emerging growth companies. Connecticut’s Largest Tech Networking Event: The Innovation Summit is where innovative, emerging, and disruptive companies, premier service providers, and elite technology leaders meet […]
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  • ESCO Advisors 2014-2015 Winter Forecast…

    ESCO Advisors 2014-2015 Winter Forecast...
    2014 Summer Recap Back in April, ESCO Advisors went out on a limb and called for a cool summer nationwide.  For most of the country east of the Rockies, we had the correct inclination as this past summer did actualize closer to the cooler side than the warmer side for most locations east of the […]
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  • ESCOWare’s New DFS v3.0 Release is Here…

    ESCOWare's New DFS v3.0 Release is Here...
    ESCOWare® has been hard at work developing the latest version of our Demand Forecasting System and is pleased to announce the new release is just a few days away! Better, Stronger, Faster.   New user interface and bulletin board feature:  Stay connected: All information about new product features,  releases, updates on weather alerts and new […]
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  • ESCOWare® Sponsors The Retail Energy Conference…

    ESCOWare® Sponsors The Retail Energy Conference...
    ESCOWare® Is Pleased To Sponsor The Retail Energy Conference Being Held September 16-18th, 2014 in Danbury, Connecticut… ESCOWare® chose to be the partner sponsor of the upcoming Retail Energy Conference this fall because of it’s unique venue. This conference was designed to be a platform in which you could actually learn from experts in the […]
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  • ESCOWare’s Powerful New DFS Report…

    ESCOWare's Powerful New DFS Report...
    ESCOWare® Is Pleased To Announce a Powerful New Optional Feature in the Demand Forecasting System… The Hedge Recommendation Reports. The ESCOWare® Demand Forecasting System will not only keep track of your existing Hedges, but can now also give you detailed recommendations for placing additional hedges based on your pre-determined risk policy parameters.  The system will […]
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  • ESCO Advisors™ 2014 Summer Forecast…

    ESCO Advisors™ 2014 Summer Forecast...
    2013 Winter Recap Our prediction of cooler-than-normal winter temperatures east of the Rockies came to fruition as seen in Figure 1 below.  The core of the anomalously cold temperatures was centered over the western Great Lakes and into the northern Plains.  Cooler temperatures spread as far south as Texas, as was predicted.  Additionally, our forecast […]
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  • ESCO Advisors Sponsoring the 17th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference

    ESCO Advisors Sponsoring the 17th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference
    17th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference: “The Energy Marketplace of the Future”: Blueprint for Creating a Smarter Grid, Protecting and Empowering Consumers and Launching Market Innovations. Click here for the event agenda and featured speakers. Click Here for registration information.
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  • DNV GL KEMA Executive Forum Discounts Available for ESCO Advisors Clients.

    DNV GL KEMA Executive Forum Discounts Available for ESCO Advisors Clients.
    ESCO Advisors™ is pleased to sponsor the upcoming DNV GL KEMA Executive Forum May 12-14 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 25th Retail Energy Executive Forum, What’s Next…Accelerating Through the Curve, will provide unparalleled strategic insights and facilitate interactive discussions among participants & experts focusing on the dynamic changes in energy markets, innovations, financials, and regulatory developments […]
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  • ESCO Advisors™ featured as one of the fastest growing companies in Fairfield County, Connecticut…

    ESCO Advisors™ featured as one of the fastest growing companies in Fairfield County, Connecticut...
    March 11th – 2014, The Business Council of Fairfield County will showcase some of the fastest growing companies in Fairfield County’s expanding landscape of innovate and scalable firms. Today, we introduce ESCO Advisors™ – Stage 2 business… Fairfield County, Connecticut is home to a new and expanding community of young, innovative, scalable companies. These firms […]
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  • Marcie Zlotnik Joins ESCO Advisors’™ Board of Directors…

    Marcie Zlotnik Joins ESCO Advisors'™ Board of Directors...
    ESCO Advisors™ is pleased to welcome Marcie Zlotnik to the company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Zlotnik is a successful entrepreneur with a history of building two retail energy providers from start-ups to combined annual revenues of $625 million. Ms. Zlotnik was the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Board of StarTex Power from […]
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  • How Extreme Weather Impacts Your Portfolio…

    How Extreme Weather Impacts Your Portfolio...
    Current Market Issues With the current conditions of extreme and prolonged cold weather, the price of natural gas into market areas have increased significantly due to the demand on natural gas generation. Because of this demand, ISOs are forced to call upon less efficient and more expensive generation units, thus driving the price even higher. […]
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  • ESCO Advisors, LLC Secures an Investment from Skydeck LLC to Accelerate Growth

    ESCO Advisors, LLC Secures an Investment from Skydeck LLC to Accelerate Growth
    Funding to Drive Expansion and Further Innovation Danbury, CT, January 13, 2014 – ESCO Advisors, LLC., a leader in managed software solutions and services for Retail Energy Supply Companies (ESCOs), today announced that the company has received an investment from Skydeck LLC, a family investment office.  The funding comes in the wake of the company’s […]
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  • ESCO Adivsors Elected to NEM Executive Committee

    ESCO Adivsors Elected to NEM Executive Committee
    The National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) is pleased to announce that ESCO Advisors™ has been elected to NEM’s Executive Committee.  ESCO Advisors™ will be represented by Jon Parrella, CEO and President, and Steve Malkiewicz, Managing Director, Supply/Risk Management Services. ESCO Advisors™ is the leader in Retail Energy Supply Company (ESCO) managed software solutions and consulting […]
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  • ESCO Advisors Winter 2013-14 Forecast

    Winter 2013-14 Forecast
    Summer 2013 Recap In general, our summer temperature forecast correctly predicted the anomaly dipole that occurred over the United States (fig 1).  If you recall, we predicted “normal” temperatures east of the Great Plains with “warmer than normal” temperatures in the West, Southwest, and Rockies. This mostly came to fruition, with the majority of the […]
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  • ESCO Advisors Summer 2013 Forecast

    Summer 2013 Forecast
    Winter 2012 / 13 Recap ESCO Advisors™ call for a warm start to Fall and early Winter in the upper eastern-half of the United States (with a return to more normal conditions in the latter half of Winter) was a correct one.  As you can see from Figure 1, Oct-Dec from New England south to […]
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  • ESCO Advisors 2013 DNV KEMA Sponsor…

    ESCO Advisors 2013 DNV KEMA Sponsor...
    DNV KEMA’s 24th Retail Energy Executive Forum, Navigating Competitive Intersections, will provide strategic insights to help retail energy markets continue success in 2013. The Retail Energy Executive Forum will focus on the crucial questions retail energy markets face by bringing together thought leaders to offer insights throughout the retail energy community. From new market entrants and product […]
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  • ESCO Advisors – Hurricane Sandy Forecast

    Hurricane Sandy Forecast
    Hurricane Sandy is currently a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale with sustained winds of 80mph, a minimum central pressure of 970 mb, and moving northwestward at 10 mph. Do not be tricked by her somewhat ragged visual appearance. This is a very large storm (~350 miles) with tropical storm winds (> 39 mph) […]
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