Effective energy management ensures longevity for your business. At BUE, our team of consultants carefully analyzes your needs, and will only recommend a strategy we are confident will be the most competitive and beneficial for the long-term success of your business.
Effective energy management ensures longevity for your business. At BUE, our team of consultants carefully analyzes your needs, and will only recommend a strategy we are confident will be the most competitive and beneficial for the long-term success of your business. The end results are scalable products, aggressive prices, industry-leading resources and a comprehensive energy procurement strategy.
We analyze the last 12-24 months of your electricity and natural gas usage to determine your load profile and best position your account for bid. Our analysts then prepare a customized Request for Proposal (RFP) for a portfolio of over 50 pre-qualified suppliers serving your particular market. On the day bids are due, we analyze the auction results and prepare a proposal which includes the pricing received, an energy usage profile, savings projection and our recommended strategy for moving forward.
Competitors often focus efforts on market direction, rather than controlling known variables which make up a consumer’s utility spend. The future of the energy market is highly unknown, but by focusing on the controllable portions of a consumer’s equation we are able to create strategies yielding long-term savings.
Grid operators need a way to ensure that they are equipped to handle consumer demand at any given time. The capacity component of your supply rate allows the grid operator to scale its system to guarantee that end-users will always have electricity when they need it.
Our revolutionary CapTrak™ Platform gives you the chance to work with BUE experts to manage rising capacity costs. Using a short-term strategy to foster long-term savings, CapTrak™ customers are able to curb their annual electricity expenditure by reducing the obligation to buy needless capacity.
After implementing a PLC reduction strategy, we will issue a full projection of what you can expect for the following capacity season. Our system is designed to lower your capacity obligation, which means that an investment now will yield savings next year and in the years to come.
Demand Response has become an important component of electrical system planning in North America. Utilities and regulatory commissions across the continent are setting goals to increase supply from renewable resources and decrease reliance on costly and outdated power plants. Meanwhile, demand for electricity has increased with no sign of slowing.
Efforts to meet increased demand have pushed more electricity through aging transmission infrastructure, and though end-users are getting the energy they need, this fragile balance of supply and demand can potentially cause major reliability issues. In terms of business operations, facility equipment suffers the most from voltage fluctuations due to grid instability; it may become critically damaged or even stop working at low voltage levels.
On a larger scale, anything from a short term brownout to widespread blackouts can occur when this delicate balance is not kept in check. Demand Response is lowering the risk of grid instability by having end-users lower their energy usage during peak hours, relieving stress on the grid during these critical periods. This gives the grid the chance to stabilize, and electricity can continue to be provided reliably. Demand Response programs ask participants to stand ready as a last line of defense in these rare, but dangerous electrical crisis situations. In return, participants are paid for their efforts.
Our customers are provided access to our online customer portal which can be utilized to meticulously analyze your energy portfolio. Supply contract information is entered for easy access and streamlined processing or your accounting/accounts payable departments.
Each facility can view their real-time consumption information, historical load data, contact and billing information. Reports are easily generated from the online data, but we can also create tailor-made reports pulling a combination of any and all available data including: historical load studies, budget forecasts, contract performance, Otherwise Applicable Tariff (OAT), future usage, and site comparisons using weather normalization. The platform can be customized to fit any a wide variety of user preferences.
Customers often don’t realize that they’re eligible for utility service at the same quality level under a different billing class. Being in an inappropriate rate class can lead to overages and erroneous billing charges. We conduct an in-depth study of your usage patterns and potential load profiles to recommend the proper rate class to your utility with our Tariff Optimization Service.
Any usage fluctuations, proposed or future, can have an effect on the way you use your energy. These fluctuations are often overlooked in efficiency projects and consumers continue to be served under the rate class they were originally placed in. This hinders the full benefit of a project, as the return scenario is limited by the incorrect class. Our strategic rate class suggestions help minimize costs and maximize the value of these types of efficiency projects.
Utility Bill Management
Collecting and managing a plethora of utility bills can be a daunting task. Managing up to hundreds of bills at once is extremely time consuming, while gathering readable data on your costs and usage can be nearly impossible. Our Utility Bill Management Service takes the back-office work out of the equation by extracting the data directly from your utility and invoices, then processing it into legible reports. We take the work off your hands to make the data collection process simple and accurate.
The average utility bill includes over 150 rate components and each element has the potential of being improperly factored into your bill. Tracking and verifying each line on a utility bill is a labor intensive process and often falls outside the scope of most accounting departments. Our Utility Bill Auditing Service gives you a competitive edge with your energy savings by having your utility bills carefully scrutinized for errors by our experts. Our auditing service has the capability to review 12-24 months of past billing for Electricity, Natural Gas, Water/Sewer, Cable, and Telecom services. This service is even available in regulated areas, creating opportunity for customers who are not able to take advantage of the deregulated retail markets.
By routinely practicing utility bill auditing, you can proactively identify any billing errors before the bill is processed. This level of bill transparency helps managers track cost figures and potentially identifies outliers and errors before the authorization goes out to remit payment for the bill. This removes the possibility of seeking a refund from a utility or supply company, because you never pay the overcharges to begin with.
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