It may have been new weather lingo for many of us this year, but the “polar vortex” made for one messy and dangerously cold winter. Snow, ice, and unrelenting cold not only had a major impact on people’s daily routines, but also on the cost of keeping warm.
For many Pennsylvanians, it also exposed the potentially painful consequences of ignoring their energy plan. Thousands of consumers were caught on variable rate structures that skyrocketed as the mercury dipped.
“Energy planning is a crucial element of any business strategy,” said Bill James, who is Muirfield Energy’s Consultant serving the Susquehanna Valley. “Unfortunately, supply agreements can get complicated for an owner or facility manager who is focused on running their business.
“One needs to consider the product structure and price, of course, but also how it f ts into their business cycle or expansion plans. They need to look out for hidden costs, unscrupulous operators, and even clerical errors. It’s my job to help a business make the decision that’s best for them, and ensure that it all runs smoothly.
”As energy consultants, Bill and his colleagues at Muirfield Energy work on behalf of their clients to reduce energy expenses and minimize the risks associated with price spikes that we saw with the polar vortex.
Muirfield Energy, an energy consulting firm located in Dublin, Ohio, is a preferred provider of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and can be trusted to work in your best interest in the increasingly complicated and financially perilous world of energy management.
In fact, as an independent consultant for energy products and services, Muirfield Energy’s business model is predicated on building long-term relationships.
They represent clients in the energy marketplace, shopping for various alternative suppliers, comparing rates and product structures, and guiding businesses throughout the contract process to f nd the best solution for the best price. When that contract is about to expire, Muirfield Energy reassess their clients’ business goals and repeats this process.
The energy savings are made possible through energy deregulation, which separates the supply and the delivery functions of the energy industry.
Prior to deregulation, the local utility generated the electrons at regional and local power plants and controlled the flow through its poles and wires to the customer’s business. They then sent a bill for the whole process, of course.
Under energy deregulation, or energy choice, the utility is only in the delivery business. Businesses are free to shop for their supply. The utility will still deliver with the same reliability – there is no chance of service disruption – and in most cases, it will pass along the supply company’s charges on the same, familiar electric bill.
Energy supply companies are competing for your business, and there are many resources to help you compare rates (check out www.papowerswitch.com, from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission). Shopping for the right product isn’t always as simple as side-by-side dollars and cents.
Muirfield Energy can take you beyond price and term when shopping for an energy supply agreement. They weigh the usage patterns and risk tolerance and help you choose among a variety of supply agreement structures, from f xed price to fully indexed and everything in between.
Muirfield Energy can uncover savings in historical usage patterns, structure your buying strategy to minimize risk, and even help a community leverage its buying power.
You can also help “green” your business, with Renewable Energy Certificates and lighting retrofits. Muirfield Energy is your full-service energy partner.
Business decision makers who have not yet chosen an alternate supplier might read all this about trust and relationship building and think, “I’ve trusted Citizens’ Electric Company forever. They’re a valued member of our community, and I don’t see a reason to leave them.
”Citizens’ Electric Company would tell you it’s OK to go.
In fact, under energy deregulation, local utilities like Citizens’ Electric Company do not profit on the energy supply portion of the equation. They make their money on distribution, which they will continue to provide regardless of your supplier. They’ll still respond to emergencies, power outages, and send you the bill.
“We have a great relationship with Citzens’ Electric Company,” James said. “Under deregulation, they’re not competing for customers. The competition is between energy suppliers, and it’s the customer who wins.
”Citizens’ Electric Company, like all Pennsylvania utilities, is supportive of ongoing measures to transition its customers to competitive supply agreements.
Competition is a good thing. It fosters innovation and lowers prices to the end consumer. It’s as true for energy as it is for cell phones, automobiles and breakfast cereal. In determining the best energy plans and prices, the business owner or facility manager could often use a consultant, and that’s the role of Muirfield Energy.
Muirfield Energy delivers on its promises, plans its expansion carefully, and develops strong relationships with customers, suppliers, and regulators along the way.
They work hard to provide face-to-face support services through local consultants like Bill James. With just your energy bills and a brief conversation, he can provide a free energy analysis and see how you can take control of your energy costs.
Your Local Muirfield Energy Consultant
You shouldn't trust your energy strategy to a telemarketing stranger on the other end of the phone.
At Muirfield Energy, we believe in the power of personal relationships and earning our clients' trust over the long term. That's why our Energy Consultants do business in the communities they call home.
Bill James lives in Selinsgrove, Pa., and brings to Muirfield Energy over 30 years of local business relationships. He knows the pwer of a firm handshake, treats his clients' concerns as his own, and is looking forward to offering his industry expertise
Bill is the proud father of three daughters and one grandson (with another on the way!) He's long been one of the best amateur golfers in the state, as 8-time Club Champ at Susquehanna Valley Club and once at Shade Mt. Golf Course.
Give Bill a call at 570-556-9774 and fihnd out what he can do to help lower your energy costs.