The Insider Newsletter
 
 
 

June Newsletter Summary

Max Webb, Managing Director of Pricing Analytics had his writing cap on for not one, but two blogs for the June issue of the CES Insider Newsletter. As we approach the start of summer, his first article titled “Summer Weather 2024: What You Need to Know,” is a timely one as Max gives a glimpse of forecasts for summer in New England and across the United States. In essence, it’s going to be hot, stormy, transitional in terms of weather patterns, and one to remember. Read more about what’s in store! Max’s second blog titled “Fuel Security Update: New England and Beyond,” reviews the important topic of fuel security. Fuel security and grid reliability concerns are not unique to New England. In this piece, Max highlights how some Independent System Operators (ISOs) in New England and across the country are tackling this issue along the way to decarbonizing their electric grids. Take a Road Trip to MilliporeSigma’s Biomass Central Utility Plant with Zack Hallock, Senior Energy Services Advisor, who shares details of his recent tour of the plant. Also in this issue, CES clients and friends are invited to attend the CES Virtual Online Seminar in June. Registration is now open! Rounding out the May CES Insider installment is our weekly Market Summary, which on a weekly basis, provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including current news, pricing, and trends in the commodity markets – all in an effort to keep you up-to-date and informed.

 
 

May Newsletter Summary

In our May CES Insights’ blog titled: “Formulating Strategic Commodity Procurement Plans to Navigate Market Fluctuations,” CES’ Senior Vice President, Energy Services highlights market trends, universal best practices, and an example strategy platform designed to mitigate and diversify the risk of overpayment for energy commodities. Keith shares insights that will help guide electricity and natural gas customers who are actively contemplating next steps regarding their future supply strategy. Take a Road Trip to South Thomaston with Simon Pritchard, Managing Director of Analytics, who shares his recent adventure in the area. Also in this issue, CES clients and friends are invited to attend the CES Virtual Online Seminar in June. Registration is now open! Rounding out the May CES Insider installment is our weekly Market Summary, which on a weekly basis, provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including current news, pricing, and trends in the commodity markets – all in in an effort to keep you up-to-date and informed.

 
 
 

April Newsletter Summary

In our April CES Insights’ blog titled: “What’s the Big Deal with the SEC Climate Rule?,” CES’ Managing Director of Analytics explores the recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s finalized climate ruling that requires all publicly traded companies to disclose climate-related risks to their business, coupled with explanations of the steps they plan to take to address those risks. If you’re wondering whether your company is ready for disclosure and what that will mean for your business, give Simon’s blog a read and reach out to your CES Energy Services Advisor with questions. Also in this issue, CES clients and friends are asked to Save the Date for the upcoming CES Virtual Online Seminar. Rounding out the April 2024 CES Insider installment is our weekly Market Summary, which on a weekly basis, provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including current news, pricing, and trends in the commodity markets – all in an effort to keep you up-to-date and informed.

 
 

March Newsletter Summary

Each year at this time, ISO New England’s Forward Capacity Auction holds center stage for industry watchers. The auction determines the electric generation capacity needed to ensure grid reliability under peak summer and winter demand conditions in the region. In this month’s installment of the CES Insider, Conor Larkin, CES Energy Analyst explores FCA auction reforms, including a recent FERC-approved delay of FCA19 by one year to February 2026 to complete a Resource Capacity Accreditation study. Read more in Conor’s blog titled “ISO-NE’s Upcoming Forward Capacity Auction Reforms.” Rounding out this issue of the March CES Insider is our weekly Market Summary, provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including current news, pricing, and trends in the commodity markets – all in in an effort to keep you up-to-date and informed.

 
 
 

February Newsletter Summary

This month’s issue of the CES Insider has us revisiting the important topic of net metering in Maine. In a blog titled “Net Metering for Commercial Customers in New England,” Competitive Energy Services’ Charlie Agnew, Vice President, Energy Services updates readers on Maine’s unfolding net energy metering program. Legislative changes have thrown curve balls at the program and 2024 will reveal more information and adaptations. In this article, Charlie covers how businesses can use the program, common mistakes that are made in so doing, and he concludes with a glimpse at the future of net metering. Take a few moments to read up on this important state-wide topic. In March, Charlie will be joined by colleague Lauren Grey at the Maine Association of School Business Officials’ (MeASBO) member meeting, where they will present on the topic of net energy billing. Last but not least, rounding out this issue of the February CES Insider is our weekly Market Summary, which provides the latest energy news and trends.

 
 

January Newsletter Summary

Energy news and trends are always top of mind for the Competitive Energy Services’ team. As we embark on a new year, CES’ Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Gamache blogs about three big energy related stories that we’ll be keeping our eye on as 2024 unfolds – new global energy flows, the renewables market in flux, and the gaining momentum of electrification. Take a few moments to read up on these stories of the day (and of the future) – and stay tuned throughout the year as we bring you updates and more news. In this issue, CES will also take you on a Road Trip to Vicinity’s historic Kendal Street Station in Cambridge Massachusetts – an adventure we recently shared with the team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. And put your hands together for recent and well-deserved promotions of several CES Team members. Read all about their backgrounds and new roles. Last but not least, rounding out this issue of the January CES Insider is our weekly Market Summary, which provides the latest energy news and trends.

 
 
 

December Newsletter Summary

With the new year on the horizon, CES’ Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, Nina Callanan, looks back on 2023 and revisits some of the content that we created throughout the year -- with you in mind. Take a quick look in case you missed CES team insights and perspectives along the way – or want to read them again. The December issue also features a recent podcast interview of Eben Perkins, Vice President, Consulting, who spent time talking energy on Bangor’s solar-powered WERU 89.9 FM’s podcast with Producer/Host, Steve Kahl, who also serves as Professor of Science at Thomas College, where he teaches environmental and energy courses. Rounding out this issue - as always – is our weekly Market Summary, which provides the latest energy news and trends.

 
 

November Newsletter Summary

With the cold weather season upon us, CES’s Max Webb, Managing Director of Pricing and Zack Hallock, Senior Energy Services are back with a winter weather forecast for 2023-24 and its possible influence on energy prices. In their blog titled “Winter Weather Forecast: Bearish or Bullish?,” Max and Zack cover the La Niña to El Niño transition, Sudden Stratospheric Warming, and Quasi-Biennial Oscillation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Three Month Outlooks – and the bullish or bearish market conditions that could result from any combination of weather and world factors. In this issue, Andy Price, CES’ President & COO, recaps the 2023 ISO-NE Peak Load Hour (and the CES Self-Help Program), in what was an unusual summer in New England. Read more about the late summer heat and resulting September peak day and hour and what that means for cap tags for June 2024 – May 2025. Rounding out this issue, CES tips its hat to everyone who attended its in-person seminar” Markets Can Be Wicked: Taking the Fright Out of Energy Uncertainty." Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 
 

October Newsletter Summary

The Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change mitigation adopted in 2015, aims to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2˚C above pre-industrial levels and encourages efforts to limit warming to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) found that limiting global warming to 1.5˚C is necessary to avoid catastrophic impacts of climate change. The AR6 Synthesis Report released by the IPCC in March 2023 warned that urgent action is needed and that emissions need to be reduced by nearly half by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5˚C and “secure a livable future for all.” In this month’s blog titled “Municipal Ordinance: The Next Wave of Compliance,” CES' Sandy Beauregard, Director of Sustainability Services, discusses building operations and energy use, beneficial electrification and deep decarbonization, RPS requirements, renewable energy credits, renewable energy targets, REC supply, the next wave of compliance, and more. Hold onto your broomstick! the CES in-person Seminar, is just around the corner. In the spirit of the season, we look forward to taking the spooky out of the energy markets for you. Join us for ”Markets Can Be Wicked: Taking the Fright Out of Energy Uncertainty" and connect with CES Energy experts who will be on hand to cover top-of-mind energy topics. Sign up for the seminar in this month’s CES Insider! CES’ Rich Silkman and Andy Price took a Road Trip recently to attend a ceremony celebrating the start of operations at TimberHP and a contingent of CES team members participated in a CES Volunteer Day at Partners for World Health. More about each story inside the October Insider. Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 

September Newsletter Summary

Do you find it difficult to read your utility invoice and decipher exactly what you’re paying for each month? It’s a common problem that can inadvertently come with a large price tag. At Competitive Energy Services (CES), we know the challenge of fully understanding utility invoices. In this month’s blog titled “Why It's Important to Track, Audit, and Review Utility Invoices,” Keith Sampson, Senior Vice President, Energy Services and Edward “Teddy” Storrs, Energy Analyst team up to share the whys of invoice auditing and the potential perils of not doing so, along with recommendations of how CES can help your business stay on top of its energy bills. Hold onto your broomstick! Autumn is approaching and so is the CES in-person Seminar, which returns this October. In the spirit of the season, we look forward to taking the spooky out of the energy markets for you. Join us for ”Markets Can Be Wicked: Taking the Fright Out of Energy Uncertainty" and connect with CES Energy experts who will be on hand to cover top-of-mind energy topics. Sign up for the seminar in this month’s CES Insider! Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 
 

August Newsletter Summary

REC Markets and related trends are the focal point of this month’s CES Insights blog, co-written by Simon Pritchard, Managing Director of Analytics and Tarik Cetin, Senior Energy Analyst. RECs were first established in the United States to meet the need for greater renewable energy development in order to expand the share of clean sources in the energy mix, thereby reducing the nation’s contribution to climate change. In this article, Simon and Tarik outline Compliance Markets and Voluntary Markets, types of RECs and requirements across the U.S., the attractiveness of owning RECs, and the opportunities that exist for individuals and businesses. We also shine the CES Spotlight in this issue on Simon, who recently celebrated his seventh anniversary with CES. Simon’s role at CES is multifaceted. On a daily basis, he assists full-service and consulting clients in the corporate, higher education, and public sectors on various projects ranging from market and regulatory monitoring, energy budgeting, and demand management to renewable energy project evaluation and sustainability planning. He also oversees the competitive bid process for the sale of clients’ Renewable Energy Credits. He is also a guiding force for CES’ growing team of Analysts, and he enjoys passing along the wisdom that helped to build his knowledge and mold his career to date. We’re also delighted to introduce three new CES Team members: Conor Larkin, Energy Analyst; Will Dickerman, Energy Analyst; and Ivy Bohrmann, Director of Program Management. Read all about them in this issue and join us in welcoming them to the CES team. Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 

July Newsletter Summary

Curious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and electrifying fossil fuel-based sources of emissions, such as replacing fossil fuel heating with heat pumps and shifting the transportation sector toward electric vehicles? In this month’s CES Insights blog titled "Beneficial Electrification and Rate Design: Expanding the Electricity Grid," Matt Gamache, Vice President, Analytics & Operations dives into the topic of beneficial electrification, which is gaining momentum – a result of new incentives and falling technology costs. We also shined the CES Spotlight on Matt, known within the company, across our client base, and within the energy industry for his optimism, intelligence, energy expertise, and natural leadership ability. Matt oversees CES’ A-Team, our largest department, who individually and as a team make it a priority each day to understand all aspects of the energy industry – for the benefit of our clients and for the benefit of understanding its many nuances. Matt’s primary interests are renewable power, energy regulation, policy, and commodity markets. Read about both news stories in the July Insider! Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 
 

June Newsletter Summary

La Niña is moving out to make room for El Niño. What does that mean and what does that mean for the summer months? Look no further than this month’s CES Insights feature blog titled “Hurricanes, Heat, and (CES Self) Help: What’s in Store for Summer,” written by CES’ Max Webb, Managing Director of Pricing. In this article, Max discusses the transitions of these two weather phenomena, along with hurricane season, the inevitable heat, the impact on energy prices, and how CES can offer guidance on the hottest days of the year. The blog details temperature and precipitation outlooks, with a peak at the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Fittingly, we also shined the CES Spotlight on Max, who not only ably leads our impressive Pricing Team of five, he is also one of our resident experts on weather trends, which have a major impact on market trends and energy commodities prices. In the news, CES will be presenting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Big 10 & Friends Utility Conference in June. And members of the CES team recently took a road trip to the Skelton Dam, an embankment dam on the Saco River. Read about both news stories in the June Insider! Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 

May Newsletter Summary

Interested in electrifying your home? Look no further than this month’s CES Insights feature blog titled “An Update from a (Mostly Electrified Home,” penned by CES’ Eben Perkins, Vice President, Consulting. In this blog piece, Eben shares the story of his family’s efforts to electrify their home in South Portland, Maine, including making energy efficiency improvements, installing an air-source heat pump system, and purchasing an electric vehicle. The blog details how these measures have impacted energy costs for the Perkins’ household, other adventures along the way – and may prove helpful as you consider similar upgrades. In this issue, we also shined the CES Spotlight on Eben in an interview where he shares a bit about his entry into the energy field, his accomplishments, what drives him each day, and a few tidbits about himself. In the news, CES was recognized recently by Coke Northeast as one of its Top Suppliers for 2022. CES will also be presenting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Big 10 & Friends Utility Conference in June. Read about both exciting news stories in the May Insider! Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 
 

April Newsletter Summary

Just like the arrival of spring, hydrogen is getting a lot of attention these days. In his blog titled “Hydrogen: Poised for Growth,” CES President & COO, Andy Price outlines why hydrogen is positioned for rapid expansion in the U.S. and Europe, at its root inspired by incentives, technology, and demand. In her blog titled, “ISO-NE’s Forward Capacity Auction #17: Complete with Adequate Capacity for 2026-27 Period,” Senior Energy Analyst, Charlotte Del Col summarizes the FCA17 Auction and its implications for the foreseeable future. In the news, Sandy Beauregard, Director of Sustainability Services will be participating on a panel discussion for The Construction Institute’s upcoming 2023 Women Who Build Summit on Thursday, April 27. Titled “Resilient and Sustainable – Women of Green,” Sandy will be joined by Abbe Bjorklund, Janine Helwig, Monica Kachru, and Martha Larson – all movers and shakers – and all difference makers – in the field of sustainability. In this issue, CES also welcomes Eric Strait, HR & Finance Analyst. Read all about him in this issue and join us in welcoming Eric to the CES team. As you’re planning your spring calendar, please save the date for CES’ annual Seminar, scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 at Noon. Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business.

 
 

March Newsletter Summary

In his January blog titled “New England Energy Trends in 2023: What’s on Keith Sampson’s Mind,” Keith Sampson, Senior Vice President, Energy Services shared his viewpoint on energy market trends for 2023. With the first quarter of the year nearly complete – and with more information at hand – Keith shares a revised forecast for 2023 New England energy trends, including his thoughts on the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict – one year into the war that has singlehandedly changed the energy market across the world over the last year. In this article, Keith also addresses present-day commodity market activity, commodity shortfalls, the European Union and the European Russian Embargo, the impact on global oil and distillate prices, and future market projections for the remainder of the calendar year and into next winter. In this issue, CES also welcomes two new hires – Harsh Oswal, Data Engineer in our Data Analytics department and Ora Rogovin, Energy Analyst, who joins CES’ Analytics Team. Read all about them and join us in welcoming Harsh and Ora to the CES team. Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. The CES weekly Market Summary provides everything you need to know about what’s going on in the energy market, including fluctuations that impact you and your business. 

 
 
 

February Newsletter Summary

In New England, winter and planning for winter is always top of mind, as is fuel security, arguably New England’s biggest cold weather worry. Fuel Security is an essential component to a reliable and resilient energy landscape. In this context, reliability is the ability to deliver energy consistently and uninterrupted. Resilience is the ability to withstand major disruptions in fuel supply and energy delivery. In this month’s CES Insights blog piece titled “Fuel Security: New England’s Biggest Winter Concern,” CES’ Managing Director of Pricing, Max Webb and Director of Strategic Partnerships & Senior Energy Services Advisor, Larry Pignataro take a deep dive into regional fuel security programs and the realities of New England’s natural gas pipeline, knowns, unknowns, what to expect, and options in this complex energy market. Our CES Spotlight this month features an interview with Larry Pignataro in which he talks about how he entered the energy space, his impressions and experiences over the years, and what he enjoys most about his work at CES. In this issue, CES also welcomes two new hires – Lakshya Bharadwaj, Energy Analyst and Minh Le, Data Services Analyst. Read more about them and join us in welcoming Lakshya and Minh to the CES team. Completing the February issue of the Insider is our weekly Market Summary, which provides information on energy market trends, pricing, and news you’ll need to stay ahead, keep you informed – and will help you make the best decisions for your business.

 
 

January Newsletter Summary

As we start the new year – in the heart of the winter season – CES’ Senior Vice President of Energy Services, Keith Sampson reflects on energy market trends now and in the near term. Keith shares what’s on his mind in the January issue of the CES Insider in a featured blog titled “New England Energy Trends in 2023: What’s on Keith Sampson’s Mind,” – a must read for businesses as we continue to navigate a complex time in the energy market. In this issue, CES also takes this opportune time to acknowledge Keith Sampson’s 15 years with the company. Our CES Spotlight features an interview with Keith in which he talks about his early days at CES, his impressions of the field over time, individuals who influenced him along the way, and he even offers sage advice to young folks entering the energy profession. He also reveals a bit about his life and interests. Congratulations, Keith, on your recent anniversary and for your many accomplishments and contributions over the years. You’re a cornerstone of the company and an invaluable resource to colleagues and clients. In this issue, CES also welcomes two new hires – Edward “Teddy” Storrs, Energy Services Advisor and Eliza Pohle, Energy Analyst. Read all about them and join us in welcoming Teddy and Eliza to the CES team. Rounding out this issue, please be sure to review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends.  

 
 
 

December Newsletter Summary

Looking back and looking forward is the theme of the December issue of the CES Insider. As colder days settle in, CES Energy Analyst, Catherine Nisbet looks ahead to the days and months ahead and shares takeaways from the annual Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Winter Assessment, in a blog article titled “The FERC 2022-23 Winter Energy Market & Reliability Assessment and What It Means for Your Business.” Catherine and all members of the CES A-Team rely on this annual guide to help inform client discussions and recommendations. Every day of the year, the CES Analytics Team keep a watchful eye on energy market trends, current and future, and to some extent, they anticipate that the FERC Winter Assessment will highlight the story they’ve seen unfolding over the year prior to the report’s publication. That said, it’s an invaluable resource – one that helps us better advise our clients. As we welcome winter once again, be sure to read Catherine’s impressions and key takeaways for the days and months ahead. With the new year on the horizon, CES’ Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, Nina Callanan, looks back on the 2022 and revisits some of the content that we created throughout the year -- with you in mind. Take a quick look in case you missed CES team insights and perspectives along the way – or want to read them again. Rounding out this issue - as always – is our weekly Market Summary, which provides the latest energy news and trends, along with a recent CES community volunteer day, and Catherine’s and Nina’s recommended staff picks for those colder days ahead when you want something interesting to listen to or read. 

 
 

November Newsletter Summary

The November issue of the CES Insider has us looking at colder days ahead and analyzing weather models to help gauge Mother Nature’s influence – in tandem with other key variables – on energy costs. In a featured blog titled “Winter Weather Predictions, Europe’s Limited Gas Supply, Market Volatility, and the Impact on Energy Prices: What to Expect This Cold-Weather Season,” Max Webb, Managing Director of Pricing and Zack Hallock, Senior Energy Services Advisor team up again to talk about this unique confluence and what our clients can expect – and also how they can plan. On a lighter note, CES never misses an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize its team and, this month, there’s plenty to share and celebrate. Our CES Spotlight features an interview with Director of Pricing, Helen Booth, who will soon achieve a CES milestone unique to her – her 23rd anniversary with the company! In this interview, Helen talks about her early days at CES, what the company, people, and culture mean to her, and she also shares her varied personal pursuits, including, music, painting, home schooling, and more. She’s one interesting lady! Rounding out this issue, you can read about team member promotions, a new team hire, a recent CES community volunteer day, Bowdoin’s 17,000-panel solar array which recently went live, and as always, review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. 

 
 
 

October Newsletter Summary

The October installment of the CES Insider focuses on energy topics that are top of mind for all of us. In “Getting to Zero: How Companies Are Taking Action Toward Emissions Reduction,” Competitive Energy Services’ CEO, Richard Silkman highlights strategies that companies and institutions are adopting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how those approaches are working. Rich’s blog is a continuation of a CES Insights blog article he penned a few months ago (May 2022), titled “The Twin Paths of Beneficial Electrification & Deep Decarbonization: What It Will Take to Meet Reduction Targets and Eliminate Carbon from Our Energy Sector,” available on our website. In “CES Self-Help Demand Response Summer Recap for New England Clients,” President & COO, Andy Price, takes a look back at summer 2022 and recaps the CES Self-Help Demand Response program for our New England clients. Also read about CES’ recent acquisition of Risk Services Group’s electricity and natural gas procurement business, which was jointly announced by both companies on September 8. In other news, CES released its 2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, which quantifies emissions related to CES’ electricity use, employee commuting, and business travel. CES’ Managing Director of IT shares his thoughts on cybersecurity and how to protect your home and business. Rounding out this issue, you can read about team promotions, upcoming CES speaking engagements, and as always, review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends. 

 
 

September Newsletter Summary

The feature blog of our September issue is by Chris Brook, Director of Natural Gas & Energy Services titled “Wondering How Your Business Can Conserve Energy Costs? Fuel Switching or Arbitrage May Be Right for You,” who outlines the energy saving options of fuel switching and arbitrage during the colder months for business with dual fuel capabilities. In a complementary article/interview, Chris talks about his role at CES and shares a bit about himself, his interests, and his career in the energy industry. This issue also features a jointly written piece titled “Inflation Reduction Act: Impact on Energy & Public Companies,” by several members of our Analytics Team, Matt Gamache, Simon Pritchard, Jesse Newton, and Jeff Endler. Like most everyone in the energy industry, CES has spent the last few weeks parsing through each of the many energy-related aspects of the IRA. Matt, Simon, Jesse, and Jeff share their thoughts on the impact that the bill will have on energy and public companies. This issue of the Insider also previews our upcoming speaking engagement at the New England Healthcare Engineers Society (NEHES) fall conference. Rounding out the September issue, you can read about a recent CES Road trip to Littlefield Solar, and as always, review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends.

 
 
 

August Newsletter Summary

The August installment of the CES Insider newsletter features a blog that celebrates the 10th anniversary of one of CES’ energy experts and trusted advisors, Zac Bloom, Vice President, Head of Sustainability and Renewables. In this interview-style blog, Zac takes us on his journey that led him to CES a decade ago. Throughout the piece, he tips his hat to those who recognized his talents, gave him the nod, and supported him along the way. Zac also shares his thoughts on the energy industry and CES. Congratulations Zac on your anniversary! This issue of the Insider also shines the spotlight on CES’ July educational session at the National Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) in partnership with the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and previews our upcoming speaking engagement at the New England Healthcare Engineers Society (NEHES) fall conference. Rounding out the August issue, you can read about a recent CES Road trips to the Mystic Generating Station and the Manchester Solar Array, and as always, review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends.

 
 

July Newsletter Summary

The July installment of the CES Insider newsletter features timely views on today's volatile energy market, along with optimistic perspectives on the future of the energy industry. In a CES Insights blog titled, "The Great Reshuffle: Signing an Energy Contract Amid a Volatile World Market," author Zack Hallock, Senior Energy Services Advisor, guides readers through the complex decision of when to sign a new energy contract and the contributing factors in making a choice that's right for you and your business. While most energy-related news today has been focused on commodity market volatility, scarcity conditions, political turmoil, price increases, and project delays, several of CES' newest members of the CES Analytics Team share what has them feeling positive about the future of energy industry in a blog piece titled "Perspectives on Energy's Future." Rounding out the July issue, meet Annie Boasberg, Bowdoin College student and CES intern, learn about six young changemakers across the state of Maine who have made a significant impact on the state's environmental movement and who received a 2022 Brookie Award for their outstanding leadership, and as always, review our weekly Market Summary update for the latest energy news and trends.

 
 
 

June Newsletter Summary

In the June installment of the CES Insider, Director of Pricing, Helen Booth and Senior Pricing Associate Lydia Jopp, provide a behind-the-scenes look at CES Pricing procedures and how they are essential to the CES procurement process in a blog titled "Yearly Capacity Tags Update: A Behind the Scenes Look." With warm summer days upon us, the summer forecast, energy usage, and budget impact for our clients is top of mind. Max Webb, Managing Director of Pricing Analytics, provides a seasonal temperature outlook in a blog piece titled "Summer Weather Outlook." Zack Hallock, Senior Energy Services Advisor rounds out the weather conversation by illustrating how clients can turn utility liabilities into budget opportunities in an article titled "Predicting the Peak."

A CES Road Trip to Mitsubishi and the annual CES energy seminar rounds out this issue. Lastly, remember to take a look at our weekly Market Summary for the latest in commodity news and pricing!

 
 

May Newsletter Summary

The May installment of the CES Insider newsletter features a timely look into beneficial electrification and decarbonization. This month's CES Insights blog, "The Twin Paths of Beneficial Electrification & Deep Decarbonization: What It Will Take to Meet Reduction Targets and Eliminate Carbon from Our Energy Sector," by CEO, Dr. Richard Silkman, provides realistic insight into the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions situation at hand, and what needs to be done to rectify it. In addition to our blog, we provide a reminder of our upcoming Annual Seminar "Winter & Preparing for Winter: The Two Seasons of New England Energy" happening Wednesday, May 18. Senior Energy Analyst, Zack Hallock, is also back with the latest edition of our CES University Energy Intel series with a look at the benefits of demand response in light of the impending peak summer months. While on our YouTube page, be sure to check out our presentations from this year's CampusEnergy conference, which are now available for public viewing. Rounding out our newsletter, we welcome aboard a few new staff members here at CES, share staff picks from our featured blogger, and as always, provide our weekly Market Summary update for your review.

 
 
 

April Newsletter Summary

In the April installment of the CES Insider, CES President & COO, Andy Price, addresses the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict in our Insights blog, "Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: Impacts to World Energy Markets and Your Energy Budget." As energy experts, it is our job to provide updates on the impact events such as this may have on the energy markets, and in turn, our clients. While on the subject of market impacts, be sure to read up on "Energy Management Strategies for a Volatile Energy Market: What New England Stakeholders Can Learn from Winter 2022's Price Surges" written by Senior Energy Analyst, Aaron Rubin. Additionally, in follow up to the delay of the FCA 16 results, Associate Manager of Analytics, Jesse Newton, provides a round up of those results and what you need to know about them. Wrapping up this month's newsletter, we announce our upcoming CES Annual Seminar: "Winter & Preparing for Winter: The Two Seasons of New England Energy" being held on Wednesday, May 18, as well as our participation in this year's CT-ASBO Vendor's Day, on Thursday, April 28. Lastly, don't forget to take a look at our weekly Market Summary for the latest in commodity news and pricing!

 
 

March Newsletter Summary

In the March edition of the CES Insider, we focus on Net Energy Billing (NEB) in Maine. In this month's Insights blog, "Net Energy Billing and Your Business: What's Next?" CES Director of Energy Services, Charlie Agnew, dives into Maine's NEB program and how it can impact you. We also take a moment to highlight our client, Onyx Specialty Papers, in our monthly case study feature, interview Charlie Agnew regarding his lengthy experience here at CES and within the energy industry, and summarize our recent and upcoming trade show and speaking opportunities. Wrapping up this month, be sure to catch up on our latest Market Summary and take a peek at our Staff Picks!

 
 
 

February Newsletter Summary

February's edition of the CES Insider features a look into the CES Analytics department and our overall commitment to providing top-notch customer service. Vice President, Analytics and Operations, Matt Gamache dives into the logistics of CES' budget planning in this month's CES Insights blog: "CES' Budget Planning & You: A Perfect Match." While visiting our blog, be sure to also check out an update on the New England Grid provided by Director of Analytics, Simon Pritchard. In keeping with our budgeting theme, our featured Case Study of the month takes a look at New Balance Athletics, and our work in aiding in the development of their energy budget for more than 10 years. Curious about a few of our special services? Read up on the CES Carbon Tracker model or Fuel Switching and Arbitrage to see if either of these are right for you and your business! Rounding out the newsletter, we invite you to meet our Analytics team, celebrate a few exciting promotions , and welcome aboard Catherine Nisbet, our newest Energy Analyst. And, as always, our monthly newsletter is accompanied by the latest CES Market Summary!

 
 

January Newsletter Summary

Kicking off the new year, our January edition of the CES Insider is packed with information that will help you plan for 2022. President, Andy Price, reflects on the past 20 years and talks about the foundation of everything we do here at CES in our Insights blog, "Three Pillars of CES." Additionally, Managing Director of Pricing, Max Webb, and Senior Pricing Associate, Lydia Jopp provide an in-depth look at our pricing department and what goes on behind the scenes in our procurement process. Be sure to also read up on Senior Energy Analyst, Aaron Rubin's overview of the MA DOER's APS Straw Proposal, and what that could mean for our Massachusetts clients, as well as Senior Energy Services Advisor, Zack Hallock's update on our La Niña winter. Rounding out this robust edition, we announce our upcoming speaking engagements at CampusEnergy 2022 in February, celebrate a number of exciting staff updates, join Zack Hallock for another Road Trip, and dive into a few staff reading picks from our President! As always, be sure you also read up on our Market Summary, which has all the up-to-date information you need on the energy markets at the turn of the year.

 
 
 

December Newsletter Summary

In the final installment of the CES Insider for the year of 2022, Director of Marketing, Nina Callanan, reflects on the new and exciting communication efforts CES has produced in order to better support and inform our clients throughout the year. These efforts include the Insider newsletter itself, in addition to the expansion of our CES University with CES Energy Intel and Insights blog. In addition to these communications, join us as we revisit the various trade shows and Road Trips in which our team took part. Rounding out this month's newsletter, Managing Director of Analytics, Matt Gamache, provides an update on utility default rates, and how CES can help you with your mitigation strategies.

 
 

November Newsletter Summary

In the November edition of the CES Insider, we're talking pricing and planning! Meet our Managing Director of Pricing Analytics, Max Webb, and learn about the proper way to read your energy bills, as well as what energy podcast he highly recommends. Energy Services Advisor, Zack Hallock, joins Max for this month's Insights blog, where the duo deep dive into what to expect for weather this winter, and what that could mean for you and your business. While on the subject of winter, be sure to visit our YouTube channel to join Managing Director of Consulting Services, Eben Perkins, as he discusses the importance of fuel security in the upcoming colder months. Rounding out this month, check out the latest entry of the CES Road Trip and catch up on our most recent Market Summary to find out what's been happening in the energy industry!

 
 
 

October Newsletter Summary

October’s installment of the CES Insider is jam-packed with exciting energy news content just for you. Join CES energy experts, Keith Sampson and Chris Brook, in our very first interview blog addressing the recent rise in natural gas pricing, and then meet the whole Energy Services Advisor (ESA) team in our featured staff section. Read about Greenhouse Gas Reporting and the CES Variance Tracker to determine if these services might be for you and your business! Additional features include a Road Trip to the City of Manchester’s newest solar array, a summer recap of 2021’s peak hour, what our very own Larry Pignataro has been reading, and as always, the latest CES Market Summary!

 
 

September Newsletter Summary

In September’s edition of the CES Insider, join Vice President and Head of Sustainability & Renewables, Zac Bloom, and Director of Analytics, Simon Pritchard as they deep dive into the key points of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). Head on over to our YouTube to watch the newest installment of CES University: “What is a REC?” and then read the latest entry in our blog series: “Emissions Accounting: Purchasing & Retiring Supplemental RECs” for even more information. Additionally, join CES on a Road Trip to Pride Manufacturing, meet even more of our Sustainability Team, celebrate recent staff promotions, and as always, catch up on our latest Market Summary!

 
 
 

August Newsletter Summary

The August edition of the CES Insider introduces our new travel series, the CES Road Trip, where our staff visit and showcase some of our clients and projects – or interesting energy sites we find while out on the road! Take a look at where our President & COO, Andy Price, found himself recently on a family trip! We also would like to take this opportunity to welcome a few new members of our staff, as well as highlight the experts who make up our Sustainability Team. Rounding out this month’s newsletter is our weekly Market Summary, and a blog written by one our newest team members, Head of Sustainability Services, Sandy Beauregard, on Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). While you’re at it, review our Staff Picks section to see what Sandy’s been reading! 

 
 

July Newsletter Summary

In the very first installment of the CES Insider, CES is thrilled to share with you a number of new exciting ways we will continue to share energy industry news and information, in addition to our weekly Market Summary. Featured in this newsletter is the premiere entry in our blog series, CES Insights, written by Managing Director of Consulting Services, Eben Perkins, as well as an announcement of our recent partnership with Yankee Alliance. The CES Insider will also be used to inform our clients and friends of CES staff updates and projects, as well as provide an inside look at what our experts are reading and watching. Take a look inside!

 

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