The Insider Newsletter
 
 

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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