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APPI Energy Advisor

May 24, 2017

Discover the thirteenth issue of the APPI Energy Advisor, a weekly publication of retail energy market trends, pricing analysis and insights.

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Natural Gas Prices Stabilize, Near Historic Lows

February 14, 2017

In March of last year, natural gas prices bottomed out after steadily declining from their Polar Vortex peak in January 2014. Following gas prices, competitive electricity prices also declined to a three-year low in March 2016 and again in November 2016. Since then, both gas and electricity prices have risen sharply, finally leveling off in January of this year.

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7 Expectations for Energy Customer Service Excellence

September 29, 2016

Billing errors, unauthorized changes to service, and opening or closing locations are just a few occurrences that cause customers to seek support. Whether you procure energy from a utility company or from a retail supplier, or you trust an energy advisor to manage your supplier selection, what should you expect from customer service regarding your energy supply and consumption?

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Why your business needs an energy management strategy

June 20, 2016

Business executives in deregulated energy markets have unprecedented flexibility to create energy management strategies that align with corporate goals, budgets, and fiscal calendars. Effectively managing energy supply contracts yields substantial cost reductions and improved business performance.

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Electricity aggregation: Is it your best solution?

February 4, 2016

Are you considering joining with other businesses to buy your electricity supply? History shows that buying electricity as an aggregated group does not necessarily yield a lower price. When given the opportunity to participate, evaluate it thoroughly.

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Capacity costs effect on today’s low energy prices

December 9, 2015

At the end of 2015, energy prices dropped to the lowest level since 2002; however, some customers may have noticed increased capacity costs on monthly electricity bills. Capacity values have been announced through June 2019 in the PJM territory, which covers all or parts of 13 Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states.

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Natural Gas Market Update

October 21, 2015

As another winter season approaches, gas demand for heating and power generation is projected to increase. Gas and electricity consumers are well-advised to closely examine gas and electricity prices now because prices are at levels not seen in more than 10 years. Today’s natural gas prices are primarily driven by production, consumption for winter heat load, and electricity generation.

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Approved PJM Proposal Ensures Reliability, Adds Costs

June 25, 2015

It seems that customer costs in the PJM region—which transmits electricity throughout parts of 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states—will increase because of increased capacity costs starting in 2016-2017. The newly approved PJM Capacity Performance Proposal aims to prevent severe electricity price spikes, such as those seen in January and February 2014.

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Early Contract Terminations

May 12, 2015

The APPI Energy Customer Service team has resolved an increasing number of issues involving electricity supply contract terminations. Assertive energy salespeople are targeting customers through mailings, phone calls, and door-to-door solicitation. Read on for eight ways to prevent early electricity supply contract termination from happening.

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