It’s Time To Take A Fresh Look At How Deregulation and UEC Can Save Your Restaurant Money On Energy Costs (UEC’s Own Managing Director In His Monthly Column In Total Food Services Magazine)

Whether you look at the glass as “half empty” or half full” as business owners we are always looking to make our business model more efficient.  I am always asked, “What is the low hanging fruit in your market?” and “How can we save money?” In past articles we have tried to share with you some of the low hanging fruit in regards to bringing our electric and natural gas usage…

Natural Gas Storage Report Withdrawal Season Week 2 (Week Ending November 10, 2017)

Despite earlier projections, Withdrawal Season didn’t take long to live up to its name. Today, the EIA reported the first net storage outflow since March of this year, totaling 18 Bcf. This was slightly greater than the market expectation of 14 Bcf, and a reversal from the previous year’s 30 Bcf build. Both last week’s lean build and this week’s draw all but confirm the colder weather models released two…

Metro NYC Hotel Operators Have Unique Energy Challenges Solutions With UEC (UEC’s Own Managing Director In His Monthly Column In Total Food Services Magazine)

At United Energy Consultants (UEC), we wanted to give hoteliers and hotel managers some tips on how to cut your energy bills specific to your industry. Implementing simple and inexpensive eco measures will not only prove beneficial to your overhead and pocket book, but also increase levels of staff and customer comfort. Our goal is to demonstrate the hotel management community finds with a unique opportunity and responsibility. Today’s hotel…

UEC’s Electrical Safety Guide For Restaurants (UEC’s Own Managing Director In His Monthly Column In Total Food Services Magazine)

With electrical power being such an everyday presence in modern life, inattention to electrical hazards can lead to burns, shocks and electrocution. It is important to always be mindful of any potential electrical risks, both on and off the job. Food services industries are some of if not the biggest users of electrical equipment and appliances. Long-term and frequent use can make commercial kitchen equipment dangerous. This is compounded by…

Natural Gas Storage Report  Withdrawal Season Week 1 (Week Ending November 3, 2017)

Natural gas withdrawal season is here, and it seems cooler heads are being overwhelmed by the cooler weather. Today, the EIA released the natural gas storage report for the week ending last Friday, showing a slight build of 15 Bcf. This was right in line with market expectations, but by comparison, the 5 year average stands at 41 Bcf, and 54 Bcf was injected each of the previous two years.…

WEEKLY ENERGY MARKET UPDATE November 06, 2017

Natural Gas Markets  The December 2017 Nymex natural gas contract is up 8c to $3.065 this morning on the back of colder weather changes in the near term forecast. However the 11-15 day forecast shows a return to warmer temperatures on the East Coast, so the market could be choppy over the next week. US dry gas production is at record levels approaching 76 bcf per day and keeping the…

Renewable Energy Update – October 2017 #3

Focus City of Industry publicly approves massive solar farm San Gabriel Valley Tribune – Oct 12 After working behind closed doors for a year, the City of Industry publicly approved agreements last Thursday to build a massive solar farm at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties — on land it does not own yet outside city limits. Industry has already spent $14 million on the proposal, according to…

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Week 29 (Week Ending October 20, 2017)

Season’s first snow accumulation is upon us in the Upper Midwest. Powerful storm winds and rain will impact the East Coast causing potential power outages and flooding. Weather outlook, overall, offers colder and warmer risks to the forecast. Friday, October 20th, marked the end of week 29 with 64 Bcf injection, 1 Bcf lower than the expectation of 65 Bcf. By comparison, 74 Bcf was injected this time last year…

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Week 28 (Week Ending October 13, 2017)

With continued utilization of shale resources and use of multi-directional pipes, we are seeing less importance of storage as a supply source. Even though the size of the market is much larger today, the ability to absorb high demand shocks and a foreseen “warm” winter, the need for storage is less critical. Friday, October 13th, marked the end of week 28 with 51 Bcf injection, 4 Bcf lower than the…

Climate And Clean Energy Progress Continues In Spite Of Clean Power Plan Repeal Rumors

According to news reports, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is planning to start the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan very soon. This seriously flawed and misguided effort would be a dangerous step backwards for public health and climate protections. However, as the Trump Administration continues to unravel these protections, the transition to a clean energy future is accelerating. States, cities, and power companies are responding to the…