Are You Ready for the energy market - Breakerbox

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Preparing your organization for energy market opportunities

Craig Wilson

President[email protected]

If a huge opportunity in the energy-market appeared tomorrow, would your organization be ready to seize it?

One thing we often see with new clients is that they typically tend to want to wait until their current energy contract is expired before they start looking to lock in the next one.


You become a market TAKER

You no longer have the luxury of capitalizing on buying opportunities because you will need to sign whatever is available. It’s literally like missing the hot stock because you weren’t watching the market.

Some of the most sophisticated clients we are working with are shopping as far out as 2 to 3 years ahead of present. These shopping patterns make you a market MAKER, with the luxury of waiting patiently to strike on the right opportunity for your business.


You can get heavily penalized by letting your contract expire

Most fixed price contracts roll over to a month to month rate at the end of the term. These can also come with a very high adder.
What’s an adder?
In short, its margin.
They essentially put you on an index rate and add a significant margin.
You don’t want this.


Entering the Energy Market doesn’t happen overnight
Sometimes market opportunities present themselves in a very short window. If your ducks aren’t in a row BEFORE the opportunity presented itself you may miss out on a great contract.
Here is a checklist of what you want to have at the ready so you are in the best possible position to capitalize on beneficial volatility:

A defined energy strategy

  • We are often shocked to learn that many businesses don’t plan their energy budget years in advance. They run year to year, often because (as outlined above) they rush the process and don’t think ahead. You need a comprehensive strategy that helps you set and achieve energy goals within budget
  • Knowing your risk tolerance
    How much risk are you willing to take to achieve those goals? If your bill went up 20% how much would that impact your bottom line? It’s an important question we make sure that clients think through as we build a strategy together
  • Where do you see your business in 5 years?
    Are you planning to grow? How will that impact your energy usage? Could your business relocate? All very important questions to ask.

Suppliers competing for your business.

Competition results in lowers costs, period. Suppliers come in all shapes sizes, and flavors – you need to ensure that you have the RIGHT ones competing for your business that will maximize your chances of meeting your goals.

Reporting and Analytics

We often hear from new clients that in the past they had signed energy contracts with big hopes of savings, but found they had no real way to know if they were staying on plan. Your bill certainly doesn’t reflect much more than what you pay. Being able to easily report on operational costs and savings is an important tool in reporting to the organization and making future improvements. Having a plan is great, making sure it’s working is even better.


This sounds like a lot, and it is.

The good news is that we can take care of all of this for you.
Breakerbox can get you completely ready to enter the market when an opportunity arises, with no upfront costs.
A quick chat with our energy consultants can get your started.
We can make sure that you have a viable strategy, with suppliers at the ready, for when a market opportunity arises.
Don’t know if you need us? Is this still confusing? That’s ok, give us a shout and we will answer any questions you might have.


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