Manufacturing Company Leans on BAI for Energy Management for North American Facilities | Print |

Situation

BAI serves as regulatory and procurement advisor to a manufacturing company's energy services group. The energy services group is responsible for approximately 40 facilities across North America ranging in size from <1 MW to over 60 MW. BAI was brought in to assist the energy services group with performing audits, developing annual forecasts for budgeting purposes, negotiating regulated and deregulated supply contracts, and assisting with the evaluation of distributed generation opportunities utilizing both conventional and renewable technologies.

Approach

Given the broad regional distribution of the facilities in question across all of North America, BAI identified a team of consultants to manage the project assignments that would best utilize the regional and technical expertise of each consultant. Each consultant is responsible for managing various aspects of the project work for the assigned facilities. Consultants work individually or in teams as the work requires ensuring that the client is receiving the right information in a timely manner in order to make proactive and informed energy sourcing decisions. With a deep bench and long history of industry experience, BAI is able to provide the company's energy services group with a depth of knowledge and insight that is well beyond what most companies have at their disposal.

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IT Company Turns to BAI in Deregulated Power Market | Print |

Situation

An IT company had acquired its first major facility in a deregulated power market and was searching for assistance with navigating the complexities of competitive power supply. The company was referred to BAI by a firm that has engaged with us for work in another part of the country. As it turns out, BAI had already assisted numerous clients with sourcing arrangements in that market, and had been involved in the regulatory proceedings that initially established the market rules.

Approach

As the facility was ramping up, BAI assisted with identifying the appropriate tariff and supply contracts that would provide the lowest cost, while at the same time meeting the company's desire for budgetary certainty. At first, this meant taking default service from the distribution company under a standard tariff. As the load increased and certain demand thresholds were exceeded, BAI moved the load to a competitive supply contract in order to minimize certain ancillary supply costs. Once at full capacity, BAI assisted with the transition from retail supply to becoming a wholesale market participant. Over the course of a few years, BAI had recommended three distinct sourcing arrangements (default supply, retail and wholesale) that were dictated both by changes in the load, but also by market conditions at the time, and a deep understanding of market rules and regulations.

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