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Price management Insights

Predicting Ontario "High 5" Demand Hours

June 2013

Global Adjustment Class A consumers with flexible load will want to hover over their "off" switch during potential High 5 hours, ready to reduce their load. Aegent has examined when High 5 hours are most likely to occur. Read more >>

Hedging: There's a Better Way than Market Timing

May 2013

The problem with market timing as a hedging philosophy is that time is never clear except in hindsight and there is a cost for being wrong, whether the energy buyer is too soon or too late. There is a better way. Read more >>

Energy Buyers Benefit from Competition among Suppliers

May 2013

Many energy buyers do not structure their buying process to take advantage of competitive forces. But a supplier portfolio of three or more parties delivers cost savings - consistently. Read more >>

NEB's TransCanada Decision Will Have Broad Impacts for End Users

April 2013

The NEB's recent decision on TransCanada's tolls and tariff will likely have broad impacts on how end users contract for and use transportation services on the TransCanada mainline. They will need to re-examine their transportation arrangements in order to re-optimize their portfolio. Read more >>

Managing Rising Electricity Costs with Load Displacement Generation

April 2013

Given the current regulatory framework in Ontario and market conditions, certain load displacement generation projects are economically feasible even without the Clean Energy Standard Offer Program. Read more >>

Carbon Pricing and Its Impact on Electricity Prices

April 2013

Carbon pricing has been in the news of late. If and when Ontario gets around to having a carbon price, it raises the question as to how electricity prices might be affected. Read more >>

Electricity Rates Continue Increasing: What to Do

March 2013

Increases in electricity rates through to 2016 and beyond are unavoidable. How does a consumer go about mitigating total bill increases? Read more >>

Setting Rates for Electricity Distributors: The Basics

March 2013

One of the main concerns expressed in response to the recommendation of the Distribution Sector Review Panel to consolidate electricity utilities into regional distributors was that it would open the door for privatization, which would drive up rates to consumers. Given the regulatory framework for distributors, this concern is unfounded. Read more >>

Union to Clear Amounts for 2011 with April Rate Adjustment

March 2013

Union Gas has received approval from the Ontario Energy Board to clear amounts for 2011 in cost variance and other deferral accounts as well as an amount for earnings sharing. Read more >>

Is It an Optimal Time to Fix Your Electricity Price?

January 2013

While the total cost of the electricity bill has been increasing, the actual cost of the energy commodity is quite low. Is it a good idea to lock in that commodity portion? Read more >>