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Tips for Choosing a Good Energy Consultant

With steadily rising energy costs and the introduction of the carbon tax, making sure you get the best energy price for your facility is more crucial than ever. Several businesses are now relying on procurement partners to guide them in selecting the right supplier for their needs. An experienced energy consultant can help secure an appropriate contract, but it can be hard to determine whom to choose.

When looking for an energy consultant, consider the following:

Transparency and Comparative Quotes

Select a partner that believes in transparency, that is, by giving you all the pertinent information to help you make smart decisions regarding your needs (some consultants will provide no more than their recommendations). Also remember that the cheapest deal is not necessarily the best option; there are several other factors you should consider, from environmental charges to operational charges to contract terms and more.

Clear Commission Structure and Payment Rules

Know your costs from the get-go. Make sure the partner you choose gets the same commission from all the energy providers in your area to avoid favoritism. Furthermore, they should not collect commissions or any form of payment from multiple stakeholders for their services (there are consultants who will charge you as well as the retailer). It’s either the retailer pays them, or you do directly.

No Quotas Avoid consultants that work with quotas from providers.

They may have a hard time staying objective or neutral, which is necessary for effective energy consulting. Usually, when a consultant provides no more than one “best option,” he is only trying to meet a quota.

License/Certification

Some states, through the Public Service Commissions/Public Utilities Commissions, may issue certifications to aggregators, marketers, and brokers working in the natural gas and electric industry. An energy consultant who is certified or licensed by state regulators may be expected to have technical, financial, and managerial wherewithal to provide quality energy consulting and procurement services. You should also consider hiring an energy consultant who has an active relationship with industry groups and has access to Energy Star and other energy-related federal programs.

Another reason to work with a certified energy consultant is that you need someone who is always abreast with the latest developments in the industry. Such changes may come in the form of new technology, new regulatory guidelines, new laws, or new opportunities in the market.

Carbon Tax

Finally, there are retail electricity contracts that do not consider carbon costs – instead, they have clauses allowing adjustments when the carbon price is introduced. Be sure your contract is carbon-inclusive so you can avoid unpredictable cost increases related to carbon prices.

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