Because of our unique organizational structure, Atlas Retail Energy operates differently than our competition. We will work with you to ensure the product selection matches your business’ risk and budgetary tolerances. Rather than rely on prices from suppliers to dictate the approach and strategy, we leverage our proprietary wholesale exposure to guide our clients. We can unequivocally verify pricing we receive from suppliers rather than taking it as fact, assuring that you are paying the best available market price.
While price verification is important – and what makes us unique – superior market-timing proves to be the most critical component of a long-term strategy. This should not be misconstrued as us guaranteeing that our clients will buy at the bottom. Rather, Atlas Retail Energy guarantees that the best information and analytics in the market are utilized when advising on critical buying decisions.
The commodity is the cost to secure the physical electrons or natural gas that your site consumes.
An ISO cost passed down to the consumer associated with providing enough energy for future grid demand.
An ISO cost passed down to the consumer to ensure the electrical grids infrastructure can reliably deliver energy from power plants to your home or business. Network Integrated Transmission Service (NITS) is the most common transmission cost that impacts your electricity price. Each year utilities take on projects to improve their transmission infrastructure. Funding for these projects comes from end users by using a NITS rate that is calculated by each ISO subzone and then multiplied by the end user’s Network Service Peak Load (NSPL). Like a capacity PLC or ICAP tag, the NSPL is determined by looking at how much power was delivered to your facility at the grid’s peak hour relative to the ISO subzone’s peak demand. This ratio establishes the portion of transmission cost you are responsible for.
A state-by-state cost that determines the amount and type of renewable energy each consumer must use.
An ISO cost that ensures grid reliability is met by baseload power generators. In other words, paying key power generations to run in standby mode should the grid need their power.
Power generators inform the ISO of their producing capabilities and how quickly they can ramp up/down when instructed. Generators that successfully perform to expectations when called on by the ISO are rewarded for contributing to grid reliability and those that do not are penalized. When underperformance occurs, the energy markets are disrupted, which produces excess costs that are passed through to end users.
Payments or credits to load serving entities and transmission owners. These payments/credits are created due to congestion on transmission wires. When cheap power is available to be delivered but is restricted by transmission capacity, the ISO must source more expensive power from a different area that can be delivered via an alternative transmission line. The price delta between the cheaper power that cannot be delivered and the more expensive power that can be delivered is what creates the payment or credit. These ultimately get passed through to end users based on their peak load contribution.
Depending on the location of your business, the tax portion of your energy bill can be substantial. Be sure to know if your energy price includes or excludes state taxes.
Each power plant generates energy in a different way. Ancillary services are provided by the ISO to coordinate and synchronize all power generation into a serviceable flow of electrons.
Be aware of supplier and energy consultant fees, how much they are and how they are applied to your energy budget.