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Founded in 2011, 5 comprises a team of energy innovators, commodity traders, analysts, engineers, and former energy supplier executives. Together, they serve a broad array of private and public sector clients throughout the United States and Mexico, providing strategic advice on energy-related matters including procurement, demand-side management, rate optimization, regulatory intervention, benchmarking, bill auditing, RFP management, sustainability planning services, renewable power, and distributed generation. With an eye on growth, 5 has initiated a number of strategic partnerships and acquisitions, including the 2019 acquisition of Luthin Associates. 5 has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for five consecutive years. The firm has also received numerous accolades and national awards for its corporate culture, leadership and innovation, including 5 consecutive years as a top 10 Best Company to Work for in Texas according to Texas Monthly Magazine.

Recent posts by 5

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SARA Smiles

By 5 on April 29, 2021

Late last month, ERCOT released their preliminary Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) report. This is the seasonal report that identifies the output from all current, new, and planned generating resources and compares that amount to the forecasted peak load. Reserve margin is the difference between the forecasted peak load and the total amount of generation available to meet that demand. Recently, the reserve margin has climbed from a low of 8.6% in 2019 up to 12.6% in 2020.

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Topics: Markets ERCOT
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Get To Know Anuniti Amireddy

By 5 on April 29, 2021

Anuniti is an energy engineer who is dedicated and passionate about doing something good for the planet. See the ways she helps our clients understand their energy usage and discover how a great culture can attract top talent without geographic boundaries.

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Topics: People
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Commodity Oddities

By 5 on April 29, 2021

To say that commodity markets have been volatile during the last 12 months is an understatement, especially for natural gas. This volatility had many drivers including one of the most active hurricane seasons in over a decade, big drops in LNG demand over the summer followed by a rebound in the fall, one of the warmest Novembers on record, and the frigid temperatures at the beginning of the new year. These factors all contributed to significant price swings in spot natural gas prices.

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Topics: Markets Natural Gas
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Is there a DR in the house?

By 5 on April 29, 2021

In the PJM power market, June 1 officially marks the beginning of the 2021/2022 delivery year. This is an important date for clients that will participate in PJM’s various demand response (DR) programs and those who are actively managing capacity tags through peak shaving. DR participation and capacity tag management allow clients to realize an additional revenue stream for their business while reducing their electricity expenses at the same time.

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Topics: Markets PJM
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Falling Capacity Creates a Good Buy for NYC

By 5 on April 29, 2021

Wholesale electricity prices in New York City have been rising for the last several months. Figure 1 shows how forward prices for calendar years 2022 through 2025 have been trading over the last five years. Note that wholesale prices were at a low at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Despite a correction in the late fall when the market dropped, the overall trend has been bullish for nearly a year. Additionally, this is a classic example of a contango market, where prices get more expensive with each subsequent time period in the forwards. Figure 1 also shows that the least expensive calendar year is 2022 and that 2025 is the most expensive.

One interesting observation is that the outer years (2024 and 2025) are rising at a similar and faster rate compared to calendar years 2022 and 2023 which seem to have consolidated. We reported on this consolidation in February and suggested that this created good near-term buying opportunities and now 2022 and 2023 are both trading at a $7/MWh (0.7¢/kWh) discount to 2024 and 2025. While the overall market trend in NYC has been bullish, 2022 and 2023 are within $6/MWh (0.6 ¢/kWh) of the 5-year low, which was set immediately before the pandemic. This, coupled with falling capacity prices in NYC, has produced good purchasing opportunities for NYC electricity buyers.

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Topics: Markets NYISO
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Client Spotlight: Hebrew Home at Riverdale

By 5 on April 29, 2021

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Living, located in New York City, serves older adults of all faiths through compassionate care and active community engagement. Guided by Jewish values for over 100 years, Hebrew Home is committed to healthy aging and the highest quality of life through innovative programs and services designed to meet the evolving needs of their residents. Hebrew Home is a nationally recognized long-term care facility that also provides specialized services, including elder abuse prevention and memory care to over 18,000 patients and residents.

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Topics: Clients Procurement Sustainability Resiliency
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Get to Know Ellen Northrup

By 5 on March 30, 2021

Ellen Northrup is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members on our team. Learn how this problem solver's business career took off at such an early age and enjoy hearing about her the famous people she met during the Daytime Emmy awards in New York City.

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Topics: People
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Microgrids are a Macro Deal

By 5 on March 30, 2021

Despite the name, microgrids are a big deal. In fact, microgrids are a hot topic of conversation lately because of the crucial role they play in business continuity and resiliency planning. Thanks to a handful of unpredictable weather events, a wide variety of stakeholders are turning to microgrids to keep power flowing when natural disasters or catastrophic grid failures disrupt the utility grid’s normal operations.

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Topics: Demand Response Sustainability Education Resiliency
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A Return to Normalcy (Sort of)

By 5 on March 30, 2021

Throughout last month’s Winter Storm Uri, NYMEX Henry Hub natural gas prices increased in volatility. Multi-year highs for the prompt month contract (April) along with daily trading ranges almost as high as earlier this winter were experienced. By late February, the winter storm bulls had left the market, and the bears took over. By the middle of March, April’s contract had sold off from the closing price of $3.032/Dth on February 17th to a closing price of $2.483/Dth on March 15th.

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Topics: Markets Natural Gas
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A Texas-Sized Band-Aid for Uri

By 5 on March 30, 2021

So far, it appears as if no one is ready to make price adjustments to customer bills in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri. Neither the Texas executive branch, the legislative branch, nor the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) are very eager to be the one that steps up to order the re-pricing of wholesale Real-Time Index or Ancillary Service prices that have been in question over the past month. Instead, it seems like everyone is resigned to allowing the lawyers to argue their cases and leave the outcome up to the courts.

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Topics: Markets ERCOT