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Caso de Éxito en México: Sector Comercial

By 5 (Mexico) on January 1, 2021

Retos

  • La compañía llevaba tiempo haciendo esfuerzos desarticulados para evaluar opciones para la compra de electricidad, encabezados por diversos actores dentro de la compañía, lo cual generaba confusión e ineficiencia.
  • Como es de esperarse en esta etapa de desregulación, existía una falta de conocimiento del marco regulatorio, del mercado, así como de la industria.
    La compañía experimentaba incrementos substanciales en sus costos de
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Topics: Case Studies Mexico
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Whole Health Energy Plan Implemented for Major NYC Medical Center

By 5 on March 31, 2020

In late 2018, a world-class academic medical center in NYC engaged Luthin Associates, 5’s regional brand in the tri-state area, to process Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) refunds. This hospital group has already come to expect excellence when working with our team through various programs and projects that we were doing on an ala carte basis. After only a few years of the GRT program, the hospital system had already realized over $700,000 in refunds.

The initial impact of these GRT refunds mirrored what many not-for-profits had already experienced by working with our team with over $34 million worth of GRT rebates secured for our clients between 2003 and 2021.

As our relationship with the hospital system progressed, our bill auditing experts identified that the client’s gas accounts were in a high-cost utility balancing pool. We assisted in switching the client to a lower cost pool, resulting in a $159,000 transportation cost reduction in less than one year.

Utilizing our proprietary market analysis system, Level5, we worked with the client to develop a proactive strategy to manage the electricity and natural gas procurement processes for their wide array of NY campuses at the onset of the recent pandemic. In aggregate, this medical system consumes over 60 MW of power and 3 million MMBtu of natural gas annually. After careful analysis of the various supply options, potential products, and associated price risks, along with a clear sight on the client’s goals, 5 negotiated favorable contractual terms with a reputable supplier, ultimately saving the client over $6.4 million through the term of the contract.

5 is honored to serve as the energy advisor in providing a whole health energy plan for this critical provider of healthcare throughout NYC. We continue to work closely with the client to maximize the financial benefits of deregulation while also charging towards the client’s sustainability goals and their compliance with NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act.

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Topics: Case Studies Procurement Sustainability Resiliency
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Client Spotlight: Irving Convention Center

By 5 on January 30, 2020

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The Opportunity

Prior to partnering with 5, the Irving Convention Center (ICC) had procured energy by issuing RFPs directly to suppliers. While this process met their basic needs, the ICC lacked the time and tools to track and analyze market conditions or conduct usage analyses that would allow the facility to capitalize on periodic market fluctuations. As a result, the ICC had little opportunity to reduce baseline energy costs or pursue operational efficiencies. Additionally, the ICC had initiated a new lighting project but lacked the funding to complete it.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Videos Procurement Renewables
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Client Spotlight: Fort Worth Zoo

By 5 on December 19, 2019

The Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. It is the oldest, continuously operating zoo in Texas. From these humble beginnings, the Zoo has grown into a nationally recognized facility, housing more than 7,000 native and exotic animals, representing more than 500 species.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Procurement
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Client Spotlight: City of Mansfield

By 5 on November 21, 2019

The City of Mansfield looked to 5 to help identify better ways of purchasing electricity and operating their facilities. This included moving away from a municipal aggregation and into a favorable supply contract that will save the city approximately $9 million in electricity expenses. 5 also worked with the city to improve the operations of its water treatment plant. Adjustments to the operating profile of the main water pumps and training provided to the staff reduced demand charges by over $100,000. 5’s energy expertise enabled the City of Mansfield to significantly lower their operating expenses and improve the efficiency of the water utility that serves the city.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Videos Procurement
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Client Spotlight: Houghton College

By 5 on June 17, 2019

Houghton College had a number of exciting energy projects on campus prior to engaging the team at 5. These projects were driven by their commitment to sustainability and featured a campus-wide LED lighting retrofit project, a 2.6 MW solar array and other initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. 5 was able to partner with Houghton College’s sustainability and finance teams to put all of the pieces together into a comprehensive strategy for energy procurement and demand-side management.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Videos Procurement Demand Response Sustainability
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Climate Mobilization Act, the Tale of Two Industries

By Luthin Associates on June 1, 2019

New York City passed a set of laws under the Climate Mobilization Act to transition New York toward clean electricity and drastically lower Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. This new legislation intends to counter the threat of climate change and involves four local laws which require:

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Topics: NYISO Case Studies Sustainability Education Renewables
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5’s Partnership with San Angelo ISD Yields Energy Savings for District

By 5 on May 7, 2019

Irving, TX - May 7, 2019

Controlling one of the largest line-item costs in operating budgets – energy – is now within reach for San Angelo Independent School District as a result of a partnership with energy advisory firm, 5.

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Topics: Clients Culture Case Studies Videos Press
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Spotlight - Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) for Major University in NYC

By Luthin Associates on July 18, 2018

Luthin Associates was involved in negotiating a Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) that helped a well-established New York City university build the largest solar system installed in New York City. The 3.1-megawatt solar collection will offset a significant share of the electricity used by this university and its sister school located in the Bronx. This project is in support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goal authorizing 50% of electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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Topics: Clients NYISO Case Studies Sustainability Renewables
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Luthin Associates Helps Clarkson Avenue Microgrid Project Win

By Luthin Associates on August 10, 2017

Luthin Associates recently partnered with a host of other firms and ConEdison in the NY Prize competition, a first-in-the-nation challenge to help communities create microgrids.

A microgrid is a standalone energy system that is capable of operating on its own in the event of a power outage. One purpose of the project is to create a network of users who rely on the same microgrid. This community of microgrids will allow for local power generation using clean and efficient energy sources including, but not limited to, wind, solar, and combined heat and power (CHP).

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Topics: Markets Clients NYISO Case Studies Sustainability Resiliency