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October 2020 - Quarterly Market Letter

By Jon Moore on October 21, 2020

On behalf of the team at 5, I am pleased to forward our market letter for the third quarter of 2020. This letter focuses on the upcoming Presidential election, the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and the potential impact of these events on energy policy. The election and a changing court will impact how energy policy is regulated both at the Federal and the state level. Notwithstanding the perceived impact of these changes in Washington, we caution against putting too much weight on political and judicial changes. In short, it is often the case that when it comes to energy policy, economics, not politics, often prevails.

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Topics: Sustainability Newsletters Education Renewables Resiliency
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Fall 2020 Energy Market Webinar

By 5 on September 23, 2020

Join us for the energy market insights you need to know for your business. 5's Lead Energy Analyst, Eric Bratcher, provides a detailed look into each energy market during three regional webinars.

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Topics: Markets PJM NYISO ERCOT Education
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Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions During Lockdown

By 5 on September 10, 2020

COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways. At 5, we transitioned to remote working on March 16th as lockdowns were imposed in the states where we live. One positive that came from this transition is that fewer cars are on the road. The result is a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The 5 Planeteers, our internal sustainability team, wanted to highlight the environmental impacts of this reduction and calculated the overall carbon emissions that our team has saved by telecommuting since mid-March.

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Topics: Sustainability Education
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5 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

By 5 on August 18, 2020

Even though we are spending more time at home these days, which means less commuting and less pollution, each of us continues to leave an environmental footprint. Consider these 5 steps you can take to reduce your environmental footprint today:

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Topics: Sustainability Education
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TCAP's Strategic Hedging Program: A Bad Deal for Cities

By 5 on July 22, 2020

While aggregation programs like The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) made sense for some cities in the early days of deregulation, these purchasing groups have not been producing the best results for cities for a long time. Cities are now being courted by TCAP to participate in a strategic hedging program that lacks clarity and competition while ultimately removing a city’s ability to reduce and control many aspects of their energy spend.

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Topics: Markets ERCOT Education
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Current Capacity and Alternative Product Structures

By 5 on June 24, 2020

A fixed price electricity contract is the most common product selected by commercial clients throughout the deregulated markets in the US. And while the cost of the energy (the electrons moving through the wires) is the often the largest and most volatile part of a retail electricity price, there are several other electricity cost components that are built into that retail price.

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Topics: Markets NYISO Education
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TRECs Rescue NJ Solar From Extinction

By 5 on June 24, 2020

In 2018, the State of New Jersey passed The Clean Energy Act which requires that 100% of the electricity in the state come from renewable power sources by 2050. For over 15 years, New Jersey has had a vibrant solar power market with structures and incentives that expanded the amount of solar output from 4.3 MWs in 2004 to 2,908 MWs in 2019. 

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Topics: Markets PJM Education Renewables
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5 Secrets That Drive Our Thriving Culture

By 5 on June 18, 2020

We are honored that 5 has once again been named as a “Best Workplaces in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine. This is the 5th consecutive year that we have been named in the TOP 10 Best Workplaces in Texas and we are proud that our company culture continues to impact our many stakeholders, including our employees, clients and suppliers.

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Topics: Culture Education

Top 5 Energy Management Tips During an Operational Slowdown

By 5 on April 22, 2020


  1. Minimize outdoor air intake, particularly as outdoor air temperatures and relative humidity levels rise.
  2. Evaluate your building automation system setback controls to ensure proper operation of HVAC, lighting and other equipment.
  3. Consider temporary seals for leaking dock doors or other leak-prone building envelope openings.
  4. Consider shutting down exhaust fans, air compressors, pumps, refrigerators, freezers or other kitchen and process equipment that is not in use.
  5. Evaluate parking lot and parking garage lights to identify any that can be shut down while unoccupied.
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Topics: Education
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Energy Contracts and Coronavirus

By 5 on March 19, 2020

In light of the impact of the Coronavirus on business operations, we are sharing information about Coronavirus and Contract Disputes circulated by the law firm Sidley & Austin.  It provides a high-level summary of the force majeure issues raised by the spread of this illness.  If your electricity and/or natural gas usage has or will be significantly affected by the spread of the Coronavirus, you should seek legal advice to determine if it is appropriate to provide a force majeure notice to your energy supplier.  As discussed in the document, the relevant electricity or natural gas contract provision may require “prompt” notice of the force majeure event.

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Topics: Markets PJM NYISO ERCOT Education