Inside this Edition of the Freedom Energy Logistics Muni Minute

Freedom Energy Logistics | August 2023

Is Now the Right Time to Buy?

Green Communities Updates & Deadlines

Important Dates & Opportunities

Is Now the Right Time to Buy?

Carol Anne Watts | Senior Director of Sales & Sales Operations

Choosing the opportune moment to implement an energy supply agreement can be overwhelming. Opting to procure multiple years’ worth of energy on a single day involves a calculated risk, prompting many energy buyers to seek the counsel of experts to navigate their procurement process. Upon analyzing the trends of recent years, certain patterns emerge, suggesting that the present moment could be the optimal time to make a purchase.

Before making a decision, there are important factors to consider:

Review your current agreement’s expiration date: The end date of your existing agreement will significantly influence when you should start exploring your next options. At Freedom Energy, we guide clients on how and when to make purchases, empowering them to be well-informed buyers.

Consider your future plans: Ask yourself these questions when determining the right timing for your next contract:

  • How long will your business be in its current location?
  • Are there any significant changes in energy usage expected over the next few years?
  • Do you have any green initiatives in place that could offset energy usage?
  • Are there any plans for onsite generation that may shift the load from one commodity to another?

Now, the big question: Is it the right time to buy? Energy buyers often ask us this question daily. If you have already considered the previous questions and identified an opportunity, here are some data points to further support why now might be the ideal time:

The chart above tracks the cost of energy (CY24, CY25, CY26) in ISO-NE from January 2020 to June 2023.

Historically, prices showed consistent increases from June to December of 2021 and 2022. If 2023 follows this trend, waiting may not provide any significant market movement for energy buyers.

Considering the favorable trading of gas prices following a mild winter, increases in summer demand and speculation about next winter’s temperatures could negatively impact forward curves. If committing to 100% energy fixing seems unappealing, it might be worth exploring hedging at least 50% under these market conditions. Your Energy Advisor at Freedom can assist in modeling different scenarios and set realistic expectations for potential costs should you decide to wait.

This article is an excerpt from the June 2023 Freedom Energy Newsletter published on June 30, 2023. To read the original article click here.

Congratulations to the 3 new MA Green Communities

Join us in congratulating the towns of Western Massachusetts East Longmeadow, Hadley, and Southwick for achieving the DOER’s Green Communities designation. With the addition of these three community designations, 291 of the Commonwealth’s municipalities now hold a Green Communities designation. This program offers a structured approach and essential support to municipalities committed to reducing energy consumption by 20% over 5 years, in addition to meeting four other criteria from the Green Communities Act.

Interested municipalities can apply for the second round of designation until September 29, 2023.

For more details, click here.

Important Dates & Opportunities 

Community Solar Opportunities – (Current Opportunity in Western MA)
Community solar programs allow businesses to tap into local solar facilities. By joining, they not only champion a sustainable, green energy future but also benefit from substantial savings. This initiative is a win-win, promoting environmental responsibility while offering financial advantages.

How Community Solar Works:

  • Solar Installation: A solar project is set up in a specific location, usually by a third-party developer.
  • Multiple Subscribers: Businesses purchase a portion of the solar project.
  • Electricity Generation: All electricity generated is fed into the grid.
  • Credits on Electricity Bills: Participating businesses receive credits on their electricity bills.

Contact the Freedom Energy Team to Learn More

Does your city/town have an excellent municipal website?
The Massachusetts Municipal Association is now welcoming nominations for the MMA Municipal Website Award!
The entry deadline is Tuesday, October. 31, 2023.
Tap here to learn more.

MAPC – Municipal Grant Program Accelerating Climate Resilience (ACR Grant Program)
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council invites proposals for the FY2024 Accelerating Climate Resilience Municipal Grants.  The 101 municipalities in the MAPC’s region are invited to apply for funding for one-year projects.
Deadline to apply is Friday, September 15, 2023.
Click here for more information

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