Tips for Choosing a Good Energy Consultant
As the cost of energy continues to increase, and with carbon tax in the picture, it is ever more crucial to seek the best price for energy for your facility. A lot of businesses are resorting to procurement partners to help them in choosing the best energy supplier. A good energy consultant can help in securing a good contract, but knowing whom to hire can be a challenge.
When looking for an energy consultant, consider the following:
Transparency and Comparative Quotes
Choose a partner that practices transparency, providing all the information you need to make an educated decision as to your needs (there are consultants who will only give you their top recommendations). Also keep in mind that the cheapest price isn’t necessarily your best option since many other issues have to be factored in, like operation charges, contract terms, network tariff optimization, and so on.
Clear Commission Structure and Payment Rules
Find out your costs upfront. Choose a partner who receives the same commission from every single energy providers in the area – this makes sure that there will be no favoritism. Additionally, they must not charge more than a single stakeholder for the initiative (some consultants charge both their client and the retailer). Either the retailer makes the payment, or you pay them directly.
No Quotas Avoid consultants that work with quotas from providers.
They may have a hard time staying objective or neutral, which is necessary for effective energy consulting. Typically, when a consultant offers you no more than a single option – the “best option” – it’s all about filling a quota.
In certain states, the Public Service Commissions/Public Utilities Commissions provide certification to professionals in the natural gas and electric industry, such as brokers, marketers, and aggregators. A state-licensed or state-certified energy consultant is likely to have the managerial, technical, and financial means to offer topnotch energy consulting and procurement services. Hiring an energy consultant who has ties with industry groups and access to government programs like Energy Star will also be beneficial.
Another reason to hire a certified energy consultant is that you need to work with someone who is always updated on industry developments. Such changes may come in the form of new technology, new regulatory guidelines, new laws, or new opportunities in the market.
Lastly, in some retail electricity contracts, carbon costs are not considered – instead, some clauses are provided, permitting adjustment to be made upon the introduction of the carbon price. Always insist on a carbon-inclusive contract to avoid unanticipated price hikes because of carbon prices.