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Biden's Energy Priorities

By 5 on May 25, 2021

There are several interesting developments in Washington D.C. that could impact the nation’s energy markets. With the death of Alcee Hastings (D-FL) last month, the Democratic majority in the House shrank to a mere six votes and the Senate remains split at 50/50. The razor-thin Democratic majority means it is unlikely that Congress will use the traditional legislative process to pass new energy-related legislation. Instead, as was the case with the stimulus bill, the Biden Administration is expected to use the budget reconciliation process to pass an energy bill at some point this calendar year.

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Topics: Markets Demand Response Sustainability Education Renewables Resiliency
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Client Spotlight: Kenwood Country Club

By 5 on April 29, 2021

Kenwood Golf and Country Club has been in continuous existence since 1928. The clubhouse, golf course and its facilities cover over 100 acres of rolling countryside, located in Bethesda, Maryland. The Club is situated inside the Capital Beltway, only minutes from the Nation’s Capital, approximately seven miles from the White House and many other cultural and national attractions.

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Topics: Clients Sustainability Renewables Resiliency
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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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Spotlight – Savings and Flexibility for International Auto Parts Manufacturer

By 5 on April 21, 2021

5’s client in Mexico provides customers around the world with automatic transmissions, the brain of automobiles. As a manufacturer of Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT, hybrids) for automobiles, the client offers ecological products that maximize vehicle performance.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Procurement Resiliency
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April 2021 - Quarterly Market Letter

By Jon Moore on April 21, 2021

On behalf of the team at 5, I am pleased to forward our market letter for the first quarter of 2021. This letter focuses on the latest Black Swan event, Uri, the winter storm that hit Texas in mid-February. The storm caused a catastrophic loss of generation and triggered an extended period of extremely high energy prices. This letter provides: (i) a summary and chronology of the legal and regulatory proceedings that Uri has spawned; (ii) a snapshot of how the storm has impacted a variety of market participants including municipal utilities, wind farms, renewable purchasers, commercial and industrial buyers, and the natural gas market; and (iii) an overview of legislative efforts to address electric reliability in ERCOT.

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Topics: Markets Natural Gas ERCOT Newsletters Education Resiliency
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Client Spotlight: The Beck Group

By 5 on April 20, 2021

The Beck Group is an international architecture and construction firm that has designed and built some of the most well-known structures in North America. Based in Dallas, Beck also has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Fort Worth, Tampa, Mexico City, and Monterrey. Founded in 1912 by Henry C. Beck, the company began as a general contractor. It can trace its roots back to the original construction of the Cotton Exchange Building and the Cotton Bowl in the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to its design-build expertise, Beck is also involved in sustainability and technology solutions that help its clients operate their facilities cost-effectively.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Procurement Resiliency
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Spotlight – ESG Planning and Implementation for Auto Parts Manufacturer

By 5 on April 20, 2021

A large global auto parts manufacturer, with multiple facilities across the country, was looking for assistance in developing a comprehensive approach to managing its electricity and natural expenses. Prior to working with 5, this Fortune 200 company was waiting until their current contracts were getting ready to expire before gathering quotes and soliciting offers from various suppliers.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Procurement Sustainability Renewables Resiliency
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Client Spotlight - Spring Creek Towers

By 5 on April 2, 2021

Spring Creek Towers (SCT), commonly known as Starrett City, is a self-contained urban community that is home to approximately 18,000 residents spread out over 46 brick towers on 153 acres overlooking Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn. SCT offers residents a unique mix of amenities within its borders including schools, a shopping center, a post office, and a sports club.

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Topics: Clients Procurement Resiliency
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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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New Efficiency Standards for New York

By 5 on March 30, 2021

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released a status report on “Regulations Establishing Energy Efficiency Standards.” In addition to reporting on the status of energy efficiency regulations, this report includes recommended amendments to New York law that would add new categories to the state’s energy efficiency performance standards. These recommendations have been crafted into a “Program Bill” – legislation written by the Governor’s administration – which is being shopped around in the State Legislature for a sponsor.

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Topics: Markets NYISO Resiliency