EnergyObjective - Commercial Energy Procurement

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Strategic Energy Procurement and Utility Management for Your Business

At EnergyObjective, we simplify and streamline the often complex and chaotic process of commercial energy procurement. Whether you’re looking for the lowest price, help with utility issues, or even looking to earn additional revenue, we’re here to help you every step of the way. 

Energy Procurement You Can Trust (Really)

The energy procurement industry has its share of unsavory characters. With so many fly-by-night operations and so much noise, it can be a challenge to find someone you can trust to do what’s right even when no one is watching. That is way it was our goal to be a trusted advisor 100% dedicated to helping clients make the best possible energy decisions, in less time. 

Drawing on Shipley Energy’s 90 years of experience in the energy industry, EnergyObjective embodies the honesty, integrity, and values that have made it a pillar of the local community since 1929.

Customer-Centric Energy Procurement

Comparing different offers from multiple can not only be difficult, but also time consuming. Our expert advisors work with you to create a customized procurement plan that meets your goals while leaving no question unanswered. Our proactive service means that we’re always working to get you the best deal. That’s why 95 percent of our customers stick with us year after year and why we were able to lock in 42 percent of our customers during a 15-year low in the market.

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Why Use Us? Here’s How EnergyObjective Can Help

We Save Time

In most cases, all we ask for from the customer is the completed letter of authorization and recent, complete bill copies. The rest we handle ourselves. This allows the customer to have suppliers compete on price while they continue running their business. 

We Offer In-Depth Knowledge and experience

Sorting through the confusion of the various utilities’ bills can be a daunting task, and generally understanding the terms and nuances of this market and the various pricing structures is important. EnergyObjective knows the industry and has done very well keeping our customers informed and saving them money on their electricity bills.

A Customized shopping experience to fit your needs

The customer may choose a traditional closed paper-bid process or a reverse auction. They may be heavily involved or let us do all the work. We can turn a price around in as little as an hour or take months to wait for the best possible timing. We are in it for the marathon, not the sprint, and we know that taking care of our customers in a way that makes them comfortable will help us keep that customer for a long time.

Competitive pricing, even compared to direct suppliers

Dealing directly with a supplier means dealing with a sales rep who, in most cases, has hard quotas to meet and is looking to maximize the dollars earned on each deal. The easiest way to increase the dollars they bring in is to put excessive amounts of commission on each deal, driving up the price considerably. It is conceivable that the customer will assume this is a fair price and take the deal, resulting in big money for the rep and no accountability if the customer realizes later that the price was not competitive. When it comes time to renew, it is very common for non-shopped suppliers to put considerably more commission on an existing customer’s price. Having a broker like EnergyObjective who is looking out for the customer would help make sure that if the incumbent’s renewal price isn’t fair, someone else can provide a more competitive quote.

Protection from the sub-standard suppliers

Whether they are brokers working out of their basements or reps working for actual suppliers, the sad fact is that there are dishonest salespeople out there who see the confusion and uncertainty of this market and look to capitalize on it at the customer’s expense. They have no problem lying about whether a price includes GRT, tacking on extremely high commission amounts, exposing customers with language barriers to contracts they do not understand, making up lies about their competition, and generally saying and doing anything to get the sale done quickly and with as much commission as possible. The people that EnergyObjective deals with at each company are not such people. We believe strongly in our supplier relations, and our suppliers take care of us and our customers. If a deal ever does begin to look precarious for the customer, we do not pursue it and simply look to our other suppliers.

Customer service that extends beyond the sale

We are available for billing concerns or general questions and will happily talk to a supplier on the customer’s behalf. While we may not necessarily be the ones making the decisions in customer/supplier or customer/utility discussions, we can certainly help clarify matters and provide information where possible. We are also happy to do a mid-contract savings analysis upon request or generally give advice about the power business. We will even read meters for customers who are struggling with excessive estimated reads. Whatever the customer’s pain is, there’s a pretty good chance we can address it.

All Under One Roof

Buying with EnergyObjective and Shipley Energy allows you to consolidate your energy supply to one vendor. You will have a dedicated consultant who is just a call way and who knows your business's energy needs inside and out.

Additional services

We can offer up to 100% wind-generated renewable power, Demand Response, and residential electricity for your employees. We can even customize a residential program and include referral benefits. When you think electricity, we want you to think EnergyObjective.

 
 

Customer Testimonial

Precision Custom Components, LLC

"We decided to go with Shipley Energy 10 years ago because of the need to hand this task off to a reputable company that specialized in the field. Our staff is very busy with projects in house and we needed someone (local) whom we could rely on to manage both electric and Natural gas for the long- term future.

What stands out the most with our relationship / partnership with Shipley is the open communication between the companies. Shipley is constantly monitoring our usages to protect us from unanticipated surprises in the extreme heat or cold temperatures of our seasons. Shipley has well documented usages for our facility and shares that information as we move throughout the seasons and contract process. Shipley strives to uncomplicate the process and is open for conversations as required.

I would suspect that If you are looking for a new supplier or are unhappy with your current supplier you owe it to yourself to visit with their sales staff."

Craig E. Abel - Director of Manufacturing - Precision Custom Components LLC. York PA


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When Shopping for Electricity

+ What am I shopping for?

As a business in Pennsylvania, you now have the right to shop for the company that supplies your electricity. This consists of your generation and transmission charges, while the distribution charges continue to come from your utility. Electric Choice empowers the customers to make their own decisions about who supplies their electricity and at what price, rather than giving the customer a “socialized” price that applies to all users.

+ Why does the utility let me shop for my electric supply? Are they going to charge me in some other way?

The utility lets customers shop because it has no choice. State Public Utility Commissions do not want the utilities to have the monopoly on electric supply anymore, and therefore push the utilities to make shopping and switching as painless as possible for customers. There are no additional charges from the utility for switching to another supplier.

+ What is the utility price to compare, and what parts of the bill does it consist of?

The utility price to compare consists of generation (the actual cost of the electricity supply) and transmission (the cost of moving it from the generation facilities to the distribution facilities). Also built into the utility’s price to compare is gross receipts tax (GRT), which is sometimes included in a supplier’s price. It is important to know if the price a supplier gives includes or excludes GRT.

+ When EnergyObjective offers me an electricity price, how quickly must I make a decision?

Electricity pricing is extremely volatile and actually changes every hour. EnergyObjective shops for customers and requests pricing on a particular day to put all suppliers on a level playing field. But that price is only good until the end of that day (typically 4:00), and must be refreshed the next day if the customer does not sign. We are willing to request pricing for a particular date if the customer would like, but there are certainly no guarantees that the market will be kind that day. In short, EnergyObjectve is happy to work with our customers and give you all of the time and refreshes you require — but any prices shown are typically good for that day only..

When Shopping for Natural Gas

+ What am I shopping for?

As a business in Pennsylvania, you now have the right to shop for the company that suppliers your natural gas. This consists of the actual dekatherms bought for your needs, while the distribution charges continue to come from your utility. Natural Gas Choice empowers the customers to make their own decisions about who supplies their gas and at what price, rather than giving the customer a “socialized” price that applies to all users.

+Why does the utility let me shop for my natural gas supply? Are they going to charge me in some other way?

The utility lets customers shop because it has no choice. State Public Utility Commissions do not want the utilities to have the monopoly on natural gas supply anymore, and therefore push the utilities to make shopping and switching as painless as possible for customers.

The utility does not charge customers for switching, but most Pennsylvania utilities do charge their customers a Gas Cost Adjustment Charge (also called Migration Rider) as part of the distribution charges. This charge is intended to true-up any shortfalls in their default supply pricing and is always included when a customer is not shopping for supply. When a customer does go with a supplier, they continue paying this charge for the first 12 months until it falls off the bill. So while it’s actually an eventual additional savings for the customer, it can look like a new charge depending how it’s itemized.

+ When EnergyObjective offers me a natural gas price, how quickly must I make a decision?

Natural gas is less volatile than electricity and contracts typically aren’t as time-sensitive. It is usually acceptable to return a contract within a week of issuance, but the expectation will be clear when presented.

General Questions

+ Why is the utility not more competitive?

Although some utilities are affiliated with larger organizations that have generation facilities, they are often purchasing electricity in a similar fashion to other suppliers. Utilities often spread out their buying among many different sellers and buying tranches according to pre-determined rules. The price lands where it lands, and the utility must pass through the cost of this supply at no markup or discount to the customer. Because the utilities have no competitive interest in maintaining their customers’ supply business, they have no motivation to lowball the price.

+I currently pay state sales tax on only a portion of my total bill. How do I make sure the supplier knows this?

The supplier will tax whatever amount you tell them to, and will default to the full state rate if not told otherwise. Customers must fill out a PA tax exemption form to be partially or fully exempt from sales tax. EnergyObjective is happy to assist with this.

+ Will I receive one bill or two?

This depends on the supplier with whom you are signing. In some cases, you will receive two bills: one for supply charges from your supplier, and one for distribution from your utility. But many contracts give you the option of choosing utility consolidated billing.

+ What happens if I cancel my contract before it ends?

If you close or sell the business, then in some cases there will be no penalty (depending on the supplier). But if you stay at the location and simply decide to cancel your contract, significant penalties will apply. In almost all cases, these penalties well outweigh the additional money a customer can save my “mid-contract shopping.” Please note that EnergyObjective does not have the ability to make exceptions to this; if you cancel early, the supplier will charge you.