APEX specializes in assisting clients in identifying and benefiting from the extraordinary opportunities presented in the current electric energy markets, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and emission reductions. These opportunities can be daunting but can also be rewarding for those who understand the rules and can navigate the terrain. APEX offers specialized energy consulting services that focus on using those opportunities to its client's economic and competitive advantage.
As an affiliate of American Power Exchange Inc. - an authorized power broker and marketer - APEX can also represent clients in the energy markets as a broker and/or marketer of electricity, renewable energy and non-energy attributes. Such "in house" capabilities - in combination with expertise available through various strategic alliances - allow APEX to provide unique and complete energy solutions to meet the growing needs of its clients, now and into the future.
Be sure to contact us for a no obligation, preliminary assessment of potential energy cost reduction opportunities at your facility.
APEX Power Services Corporation offers specialized energy consulting services to commercial and industrial consumers of electricity. APEX understands the competitive pressures facing businesses: pressures to increase productivity, to reduce production costs - especially energy costs - and to optimize the use of business resources.
How a business responds to these pressures can mean the difference between world-class and mediocre performance. Quiet changes are now taking place that can provide businesses with new ways to address competitive pressures.
Quiet changes have brought competition into the retail electric production and supply markets - essentially following in the footsteps of the transportation, natural gas and telephone industries. Electric utilities, which have long benefited from competition-free monopoly status, are now facing competitive pressures brought about by new regulatory policy focus.
Perhaps more importantly, international and geo-political events are placing a premium on certain "non-traditional" energy resources - referred to generically as "renewable" or "green" energy. Renewable energy assets can play a major role in optimizing financial returns, hedging electric cost, and increasing security of energy supply for those firms taking a forward view.
Renewable energy credits, renewable energy portfolios, investment and production tax credits, greenhouse gas credits, non-energy attributes and similar elements can present unique financial rewards to those companies that are well versed or well advised on how best to navigate the complex regulatory maze.
APEX professionals possess a powerful combination of engineering, financial, operational, regulatory, and technical expertise, which is truly unique among consulting firms. This expertise assures that APEX clients will fully benefit from the opportunities presented, while avoiding the risks created by seemingly on-going changes in the electric utility and energy markets.
If you demand efficiency, productivity and optimum resource utilization from your employees, it can be cost-effective to retain a qualified energy consultant. APEX can facilitate resolution of energy cost concerns, thereby allowing your employees to concentrate on your core business.
Think of APEX as a specialized "out-source" which brings it's expertise to bear on the electric cost goals and concerns of its clients now and into the energy future. Let APEX focus its energy on controlling and reducing your energy costs.
The following is a partial listing of client's who are benefiting from APEX services. For information about how your company can benefit as well, contact us today.
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APEX offers services unique in the industry that are designed to assist commercial and industrial energy consumers and in controlling and reducing their energy costs, and assisting commercial and industrial energy consumers that produce electricity as an adjunct to their business operations to optimize financial benefits. Many unique APEX services are available to assist clients with the numerous, and often-times complex, options and opportunities that have become available as a result of electric utility industry deregulation, the growing interest in developing and expanding electricity production by renewable energy, and the desire to control emissions via energy efficiency and conservation. A sampling of APEX services are listed below.
Energy Price Targeting establishes a client's "target" price(s) for energy, based on the applicable area energy markets, available supply alternatives, and the estimated prices being paid by the client's major competitors. Target prices are essential to the development and implementation of an effective comprehensive energy plan, and are a critical component in evaluating current supplier prices, competitive supply options that may be available, and otherwise achieving a client's energy objectives.
Comprehensive Energy Planning is crucial to successfully navigating the rapidly changing energy landscape. A comprehensive energy plan is the basis for proactive energy strategies - from negotiations with energy providers to identification and evaluation of supply alternatives, to analysis of internal process operations. APEX assists client's in developing and implementing effective comprehensive energy plans reflecting the energy characteristics, location and competitive market position of the client.
Energy Rate Optimization entails detailed analyses of the client's current electric utility bills and alternative rate options which might be available. The analyses will provide input for a client's electric cost reduction strategy, as appropriate. In some cases, electric utility customers are paying more than the average electric rate for the area and may not be aware of more appropriate rate options, or that their rates may be "negotiable". The development of an effective cost reduction strategy designed for the customer's unique energy consumption characteristics is key to identifying cost reduction opportunities.
Energy Supply RFP's & RFQ's which are carefully crafted "requests for proposals" (RFP's) and "requests for qualifications" (RFQ's) can be an integral part of an overall customer energy cost reduction strategy. The RFP can be an effective tool in seeking out low cost suppliers of electricity and steam who may wish to locate an "energy plant" adjacent to the customer. By focussing on each customer's unique situation, APEX's customized RFP packages provide an additional means of securing energy cost savings by bringing the expertise of "outside" energy suppliers to bear on reducing energy costs.
Process Energy Management involves improving energy utilization by identifying energy cost to process relationships. Most manufacturers are committed to reducing production costs while increasing quality and productivity. However, when it comes to reducing energy costs, many manufacturers rely only on "use less - pay less" conservation techniques and practices. Process energy management techniques allow APEX to evaluate potential process "alternatives" and identify/quantify the associated impacts on energy costs and manufacturing efficiencies. Load shifting, thermal storage or other methods may be appropriate to reduce cost without necessarily reducing consumption.
On-Site Energy Management services are designed to optimize the effectiveness of the customer's present "in house" energy management staff, or provide an "out source" for the establishment of such staff. Through this service, APEX can provide and supervise on-site energy management personnel, as necessary, to meet the requirements of the individual client, thereby allowing clients to focus on their primary core business.
Legislative and Regulatory Liaison services provide clients with first-hand knowledge of activities in the legislative and regulatory arenas which may directly impact a client's energy costs or options. Current knowledge of relevant energy policy trends, initiatives, regulations and decisions, empowers APEX client's to make reasoned, informed choices in the development and implementation of energy cost reduction strategies. Services include monitoring legislative and regulatory proceedings that appear likely to affect the electric utility industry and energy consumers. APEX offers "Public Service/Utility Commission" support for clients who desire direct contact or involvement in resolving disputes with their electric utility, or who wish to participate in electric energy related policy making processes. APEX also offers legislative support for clients seeking to provide input, or seeking advice, assistance or information with respect to electric energy.
Energy Planning services provide clients with the types of information and research needed to prepare energy cost projections. APEX assists clients in formulating forecasts which reflect the uncertainty of future power costs but which rely on the latest information and modeling techniques to develop a "range" of projections based on various industry trends and forecasts.
Total Energy Management essentially combines the APEX services, with the additional services available by virtue of APEX's affiliation with the American Power Exchange, Inc. and its various strategic alliances. APEX is well positioned to provide complete energy management services to customers, including procurement of the customer's fuel, brokering/marketing of any excess electricity to the grid, and - when available - the brokering/marketing of electricity directly to the client.
Production Cost Analysis services are designed to accurately determine the cost of producing electricity and thermal energy so that appropriate pricing schedules and/or strategies can be developed. In the "cost plus" regulatory environment, determination of true production costs has been less important than it will be in the competitive market place - at both the wholesale and retail level. Because regulatory mechanisms allowed utilities to recover all prudently incurred costs, it was not critical that costs be specifically tied to the point of causation. This is expected to dramatically change in the competitive environment where it will be critical to accurately determine true production costs.
Mergers and Acquisitions services are designed specifically for those clients considering the purchase or sale of energy assets. These APEX services will identify, evaluate and quantify energy markets and trends, regulatory issues and operational costs and benefits, all with a view toward providing critical current information and advice intended to optimize financial benefit while minimizing client and transaction risks. M&A services will call include APEX expertise in a number of areas mentioned above such as development and publication of customized "requests for proposals" (RFP's) and/or "requests for qualifications" (RFQ's).
Landfill Gas Optimization services are designed for those clients with access to landfill gas (LFG) supplies such as local government owners or contract operators of such facilities. Considered a renewable energy resource in many states, LFG can provide impressive financial returns including both market price revenues and investment or production tax credits for properly structured ownership and sales arrangements. A number of potentially lucrative options are now available for LFG ranging from the use of the low-BTU LFG in turbine or engine-electric generator sets for the production of electricity, to the production of high-BTU "pipeline" quality gas, among others. Determining which of these options may best suit the circumstances and need of a client will depend on LFG location, the local utility service area, access to the electric grid or natural gas pipeline, and various other factors.
Renewable Energy Credit services are comprised of the qualification, quantification and valuation of renewable energy credits (RECs). Many electric utilities, including investor-owned, municipal and cooperative, are seeking to purchase renewable energy, or the unbundled RECs associated with the renewable energy, in order to comply with mandated renewable portfolio standards or on a voluntary basis. The value of RECs can vary significantly by renewable energy resource type, geographical location, and applicable law. APEX strives to assist its clients in achieving the benefit from REC sales consistent with the timing, terms, conditions and other preferences of the client. APEX's REC services may include services will call include APEX expertise in a number of areas mentioned above such as development and publication of customized "requests for proposals" (RFP's) and/or "requests for qualifications" (RFQ's).
Climate Change services assist clients in identifying and quantifying the potential impact of climate change legislation or regulation. Depending on particular circumstances, large commercial or industrial concerns, if prepared and properly informed, may stand to benefit financially from climate change initiatives through sale of emission offsets, sale of non-energy attributes, the implementation of qualifying energy efficiency or conservation systems, use of renewable energy resources and other such pro-active measures. APEX is well equipped to qualify, quantify and establish for its clients the market values/costs of such measures as a basis for conducting cost-benefit and/or life cycle cost data. However, because climate change policies are in the formative stages and not implemented in any significant form at present, it is important that those who might be impacted - either positively or negatively by such initiatives - remain aware of current developments and likely outcomes of legislative and regulatory proposals. APEX provides its clients with updated information and advice.
Financial Assessment services are provided for those clients desiring a focused, thorough and comprehensive evaluation of various financial aspects of any energy related "decision" of a client - including the purchase or sale of energy assets (determining asset value), the sale of energy (evaluating market prices and trends) or other activities related to energy or its non-energy attributes in the case or renewable energy. Changes in the energy markets, and particularly the electric energy markets over the past decades, has necessitated and increase in scope and breadth of working knowledge of many new factors when conduction financial evaluations. The advent of renewable energy, the REC, the RPS, the notion of greenhouse gases, increase oversight of hedge and derivative products, decreasing oversight of electric utilities - all in recent years - render true financial assessment a much more involved and sometimes convoluted process. However, unless all such factors are properly reflected, the product of the analysis will be flawed and of limited value or usefulness. APEX possesses the scope and breadth of knowledge to provide truly thorough and comprehensive assessments.
Reliability Compliance services are offered to those clients who may become affected by the reliability standards and compliance registry administered by the National Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and a number of regional reliability organizations across the county. The primary purpose of the reliability standards and compliance registry is to increase the reliability and security of the interconnected electric system thereby reducing the risk of significant system failures or outages. The determination of which entities are included on the registry is typically made by NERC and/or upon recommendation of the regional organization. Those included on the registry must comply with various standards, failing which substantial fines can be assessed and applied. NERC standards include certain threshold and exemptions which, however, can be over-ridden by the NERC or a regional organization in certain cases. Importantly, an entity that should be on the registry but is not identified by NERC may still be subject to the standards and potential penalties. APEX can assist clients in evaluating its reliability compliance exposure and assist in the development of solutions as may be appropriate.
Expert Witness services can be provided for all proceedings relating to electric energy and renewable energy matters. APEX has provided such services before federal and state regulatory agencies and participated in preparation of cases to be heard judicial bodies including bankruptcy and insolvency cases. APEX professional's powerful combination of engineering, financial, operational, regulatory, and technical expertise is truly unique among consulting firms. Our expertise assures that APEX clients will fully benefit from the opportunities presented, while avoiding the risks created by seemingly on-going changes in the electric utility and energy markets. APEX provides expert witness services in all energy matters including, but not limited to, electric rates, contracts, and renewable energy issues.
Energy Brokering & Marketing is offered through APEX affiliate American Power Exchange, Inc. as may be appropriate under the circumstances dictated by the client's particular location and utility service area, as well as the applicable laws relating to sales of electricity.
APEX offers services at "flexible" prices tailored to the needs of the client. Hourly, Lump-Sum, Performance and Shared Savings pricing arrangements are available. Contact us for further information on our innovative pricing approach.
Drastic changes in the electric utility and energy markets beginning in the late 1970s have continued unabated through the present with the potential for even more sweeping and accelerating changes due to serious environmental, geo-political and international concerns. Renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation - the focus of state and federal government in the 1970-1980 eras, have once again risen to a high profile high on the political and public "radar" screen. However, added to the mix this time are new concerns over climate change and carbon emissions - setting the stage for continued, and extensive changes in the energy markets.
The "trend" of change began in 1978 when the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), introduced competition into the wholesale electric markets, encouraged efficient use of energy resources and promoted the use of "alternative" fuel resources - now often referred to as "renewable" or "green" energy resources. The genesis of the trend was the "oil shock" of the mid-1970s that raised serious concerns about America's dependence on foreign fuels. PURPA has been followed by a more-or-less constant stream of more expansive federal "energy acts" and landmark orders and decisions by the Federal agencies and courts.
Policy makers have now shifted their attention to promoting and encouraging renewable energy resources, reducing "green house gas" (GHG) emissions, and further expanding energy conservation and recovery technologies. The result has been - and is expected to continue to be - a dynamic process of creating various "carrot and stick" incentives to accomplish energy objectives. Those incentives will no doubt significantly impact both energy consumers and providers. Whether those impacts will be positive or negative will depend directly on how well informed, prepared and responsive the individual consumer is to current objectives and incentives. The bottom line is that alternative energy - ("renewable" and/or "green"), energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy recovery and climate change concerns are taking on a growing importance that will continue to change the energy landscape in various ways into the foreseeable future.
The lack of a clear time frame for implementation of the anticipated incentives - by Federal or State government, or both - have deterred some consumers from implementing energy strategies designed to reap the potential benefits and avoid the pitfalls of the new energy environment. However, forward-thinking, proactive consumers are taking actions specifically designed to minimize the risks and optimize the potential benefit from the new and changing energy market-place. Such actions can provide opportunities and rewards for those who are sufficiently knowledgeable and versed in the subject matter - or dangers and pitfalls to those who are not.
Astute Consumers Will Proactively Respond To Energy Market Changes.
The dynamic processes that are transforming the energy markets - including the present "transitional" period - are providing consumers with opportunities and options that did not previously exist. In analyzing these opportunities and options, customers are challenged to ask the right questions and to make choices best suited to their particular circumstances and objectives. Some consumers will choose to "do nothing" - to wait and see how the process plays out. Businesses that choose to "do nothing" are in fact choosing to accept the possibility that their competitors will seize upon the new opportunities and derive a significant competitive advantage. APEX assists clients in pro-actively assessing potential opportunities and risks, and successfully dealing with the evolving energy markets.
It is crucial that energy consumers be well informed with regard to new options and alternatives which will be available to them. Successful businesses must possess or acquire expertise in evaluating and understanding the circumstances they face as the retail electric markets are deregulated. APEX provides clients with the specialized technical expertise necessary to evaluate and determine the best options for its clients, and keep them up-to-date on the rapidly changing electric energy market conditions.
Electric utilities and energy suppliers, as well as consumers will also be impacted by the changing markets. Industry observers expect that utilities will be mandated or "incented" to produce or purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable or green sources, will be required to reduce GHG emissions and will be required to encourage conservation and energy efficiency by their customers. Those consumers possessing attributes that can help an electric utility or energy supplier accomplish such objectives will be of special "value". APEX can assist clients in quantifying the market value of such attributes, seeking purchasers of such attributes, and evaluating proposals to purchase or acquire such attributes at terms and conditions favorable to the consumer and reflective of then current market trends and characteristics.
Cost Savings Opportunities
As the energy market changes, successful businesses must identify and evaluate opportunities that will favorably impact their "bottom line", while avoiding risks which could have unfavorable economic consequences. However, it may not always be practical or cost-effective for a business to maintain in-house staff with the engineering, financial, operational, regulatory and technical expertise necessary to identify and evaluate opportunities, and to identify and quantify the risks presented by market changes. APEX's broad range of services provides its clients with the knowledge and expertise to successfully adapt to the changing market.
Are You Poised To Respond To The Opportunities And Avoid the Risks?
The transformation of America's energy markets in response to powerful economic, environmental, geo-political, international and socio-economic conditions will present extraordinary opportunities for those who are fully informed and aware. Conversely, they can present serious pit-falls, risks and dangers to those not adequately prepared. APEX possesses the experience and expertise to help its clients seize the opportunities presented while avoiding the risks and dangers.
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APEX Power Services is located at:
4611 S. University Drive #170
Davie, Florida 33328