May 17, 2020

Customers Rewarded for Choosing Green Energy

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Energy Plus
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Admin
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Customers' rights to choosing energy providers
In Ohio, more than 3 million people use natural gas, and now theres a new option available that offers a unique rewards program to consumers just for...

 

In Ohio, more than 3 million people use natural gas, and now there’s a new option available that offers a unique rewards program to consumers just for paying their monthly natural gas bill. Energy Plus, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent energy companies, has just launched natural gas service to residents and businesses in the state of Ohio.

“By stepping into the Ohio market, we’re now able to offer even more customers reliable service and valuable rewards—a combination that adds up to a fresh take on standard energy service,” said Kevin Kleinschmidt, President of Energy Plus. “We’ve had great success in bringing energy choice to thousands of customers in other states, and we look forward to eventually expanding the range of our offerings in Ohio.”

THE BIGGER STORY

With the announcement of a new service comes the opportunity to educate consumers about their right to choose an energy provider, since many readers are not fully aware of their options.   When it comes to switching energy suppliers, consumers can rest assured that choosing an alternative supplier is legitimate and sanctioned by the state of Ohio.  In addition, suppliers work with consumers’ local utility company to ensure there is no interruption in service.

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As the only company to offer energy choice, green energy options and an ongoing rewards program to every customer, Energy Plus is becoming a preferred energy company, enabling consumers to benefit from the money they already spend each month on energy through a unique rewards program. The cash-back incentives include airline miles, hotel points and other rewards, based on monthly energy usage and customers who enroll with the company will receive up to 10 percent off the current rate of their utilities in the first month.

By choosing the company's “Green Option,” customers also have the option to pay about a penny more per kilowatt hour for energy sourced from wind power.

Ohio is the third state to benefit from Energy Plus’ natural gas service, joining New York and New Jersey. Energy Plus also offers electricity service in seven energy competitive states and, in total, serves more than 180,000 customers.

 

Edited by Carin Hall

 

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Shipping
fuel
Decarbonisation
ammonia
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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