News & Events

Washington Gas Winter Preparedness Briefing for Interruptible Service Customers
in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

September 29, 2017, 10:00 am  - 11:30 am
AOBA CONFERENCE ROOM

AOBA will host guests from Washington Gas at a member briefing on Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00 am  - 11:30 am at AOBA’s new office located at 1025 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 1005, Washington, DC to discuss winter preparedness for interruptible customers in advance of the 2017-2018 heating season.  AOBA encourages all members with interruptible natural gas accounts to attend this important briefing and we look forward to an informative meeting and discussion. Please respond by calling AOBA at (202) 296-3390 or you may email your RSVP to April Kreller at akreller@aoba-metro.org.

Recap: AOBA’s Utility & Energy Market Update

On Wednesday, August 2nd, AOBA hosted a Utility and
Energy Market Update for AOBA members. The meeting topics included DC water
rates, an energy market update, and utility updates for electricity and natural
gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. When reviewing and
preparing utility budgets, AOBA recommends that members carefully review the
content of the presentation, especially the proposed distribution increases for
Pepco and Washington Gas, and surcharge rates by rate
class included for each utility for each of the three jurisdictions.

The utility presentations are currently available on both
the AOBA and AOBA Alliance websites. For questions regarding the meeting
presentations, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.

Recap: AOBA’s Utility & Energy Market Update

On Wednesday February 15th, AOBA hosted a Utility and
Energy Market Update for AOBA members. The meeting topics included DC water
rates, an energy market update, and utility updates for electricity and natural
gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. When reviewing and
preparing utility budgets, AOBA recommends that members carefully review the
content of the presentation, especially the proposed distribution increases for
Pepco and Washington Gas, surcharge rates, and bill composition charts by rate
class included for each utility for each of the three jurisdictions.

The utility presentations are currently available on both
the AOBA and AOBA Alliance websites. For questions regarding the meeting
presentations, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.



















Renewable Portfolio Standards Will Increase for Maryland Customers

HB1106 will alter the renewable portfolio standard percentage for energy
derived from a solar source and also alter the compliance fees for suppliers
that fail to meet the renewable portfolio standards. Governor Hogan vetoed this
legislation last year however the State House and Senate passed an override to
the Governor’s veto on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The legislation will take
effect 30 days from the date of the override. The legislation does include a
provision that grandfathers customer supply contracts existing before the
effective date of the legislation.

 

Costly Increases to DC Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – Law Effective October 8, 2016

On July 25, 2016, Mayor Bowser signed Bill 21-650, the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion
Amendment Act of 2016. The law was approved by Congress and became effective October 8, 2016.

The law amends the current Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act and increases the renewable
portfolio standard (RPS) requirement for suppliers while also increasing the compliance fees for suppliers that cannot meet the RPS requirements.

Under the prior legislation, compliance fees gradually decrease beginning in 2017 and each year
thereafter until 2023. Specifically, the prior legislation decreases compliance fees as follows: Fifty cents in
2011 through 2016; thirty five cents in 2017; thirty cents in 2018; twenty cents in 2019 through 2020; fifteen cents in 2021-2022; and five cents in 2023 and thereafter for each kilowatt-hour of shortfall from required solar energy assets.

The newly enacted law liminates the gradual decreases and maintains the compliance fee at fifty
cents through 2023 for each kilowatt-hour of shortfall from required energy ources. The additional funds will be used in part to fund improvements to esidential energy efficiency.

AOBA proposed an amendment that grandfathered the gradual decrease in compliance fees for
existing customer supply contracts. The law was enacted with the grandfathering amendment included.

Capacity Performance Costs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has approved a “change in regulation” for PJM that
will require electricity suppliers to incur a new category of capacity related costs which will be labeled “Capacity Performance Costs.”These new “Capacity Performance Costs” will become effective as of June 1, 2016, and are expected to add to the total costs that all electricity suppliers must incur to provide firm electricity supply to their customers. The magnitude of the cost adjustments that
electricity suppliers may seek to pass on to customers as a result of PJM’s Capacity Performance program for the next three PJM planning years (i.e., June 1 – May 31 for 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19) have been determined through incremental capacity auctions.

The increase in costs is a result of the last couple of winters, particularly during the polar vortex experienced during the winter of 2013-2014, PJM found that natural gas-fired generators on whom they were relying to provide electricity supply and ensure the reliability of service were unable to perform
during periods of peak demand. In response to this problem, PJM has proposed, and FERC has approved (with some modifications), a plan to provide generators incentives to ensure the reliability of generation from power plants during periods of peak electrical demand, regardless of whether those periods occur
during summer or winter months. Those requirements will cause generators to incur greater costs to assure the reliability of their generation commitments or face the potential for substantial penalties for failure to perform. Please keep in mind that these new costs are the result of a change in regulatory policy and are expected to impact in a similar manner, the costs incurred by all electricity suppliers operating within PJM.

Washington Gas Interruptible Preparedness Briefing

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, AOBA hosted guests from Washington Gas at a breifing specifically for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants with interruptible natural gas accounts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Representatives from Washington Gas discussed the actions interruptible customers need to take this fall in order to be prepared for any potential interruption or curtailment that could be called during the upcoming winter. In addition, Washington Gas discussed the proposed changes to the Company's interruptible service tariffs in all three jurisdictions as well as the requirements that are currently in place for interruptible service customers.

Utility and Energy Market Update

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, the Utility and Energy Market Update was held for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants. The meeting topics included DC water rates, an energy market update, and utility updates for electricity and natural gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. For budgeting purposes, AOBA recommends that members carefully review the content of the utility presentations, especially the surcharge rates and bill composition charts by rate class included for each utility for each of the three jurisdictions.

The utility presentations are currently available on both the AOBA and AOBA Alliance websites. For questions regarding the meeting presentations, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.

AOBA will hold the next Utility and Energy Market Update Briefing on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the AOBA office from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

 

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, the Utility and Energy Market Update was held for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants. The meeting topics included DC water rates for 2015, an energy market briefing, and utility updates for electricity and natural gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. For budgeting purposes, AOBA suggests members carefully review the content of the presentation, especially the budget impact charts and surcharge rates included for each utility, for each of the three jurisdictions. Although some numbers are not final at this time, we expect to have final estimates by September 2014.

The utility presenation is currently available on both the AOBA Alliance website and the AOBA website at http://www.aobaalliance.com/energy-market-update/utility-committee-presentations.html or http://www.aoba-metro.org/advocacy/utilities/utility-and-energy-market-briefings. For questions regarding the meeting presentation, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.

AOBA Alliance Extends Energy Services Agreement with Constellation

Contract to provide competitive electricity and natural gas
supply, energy products and services to participating building owners and
managers through 2020

BALTIMORE (April 7, 2014) — The AOBA Alliance, Inc. today announced that it has extended its energy services supplier agreement with Constellation through 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, AOBA Alliance participants located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania have access to competitive electricity and natural gas supply, as well as products and services to better manage their energy procurement and use. AOBA Alliance, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA).

“We are pleased to continue this relationship with Constellation for the balance of the decade,” said David Farmer, energy conservation specialist, Grady Management, Inc. and president of AOBA Alliance. “Our primary goal in choosing an energy supplier is to obtain competitive prices while maintaining highly favorable, pre-negotiated contract terms and conditions for our AOBA Alliance participants. Since 2010, Constellation has provided competitive pricing, superior service and demonstrated a willingness to serve all sizes and types of commercial and multi-family customers. With suppliers coming and going from the market, we feel extremely comfortable that we are serving the best interests of our participants.”

Through Constellation, AOBA Alliance participants can earn additional revenue through load response programs, offset a portion of their energy use with renewable energy certificates, and implement energy conservation measures at no upfront cost through Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy program. Additionally, participants in the District of Columbia and Maryland have access to Constellation’s energy forecasting and budgeting application, which provides building owners and managers with information on their total electricity spend, including supply and utility charges, by property, by utility or by portfolio.

“Even in a changing retail energy market, AOBA Alliance participants can rely on Constellation to provide a wide range of energy products and services at competitive prices,” said Mark Huston, president -Constellation Retail. “We look forward to continuing to work with AOBA Alliance participants to help manage their energy costs and meet sustainability goals.”

Constellation is active in all competitive markets in the U.S. and is the chosen supplier to two-thirds of the Fortune 100 businesses. Constellation provides energy management solutions such as energy efficiency, on-site solar generation, and load response programs that financially compensate businesses for reducing
electricity usage during periods of peak demand on the grid.

AOBA Alliance, Inc., which facilitates low-cost energy procurement for the commercial building and
multi-family housing industries, is the largest customer-based energy aggregation group in the metropolitan Washington area, with approximately 6,000 accounts representing a total load of more than 500 MW of electricity and 2 BCF of natural gas. For more information please visit constellation.com/AOBAand www.aobaalliance.com.

 

The products described are offerings of Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. and Constellation Energy Gas Choice, Inc., D.C. Electricity Supplier License 12039, D.C. Natural Gas Supplier License GA-2012-12, Maryland Electricity Supplier License IR-500, Maryland Natural Gas Supplier License IR-327, Pennsylvania Electricity Supplier License A-110036, Pennsylvania Natural Gas Supplier License A-125050, Virginia Electricity Supplier License E-11A, Virginia Natural Gas Supplier License G-34
& G-36.

About Constellation

The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers (www.constellation.com) are subsidiaries of Exelon Corporation, and are leading competitive retail suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation’s retail businesses serve more than 100,000 business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100, and approximately one million residential customers.

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).

About AOBA Alliance

The AOBA Alliance is one of the largest customer-based energy procurement services groups in the US. The AOBA Alliance offers building owners and managers the opportunity to assert their collective buying power to achieve savings in the procurement of energy and energy related services.

AOBA Alliance, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA). AOBA is the local federated member of the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
and the National Apartment Association (NAA).

AOBA Alliance D.C. Electric License numbers: EA-01-1, D.C Natural Gas License Reference GA-06-1; Maryland Electric License Reference IR-267, Maryland Natural Gas License Reference Number IR-375; Pennsylvania Electric Supplier License A-2010-2197104, Virginia Natural Gas Supplier Case No. PUE010425, License No. A-2.


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On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the Utility Committee Meeting was held for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants. The meeting topics included DC water rates for 2014, an energy market briefing, and utility updates for electricity and natural gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. For budgeting purposes, AOBA suggests that members carefully review the content of the presentation, especially the budget impact charts and surcharge rates included for each utility, for each of the three jurisdictions. The utility presentation is currently available on both the AOBA and AOBA Alliance websites at http://www.aoba-metro.org/advocacy/utilities/utility-committee-2.html or http://www.aobaalliance.com/energy-market-update/utility-committee-presentations.html . For questions regarding the meeting presentation, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.