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Businesses Hoodwinked By Energy Brokers Dodging Upcharge Disclosure

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What if you found out that you were paying significantly more for electricity and natural gas because your energy broker manipulated energy supply price offers, with the intent of steering you to a pre-determined supplier, to satisfy a hidden agenda? Based on what I am seeing in the marketplace, this is happening.  This blog post is about a disturbing new tactic being used by energy supply brokers to ensure they get what they want. What do they want? They want to make money by embedding hidden upcharges into the natural gas and electricity prices they provide to energy consumers that work with them, while maintaining the illusion that what they […]

Ouch! Energy Buyers Being Bitten By Hedge Hogs

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For purposes of this blog, the “hedge hog” is an energy broker that secretly embeds hidden upcharges into energy consumer supply-related commodity prices. This is the next part of series of blog posts designed to educate energy consumers about the multiple tactics used by energy brokers to embed hidden upcharges into energy prices.    Here’s how it works, using natural gas as the example fuel type.  The consumer is working an energy broker. A 36-month natural gas agreement has been implemented with a supplier, and the deal structure is variable, by month. The variable component of the total price is the natural gas commodity price, as referenced by the New […]

How Energy Brokers Orchestrate the “Stuff & Fluff” Tactic

This is the second segment of the expose regarding a tactic that energy brokers use to maximize, not just establish, but maximize hidden upcharges embedded into energy supply prices which can amount up to 25% of the total energy supply cost.    I call this the “Stuff & Fluff” tactic.  The first segment explained the premise behind the “Stuff and Fluff” tactic. This second segment will provide an example of how this diabolical tactic is orchestrated.  As stated in Segment 1, energy brokers need multiple quotes from energy suppliers to pull off this maximization. Energy brokers that use the “Stuff and Fluff” tactic take advantage of the differences in energy […]

How Energy Brokers Manipulate Energy Supply Prices to Embed Hidden Upcharges: Part 2 – The “Stuff & Fluff” Tactic (An Intro)

If you care about business ethics (and significantly inflated energy prices), this is for you. This blog introduces a tactic commonly used by energy brokers that takes advantage of energy consumer vulnerability and trust with the objective of maximizing (not just establishing) hidden upcharges that are embedded in energy supply prices, at the expense of the energy consumers they are supposed to be “helping.” A follow up post will include an example of how energy brokers orchestrate this tactic.    What is this tactic? I call it the “Stuff & Fluff” tactic.  The “Stuff & Fluff” tactic is diabolical, and here’s why. The thing that energy consumers trust to get […]

How Energy Brokers Manipulate Energy Supply Prices to Embed Hidden Upcharges: Part 1 – The Basics

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This blog is the first in a series designed to help consumers understand and avoid the significant cost consequences of engaging an energy broker under the false pretense of a “no cost to you” energy procurement service by exposing the methods many energy brokers use to secretly embed hidden upcharges into energy supply prices, which can amount up to 25% of the total energy supply cost.  First, the basics. Using a play on words and contextual redirects, energy brokers create an illusion that they are compensated via commissions from energy suppliers. The truth – energy brokers are compensated via hidden upcharges embedded into energy supply prices. There are costs to […]

How Energy Brokers use “Authorization of Agent” and “Exclusivity” Agreements to Maximize Their Upcharges (at the expense of energy consumers)

Energy consumers that execute “Authorization of Agent” agreements with energy brokers are putting their businesses at increased risk for significantly inflated energy supply prices.  Energy brokers ask energy consumers to sign “Authorization of Agent” agreements under the pretense that energy suppliers require written documentation that allows energy brokers to engage energy suppliers on behalf of energy consumers. While it is true that energy suppliers normally require this authorization before interacting with an energy brokers on the behalf of energy consumers, there is more to the story – a lot more.  Energy brokers use “Authorization of Agents” to maximize hidden upcharges at the expense of energy consumers.  How?  One of the […]