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How to Prepare for the Winter Heating Season

As the motto of House Stark from “Game of Thrones” might suggest, Winter is Coming. As the calendar turns from Halloween to Thanksgiving, and then to Christmas, the weather becomes colder and invariably the question may be asked “Why didn’t… Continue Reading →

Volunteering in 2020

It has become something of a tradition at Burton to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. We plan and make dinner a couple of times a year for the guests of the House, so they have a warm meal to look… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Snow

I told myself, “I’ll just put them up early this year when the weather is still pleasant but not turn them on until after Thanksgiving”…then Tuesday came.  Although there is still 65 days until Christmas (I’ll save you the math,… Continue Reading →

Natural Gas Market Finds Bullish Momentum

To say that this year has been a year like no other seems like an understatement. It almost comes as no surprise, that even the weather has been setting new records. Hurricane Delta became the fifth hurricane to make landfall… Continue Reading →

ComEd Small Business Offering Program (SBO)

Many utilities across the United States offer energy efficiency programs to small businesses, which help make energy efficiency programs more affordable. In many cases the term “small business” is used only to define the energy usage of a space. Therefore,… Continue Reading →

Natural Gas Market is Poised for a Wild Ride this Fall

Since the attacks on the United States nineteen years ago, energy independence became a greater priority. Over the past years, we have become energy independent and the world’s leading producer of petroleum and natural gas. The upcoming election could determine… Continue Reading →

August Sees Natural Gas Prices Rally

Natural gas prices have soared to their highest levels since December 2019, driven by slowing production, extreme heat in certain areas, and strong demand. The August natural gas contract settled at $1.854 per MMBtu and the September contract moved into… Continue Reading →

Utilities Continue to Offer Financial Assistance Amid Pandemic

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, utilities across the country have been providing a significant amount of financial assistance to customers, both residential and commercial. This help has been given in a few key ways: Suspending service disconnections Waiving… Continue Reading →

Summer Heat Drives Demand, but Natural Gas Prices Remain Low

The month of July has ushered in record heat across the U.S. and is on track to be one of the hottest months, since 1950, when EIA began keeping records. ERCOT (Texas) set a new peak demand record for July,… Continue Reading →

Adapting to the New Normal

Similar to most businesses, Burton Energy Group has been dealing with the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of different ways. Most employees worked from home for an extended time earlier this year, and the Burton team was… Continue Reading →

Demand is Lagging, but Summer Weather Could Drive Natural Gas Pricing

After experiencing some price volatility in early May, natural gas prices have experienced an overall decline and returned to more of a sideways trading pattern, as the market attempts to digest the continuing changes in supply and demand. The June… Continue Reading →

California Direct Access

Direct Access (DA) is a retail service where customers behind PG&E, SDG&E, and SoCal Edison can purchase electricity from a competitive third-party provider, called an Electric Service Provider (ESP), rather than from a regulated electric utility. Is Direct Access a… Continue Reading →

A Bullish Run in Natural Gas Prices Subsides on Weak Demand

Natural gas prices have been on a wild ride these past couple of weeks. After a steady increase, based upon news of a dramatic decrease in oil production and therefore, a decline in associated gas production, the prompt month surpassed… Continue Reading →

Burton Works From Home

The majority of Burton employees work in our office every day and appreciate the ability to interact with their team and others, on a regular basis. During this pandemic and the shelter-in-place order that was previously implemented in Georgia, the… Continue Reading →

Financial and Economic Uncertainty Weigh on Energy Markets

Economic uncertainty has been weighing on all markets, as the effects of COVID-19 have been shuttering businesses and overturning industries, resulting in employee furloughs and lay-offs. The energy commodity markets have been focused upon the oil market and its ability… Continue Reading →

Energy Markets Feel Impact of Volatile Financial Markets

While the financial markets have been whipsawing this week amid the news of the spread of Coronavirus, bearish pressure on the commodity markets has intensified. As oil prices have tumbled into bearish territory, there is concern across the market of… Continue Reading →

Energy Audits…Does My City Require One?

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I had the opportunity to do a few things the city is famous for – going to Fisherman’s Wharf, riding a cable car, seeing Chinatown, etc. – and all while helping multiple facilities… Continue Reading →

A Fluid Look Into Water Meters

Most people never think twice about their water meter. At best, they know it is has a brass body with a plastic cap located somewhere outside the house. At worst, they think “What’s a water meter?”. Although we know water… Continue Reading →

Natural Gas Prices Decline with Continued Warmer Temperatures

This year, Punxsutawney Phil took his place on Gobbler’s Knob and did not see his shadow. According to legend, this indicates an early spring in on the way. Meteorologists don’t always agree with Punxsutawney Phil, but this time, AccuWeather meteorologists… Continue Reading →

Overview of Energy Savings Best Practices

One of the cornerstones of Burton’s energy management approach with our clients is implementing a basic set of energy savings best practices across their portfolios. These best practices have been compiled over the years and are based on the experience… Continue Reading →

Natural Gas Bears Ring in the New Year with Low Prices

A new year, a new decade, and it’s the natural gas bears that are celebrating. The January 2020 contract settled at $2.158 per Dth, its lowest level since January 1999, following the lowest summer gas prices in 20 years. Typically,… Continue Reading →

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