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Burton’s experience in utility incentives, restaurant operations, and HVAC replacement all intersected when a large client with over 2,200 restaurants mentioned they were replacing HVAC units at their restaurants in the Chicago market.  We quickly inquired about the incentives they… Continue Reading →

Volatility Returns to the Natural Gas Market

Earlier this month, Enbridge Inc.’s Texas Eastern Transmission unit (TETCO) announced that its natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Mississippi could be operating at reduced pressure until late third quarter, reducing flow to nearly 1 bcf per day, down from… Continue Reading →

Stormwater and Sustainability

Cities and utilities across the country are progressively adopting or increasing stormwater fees as a means to generate funding for capital projects related to mitigating surface runoff, treating runoff, or separating stormwater drains from the sanitary sewer system. Oftentimes, stormwater… Continue Reading →

Why Does a Strategy Matter When Buying Energy?

Energy markets and deregulation have seen changes over the years, but one thing has not; the need for a strategy vs. just being a price taker in the market. I first began in the energy industry back in 2006 as working… Continue Reading →

Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

Here at Burton, we are stewards of the environment and it goes hand in hand with our business goals. We are fortunate enough to be next to beautiful walking trails that encircle a large pond. On any given day, a… Continue Reading →

Natural Gas Meets Resistance at $3.00/MMBtu

Natural gas prices have been hovering near the $3 level these past two weeks, which continues to show some resistance. The May natural gas contract rolled off the board at $2.925 per MMBtu, 13% higher than the April natural gas… Continue Reading →

Making a Difference with ENERGY STAR®

It has been great to see the impact firsthand that Burton Energy Group has made over the years. From the time spent each year preparing sandwiches for the community food banks, the meals prepared for families staying at local Ronald… Continue Reading →

BURTON ENERGY GROUP EARNS 2021 ENERGY STAR® SUSTAINED-EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW

Burton Energy Group is proud to announce that it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for seven years in a row. The… Continue Reading →

Unprecedented Weather and Price Volatility Brings About Near-Term Bullish Pressure

After polar vortex conditions overwhelmed Texas and the central U.S. during mid-February, electric and natural gas prices are returning to previous levels. While the daily market experienced the bulk of the volatility, forward electric and gas prices did feel the… Continue Reading →

Burton Energy Group and Carbon Reporting

Carbon disclosures are difficult. Finding the raw data for energy, fuels, and fugitive emissions require compiling data from many sources within a corporation that typically don’t have reason to keep records integrated, much less in a format that lends itself… Continue Reading →

Price Volatility Returns in the Wake of Executive Orders and Winter Temperatures

The past few weeks have brought about quite a bit of uncertainty in the energy markets. President Biden has signed a number of Executive Orders, some of which were aimed at the energy industry, and colder than normal temperatures are… Continue Reading →

What is My “Capacity Tag” and How Does It Impact My Electric Supply Rate?

An electric supply rate is made up of multiple components. The cost of energy makes up the largest component, but the cost of capacity can be the second greatest cost component. In many deregulated markets, a capacity market exists, to… Continue Reading →

2021 Looks to Rebound after 2020 Natural Gas Prices Average at Decade Lows

It has been more than a decade since natural gas prices averaged as low as they did in 2020. Looking back, spot prices at Henry Hub averaged $2.05 per MMBtu and NYMEX, which trades natural gas futures, averaged $2.077 per… Continue Reading →

The Tradition Continues… Burton Sandwich Shoppe 2020

The Burton Sandwich Shoppe returned for 2020 and while new processes and protocols were navigated and implemented, it was the generous spirit of the Burton team that truly shined! We had a reduced roster this year, but a few contributing… Continue Reading →

Holiday Reflections

Most will agree that 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Who could have imagined we would be living through a global pandemic, and one that has impacted the US as much, if not more, than any other country? With that… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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