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The United States Army recently announced its goal to ensure that 25 percent of its energy is produced from renewable sources by 2025. To achieve this, it is currently awarding up to $7 billion in contracts for companies to commit to spending the next decade developing renewable and alternative generation projects tailored toward the military. The Army hopes to construct net-zero facilities; that is, facilities that produce as much energy as they use. Companies of all sizes are encouraged to submit bids to work on these projects and, in order to promote the success of small companies, any large businesses that win are required to subcontract a certain amount of the grant to small businesses.

The United States Army primarily hopes to reduce military spending through the employment of sustainable practices while also reducing military reliance on fallible electric grids. Each branch of the military is currently in the midst of meeting new clean energy mandates put forth by the Department of Defense.

About the author: Matt Judkin is the President and CEO of the AGR Group, Inc., a marketing group that focuses on the energy industry. He is also the CEO of Energy Professionals, LLC.

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By Matt Judkin

In 2012, Illinois saw its 1 millionth customer sign up for competitive electric power from alternative sources, known as retail electric suppliers. Energy market deregulation began in Illinois in 1997, but homeowners and small businesses were forbidden from choosing retail electric suppliers until 2002. However, costs made selecting these companies unfeasible for nearly 10 years. Recently, market changes and rate decreases have turned retail electric suppliers into more reasonable alternatives. Between September 2011 and October 2012, the number of Illinois residents obtaining energy from an alternative source rose from 120,000 to 1.3 million.

As an energy telemarketing firm, AGR Group has involved itself in this movement for over a decade. Active in Illinois, among other states, AGR Group informs the public about this option, and it has enlightened many listeners about the advantages of choosing a retail electric supplier. Aside from phone calls, AGR Group utilizes methods such as door-to-door sales and canvassing to find new customers. Additionally, its staff understands the value of accountability, ethics, and sales culture.

About the Author:

Possessing significant experience in the energy sector, Matt Judkin became part of AGR Group in 2002. Two years after joining, Judkin became its President and Chief Executive Officer, and he has played important roles in many of its successes over the past decade.