The Retail Electric Provider and the Smart Grid: Reviewing the Past and Anticipating the Future to Understand the Present: Part Two of a Three-Part Blog

Posted On: June 1, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

The Future (and remember, I am just guessing).

In 20 years our industry will have solved two of the major problems associated with serving our customers:

1) The incoherent nature of consumption of electricity by consumers, and

2) The fact that an energy company needs to also be a “bank” for the customer with short-term loans payable in the next month.

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The Retail Electric Provider and the Smart Grid: Reviewing the Past and Anticipating the Future to Understand the Present: Part One of Three

Posted On: May 25, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

A former British Caribbean Colony’s parliament was attempting to create efficiency by changing old policies. The fact that the populace still drove on the left side of the road, an old British holdover methodology, was brought up. The financial argument was that American cars were cheaper and that shipping from a geographically closer manufacturer, like those in the US, would also be much cheaper than the alternative. Another faction stated that they thought that a change like that was a large endeavor and should be phased in slowly. The wisest of the wise agreed and suggested that the phase-in should start with the semi-trucks.

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I Can’t Hear You — I’m Too Busy Selling

Posted On: May 18, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

Everyone talks about listening, but who actually does it? One of the things our most successful Ignite Associates tell us about sharing the Ignite Opportunity is that they find out what is important to each prospect and then tell that person how the business can help meet a stated goal. Great promoters and salespeople have always known this not-so-secret technique, but how many of us use it in our daily lives?

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Licensed to Serve

Posted On: May 12, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

Today our friends at Captain Hope’s Kids launched an “Awareness Boom” to help spread awareness about the plight of homeless children in North Texas.

Stream Energy is a committed supporter of Captain Hope’s Kids, and we are pleased to help promote today’s Awareness Boom as part of our ongoing support campaign called “A Big Difference Starts Small,” which Stream Energy Chairman Rob Snyder ushered in on New Year’s Eve.

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Talking With — Not At — Employees

Posted On: May 4, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

It’s no secret that communication is the basis for all types of business relationships. Stream Energy puts great emphasis on effectively communicating with all our customers and Ignite independent associates on a frequent basis to retain good-standing relationships by providing valuable information regarding our firm and the energy landscape.

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Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency Tips

Posted On: April 26, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

Check out these energy savings tips from Stream Energy for your home. Energy efficiency saves money. And deregulated energy markets, such as Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, allow you to shop for the best service. Stream Energy has fixed rate plans to help with your energy savings.

Consumers are constantly looking for ways to save money, especially in today’s economy. Consumers now cut coupons, limit their eating out, drive less and eliminate expenses that are not essential to their day to day living. When considering all these money savings opportunities, don’t forget to add energy savings tips to the list.

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Greenhouse Training

Posted On: April 20, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

There’s a story online attributed to Paul Matthews that goes like this:

A man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared stuck.

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Green, Clean and Renewable

Posted On: April 13, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

One of the most confusing subjects for our customers and independent associates alike are the terms Green, Clean and Renewable.

Green is a defined term that may or may not mean clean. In the State of Texas, for instance, Green is a legal term that includes solar, wind, geothermal (using underground heat to create electricity) and Biomass (burning residential waste, farm and dairy waste and manufacturing waste that is not toxic in nature). Biomass green electricity can also come from the burning of tree trimmings and brush. High-efficiency natural gas generators that pollute less than a regulated limit can also be qualified as a “green” generation source.

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Doing for Others

Posted On: April 6, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

This past weekend, it was Stream Energy’s privilege to host an Easter Egg Hunt for children served by Captain Hope’s Kids.

As you may know, Stream Energy has been a corporate supporter of Captain Hope’s Kids (CHK) for several years now. During the 2010 holiday season, Stream Energy Chairman Rob Snyder kicked off our “A Big Difference Starts Small” campaign with a series of commercials which highlighted the good work done by CHK in meeting the needs of homeless children in the North Texas area.

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Keys to Communicating to a Field in Direct Selling

Posted On: March 30, 2011 | By: Samantha Davis

It’s no secret that Stream Energy uses a field of Independent Associates via direct sales to market is energy services in Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Maryland through its subsidiary, Ignite. As someone who has worked in this industry for 15 years, I have a few observations about communicating to a direct sales field.

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