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Duke, Enviro-Check Target Retail Markets

Duke, Enviro-Check Target Retail Markets

Duke Energy Trading and Marketing showed last week it's not giving up on retail markets. The firm formed an alliance with Orlando, FL-based Enviro-Check to sell gas and energy services to the multi-family housing (MFH) industry.

The agreement is a unique teaming of a major gas and power marketer with a conservation and sub-metering company. Enviro-Check promises to save customers 20-40% on their water bill and up to 15% on their gas bill through demand-side management. But with the Duke alliance, the company said it can reduce its customers' utility expenses by an additional 10-30%.

Duke's "SmartRate" program, now available through Enviro-Check, allows customers to lock in a low competitive price for up to two years. The unit price stays the same regardless of quantity of gas used. In addition, the program eliminates balancing penalties and works to reduce the seasonal effect of winter and summer on utility costs. The company also provides consolidated billing and summary reporting.

"We aggregate services so that our clients get all the services they need from the same source," said Chuck Wright, executive vice president of Enviro-Check. The company specializes in implementing cost and energy reduction programs, replacing aging fixtures, installing utility meters, providing reading, billing, and collection service, and now supplying natural gas.

Rocco Canonica

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