Two eBizITPA Assisted Companies Prospering

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Two Pennsylvania businesses that have been assisted by eBizITPA are prospering by offering cost cutting solutions for Pennsylvania's electricity deregulation. Although some regions of the state have already been affected, price deregulation law will be implemented statewide over the next few years. A recent article, featured by Keystone Edge, highlights Taylor Consulting and Contracting and Procurex, formerly known as eDynaQuote. Taylor Consulting and Contracting has received a prototype development grant from eBizITPA and the former eDynaQuote reverse auction technology was originally incubated at eBizITPA. These companies are working to make electricity more affordable for businesses and consumers once deregulation takes effect.

Two Pennsylvania businesses that have been assisted by eBizITPA are prospering by offering cost cutting solutions for Pennsylvania's electricity deregulation. Although some regions of the state have already been affected, price deregulation law will be implemented statewide over the next few years. A recent article, featured by Keystone Edge, highlights Taylor Consulting and Contracting and Procurex, formerly known as eDynaQuote. Taylor Consulting and Contracting has received a prototype development grant from eBizITPA and the former eDynaQuote reverse auction technology was originally incubated at eBizITPA. These companies are working to make electricity more affordable for businesses and consumers once deregulation takes effect.

In western Pennsylvania, where deregulation has already taken place, utility rates have increased by as much as 130 percent. According to the article, Rep. Camille George of Houtzdale is expecting that deregulation in the eastern portion of the state, expected to take effect at the end of the year, will result in a similar effect.

Scott Stiner, COO of Taylor Consulting and Contracting, believes that the company will be well positioned to ease this impact. The company, located in Avoca, released its UtilityModule, a product which tracks day-to-day energy consumption and helps increase efficiency, in January 2008. They also offer Energy Auction Software for online reverse auctions, through which customers can offer individual gas and electric loads for sellers to bid on. Taylor plans to release additional products in 2009.

"Both 2009 and 2010 are aligning to be very dynamic years for us," said Stiner.

Taylor is helping the Pennsylvania economy in more ways than one. The company also plans to increase its workforce by double or triple in 2009, outgrowing its headquarters in Avoca by 2010. Despite the economic crisis, Taylor Consulting and Contracting is aggressively growing.

Procurex, located in Erie, is also taking advantage of the upcoming electricity deregulation. CEO Bret Grady, who recently purchased the former eDynaQuote, has kept the company moving into energy sourcing by helping organizations throughout the country to meet their energy needs at the best market prices.

"Any state that goes through deregulation is a state [where] we can help drive down their energy costs," said Grady.

To read the full article, visit http://www.keystoneedge.com/features/electricitydereg1218.aspx.

For more information on eBizITPA, visit http://www.ebizitpa.org.

The Center for eBusiness and Advanced Information Technology (eBizITPA), headquartered in Erie, Pa., is a statewide Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Initiative, designed to help Pennsylvania enterprises understand and use information technology and e-business tools.

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