Utilities Analyses, Inc. to Help City of Atlanta Reduce Utility Costs

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City of Atlanta to implement UAI energy management solutions to help achieve major utility cost savings.

You can either pay in order to save or save in order to pay.

Atlanta-based Utilities Analyses Inc. (UAI) has put its utility rate analysis and utility bill audit strategies to work to help the City of Atlanta reduce energy costs.

The City hired UAI as part of its overall fiscal initiative to reduce rising energy and utility costs, which are in part responsible for the city's projected budget shortfall. UAI, which has in depth experience with complicated utility rate tariffs, including the City's utility rates and qualifications, will perform a preliminary study of the City's utility billing system, evaluate local utility revenues, and recommend and implement various rate changes and strategies for recovery of refunds. With an enterprise-wide scope, the effort is expected to save money for many of the City's departments, including Water Management, Aviation (City facilities at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport) and Parks.

UAI president Kevin Shaw says, "UAI has a comprehensive understanding of the cost structure of the City of Atlanta's electric provider. In light of our general knowledge of the cost to serve the City's facilities, we will be able to accurately evaluate end-user pricing. In addition, because we have practical working knowledge of the electric provider's various rate applications and alternative rate structures, we will be able to implement real measureable and documented savings for the City of Atlanta."

As a result of the current budget crisis, the City is reviewing all unnecessary expenses that will result in on-going recurring savings to reduce each year's budget. At a time when it is difficult to get project funding, even for projects that will reduce the City's expenses, the City has engaged UAI to work at risk, which means the company is paid only from documented savings after they occur. This practice is growing in acceptance nationwide and can be a win-win for many large utility customers who are looking for ways to reduce utility costs without having budget risk or upfront funding expenses. Shaw says he tells his clients and prospects, "You can either pay in order to save or save in order to pay."

UAI's energy management strategies have resulted in substantial, measurable savings for a variety of state and government entities. The company credits its success in harnessing energy cost savings for its clients to its comprehensive knowledge of local and national utility pricing, coupled with its "win-win" negotiating strategies that enhance the relationships between utility companies and UAI clients. The company also has many team members who have previously worked with utility companies in the areas of pricing and rate tariffs. .

Based in Atlanta, UAI is a national player in utility rate consulting and commodity energy procurement. The company's client list includes a number of Atlanta-based companies, including several large state and municipal governments, among its growing client list.

About Utilities Analyses, Inc.
Since 1986, UAI's utility rate consultants have helped large utility customers reduce their costs. UAI offers a full spectrum of services, including utility rate consulting, utility bill auditing, utility bill processing and commodity energy procurement solutions and strategies to produce guaranteed measurable ROI with reduced on-going utility pricing. http://www.utilitiesanalyses.com.

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