The Massachusetts Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard
Is your business getting the highest value in the market for its Alternative Energy Certificates?
If your Massachusetts business delivers biofuel or installs air- or ground-source heat pumps, you are eligible to receive incentives through the Massachusetts Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS). To maximize your profits in the APS marketplace, you need an aggregator who has the dedication, attention, and industry knowledge to secure the highest price for your Alternative Energy Certificates (AECs).
Diversified Energy Specialists (DES) offers gold-standard service that prioritizes your company’s needs and objectives. We provide no-risk comprehensive guidance to sellers in the APS market, yielding the highest returns in the program.
What is the Massachusetts APS?
Implemented in 2009, the Massachusetts APS program requires a certain percentage of the state’s energy to come from alternative energy sources, including:
- Liquid biofuels
- Ground-source heat pumps
- Air-source heat pumps
- Woody biomass
- Combined heat and power
- Solar thermal
The APS creates a marketplace in which retailers and installers selling renewable thermal technologies can monetize their AECs. Retail electricity suppliers must buy AECs for a percentage of the electricity they sell within the state. The APS program provides an opportunity for biofuel distributors and renewable thermal energy installers to improve their profit margins significantly.
Holding your APS aggregator accountable
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) requires biofuels distributors to use aggregations, like Diversified Energy Specialists (DES), to sell their AECs. DES also manages the often confusing bureaucratic work that comes with participating in the APS program. This includes:
- Applying to the program
- Setting up your account in the New England Power Pool System (NEPOOL GIS)
- The quarterly and biannual reporting of your sales to the DOER
- Selling your AECs in the over-the-counter APS market
Not all aggregations are the same. Contract terms vary, from the length of your commitment to the fees charged for an aggreation’s services.
Unfortunately, many aggregations in the APS market are focused on other business ventures. They view trading in the APS as an additional service offering and fail to devote their time to the market analysis that your company deserves. Some aggregations sell APS-eligible fuels and technologies, creating a conflict of interest in the APS market, which results in your company not receiving the price you deserve.
We have spoken to many local heating oil distributors and other APS generators who learn that they are leaving money on the table with other aggregators.
If your company uses an aggregator besides DES, you may not be receiving the best value in the market for your AECs. Contact us for a quick, complimentary analysis of your APS portfolio.
The DES difference
Why would you entrust the monetization of your AECs to an aggregator that doesn’t specialize in the marketplace?
We have strong relationships with the largest buyers in the market, a high volume of credits sold, and the capital to take calculated risks that guarantee that the businesses we work with receive the highest value in the market. Other aggregations don’t have risk tolerance, relationships or market foresight to ensure that you receive the highest return on investment in the APS.
In 2022, DES clients received approximately two times higher prices than other aggregators secured for their clients in the same period. Our success in the environmental markets reflects our data-driven, client-first philosophy.
- We put our clients’ needs first, consistently delivering greater value than the competition.
- We’re in this for the long haul. DES cares about your company’s success and is committed to the ongoing success of the industry.
- We are entirely focused on APS. Unlike many other aggregators in the market, DES is not distracted by other priorities or conflicted by representing different interests. We don’t sell any renewable thermal technologies that generate Alternative Energy Certificates, basing our price on the value of the AECs.
- We promise zero risk! DES’s trading strategy offers greater intelligence about future credit values. Our risk tolerance and relationships allow us to tell you what your break-even point is up front — before you buy a drop of biofuel. We are the only aggregation in the market that removes your risk from the equation and allows you to make informed decisions based on changes in commodity prices.
The APS market is volatile, with prices changing daily. You need an aggregation that is active in the market and that has the ability to stay on top of your returns.
Regulatory changes occur every few years. DES keeps up with these changes, so you don’t need to. We will always represent our clients’ best interest in the regulatory process and position your business to receive the highest value in the market for your AECs. The only paperwork you handle is a check from us!
We want the opportunity to show you the additional value you could be earning in the APS market. DES provides a free 10-minute analysis of your AECs. You will be amazed at the potential for growth!
Contact us for a free analysis.
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“Our experience working with Diversified Energy Specialists has been extremely positive. Joe’s approach makes the process simple for us and his trading strategy delivers strong value each and every time our energy credits are minted. Any time that my team has a question or needs advice, Joe is up to the task immediately. I would recommend Diversified Energy Specialists to any company that is struggling to make the APS Program work for them.”
— Ted Noonan, President, Noonan Energy