U.S. Energy Markets: Helping Owners Achieve Cost Savings

Eric Tilden • 5/25/2021

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For real estate owners and investors, enhancing the long-term value and ROI of their assets is of ultimate priority. By partnering with Cushman & Wakefield’s Energy & Sustainability Services team (ESS), owners have a unique opportunity to leverage our relationships with global and local energy market experts to reduce utility rates and overall costs. 

Whether your buildings are in a deregulated wholesale energy market, or managed by local regulators, our team can assist with analyses on energy costs, rate structures and buying opportunities to reduce operating spend by buying low in deregulated markets and identifying beneficial rates in regulated markets. 


In most states, one utility provides the three components of your energy service: generation, transmission and distribution. However, there are still potential opportunities to review rates and tariffs to find possible savings.  

Cushman & Wakefield can help owners in the following ways:

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In deregulated energy markets, legislatures and the public utility commissions (PUC) have created competition for electricity and natural gas supply. With competition, generation is separated from transmission and distribution. This allows consumers to choose their energy supplier, while the delivery of the energy is still regulated and is the responsibility of the local utility company.  

Deregulated markets for electricity and natural gas include: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC. 

Cushman & Wakefield can help owners in the following ways: 

  • Develop customized procurement strategies, solutions and risk management based on unique building and market conditions, leveraging our buying power 
  • Negotiate with suppliers and ensure price protection from market volatility and rising costs 
  • National coverage throughout the continental US 
  • Timely responses and solutions focused on specific client needs 
  • Increase transparency and knowledge of the energy procurement process for clients 


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