The Burn

GETCHOICE! blog, The Burn, is an extensive and diverse selection of posts on all the latest energy news including technology, politics and business. Our goal is to open pathways for productive conversation, as well as examine GETCHOICE!'s place in the world of energy. Engage with us! If you have a comment, question or would like to learn more about our services, please contact us.


Everyone Is an Energy Expert… So They Think

July 19, 2022 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas Oil Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Matthew Mattingly Gas Prices GIFfrom Gas GIFs 123 Everyone seems to have strong opinions on the high energy prices impacting our country (and the rest of the world).  Record high prices at the pump, coinciding with historically high prices for all fossil fuels have more people talking about energy supply and demand than I […]

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Shoot Me Straight: Is Biden Wrecking Energy Markets?

April 5, 2022 - Amstutz Electricity Ercot GENERAL Natural Gas Oil Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz We regret to inform you; the politicians are back at it again. We have commented on politics in energy numerous times in the past, and today we look to address the volley of energy headlines that have come out in recent weeks. Like every topic, there is nuance and gray area that […]

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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

February 24, 2022 - GENERAL

By; Chris Amstutz We interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcast to inform you that energy markets (and everything else for that matter) are going crazy once again. What better way to convey market volatility, than through the catchy, over-dramatic song released by R.E.M. in 1987? Perhaps you glanced over our previous calls to action here, here, […]

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Winter Forecasts (Not So) Set In Stone: Remastered

November 17, 2021 - GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz With thousands of years of human technological advances you would think your local weatherperson could prepare everyone for the upcoming winter. Winter is coming (insert your favorite Game of Throne meme here) and unfortunately forecasts more than 7 days out are still iffy from most meteorologists. That is why many would rather […]

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Risky Business: A New Era in Energy

August 25, 2021 - GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz Natural gas and electricity markets are going through a fundamental change. These markets are coming of age and the idea of prices falling in the future is as innocent as a young Tom Cruise picking a fight with a hustler. Gone are the days of U.S. prices being sheltered from global influences, […]

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LNG Windfall Winners – Not the Usual Suspects

June 23, 2021 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Matthew Mattingly The ever-changing energy landscape has proven its prowess again with the recent evolution of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) markets. Staying ahead of these trends requires a voracious reader willing to scour articles, blogs, and even Twitter. Books are slightly less of a requirement yet, I recently found myself reading Meghan L. O’Sullivan’s […]

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Five Years and Fifty Blogs Later

May 20, 2021 - Amstutz Electricity Energy Management Solution G.E.T CONNECTED GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas Politics Strategic Procurement

Choice! Energy Management’s blog, The Burn, is an extensive and diverse selection of posts on all the latest energy news including technology, politics and business. Our goal is to open pathways for productive conversation, as well as examine Choice’s place in the world of energy. Where has the time gone? Five years ago, Choice! Energy […]

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New Year Same Crazy: Regulatory Changes for Energy

February 10, 2021 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Natural Gas Oil Politics

By: Chris Amstutz Whoever started the idea that 2021 was going to be a more simple, normal year should be run out of town. *Insert more 2021 vs. 2020 meme’s here*.  New COVID strains, new politicians, and continued social uneasiness is making it feel like the 14th month of 2020. Add the fact that complex […]

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Holiday Movies as Natural Gas Fundamentals

December 7, 2020 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz via GIPHY The NYMEX natural gas market was not exempt from the craziness of this year. Compared to 2019 price volatility was up 50%, and we recorded the lowest price since 1991 ($1.482 on 6/25). Of the 236 days traded so far this year, 134 of those days traded below the $2.00 […]

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The Energy Wizards of Oz: Trump & Biden 2020

September 23, 2020 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Natural Gas Nuclear Power Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz Never have we had Presidential candidates with such diametrically opposed energy policies. We have spoken in previous blogs about the intertwined climate/energy policy debate, and now we have been led up to the fork in the proverbial yellow brick road. Will we get behind the Tinman, Joe Biden, and grease the gears […]

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‘Choice! Energy Management’ Announces Purchase Of Majority Stake In Online Platform ‘eAgent.Energy’

September 16, 2020 - GENERAL

‘Choice! Energy Management’ Announces Purchase Of Majority Stake In Online Platform ‘eAgent.Energy’ Latest Investment Will Diversify ‘Choice!’s’ Portfolio Of Technology Solutions For Energy Industry Professionals Nationwide September 16, 2020 (Houston, TX) — Choice! Energy Management, a full-service energy procurement and utility management company, announces the purchase of the majority stake in the platform eAgent.Energy—a cloud-based […]

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Robotic Process Automation

July 21, 2020 - Energy Management Solution G.E.T CONNECTED GENERAL Mattingly

By: Matthew Mattingly Styx Mr Roboto GIF from Styx GIFs The term Robotic Process Automation may have a different definition depending on the person or reference.  To my wife, the term Robotic Process may conjure the image of a dance move that her husband does WAY TOO early and often at parties. However, we will […]

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Independence Day: The Natural Gas Market

July 1, 2020 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Strategic Procurement

via GIPHY The only thing that could make 2020 more unbelievable would be massive alien saucers hovering over major US cities. COVID-19 continues to linger, election rhetoric is heating up, and NYMEX Natural Gas just broke the record for its LOWEST MONTHLY PRICE SETTLEMENT IN 25 YEARS. With the July contract settling at $1.495/MMBtu, preconceived […]

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

May 20, 2020 - GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz via GIPHY Opinions are circulating that 2020 has been the worst year ever. Extreme maybe, but the roaring 20’s is certainly off to a rough start for the country (and natural gas price outlooks). The good news? The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. For two months now […]

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Energy Markets in the Tunnel of Terror

March 30, 2020 - GENERAL

“There’s no earthly way of knowing.. which direction we are going.. there’s no knowing where we’re rowing.. or which way the river’s flowing” Oh how fast everything can change in our new modern world! A month ago we were innocently dissecting theoretical outcomes of political energy agendas, and now we are quarantined in our homes […]

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The Race is On: Bernie on Energy

February 28, 2020 - GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz Like so much going on today, your political identity may determine how you interpret the title of this blog. Is 2020 truly the biggest election year ever, as CNN and Fox News say? Is it really the year that will finally decide the fate of our planet and children? The political debates […]

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Choppy Waters: Power Market Volatility

January 30, 2020 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz Businesses across the country are taking notice of the rapidly changing power generation mix. Is it simply due to the sight of wind and solar farms popping up along the highway? No, rather it is due to something more vital: their bottom line. From California, to Texas, to the Northeast, the impacts […]

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Nuclear Power Part II: Ongoing Debate

August 7, 2019 - GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz Many believe that we are at a crossroad as a species due to CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. Plans such as the Green New Deal and other energy sector de-carbonization plans have been in the news lately, but surprisingly none have included ideas about nuclear power. In our first blog, Nuclear Power: […]

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June 3, 2019 - GENERAL Mattingly Strategic Procurement

By: Matthew Mattingly I often get asked what separates Choice! Energy Management from our competition. Usually I respond with the word “Strategery” to describe our services. Not only does it typically get a smirk from those that remember the classic Bush v Gore SNL skit, but it gets people to quickly associate Choice with a […]

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Jeopardy – Green New Deal

February 15, 2019 - GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz What better of a way to talk about the Green New Deal than by comparing it to America’s favorite guessing game? We’ve seen talking heads coast to coast debate the merits of this idea to revolutionize the energy grid, many of whom haven’t thought twice about how their iPhone gets charged at […]

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Energy Purgatory: SoCal

August 22, 2018 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Natural Gas

By: Chris Amstutz The recent pricing spikes in California serve as an interesting case study in the energy community. A series of events have aligned in California to give the CAISO grid and SoCal gas system their biggest test in the last ten plus years.  It certainly feels like Murphy’s law is at work in […]

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Check Back Soon Part III: Geopolitical Oil Fundamentals

July 10, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Oil

By: Chris Amstutz We have saved the broadest, yet most impactful, oil market discussion for part III of this blog series. The latest round of geopolitical news has made the oil market crystal ball less murky. The interactions between the countries of OPEC, Russia, China and the United States are tense, and oil prices are […]

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Check Back Soon: Oil Market Volatility

May 30, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Oil

By: Chris Amstutz Many analysts in the energy industry try to make a living by attempting to forecast the next big macro shift in oil prices. The truth of the matter is that nobody can fully anticipate movements in oil prices, not in this geopolitical environment, not with Trump as our President. Just when an […]

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Trade Wars: Energy in the Marionette Theatre

May 7, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Oil Steel Tariff

By: Chris Amstutz Puppet Master: (Noun) “A person, group, or country that covertly controls another” The weird thing about having such an unreserved President in office has been the rather predictable, unpredictability. One day we hear about alleged affairs with porn stars, but we know it will quickly be forgotten the next day when North […]

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Nuclear Power: The Half-Life of an Industry

February 2, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Nuclear Power

By: Chris Amstutz What images come to mind when you hear the term “Nuclear Power”?  If it is 3 eyed fish, rivers of fluorescent glowing matter or people in haz-mat suits, you aren’t too far off from most people.  Shows like The Simpsons have been painting a satirically negative view of the nuclear industry for […]

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What Happened…A Market Review

November 29, 2017 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz Last fall we witnessed Donald Trump accomplish the improbable by defeating Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential Election. This fall we have seen a surge in Texas power futures, and many are again left wondering, what happened? While the results of a US Presidential Election may be moderately more important (sarcasm), I […]

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Did Trump Save Coal?

September 26, 2017 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Chris Amstutz / Matthew Mattingly It was around this time last year that in the heat of the presidential campaign, we witnessed a full committal to the coal industry by Donald Trump. “A lot of people are going to be put back to work, a lot of coal miners are going back to work,” […]

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We Forecasted The 2017 NYMEX Correctly, Did Your Consultant?

August 21, 2017 - Energy Management Solution GENERAL Mattingly

by Matthew Mattingly Budgeting & Forecasting is an essential part of a comprehensive energy consulting program. This service not only ensures clients have an accurate picture of their future energy spend, but it also allows clients to effectively evaluate future energy contracts. Many energy consultants offer “budgeting” or “forecasting” as one of their services, but […]

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7 Ways CESConnect Provides Automation to YOUR Business

April 27, 2017 - Energy Management Solution G.E.T CONNECTED GENERAL Mattingly

by Nicole Bushong and Matthew Mattingly We live in an age of automation. Manual processing has been eliminated; replaced by technology improvements that are both quicker and more efficient. Of course you don’t need an energy consulting firm to tell you this simple fact. Just look around in your daily lives to see how much […]

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Trump Effect # 2 – U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico

March 21, 2017 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly The best thing about Trump being president has to be political arguments. Not for me personally, but just watching others get in heated “discussions” because so many people love him or just flat out hate him no matter what he does. What is even more fun is starting political arguments. Nothing beats […]

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NYMEX Purchase (Yea…Now May Be The Time)

March 8, 2017 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly The NYMEX natural gas market has been depressed for a while now, even more so than the plot of Manchester by the Sea. Thanks to the shale era at the start of this decade, the NYMEX natural gas market has traded at historical lows. Furthermore, it’s been a rare occurrence for an […]

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Why Sign Up for CESConnect?

March 2, 2017 - Energy Management Solution G.E.T CONNECTED GENERAL

by Nicole Bushong and Scott Armbruster When it comes to managing your company’s energy footprint, it’s important to look at the cost effectiveness, process efficiency and staff productivity of your solution. A successful energy management solution does much more than implement a strategic procurement process. An in-depth understanding of each account at every location is […]

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The Trump Effect: What does it mean for Natural Gas Production?

February 24, 2017 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States and he is not taking long to put his campaign promises into action. Immigration, border walls, trans-pacific partnership and transgender bathrooms are just a few of the items that have been discussed or placed in executive orders. […]

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The Green and the Black…A Book Review

February 15, 2017 - Electricity GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly Book reviews do not make the best blog entries. I get that, but sometimes the right book comes around that you need to share with your closest energy friends on the interwebs. That’s how I feel after just finishing The Green and the Black a book that discusses the fracking industry. Unlike […]

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Sustainability…What the wha?

December 6, 2016 - GENERAL

by Scott Armbruster   Sustainability is a word that over the last 5 years has taken the energy industry by storm.  Merriam-Webster defines sustainability as: “1: capable of being sustained.  2a: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. 2b: […]

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That Escalated Quickly – NYMEX Natural Gas Prices

October 24, 2016 - GENERAL

by Matthew Mattingly The Bulls finally had enough, well at least for a little while. For over 2 years the Bears continued to put downward pressure on the NYMEX natural gas market. Supported by record production and excess supply, the Bears moved NYMEX pricing to levels not seen since Bush was president…that is George HW […]

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The Simple Things, Evaluating Energy Consultants

October 5, 2016 - GENERAL

by Matthew Mattingly There are a lot of energy consulting firms in the market. No one can dispute that statement. I know this not only from working in the industry for over 10+ years, but I hear it on a weekly basis from my clients. They are bombarded constantly with phone calls from energy consulting firms […]

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My Friend, Is This Really a Revolution?

August 23, 2016 - GENERAL

by Matthew Mattingly & Will Nash If you are in the energy industry, a term you hear on a daily basis is “shale revolution.”  The shale revolution describes the the technological advancement in hydrocarbon (oil, natural gas, NGLs) drilling that allows drillers to remove hydrocarbons from shale rock in a cost effective manner.  This new way […]

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Up, Up and Away!

July 6, 2016 - GENERAL

by Rory Fabian Before the recent uptick in pricing of natural gas, we were seeing NYMEX at its lowest levels in YEARS. This was tremendous news for the end user because, as we know, electricity pricing will go down if Natural Gas is cheap, right? Well, natural gas, among other commodities, plays a big role in […]

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Don’t Call it a Comeback…Just Yet (Rig Counts)

June 22, 2016 - GENERAL

by Matthew Mattingly Over the last year or so, a hot topic in the natural gas and oil industry is U.S. rig counts. Rig counts have fallen dramatically over the last 18 months coinciding with the collapse of oil prices. Each new week brought a new low, finally hitting a bottom of 404 total rigs just […]

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Git-R-Done vs Hurry-Up-and-Wait

March 30, 2016 - GENERAL

by Rory Fabian As if 2015 energy prices were not low enough, Q1 of 2016 has been defined by historic low energy pricing. Prompt month natural gas pricing has been trading below the $2.00/MMBtu mark since early February. The forward curve isn’t much better, as the NYMEX natural gas curve does not trade above $3.00/MMBtu […]

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