So, what exactly is a reverse auction for energy procurement?

One of the biggest hassles that comes with procuring electricity or natural gas is the time you must spend.  Time spent researching suppliers and rates, time spent writing multi-page RFPs, and, agonizingly, going back and forth negotiating the best rate with your preferred suppliers in hopes you don’t overspend and run your budget to the ground.

That’s where the EMEX Reverse Auction comes in.

Typically, if you need to procure energy or track down the best rates for your company, you must go to the suppliers directly. With a reverse auction, we bring those same suppliers to you to compete for your business. After the short 5-minute auction, you’ll walk away with more time in your schedule, more money in your pocket, and the confidence knowing that you’ve made the best choice for your business.

How does a reverse auction work?

EMEX will take care of everything.

We first take a look at your organization’s historical energy usage, discuss your energy needs, then schedule your custom reverse auction on a day and time that’s convenient for you.

We will actively coordinate the auction and invite all of the energy suppliers in your area to participate, then on the day of your reverse auction, you will simply log in and an EMEX Energy Analyst will guide you through the entire process. We strive to make the process as straightforward as possible and are always on-hand to answer questions throughout the entire auction.

Once you’re logged in, and the auction is ready to go, you will see approximately 5-15 energy suppliers ready to compete for your business. Once the auction clock starts the suppliers will begin presenting offers and counteroffers driving your energy rate down.

Additionally, if any new low offer comes in after the 2-minute mark, the auction clock will automatically reset to 2 minutes, ensuring that all suppliers have adequate time to respond. This process will continue until no additional low offers are submitted, guaranteeing you receive the best rate possible. Never fear, though – reverse auctions typically last around ten minutes.

Once the reverse auction is complete, you’ll be able to review all offers, including term lengths and the rates from each supplier, and choose the one that best works for your company. Or, you can choose none of the supplier offers if they do not suit your needs. The auction itself is entirely risk-free – there is no out of pocket cost to run an auction, and once it’s over, you are not obligated to transact.

Who is the reverse auction for?

The reverse auction is available to all commercial clients, including schools, government entities, and businesses located within deregulated areas of the United States.

With the reverse auction, you’ll gain access to more suppliers, save money and time by avoiding the back-and-forth negotiation, and you’ll skip out on writing lengthy RFPs. Instead, the suppliers will bid for your business…so you’re guaranteed to secure the best rate for your organization, every time.

Have more questions? We’re here to help!

Contact us today to learn more about reducing your energy costs with an EMEX Reverse Auction.