But why, you might ask, is this on Slashdot? Because some of our readers own stacks of servers (or work for companies that own stacks of servers) and need to know they don't have to pay whatever their local electric utility demands, but can shop for better electricity prices in today's deregulated electricity market. And while this conversation was with one person in this business, we are not pushing his company. As interviewee Patrick Clouden says at the end of the interview, it's a competitive business. So if you want the best deal, you'd better shop around. One more thing: the deregulated utility market, with its multitude of suppliers, peak and off-peak pricing, and (often) minute-by-minute price changes, takes excellent software (possibly written by someone like you) to negotiate, so this business niche might be one an entrepreneurial software developer should explore.
Robin Miller (for Slashdot): This is Patrick Clouden. He is the CEO of Consumer Energy Solutions, but wait don’t you sell mostly to municipalities and such?
Patrick Clouden: No, actually we do sell to municipalities and they are customers of ours around the country, but we also sell to regular commercial businesses and we have a small residential program and of course non-profits, we do a lot of work with non-profits.