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CASE STUDIES
CASCADE
COFFEE
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SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • CMS began the relationship with Cascade Coffee in 2012

  • At the time, Cascade had two meters on a Rate 41 Sales with Puget Sound Energy

  • CMS performed a full review of their accounts and provided recommendations

  • To date, CMS has saved Cascade Coffee over 15% annually on gas cost alone

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TASK
AT HAND
  • Reliable natural gas supply is critical to Cascade Coffee’s business

  • Natural gas represents a significant percentage of their cost of goods sold, and finding ways to minimize cost was critical to their objectives

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ACTIONS
TAKEN
  • CMS reviewed multiple rate schedules for Cascade to determine the cost difference between firm service with Puget Sound Energy and the lower cost Interruptible Service offered

  • CMS ran an ROI analysis on the annual savings achieved by creating a master meter to handle the volumes of both meters

  • CMS helped initiate the process with PSE to make the consolidation happen

  • CMS purchased their commodity needs well below the Utility

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RESULTS
  • Cascade weighed the options CMS provided and decided to stay with Firm Service to meet their customer’s needs

  • Since 2013, Cascade Coffee consolidated the two meters into one and have saved over $20,000 annually

  • CMS’s Commodity purchasing has netted an additional $18,000 average annual cost reduction over the past eight years

“CMS has proven to be a critical business partner. First and foremost, they have continually delivered cost savings on one of our largest operating inputs: natural gas. Additionally, CMS has been a reliable consultant for understanding the natural gas market with an eye toward intelligent business planning."

— President of a leading heat treater in the Pacific Northwest