Let us help your business turn the complexities of benchmarking, fuel conversion, and energy efficiency reporting into a seamless process for years to come.

Fuel Conversion

Custom-Tailored Ways to Convert to Natural Gas, Lower Your Energy Costs, and Meet Cleaner Fuel Requirements

Clean Heat regulations mandate that building owners must switch from No. 6 fuel oil by 2015 and No. 4 by 2030 to a more environmentally friendly fuel source - natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil. While using No. 4 or No. 2 oil may be simpler in the short term, its higher price and maintenance costs make it more costly over time.

If you're interested in saving money while choosing a compliant, cleaner fuel, natural gas is the clear strategic choice.

More Choices to Meet Your Individual Needs

When it comes to natural gas conversion, one size doesn't fit all customers. Direct Energy Business is dedicated to making the change from fuel oil to natural gas both easy and beneficial to your budgetso as you see fit, we can take full responsibility for end-to-end project execution, provide funding, supply your natural gas, or do all three. The choice is yours, full service or a la carte, tailored to fit your budget and staffing requirements. 


A Dedicated Team Manages Your Entire Project

Hand-in-hand with these service options, you'll benefit from a dedicated team assigned to work on your project.

Your team will include an Origination Manager, Project Manager and Account Manager, each of whom play a vital role in making your conversion cost-effective, timely, and easy for you:

  • Origination Manager: Will advise you on the best approach for completing your conversion based on an assessment of your energy and budgetary requirements.
  • Project Manager: A world class engineer with industrial and utility experience will be on top of all of the details of your conversion to make sure your bases are covered.
  • Account Manager: Will leverage energy expertise to help you create a natural gas purchasing plan that best meets your needs and provide ongoing guidance as market conditions change.

Save by Switching to Natural Gas

Natural gas costs are projected to remain lower than fuel oil for years to come. Acting now means you can realize a significant reduction in your commodities cost, along with fuel handling and boiler maintenance savings.

We offer a variety of natural gas pricing options, and if we manage and/or fund the project you can lock in a price when the project starts…not later, when costs could be higher. You can choose a fixed or basis price plan for up to five years, flat monthly payments, and volume protection for extreme weather conditions.

Our people have decades of experience serving New Yorkers' energy needs. A dedicated Account Manager will constantly monitor the energy market and let you know if or when it's in your interest to make any changes.

Reduce Risk and Complexity by Letting Us Manage the Project

Although it's the best way to reduce energy costs over time, converting to natural gas can be a complex and time-consuming process. It's vital to make sure that whoever manages the project has the experience, dedication and technical expertise to anticipate and solve problems on your behalf. 

We begin by providing a dedicated Project Manager who knows the ropes and evaluates the scope of work to make sure the project is designed correctly. We also perform an analysis to confirm the project is cost-effective for your individual situation and that the long-term savings justify the expense. Then, we make sure the project is completed on-time and meets the highest quality standards.

Your Choice: Mix and Match as Needed

Our experience has taught us that all customers don’t have the same needs. That’s why we offer our solutions both as a bundle (gas supply with project execution and funding) and individually (gas supply alone, or with either funding or project execution). This way, you get what you need, no compromises. And we get the opportunity to show you why we're the best choice for your energy needs, now and in the future.

Audits & Retro-Commissioning

Local Law 87 requires building owners in the five boroughs to complete and file an Energy Efficiency Report. Direct Energy Business can help you turn this mandated review into a valuable financial evaluation of your energy usage and efficiency that you can translate into savings to your bottom line.

Two Components of Local Law 87 Compliance

Energy Audit

ASHRAE Level II audit covering your base building systems: building envelope and HVAC, conveying, electrical and lighting systems. Energy conservation measures are identified.


Evaluation, testing and tune-up of your base building systems to bring them back to their efficiency level at the time of installation. Any operations measures revealed through retro-commissioning as not in compliance with the law must be corrected.

Who Must Comply with Local Law 87?

Buildings over 50,000 square feet must conduct retro-commissioning of existing systems and complete an ASHRAE Level II energy audit every ten years (two or more buildings on the same tax lot that together exceed 100,000 square feet are also required to comply).

When Must I Be Compliant?

Energy Efficiency Report (EER) must be filled according to a 10-year cycle for every building over 50,000 square feet. Your building's deadline for conducting and filing the EER depends on the last digit of your tax block number.

Last digit of tax block number

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2

Year first energy report due

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

How Direct Energy Business Can Help

  • Compliance requirements can be complex. Our experienced engineering, auditing and project management teams will manage the process for you so you can achieve compliance while keeping your focus on running your building.
  • The professionals at Direct Energy Business meet the stringent compliance credential requirements and have a comprehensive knowledge of the marketplace, regulations, rebates and incentives.
  • With our innovative funding solutions, if you choose, you can achieve energy cost savings without the need to use your own capital.
  • Multiple building discounts. 

At Direct Energy Business, energy is our business. We are proud to have become a trusted advisor to our commercial, industrial, and institutional clients. Our customers know us as an innovative energy partner focused on driving savings to their bottom line.

When you choose Direct Energy Business, our team of knowledgeable energy professionals will determine which of our comprehensive slate of cutting-edge products and services are right for your family and will manage your projects for you from start to finish.

You get peace of mind by choosing a company with the financial strength and commitment to see you through your energy projects today, and provide you with innovative energy solutions into the future to help you keep pace with changing needs and technology. We also can leverage this financial strength to fund your projects through a commodity agreement so you achieve energy cost savings without the need to use your own capital or secure bank financing.


As our valued customer, you can lean on us to help you complete your annual benchmarking submission. We have the knowledge and expertise to turn the complexities of benchmarking, oil burner conversion, energy efficiency, retro-commissioning and other mandates into a seamless process for you, this year and in years to come.

Benchmarking is Mandatory. We Can Make it Easy and Manageable.

We've already got much of the information needed for your benchmarking submission. Working with you, we'll identify the rest and manage the entire process from start to finish as a value-added service.

We Can Help You Improve Your Benchmarking Rating and Energy Investment.

We'll use the information we uncover during the benchmarking process to suggest new ways to improve your building's rating. This can help you with future local law requirements and updates. We know that compliance issues can be confusing. Count on us for clarity, and total solutions.

Adding Value to All We Do for You.

Whether it's helping you meet your compliance requirements or advising on your energy investment, our bottom line is helping you improve yours. Driven by professionals dedicated to crafting one-to-one solutions that work for you, we add value to every customer interaction.

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