Commercial Energy – Why Work For Us?

Commercial Energy, the leading business-to-business energy sales company in Northern California, as a privately held business, has been profitable for the past nine years with over 20% organic growth year over year for the past seven years. We are committed to green energy as well as energy efficiency; in short we want our customers to have the best total energy package available. We are looking for career-minded, talented individuals to add to our proven team.


1958: Ranck Oil FoundedRed's Credo

It's unwise to pay too much... but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money... that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing that it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot… it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.

~Red Ranck, 1979


1997: Commercial Energy Founded

  • Our advocacy was directly responsible for the Montana Public Service Commission allowing almost 200 businesses to choose a gas supplier beginning Nov. 1, 1997
  • By the end of the year, we had accepted our first 40 customers, or 20% of the eligible market

undefined2000-01: Power Crisis

"The Perfect Storm"

  • Hot summer, low water
  • High natural gas prices
  • Shortage of power generation in the western US
  • California's poorly constructed deregulation of the energy market
  • Enron taking advantage


2001: ROC Gathering Acquired

  • Over 100 producing natural gas wells supported the growth of CE's customer base
  • Closed purchase of system on September 7, 2001, energy prices crashed on September 11, 2001


2002 - 03: Exponential Growth

  • Our five year growth serving Montana customers earned us consecutive placements
  • Great service to over 100 businesses assured our growth and sustainability


2004: Expansion into California

  • Apply the same principles of hard work, customer service, and accountability to grow here
  • Build a direct sales process that brings energy price management solutions to your place of business

undefined1000th Customer Added

  • Our goal of adding one new customer a day, every day for three years went perfectly
  • Moved Customer Service Department to our expanded offices in Oakland


2010: CE GreenTops
Rooftop Solar

  • Assist in evaluating solar offers for our clients
  • Designed, engineered and funded rooftop solar install at the San Mateo Credit Union


2011: Fleet Management

  • Assist in evaluating fleet conversion options to natural gas
  • Designed and engineered on-site NGV fueling station for the Gillig Bus company in Hayward


2012: Investment in Energy Industry Innovations

  • Use our capital to assist start-ups in bringing new technologies to market
  • Gold Sponsor of CleanTech Open since 2011
  • Series B investor in EnerVault's flow-battery technology, alongside 3M, Mitsui, Total, EDF, and Oceanshore




Energy Management Done Right

Our Energy Services Team is capable and ready to strategize, analyze, audit, price, propose, deliver, and service any or all of your total energy management needs in the fashion that you find the most desirable. The CE approach provides vendor neutrality, product neutrality, and fair pricing for a quality solution, managed well.


Supply Management

Our Client Services team systematically evaluates regulations, stays on top of available refunds and rebates, and analyzes your energy bills to determine optimum rate categories and options best suited for your business.

Demand Managementundefined

Our Energy Efficiency team provides valuable visibility into your operating environment and insight into optimum methods to improve system reliability, process efficiency, and helps balance your total cost of energy with your available capital.


Delivery Management

Our Client Services team systematically evaluates regulations, stays on top of available refunds and rebates, and analyzes your energy bills to determine optimum rate categories and options best suited for your business.



We simplify the process of lowering your energy costs with a candidanalysis. In doing so, we prove our worth as atrusted advisor.



We advocate for our clients, not the utility, at the Utility Commissions. We see a transparentmarket where our clients can make informeddecisions as the Best System.


Market Position

As the leading provider to small and medium sized energy users in California, our localpresence assures you we are accountable for our recommendations.



We hire intelligent, friendly, and passionate people. We train them to be guardians of our customer's best interests. In doing so, we've been able to maintain a 92% customer retentionrate.

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Commercial Energy (Oakland, CA) in June 2015.


    Overall, my interview experience at CE was very positive. The process began with a phone screening that included the typical review of background and skills. The HR rep I spoke with was very personable, accommodating, and prompt throughout the few weeks that I spoke with her. Following the phone interview I had two in-person interviews including panel interviews and one-on-ones made up of the primary decision makers for this position. I have nothing negative to share about any of them (no rude comments, appropriate Q&A facilitation, and generous allotment for my interview session). Although interviewing is stressful in any situation, the individuals were not intimidating and were genuinely interested in receiving answers to the questions they had about my personal background.

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    • In addition to the professional background questions, CE was very interested in learning about my personal development and upbringing. The rationale I was given supporting these personal questions was that the company hires based on ambition and although they are hiring to fill a specific role, your personal/professional development is important to them and they are looking for certain personality types. To me this was a positive aspect.   Answer Question

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Additional Info

Headquarters Cut Bank, MT
Size 16 to 50 Employees
Founded 1997
Type Company - Private
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

As the leading provider to small and medium sized energy users in California, our local presence assures you we are accountable for our recommendations. We advocate for our clients, not the utility, at the Utility Commissions. We see a transparent market where our clients can make informed decisions as the Best System. We hire intelligent, friendly, and passionate people ... More

Mission: We simplify the process of lowering your energy costs with a candid analysis. In doing so, we prove our worth as a trusted ad visor.

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