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Retail Supplier Withdrawing From Market, Returning Customers to Default Service

A retail supplier has said that it is exiting a state's retail electric market, and will be transferring customers back to default service.

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PPL Proposes Lowering Hourly Pricing Cutoff as Part of New Default Service Plan

PPL Electric Utilities has proposed lowering the default hourly pricing cutoff as part of its proposed default service plan for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017.

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RetailEnergyX.com: PUC Chair: Seven Suppliers Could Lose Their License

 

Retail Supplier Announces Partnership With Astrum Solar

Astrum Solar and a retail supplier announced a partnership that will cross-promote each company's offerings to their customer base.

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Power Trader Seeks Elimination of Small Fish Swim Free Rule in ERCOT

Raiden Commodities petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas for a rulemaking to eliminate the current Subst. R. §25.504(c), which currently provides that entities with less than 5% of ERCOT installed capacity do not have ERCOT-wide market power.

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New Retail Supplier Offering Service in New Jersey

A retail supplier is now offering electricity and natural gas service in New Jersey

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California Sees New Retail Suppliers Licensed by PUC

Two retail electric service providers have recently been licensed by the California PUC.

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Utilities Can't Meet Maryland Accelerated Switching Timeline, Propose Alternatives

Several utilities informed the Maryland PSC that they cannot perform accelerated switches in the manner envisioned by the PSC, and proposed alternatives which would generally achieve the same timeline for returns to SOS, but would not facilitate faster switching from one supplier to another.

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April 21

Centrica Using ElectricityChoiceTexas.com As Portal for Its Retail Brands, Beckons Customers to "Compare"

Centrica has recently begun using the web address ElectricityChoiceTexas.com as a portal for some of its Texas retail electric brands.

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End State: PPL Latest Pa. Utility to Propose Less Frequent Changes in Price to Compare

If you thought this winter proved to be a slaughter for the Pennsylvania retail market, wait until default service rates for the major electric utilities are fixed for six months, instead of the current three, while retail supplier prices must pass-on market-reflective wholesale costs.

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Bids Received Could Be Omen Of Higher Electric Rates
$12,000 in Bills from Retail Supplier Threatens Pa. Small Business
National Grid NY Tells Customers to Expect 40% Lower Bills
City Aggregation Urges Patience in Face of Retail Supplier Offers
NJ Township Holds Off on Municipal Aggregation
Huge Boost In Summer 2014 Peak Load Incentives Presents Major Financial Opportunities

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PECO Price to Compare to Again Decrease for Residential, Commercial Customers on June 1

Market conditions at PECO, which is currently seeing a decline in residential and commercial shopping, will become more challenging as PECO's price to compare for both classes will decrease on June 1.

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FirstEnergy Utility Default Service Rates to Jump 50% for Some Classes

Default service electric rates for certain customer classes at the FirstEnergy utilities will jump up to 50% on June 1.

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Affiliate of Texas REP Receives Licenses in Northeast State

• WCP Solar Services, LLC Receives Broker License
• M3 Energy Receives New License
• Kinetic Energy Consulting Receives New License

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New Retail Supplier Offering Service at Duke Energy Ohio

A new supplier has begun offering electric service at Duke Energy Ohio

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Pennsylvania Retail Market Slide Continues

Pennsylvania saw another week in which the loss of residential electric shoppers topped 6,000, according to the latest stats from the PUC.

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Calpine To Sell Six Power Plants Totaling 3.5 GW

Calpine has agreed to sell six power plants totaling 3.5 GW

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April 18

Connecticut Draft Order Would Ban Certain Rates, Require Mailed Notice of Variable Rate Changes

A draft "interim" order in the Connecticut PURA's review of electric market consumer protections would prohibit retail suppliers from offering certain products to mass market customers via utility consolidated billing, and would also require suppliers to provide written notice of variable rate changes.

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City Alleges FirstEnergy Solutions Denied Requested 'Most Favored Nation' Status in Muni Agg. Contract By Stating No Other Aggregation Would Receive Better Treatment, Then Provided Superior Terms to NOPEC (Not Passing Polar Vortex Costs to NOPEC)

The City of Parma, Ohio has alleged that, in negotiating a municipal aggregation contract with the city, FirstEnergy Solutions rejected the city's desire for a clause ensuring that another aggregation would not have a more favorable contract, as FES allegedly said this language was not necessary due to the fact that all aggregators had to sign identical agreements and that no aggregator would be allowed to deviate from the uniform agreement

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ESCOs Allege That ConEd Passing On Costs of Forecasting Errors to ESCOs (Millions in Imbalances Sought from Suppliers)

Several ESCOs have alleged that Consolidated Edison is seeking to pass-on the costs of inaccurate natural gas forecasts to ESCOs through imbalance payments, as ESCOs sought the New York PSC to immediately order a dispute resolution process to avoid ConEd from suspending any ESCOs from operating on its system while the dispute is pending.

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TXU Energy Expands Home Warranty Services

TXU Energy has expanded its home warranty plans to now include ...

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Direct Energy to Expand Enrollment Through Facebook to More Brands, Adds Account Management

Direct Energy said that its Bounce Energy brand now allows customers to manage their account through the Bounce Energy Facebook page.

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Private Equity Firms Seek to Increase Ownership in Power Marketer

Several private equity firms have applied at FERC to increase their ownership of power marketer ...

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Texas REP Offering $50 Enrollment Bonus as Part of Dynamo Promotion

As the official electricity provider of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, Direct Energy is offering customers a $50 Visa gift card for enrollments using the promo code "Dynamo."

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Maine PUC Sets New Standard Offer Rates

The Maine PUC has set the Standard Offer rates for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro Electric for the month of May 2014.

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April 17

North American Power Launches Natural Gas Service in New State

North American Power has begun offering natural gas service in ...

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Retail Supplier Launches New Solar Brand

A retail supplier announced the launch of a new stand alone solar brand, Citra Solar, "to focus on capturing value in the fast-growing solar sector and complement the company's well-differentiated portfolio of energy brands, product offerings and distribution channels."

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RetailEnergyX.com: SHOCK: Ohio Gov. Questions Energy Deregulation; Not "Smartest" Thing

 

Washington Gas Energy Services Seeks to Serve Customers in New Territories
• Retail Electric Supplier Expanding to Natural Gas

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Update: TriEagle Posts Pricing for Texas WeatherBug Home Plan

TriEagle Energy has posted pricing for its Texas electric plans bundled with Earth Networks' WeatherBug Home energy efficiency solutions.

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Statutory Interpretation Could Triple Cost of REC Compliance for Retail Suppliers

The interpretation of a June 2013 statute could triple the cost for retail suppliers to meet a class of the RPS

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Michigan Adopts Reservation Charge Applicable to Choice Customers at DTE

The Michigan PSC has approved a reservation charge applicable to retail natural gas choice customers at DTE Gas (MichCon).

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PSC Clarifies Part of Order Fining Retail Supplier $350,000

The Maryland PSC has granted limited clarification of certain provisions of its order fining Starion Energy $350,000, as such provisions relate to commercial customers at Pepco.

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April 16

Texas REP Offering WeatherBug Home Plans

A REP announced a strategic alliance with ecobee and Earth Networks, the company behind WeatherBug Home energy efficiency solutions.

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Pennsylvania Assigns Docket for Investigation of FirstEnergy Solutions Fixed Rate Pass-Through Clauses

The Pennsylvania PUC has assigned Docket No. I-2014-2416181 for an, "Investigation regarding FirstEnergy Solutions Corp's pass-through clauses in its fixed-rate contracts."

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Sharyland Reports Number of Customers To Be Assigned to Default REP at Start of Choice

Sharyland Utilities LP has reported the number of customers who had not made an affirmative REP selection by April 13, and will be assigned to a default retail electric provider as the Sharyland Utilities territory transitions to retail choice on May 1.

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SHOCK: Settlement Would Institute Nonbypassable 1¢ Rider for Generation Costs at Pennsylvania Utility

A settlement among two EDCs, the Office of Consumer Advocate and the Office of Small Business Advocate would institute a nonbypassable rider, up to 1¢/kWh, to recover generation costs from the polar vortex.

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Kratos Gas & Power Receives License in New State
• Texas REP Receives Authority to Use Trade Name Epiq Energy

• EnergyWize Seeks License in New State
• Best Practice Energy Receives Licenses in New State

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RetailEnergyX.com: Municipal Aggregation Losing Its Spark

 

Parent of Texas REP Reports Loss for 2013

Summer Energy Holdings, Inc., the parent of Texas retail provider Summer Energy, LLC, reported a net loss of ...

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Texas REP to Pay $10,000 for Failure to Timely File Financial Statements, Reports

A REP would pay $10,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas for failure to timely file its financial statements and a complete semiannual report.

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DTE Reports Increase in Calls from Customers Who Want to Return to Utility Supply

DTE Gas said yesterday in a news release that it has been experiencing an increase in calls from natural gas customers, "who want to switch from their alternative gas suppliers back to DTE because of the utility's rates."

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Prices for Illinois Capacity Rise Sharply in MISO Auction

The Midcontinent ISO's annual planning resource auction for 2014-15 resulted in a capacity clearing price of ...

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April 15

Dynegy Sees "Tremendous Growth" Opportunity for Retail Biz, Touts Cost Advantage from Generation

Discussing its retail energy business last week during an investor day, Sheree Petrone, Vice President of Retail for Dynegy, said, "We see this as a tremendous opportunity to grow."

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Consultant Brokers 40% of Non-Residential Usage at Sharyland Utilities

A consultant said that it has negotiated contracts for, and procured, nearly 1 billion kilowatt-hours of retail electricity supply for its clients in the Sharyland Utilities service territory newly opening to choice

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RetailEnergyX.com: Residents Complain Of Aggressive Salesmen New York ESCO (Physical Altercation)

 

TriEagle Energy Seeks License in New State

• Draft Would Grant New License to Resource Energy Systems
• Optimum Energy Solutions Seeks New License

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Direct Energy Expected to Launch Residential Service in New Territory

Direct Energy is understood to be in the process of preparing to launch residential energy supply service in southern New Jersey.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Bidding Process Prompts Customer Lawsuit Against Municipal Aggregation

 

Texas REP Launches Direct Sales/Referral Marketing Channel

Beyond Power LLC, the exclusive marketing arm of Texas retail provider Beyond Power, has officially launched its direct sales and referral strategy for the brand.

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Pennsylvania Retail Market Loses 10,000 Residential Shoppers In A Single Week

The Pennsylvania retail electric market lost nearly 10,000 residential shoppers in the most recent week, with the number of customers on competitive electric supply declining by over 9,500 accounts from about April 3 to April 9.

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Conn. Attorney General Alleges Generator "May Have" Exercised Market Power in Capacity Market

George Jepsen, Attorney General for the State of Connecticut, petitioned FERC to investigate results from the 2017-18 ISO New England Forward Capacity Auction, alleging that a generator, "may have exercised market power."

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April 14

Texas Retail Provider Ceases Operations

A Texas REP has informed the Public Utility Commission of Texas that it has ceased active operations, and asked to relinquish its REP certificate

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Source Power & Gas Enters Another New State, Also Adds NJ Territories

Source Power & Gas has launched electricity service in ...

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Maryland Accelerates Switching Timeline to 5 Days, Urges Consideration of Service Quality Standards for Retail Suppliers

The Maryland PSC has accelerated the switching timeline for customers with advanced meters, while also encouraging stakeholders to consider service quality standards for retail suppliers

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RetailEnergyX.com: Direct Energy Sits Out Renewal Bidding on 10 Muni Aggregation Contracts Currently Served

 

Champion Energy Posts Pricing for Sharyland Territories Newly Opening to Choice

Champion Energy Services has posted pricing for the Sharyland Utilities territories newly opening to choice.

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Vista Energy Offers Wyoming, Nebraska Choice Program Customers $25 If It Can't Beat Competitor's Rate (Also Offers Free Month)

Vista Energy is offering customers in the SourceGas Distribution Wyoming and Nebraska choice programs $25 if Vista cannot beat a competitor's fixed bill natural gas offer.

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RetailEnergyX.com: More Pennsylvania Variable Electricity Rate Reforms Likely

 

Settlement Would Rely on Retail Suppliers to Meet PPL Time of Use Rate Mandate

PPL Electric Utilities would meet its statutory obligation to offer a Time of Use rate to customers by relying on electric generation suppliers under an open process, under a partial settlement with various stakeholders.

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New Hampshire Sets New Default Service Rates

The New Hampshire PUC has approved new default service rates at Unitil for the six-month period June 1, 2014, through November 30, 2014.

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• Michigan Sets Date for Collaborative on Supplier Pricing Website

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RetailEnergyX.com: City Warns Residents About Electricity Marketers

 

April 11

National Retail Supplier Declares Bankruptcy

Sale process to be conducted

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Direct Energy Offering Six Months Free HVAC Service Plan With New Supply Enrollments

Direct Energy is offering residential customers who newly enroll onto a Direct Energy electricity supply plan the opportunity to receive a six-month free trial of Direct Energy's "Heating and Cooling Repair Essential Plan."

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Retail Provider to Pay $164,000 Under Settlement With Texas Staff

A REP would pay $164,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve a Staff investigation which alleged 11 violations of the customer protection substantive rules.

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RetailEnergyX.com: City With 800,000 Residents to Study Municipal Aggregation

 

SaveOnEnergy.com Announces Aggressive Expansion into Northeast

Online retail energy comparison website SaveOnEnergy.com has announced an aggressive expansion of its presence in the Northeast energy markets.

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Start-up Retail Supplier Relocating Office to Support Growth

Supplier has already outgrown its current space.

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Texas Staff Outlines Approach to Research Reliability Standard

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas filed a memo outlining their proposal to examine issues related to the reliability standard in the ERCOT region.

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RetailEnergyX.com: PUC Commish Pushes New Retail Electric Regulations

 

April 10

Retail Supplier Parent to Acquire HVAC, Water Heater Services Provider; Evaluating Purchase of Retail Books

The parent of a retail supplier has agreed to acquire an HVAC services provider, and said that it is evaluating purchasing retail supplier books

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Ohio Opens Investigation Regarding Permissibility of Pass-Throughs of RTO Charges on Fixed Contracts, Percent-Off SSO Contracts

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opened an investigation, "to determine whether it is unfair, misleading, deceptive, or unconscionable to market contracts as fixed-rate contracts or as variable contracts with a guaranteed percent off the SSO rate when the contracts include pass-through clauses (collectively referred to herein as "fixed-rate" contracts)."

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Broker Warns "Huge Increase" in Electric Rates Looming for Small Businesses (Capacity Charge)

The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), a Northeast-Ohio small business association, warned small businesses about, "alarming increases projected in electricity cost."

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Ambit Launches Service in New Territory

Ambit Energy has begun offering service at ...

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Star Energy Partners Expands to New Service Areas

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RetailEnergyX.com: Report: N.H. Electricity "Deregulation Bill" Moves Toward Approval

 

Settlement Would Set Smart Meter Opt-Out Fees at Oncor

A settlement among Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Oncor, and the 9/12 Association would establish the fees applicable for customers who opt-out of advanced metering service.

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April 9

Stream Energy Launches HomeLife Service Offerings (ID Protection, Credit Monitoring, More)

Stream Energy has launched a suite of new non-commodity offerings called HomeLife Service.

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Union Seeks Declaratory Order from Pa. PUC Finding FirstEnergy Solutions May Not Pass-On Higher Ancillary Costs to Fixed Price Customers

The Utility Workers Union of America sought a declaratory order from the Pennsylvania PUC finding that FirstEnergy Solutions' fixed price contract language does not permit FES to increase its bills to residential customers because of higher ancillary service costs.

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Retail Supplier to Pay $150,000 Under Settlement with PUC Staff

Addresses actions of rogue agent

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Ohio to Open Investigation of Retail Energy "Marketing Practices"

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is to open on its own motion an "Investigation Of Marketing Practices in the Competitive Retail Electric Service Market."

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Laughable: FirstEnergy Exec Complains of "Government Interference" in Electric Business; Reaps Massive Capacity Subsidies

Addressing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, FirstEnergy Corp. CEO Anthony Alexander complained yesterday of "intrusive and disruptive" government interference in the electric markets.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Report: Massachusetts Hydropower Long-Term Contracting Bill Gains Key Support

 

ERCOT Approves Houston Import Transmission Project

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors voted to endorse the approximately $590 million Houston Import transmission project and deemed the new construction portion of the project critical for reliability.

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TXU Energy Announces 'Ivy' IVR Virtual Assistant

TXU Energy announced the rollout of its 24/7 virtual assistant, Ivy, the company's latest interactive voice response (IVR) tool that answers customer calls.

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April 8

Crius Energy Acquires Retail Book for $120/RCE

Crius Energy LLC has executed, through its affiliates, a binding agreement to acquire the ...

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Inspire Energy Launches in New Territories

Inspire Energy Holdings, LLC has launched residential electric service at ...

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Champion Energy Offering $50 Rebate for Customers Purchasing Smart Thermostat

Champion Energy is offering Texas residential customers electing a 24-month fixed rate a $50 rebate if they also purchase a smart thermostat.

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Connecticut Utilities to Send Bill Inserts Warning on Variable Rates

Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, in consultation with PURA Staff, have developed bill inserts proposed to be issued with their May bills which warn customers about high variable rates recently experienced by certain competitive supply customers.

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D.C. Area Apartment and Office Building Association Extends Agreement with Retail Supplier

The AOBA Alliance, Inc. announced that it has extended its energy services supplier agreement with ...

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Guttman Energy Receives Authority to Serve New Territories

• Ecova Receives New License
• Alternative Utility Services Receives New License
• Primergy Seeks New License

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Choose Energy Offering Platform to Referral Channel Partners Under 'Energy Mayor' Program

Choose Energy is making its online shopping comparison platform available to various referral channel partners -- energy consultants, school and charity groups, real estate professionals, and other community organizations -- who would otherwise drive their constituents to a single retail supplier.

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RetailEnergyX.com: PPL Stock Rises On Generation, Retail Marketing Divestiture Speculation

 

April 7

Lumens Energy to Acquire Retail Supplier

Lumens Energy Supply CT LLC is to acquire ...

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N.Y. State Senator Seeks Public Hearing on Utilities' Default Service Hedging Practices

New York State Senator Joseph Griffo has called on the PSC to hold public hearings on the utilities' hedging practices for default supply.

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Ohio Energy Brokers Form Trade Association

Several Ohio energy aggregators, brokers and consultants have formed the Energy Professionals of Ohio.

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Green Mountain Energy Posts Pricing for Sharyland Area Newly Opening to Choice

Green Mountain Energy has posted residential pricing available to customers in the Sharyland Utilities service area newly opening to choice.

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Loss of Residential Electric Shoppers Continues in Pennsylvania

Last week saw another period in which all of Pennsylvania's major electric distribution companies saw a decline in residential customers on competitive supply.

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Retail Supplier to Pay $450,000 Under Compliance Stipulation

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April 4

What Type of Variable Rate History Will Pa. Electric Suppliers Be Required to Disclose Under New PUC Order?

24 Month "Average" Required, but how will history be calculated?

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Walking Back Earlier Proposal, Pa. PUC Won't Require Advance Notice for Variable Rate Changes, Except for Rollover Contracts

Departing from an earlier proposal, the Pennsylvania PUC will not require electric generation suppliers to notify variable rate customers, "of a rate increase of more than 50% over the prior billing cycle as soon as the EGS becomes aware that such an increase will occur."

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RetailEnergyX.com: Report: NRG CEO Calls Exelon "Hypocritical" For Seeking Nuke Subsidies

 

Here's What The Final Pennsylvania Supplier Contract Summary Looks Like

As part of its final rulemaking order on customer disclosures, the Pennsylvania PUC adopted a standard template for an Electric Generation Supplier Contract Summary, for residential and small commercial customers.

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Pennsylvania Orders Electric Switches to Occur Within 3 Business Days

The Pennsylvania PUC has adopted a final rulemaking order to require that an electric distribution company execute a switch within 3 business days of the receipt by the EDC of the electronic enrollment transaction

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Ohio Adopts New Rule Governing Green Retail Electric Sales

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has adopted new rules regarding the provision of marketing materials and data for retail supplier and utility voluntary green power programs.

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Wholesale Market Inefficiencies To Be Focus of National Energy Marketers Association Restructuring Conference

The National Energy Marketers Association annual restructuring conference, to be held April 30-May 1, will include a focus on recent wholesale market issues and inefficiencies.

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• Retail Suppliers Among Top 20 Direct Selling Association Member Companies
• eBay Relinquishes Market-Based Rate Authority

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April 3

Direct Energy CFO Andrew Sunderman on M&A, Consolidation

"We are, at our core, a retail consolidator," Andrew Sunderman, Chief Financial Officer of Direct Energy, said ...

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U.S. Sen. Schumer Asks FTC to Investigate Polar Vortex Pricing

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to immediately investigate the "mind-boggling" increase in electric prices seen by Upstate New York customers during the winter.

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Two Suppliers Draw Bulk Of Pa. Energy Price Complaints (But 10 Have 100+)
Retail Suppliers With Variable Rates Look To Refunds To Keep Customers

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RESA Alleges Utility Breached Supplier Service Agreement By Disclosing Confidential Information

The Retail Energy Supply Association alleged that Connecticut Light & Power's, "recent unauthorized public release of its members' confidential and trade secret information," had, "resulted in a material breach of the SSA [Supplier Service Agreement]."

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Settlement Would Set Smart Meter Opt-Out Rates at CenterPoint TDU

A settlement among Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, and the 9/12 Association would establish the fees applicable for customers who opt-out of advanced metering service.

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New York PSC Finds 'Plenary' Request for Extension of Deadlines for Retail Market Changes Unjustified At This Time

The New York PSC said that utilities had not justified their requested extension of certain deadlines for EDI, system, and other changes required by the PSC's recent retail market order.

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New York Capacity Price Doubles for G-J Locality

As expected, ESCOs serving Lower Hudson Valley customers in New York will see a substantial increase in capacity prices, based on pricing from the summer 2014 ICAP strip auction.

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PSNH Says New England's "Energy Crisis" Augurs Against Generation Divestiture

"New England is currently experiencing an energy crisis," Public Service of New Hampshire said in response to a PUC Staff report which examined the economic impact of divesting PSNH's generation plants

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• NRG Clarifies Disposition of Dominion Retail Electric Customers
• From the Archives: Columbia Gas Announces 2014-2015 SCO Suppliers

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April 2

PSC Issues Show Cause Order to 5 Retail Suppliers Over Marketing, Complaints

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Connecticut Gov. Proposes Legislation to Require Written Consent to Switch Customer from Fixed to Variable Rate; Curb Termination Fees

Governor Dannel Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz and State Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams, Jr. are proposing legislation, the Electric Supplier Consumers' Bill of Rights, that would, among other things, require affirmative consent for a supplier to switch a customer to a variable rate contract from a fixed rate contact

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Finally: Purchase of Receivables Coming to Two Mass. Utilities Within 3 Months (6 Months at Nstar)

Business is about to pick up in the Massachusetts small volume electricity market.

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Hollow Words, or Change of Heart? Long-Time Capacity-Market Supporter Direct Energy Embraces "Freedom" for Texas Electric Market, Says "Choice" Fundamental

"We love freedom in Texas ... and as I sit here today our focus is on freedom," Andrew Sunderman, Chief Financial Officer of Direct Energy, said in a keynote at the Gulf Coast Power Association spring conference.

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NRG Announces Purchase Price for Dominion Retail Electric Book in Announcing Closing

NRG Energy has completed its previously announced acquisition of the competitive retail electricity business of Dominion Resources, Inc. for ...

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N.H. PUC Staff Sees Economic Value from PSNH Plant Divestiture

Staff of the New Hampshire PUC have filed a preliminary status report addressing the economic interest of PSNH's retail customers as it relates to the potential divestiture of PSNH's generating plants.

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With Nearly 40% Increase in Default Service Costs, CUB Warns Customers About -- Retail Suppliers

"Sparked by a six-fold increase in complaints about unregulated natural gas suppliers in 2014," the Illinois Citizens Utility Board (CUB), "issued a warning for Chicago-area consumers to beware of bad deals in the gas market."

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ISO New England Files to Implement Sloped Demand Curve for Capacity Market, Net CONE Equals $11/kW

ISO New England has filed at FERC to implement a system-wide sloped demand curve in its capacity market for Forward Capacity Auction 9 to be held in February 2015, for the 2018-19 delivery year.

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New York PSC To Hold Technical Conference on Winter Energy Prices

The New York PSC announced that it will hold a technical conference to examine the issue of energy prices this winter.

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April 1

NRG, Comcast Expand Energy Rewards Bundle to New Territory With 4¢ Rate

NRG Energy and Comcast are now offering their Energy Rewards energy supply bundle at ...

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Ambit Energy Launches Offers In New States

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Gexa Branding Product as "Every Day, Every Night" Plan

Gexa Energy is now offering Texas residential customers a product branded as an "Every Day, Every Night Low Price Plan."

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Generators Zero-In on Problem of Polar Vortex -- Prices Were Too Low!

If you're a retail supplier whose livelihood is under attack because of uncompetitive pricing in the broken wholesale electric market, here's some salt for that wound.

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TXU Parent Provides Update on "Constructive" Restructuring Discussions with Financial Stakeholders

Energy Future Holdings, the parent of TXU Energy, yesterday provided an update on its "constructive" discussions with certain of its financial stakeholders about various restructuring alternatives, "to strengthen the company's balance sheet and create a sustainable capital structure to position it for the future."

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Broker-Consultant Selected as Association of Zoos and Aquariums Partner

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has selected ...

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March 31

ComEd Proposes Change in Application of PEA (Reconciled Default Service Costs)

Commonwealth Edison has proposed to change how the Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA) is applied.

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Park Power Enters New State

Park Power has begun offering electricity supply in ...

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Texas Broker Expanding Nationally

A Texas-based broker is currently expanding to 12 additional states beyond Texas.

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DMN: Texas REP Billing Error Led to 30% Rate Increase, Nearly 1,000 Affected
Nearly 100 Ohio Slamming Complaints in 6 Months
CT Utility Sending Shut-off Notices to Customers Who Pay Bill on Time
Conflict of Interest Alleged for Mayor Who Served as Energy Agent
Pa. Borough Issues "Police Alert" Concerning Energy Solicitor Permit Revocation
I-Team Waste Watch: Energy Salesmen
Massachusetts Town Considers Municipal Aggregation
Electric Choice "Flimflam" Subject of Pennsylvania Constituent Forum
National Grid-NY Default Service Customers to See April Power Bills Drop Up To 50%

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North American Power Seeks Authority to Serve Customers in New Territory

• Unique Energy Seeks License in New State
• Brio Energy Seeks License in New State
• Energy Solutions USA Seeks New License

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Pa. Court Issues Stay Delaying Ability of PECO CAP Customers to Shop During Appeal

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has issued a stay of the PUC's order granting electric Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PECO the eligibility to shop for a competitive electric supplier, which means that such customers shall not be able to choose a supplier pending the Court's substantive ruling on an appeal brought by several consumer groups.

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Beyond Power Offering Service in New Territory

Beyond Power is now offering residential service at ...

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Transferring RPS Obligation to Distribution Utilities, Long-Term Contracts Among Options in Draft New Jersey Solar Report

Transferring the RPS obligation from retail and Basic Generation Service suppliers to distribution utilities, or implementing long-term solar contracts through the BGS auctions, are two policy options included in a draft New Jersey report concerning volatility in the New Jersey solar market, and potential options to stabilize the market.

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NRG Energy's Solar Portfolio Surpasses 1,200 MW

NRG Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries including NRG Yield, Inc. and NRG Solar, now owns and operates more than 1,200 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity, the company said Friday.

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March 28

Settlement Would Continue Use of 24-Month Contracts for Pennsylvania Default Service Through 2017

A partial settlement would continue the use of 24-month contracts for a significant portion of residential default service at Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, and West Penn Power through May 31, 2017.

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Direct Energy Announces Leadership Changes

Direct Energy announced changes to its leadership structure, "to better position the company for further growth and investment."

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Say What? Retail Supplier Says Pa. Variable Rate Controversy Results from "One Or Two Suppliers"

The "extreme" pricing which has been the impetus for several proposed market changes in Pennsylvania result from, "one or two suppliers," NRG Retail Northeast said in comments to the Pennsylvania PUC.

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ERCOT Proposes Reduction in Cure Period

ERCOT has proposed Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) 612 to reduce the cure period for failure to make payment or transfer funds, provide collateral or designate/maintain an association with a Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE).

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License Briefs

• Destination Energy Receives License in New State
• Pro-Star Energy Services Seeks License in New State
• United Power Consultants, Inc. Seeks License in New State
• SourceOne Receives New License

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Exodus: PPL Sees Rate of Customers Leaving Competitive Supply Spike By Seven-Fold

PPL saw the rate of residential electric customers leaving competitive supply increase by sevenfold during the most recent week, as all of the seven major Pennsylvania EDCs again saw a decline in residential shopping.

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New Hampshire Approves New Default Service Rates

The New Hampshire PUC approved new residential and small commercial customer and large customer default service rates at Liberty Utilities (Granite State Electric) for the period May 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014

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March 27

Spree: NRG Energy Acquires Another Retail Book in Texas

NRG Energy, through its Everything Energy brand, has acquired another book of Texas retail electric customers.

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Integrys Acquires Northeast Retail Electric, Gas Book

Integrys Energy Services has purchased the non-Texas electric and natural gas accounts of ...

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Retail Supplier Expects More Market Exits, Says Seller Expectations Have Dropped

"We expect industry-wide increased customer attrition, new regulations, higher collateral costs, and financial performance to drive many retail suppliers to look for market exits through equity sales and customer book divestments," Crius Energy CEO Michael Fallquist said during an earnings call yesterday.

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Purchase of Receivables Denied in Ohio Retail Market Order

Rejecting a Staff recommendation, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will not require electric utilities to file plans to implement purchase of receivables.

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Retail Supplier Names Former Just Energy SVP as EVP of Procurement, Pricing

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Retail Supplier Names Direct Energy Veteran as VP of Operations

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NRG Acquires Roof Diagnostics Solar (RDS)

NRG Energy, Inc. said that it has acquired, "one of the nation's leading residential solar companies," Roof Diagnostics Solar (RDS), "to support and expand the company's efforts to empower its customers to control their own energy destiny through clean self-generation."

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NRG CEO Crane's Vision for Energy Industry Again Inconsistent With Push for Capacity Market

NRG recently published a letter on its website from CEO David Crane which outlines Crane's visions for NRG and the industry, and which we again see as irreconcilably in conflict with NRG's preferred policy of a capacity market in Texas.

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Pa. Governor Backs Accelerated Switching Timeline in Rare Letter to PUC

In a rare personal appeal to the Pennsylvania PUC, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett endorsed a faster switching timeline for electric customers.

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Without POR, Ohio Retail Market Order Contains Little Substantive Reforms

With the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio declining to order the electric utilities to implement POR (see related story today), the Commission's final retail market order contains few substantive reforms to the market.

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Crius Energy Sees Slower Customer Growth

Crius Energy reported net growth of 5,000 customers from September 30, 2013 to December 31, 2013, it disclosed in reporting earnings.

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New York Utilities Seek Delay in Deadline for Retail Market Changes

Several New York utilities have asked for a delay in several requirements imposed on the EDCs in the New York PSC's recent retail market order.

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Tara Energy Introduces Mobile App

Tara Energy announced the launch of a new Tara Energy app for mobile devices running on Apple and Android operating systems.

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FirstEnergy Solutions Customers to See $15 Surcharge on Bill for "RTO Expense Surcharge" (Ancillaries)

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Retail Supplier Names Former Verizon VP of Marketing as Chief Marketing Officer, Had Led Marketing of Verizon Bundle Strategy

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NRG Regulatory Director: 'Appalled' By Retail Suppliers Operating Out of 'Basement', Wants Tougher Licensing Standard

Two large retail suppliers told the Connecticut PURA yesterday that one of the solutions to the recent tumult in the retail market is to increase the licensing standards applicable to retail suppliers.

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Texas REP Provided Entry Date For Northeast State, Seeks License in Another

Part of continued expansion

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Arlington, Texas Announces Marketing Alliance With Retail Provider

The City of Arlington, Texas and a REP signed a two-year agreement under which the City will promote to its residents an electric plan from ...

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PSNH: Utility-Owned Power Plants Produced $115 Million in Customer Savings This Winter

"The energy from Public Service of New Hampshire's power generation facilities during the past winter was produced at a cost that was $115 million less than energy sold through the region's wholesale energy marketplace," PSNH said yesterday.

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Maine PUC Orders Six Retail Suppliers to Post Additional Security, Or Justify Current Level

The Maine PUC ordered six retail electric suppliers to post additional security, or provide updated sales data showing that their current level of security is appropriate.

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Pennsylvania Directs Retail Suppliers to Report Fixed/Variable Breakdown of Customer Base

The Pennsylvania PUC has directed that all retail electric suppliers shall respond to a survey in which suppliers shall provide their customer count broken out by fixed rate customers and variable rate customers.

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Texas QSE to Pay $27,000 to Settle Audit of Operator Training

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Irony: Generators Say NRG Long-Term Repowering Contract With NY Utility Distorting Capacity Market

The Independent Power Producers of New York have amended their pending complaint at FERC alleging impermissible price suppression from purported buyer-side market power in the New York ISO capacity market.

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March 25

National Retail Provider to Launch Green-Focused Multi-Level Marketing Channel

The parent of a retail supplier is launching a new network marketing channel focused on green energy called ...

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Reliant Launches 'Primetime' Time of Use Product for Businesses

Reliant has begun offering a "Primetime" plan for businesses with an electricity rate that is 30 percent less than their weekday (8 p.m. - 5 a.m.) rate.

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Reliant Bundling EnTouch Controls Management Solutions in Texas Commercial Offer

Reliant announced that it has teamed with EnTouch Controls to offer energy management systems to small and medium-sized businesses.

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FirstEnergy Solutions Customers to See $15 Surcharge on Bill for "RTO Expense Surcharge" (Ancillaries)
Pa. Customer: We're Never Going to Switch From Utility Again
NY: (Default Service) Electric Prices Driven Sky High
Maine's Open Electricity Market Can Cost You
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Salisbury Township Residents Realize Energy Salesman Has Wrong License
Atlanta Business Radio Talks With SCANA Energy
Here's What NRG Energy Portable Chargers Look Like

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Retail Supplier Seeks Waiver to Allow Email Delivery of Enrollment Materials

A retail supplier petitioned for a limited rule waiver at a PSC in order to provide enrollment materials via email for customers who voluntarily request electronic service.

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Texas REP Seeks to Use Trade Name Epiq Energy

• Emissions Consult Receives License in New State

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Pa. Consumer Advocate Wants PUC to Require Retail Suppliers to Disclose Highest Rate Charged in Past Five Years

Pennsylvania retail electric suppliers should be required to disclose to customers the highest electric rate they have charged in the past 60 months, the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate said in comments to the PUC.

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March 24

Utilities Warn of 30-37% Increase in Default Service Rate

The utilities warned customers about substantial increases in default service rates ...

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Retail Supplier: Pricing Pressures 'Will' Lead to Consolidation; Could 'Improve' Retail Market

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Claim: Generators Declined Invite to Appear at Pa. Hearing (Let Retail Suppliers Take Heat)

During last week's Pennsylvania House hearing regarding soaring competitive electric rates, Rep. Peter Daley, Democratic Chair of the Consumer Affairs committee, said that competitive generators declined an invitation to appear before the committee.

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Variable Rate Customer: "I feel I got set up by the Pa. PUC"
NY: Residents "Blindsided" By Utility Rate Hikes
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Michigan Pols See Dim Prospects for Electric Choice Expansion
City Claims Utility Punishing It for Choice of Competitive Energy Supplier
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Pepco Provides Date for Use of Late Payment Revenues as POR Offset

Pepco has provided the District of Columbia PSC with the date by which it can include late payment revenues as an offset in the POR discount rate calculation.

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Texas Commissioner Anderson Seeks Further Revisions to Definition of REP Principal

Texas Public Utility Commissioner Kenneth Anderson has proposed modifications to Staff's latest draft proposal for adoption concerning certification requirements for retail electric providers, specifically with respect to the definition of principals.

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NRG Energy, Waste Management, Others Forms Joint Venture for Gas-to-Liquids Opportunities

Waste Management, Inc., Ventech Engineers International LLC, NRG Energy, Inc., and Velocys plc announced the formation of a joint venture to produce renewable fuels and chemicals from biogas and natural gas using smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology.

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License Briefs

• Start-up Broker Led By Former Hess Account Manager Licensed in New State
• Infinity Power Partners Seeks New License
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March 21

Start-up Volterra Energy Acquires Texas Retail Electric Provider

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Pa. House Chair: 'We're Going to Have to' Cap Variable Rates; Free Market for Electricity 'Hasn't Worked'

The free market for electricity in Pennsylvania "hasn't worked" in its current form, Pennsylvania State Rep. Robert Godshall, Chair of the Consumer Affairs committee, said during a hearing yesterday on variable prices.

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Purchase of Receivables Draws Ire at Pennsylvania House Hearing

Purchase of receivables, and specifically the utility's ability to disconnect service for non-payment of supplier charges, drew the ire of Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Moul, R, during a hearing yesterday concerning recent variable rate price spikes and proposed legislation to address the spikes.

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Pennsylvania Requires Utility to Include 1-Year Average Price to Compare on Bills

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MP2 Energy Receives Authority to Serve New Customers
• South Jersey Energy Receives Authority to Serve New Customers

• Crosslink Energy Advisors Receives License in New State
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Tradition Energy Adds Northeast Retail Market Veteran to Team

Tradition Energy announced that it has expanded its team with the addition of ...

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Direct Energy to Launch DirectTV Bundle

Direct Energy will be launching an electricity offer bundled with a DirectTV service offering.

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All Pennsylvania Utilities Now Seeing Decline in Residential Shopping (5,000 Shoppers Lost In Past Week)

All of the seven major Pennsylvania electric utilities saw a decline in residential shopping in the most recent week.

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From the Archives: Connecticut Proposal Would Require Utility to Verify Consent for All Customer Switches, Ban Variable Rates

This week parties filed comments on various Connecticut proposals to reform the retail market. See our earlier story for details on the proposals

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March 20

Pennsylvania Intends to Require Suppliers to Send Advance Notice of Some Variable Rate Changes, Require Statement Affirming Customer May Not Save Money

The Pennsylvania PUC intends to adopt a standard Electric Generation Supplier "Contract Summary" which all EGSs will be required to use for residential and small business customers, and the PUC also intends to require EGSs to provide certain customers with advance notice of variable rates.

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Ohio Accelerates Transition to Auction-Supplied Default Service at Dayton Power & Light

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, in a rehearing order, adopted an accelerated schedule for the transition to fully auction-sourced Standard Service Offer supplies at Dayton Power & Light.

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Texas REP Launches Service In Two Northeast States

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Texas REP Looking to Redeploy Prepaid Brand In Late Spring/Early Summer

A Texas REP is working on redeploying its prepaid brand as summer approaches

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Crius Energy and Frontier Communications Expand Partnership to Include Solar Services

Crius Energy and Frontier Communications announced today they have expanded their strategic partnership to offer solar power to residential customers

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(No) Surprise: FERC Conference on Winter's Extreme Wholesale Pricing Doesn't Include Any Retail-Only Suppliers

In keeping with its long-standing disdain regarding the needs of retail electric suppliers and the foundation necessary for a properly functioning retail electric market, FERC has not seen fit to include any companies which are exclusively focused on supplying retail energy on the discussion panels at its upcoming technical session on winter 2013-14 RTO operations and market performance.

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J.P. Morgan Announces Buyer for Physical Commodities Business

JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its physical commodities business to ...

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Ohio Discloses Winning Bidders from AEP Ohio Default Service Auction

Ohio has disclosed the winning bidders of AEP Ohio's energy-only auction for a 10% slice of default service during the period April 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015

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Ohio Adopts Rate Mitigation of Auction Rates at AEP Ohio

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved an alternative proposal from AEP Ohio to mitigate the impact of the transition to market-based rates on residential customers at Columbus Southern Power (CSP).

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Maine PUC Sets New Standard Offer Rates

The Maine PUC has set the Standard Offer rates for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro Electric for the month of April 2014.

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March 19

Voltage Will Not Proceed With Acquisition of Glacial Energy Retail Suppliers

Voltage Energy Holdings Inc., a private equity-backed company, will not proceed with a transaction under which it would have acquired the various Glacial Energy retail supplier entities from Glacial Energy Holdings.

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Exelon To Acquire Natural Gas Marketer

Exelon announced it has reached an agreement to purchase ...

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U.S. Gas & Electric Acquires Retail Supplier

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Twin Eagle Announces $200 Million Investment from Five Point, GSO, and Management

Five Point Capital Partners LLC and affiliates of GSO Capital Partners LP officially announced ...

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Take Two: Pennsylvania 'Intends' to Shorten Switching Period to 'Three Days'; Eliminate 10-Day 'Waiting Period'

The Pennsylvania PUC, "intends to promulgate a rulemaking which will amend existing Regulations at 52 Pa. Code, Chapter 57 to direct EDCs to accelerate switching time frames through off-cycle meter reads in a fashion that will permit Pennsylvania retail electric customers to switch suppliers within three (3) days or less," the PUC said in a Secretarial Letter yesterday.

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Texas REP Seeks to Use Trade Name Shyne Energy

• Start-up General Energy Receives License in New State

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Michigan Initiates Collaborative to Develop Natural Gas Supplier Price Comparison Website

The Michigan PSC directed four Michigan natural gas utilities to participate in a collaborative proceeding addressing the creation of a gas choice price comparison website, and invited alternative gas suppliers, other regulated natural gas utilities and others to participate.

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PSC Approves Changes to Choice Program

The Michigan PSC has approved certain changes to the choice program tariffs at DTE Gas (MichCon).

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Michigan Sets Expedited Review of Polar Vortex-Driven Hike in Consumers GCR Factor

The Michigan PSC set an expedited schedule to consider Consumers Energy Company's request for authority to immediately increase its gas cost recovery (GCR) factor.

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• CenterPoint Schedules REP Workshop
• IGS Energy Joins RESA

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March 18

Retail Supplier Cites "Failure" of Wholesale Markets "To Meet Demand At Reasonable Prices", Warns on Customer Churn

"The failure of the wholesale markets to meet demand at reasonable prices," required IDT Energy to raise its rates significantly to cover these costs, as the company expects to record increased churn during the first quarter, it said in reporting full-year 2013 earnings

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Founder, Principal of Broker Joins Board of Texas REP

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ERCOT Retail Market Veteran Joins Tradition Energy

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Reliant, Andeler Release Pricing for Sharyland Areas Moving to Choice

Reliant and Andeler Power recently posted their initial pricing for residential customers at Sharyland Utilities LP who are transitioning to electric choice in May

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Yes, The Connecticut Retail Market Is Losing Customers, But It's Not the First Time

The Hartford Business Journal has a story reporting that, "For the first time since its inception, the alternative electricity supplier industry in Connecticut is losing customers."

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Utilities, Retail Suppliers Reach Settlement on Payment Hierarchy in New Hampshire, Other Market Enhancements

Electric utilities, retail suppliers, the New Hampshire consumer advocate, and New Hampshire PUC Staff have reached a settlement agreement regarding the payment hierarchy for utility consolidated bills, and certain other retail market enhancements.

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PSNH to Terminate Switching Fee, Reduce Billing Charge for Suppliers

Public Service Company of New Hampshire has proposed removing the "selection" charge, or switching fee, from its tariff after conducting a cost of service study.

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New York PSC Sets Collaborative Sessions on POR, Other Retail Market Changes

The New York PSC has scheduled for April 8 a collaborative on purchase of receivables, and what modifications must be made to implement the PSC's recent retail market order.

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March 17

Portable Cell Chargers a Potentially Big Marketing Opportunity for NRG, If Noting Else

NRG Energy's offering of portable cell phone chargers at the currently ongoing Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo represents a unique and innovative marketing opportunity that can be replicated at a number of venues or other locales where NRG currently has, or will have, a physical presence, though NRG considers the portable chargers to be a pilot and would not discuss specific plans for the devices.

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Reality: Merchant Generators Don't Care If Retail Choice Dies

If you're an independent retail supplier, and particularly one which started after the 2005-07 bloodbath in the retail market, you need to understand one thing, if it's not already apparent: the leading advocates of "competitive" markets -- meaning non-price-regulated generators, most of whom own formerly incumbent assets -- don't care if retail choice dies, and, in fact, many "competitive" generators have argued for de facto re-regulation of retail generation supply to advance their own profits.

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Affiliate of Texas REP Seeks Licenses in Northeast State

Frontier Utilities Northeast LLC applied for electric and natural gas supplier licenses in ...

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Source Power & Gas Launches Service In New Territory

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Major Energy Seeks License in New State

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RESA: Connecticut Proposals Could 'Collapse' Retail Market; Seeks Delay in 'Fact Finding' Session

Taken together, the 25 retail electric market proposals on which the Connecticut PURA sought comment, "could stifle and ultimately collapse the retail electric supply market in Connecticut," the Retail Energy Supply Association said in a request to postpone a fact finding session announced by PURA.

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PJM 'Statement' on Winter 2014 Cold Weather Events

PJM issued the following "statement" on the winter 2014 cold weather events to members on Friday:

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March 14

State Agency Wants Default Service to Be 'Menu' Of Options

The Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources wants the basic electric service provided by the utilities to be offered as a "menu" of rate design options

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New Retail Supplier Licensed in Georgia Gas Market

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Retail Supplier Floats 'Switch Hold' Proposal in New Market

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Electricity Girl Seeks Texas Aggregator License

• T&M Associates Seeks New License
• M3 Energy Seeks New License

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Georgia PSC Forms Working Group on AGL Interruptible Tariff Revisions

The Georgia PSC has established a working group on proposed interruptible tariff revisions at Atlanta Gas Light.

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California Allows Utilities to Procure Local Capacity, With Nonbypassable Recovery

A decision from the California PUC authorizes two utilities to procure generation to meet local capacity requirements, with recovery authorized through the nonbypassable Cost Allocation Mechanism.

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March 13

Direct Energy to Cap All Residential Variable Rates in Pennsylvania, Proposes All Suppliers Be Required to Set Limit on Residential Variable Rates

Direct Energy said that, effective April 1, the company will add a price protection feature to its current residential electric variable rates in each Pennsylvania utility service area in which the company serves.

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Connecticut Procurement Manager Proposes Changes in Default Service Procurement

Connecticut's power procurement manager has proposed further changes to the procurement of Standard Service electricity supply.

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Texas REP Launches New Affinity Program With Nancy Lieberman Foundation

A Texas REP announced a new affinity program with the Nancy Lieberman Foundation under which the REP will ...

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Six of Seven Major Pennsylvania Utilities See Decline in Electric Shopping

Six of Pennsylvania's seven major electric distribution companies saw a decline in residential shopping over the past week, as migration back to default service prompted by polar vortex rates continues to roll into the migration reports as meter reads are completed.

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Chicago Announces New Electric Aggregation Rate, Adds Fixed Monthly Charge to Address Capacity

Chicago announced new pricing under its opt-out electric aggregation contract with Integrys Energy Services.

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Cincinnati Selects Electric Supplier for Municipal Aggregation

The City of Cincinnati selected FirstEnergy Solutions as the supplier for a new term of the City's opt-out municipal electric aggregation.

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Pennsylvania Electric Supplier to Expand to Natural Gas Service

• Draft Would Grant License to Bridge Energy Services
• Nationwide New Energy Management Group Receives License in New State

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Poll: Six in Ten Michigan Voters Support Re-introduction of Full Electric Choice

Results from a new poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies indicate that 58 percent of likely Michigan voters support legislation to eliminate the 10% electric choice cap, while only 20% oppose it.

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PUC Directs PECO to Publish Price to Compare 45 Days Prior to Delivery, Not 75 Days

In a written order reconsidering PECO's proposal to allow electric Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers to shop for a competitive supplier, the PUC has directed that PECO maintain the current schedule of publishing the Price to Compare 45 days prior to the effective date.

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March 12

NRG Energy to Acquire Dominion Retail Electric Book

NRG Energy, Inc. has entered into agreements with Dominion Resources, Inc. to acquire Dominion's retail electric business.

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Proposal Would Require Utility to Verify Consent for All Customer Switches, Ban Variable Rates

A state regulator has invited stakeholders to submit, "written comments on the following topics or proposed rules and requirements," for electric suppliers.

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Not With a Bang, But A Whimper: Pennsylvania Retail Auction Bill Dies; Legislature's Focus Now on Regulating Retail Supplier Pricing (Banning Variable Rates)

Runaway wholesale electric prices have doomed another attempt to expand electric choice, this time in Pennsylvania -- a state which increasingly looks more and more like New York, Connecticut, and dare we say it, Maryland, thanks to unchecked and uncompetitive wholesale pricing.

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Constellation Wins Muni Aggregation Serving 100,000 Customers

Constellation announced that it has been selected by a consortium of seven ...

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Utility Wants Retail Suppliers to Pay One-Half of EDC Billing Changes to Include Supplier Logo on Consolidated Bills

Retail suppliers should be assigned one-half of the cost of changes needed to accommodate retail electric supplier logos on utility consolidated bills, PECO said in comments filed with the Pennsylvania PUC.

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Retail Supplier Asks PUC To Order Utilities To Cease Use of Separate "Customer Number" for Enrollments in Addition to Account Number

Ethical Electric, Inc. has asked the Pennsylvania PUC to require the FirstEnergy electric distribution companies, "to eliminate the use of the duplicitous and burdensome 'customer number' and instead use only the customer's account number for EGS enrollment."

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Bleed Customers Dry: State Regulators Say PJM Generators Seeking to Recover Inflated Costs Not Actually Experienced Under FERC Waiver Make-Whole Payments

Generators in PJM may be exploiting the make-whole payments granted to capacity owners by FERC, allowing cost recovery above the $1,000/MWh price cap, by, "requesting recovery of natural gas 'costs' that they did not in fact experience, but rather which represent simply a published 'spot' cost of natural gas though the generator's actual acquisition costs were well below the spot level," the Organization of PJM States, Inc. warned in a letter to the PJM board of managers.

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Court Approves Sale of Edison Mission Energy Assets to NRG Energy

NRG Energy, Inc. announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved Edison Mission Energy's Plan of Reorganization and the related sale of substantially all of EME's assets, including the equity interests in EME's subsidiaries, to NRG Energy, Inc.

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March 11

NRG, Comcast Launch "Trial" Of Retail Energy Offer, Using Trade Name "Energy Rewards"

NRG Energy, through Independence Energy Group LLC, and Comcast have launched a "trial" of their retail electricity supply initiative, using the Energy Rewards trade name.

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End State: PECO Wants Majority of Residential Default Service To Be Sourced Under 24-Month Contracts Through 2017, Seeks New Long-Term Contract

If the Pennsylvania PUC wants more market-reflective default service, as it indicated (but did not order) in its much-hyped end-state retail electric market order, utilities have not gotten the message.

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Consumer Counsel: Nearly 90% of Retail Supplier Customers Pay More Than Default Service

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Consumer Counsel Warns Customers About Variable Rates, Also Warns on Providing Account Number Over Telephone

Customers should, "use caution when they receive a sales call from an electric supplier asking for account data over the phone."

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Consumer Counsel Proposes State Publish Customer Reviews of Retail Suppliers

Functionality similar to Yelp, Trip Advisor sought

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SHOCK: Utilities Group Seeks to End Residential Retail Choice; Supplier Counters Inaccurate Statements, Cites Utility Costs

The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), representing Ontario utilities, recently "commended" a call from Andrea Horwath, leader of Ontario's New Democrats, to curtail fixed commodity price retail electricity contracts for residential customers.

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NorthBridge Principal: "No Convincing Evidence" Shortening Default Service From 24-Month Horizon Would Better Facilitate Retail Market

The next time you see a study by The NorthBridge Group touting a centralized capacity market, or how a capacity market wouldn't cost materially any more than an energy-only market, keep in mind the following testimony from Scott Fisher, Principal with The NorthBridge Group, who was testifying on behalf of PECO in support of PECO's proposed residential default service portfolio, the majority of which would be served under 24-month contracts.

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Crosslink Advisors Receives License in New State

• Gabel Associates Seeks New License
• Skyline Innovations Receives License in Another New State

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Priorities: PJM Files Tariff Changes to Curb Price-Dampening 'Speculation' in Capacity Market; Ignores Actual Failures By 'Physical' Resources (See 40% Forced Outage Rate)

Not that we needed more evidence that the PJM capacity market is designed to inflate wealth transfers to incumbent asset owners, but PJM's latest filing to reform the Reliability Pricing Model to curb alleged "speculation" (behavior which has the effect of reducing consumer prices) is simply another example of this reality.

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March 10

D.C. PSC Rules on Offset to Pepco POR Discount Rate

The District of Columbia PSC has ruled on Pepco's purchase of receivables discount rates as filed in September, which excluded any offset resulting from late payment revenues paid by competitive supply customers.

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State Fines Retail Supplier $350,000, Cites "Hundreds" of Violations

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Another Retail Supplier Providing $2.4 Million in Rebates Due to Polar Vortex, Announces Other Measures

A retail supplier announced that it has provided customers with approximately $2.4 million in rebates to alleviate the financial impact of the increased price of energy this winter.

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SFE Energy Receives Authority to Serve New Territories

• Energy Initiatives Inc. Receives New License
• Utilities Marketing Group Receives New License
• Energy Auction House Receives License in New State

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Retail Supplier Petitions PUC Regarding Availability of Off-Cycle Meter Read

PNE Energy Supply, LLC sought a declaratory ruling from the New Hampshire PUC regarding the proper interpretation of Rule Puc 2004.07(b)(1)b. with respect to the availability of off-cycle meter reads.

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• New York Sets Date for ESCO EDI Collaborative
• ERCOT Issues Final Report on January 6 Energy Emergency Alert Event

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March 7

Company Plans to Bring Electric Supplier Marketing to 2,000 Retail Storefronts, Establishments By Year-End

A company plans to bring retail electricity supply marketing to 2,000 brick-and-mortar retail storefronts and establishments in the next year.

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PUC "Unable To Determine" if Retail Supplier Properly Disclosed History in License Application, Remands Revocation Proceeding to ALJ

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PUC Sends $59,000 Settlement With Retail Supplier Back to Parties, Seeks More Info

The Pennsylvania PUC has sought more information regarding a settlement between Enforcement Staff and a retail supplier under which the supplier would pay $59,000 to resolve an investigation into alleged slamming, Do Not Call violations, and other marketing violations.

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PUC Zeroes-In on Market-Skewing Problem of Default Service, In Denying Rehearing of PECO CAP Rate Order

With respect to rate issues, the Pennsylvania PUC denied reconsideration of its order granting PECO electric Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers eligibility to shop, with no cap on retail supplier rates, and in doing so, PUC Chairman Robert Powelson and Commissioner Pamela Witmer gave an excellent illustration of how the continued offering of default service by utilities skews the competitive retail market.

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Retail Supplier Groups Issue Briefs to Explain High Winter Pricing

Several retail energy trade associations have issued media briefs to explain why retail rates have spiked recently.

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Ohio Discloses Winning Suppliers at Dominion East Ohio SCO Auction

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has disclosed the winning bidders in the Dominion East Ohio Standard Choice Offer auction, for SCO service for the 12-month period beginning April 1, 2014.

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PJM Provides Pennsylvania PUC With Info on Generation Outages

PJM has provided the Pennsylvania PUC with information on generation facility outages during the cold weather event of January 6-8.

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Texas Think Tank: Facts Speak For Themselves on Capacity Markets

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has released a new presentation: "Letting the Facts Speak: Texas' Reliable Electricity Market."

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• Texas PUC Approves Cease & Desist Authority
• Energy Shopping Comparison Site to Track Historic Price Trends in Multiple States
• AES Launches "Cost-Competitive" Battery-Based Grid Resource

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March 6

It Begins: Four Pennsylvania Utilities See Decline in Residential Shopping (Polar Vortex Impact)

In a reversal of migration trends year-to-date, four Pennsylvania electric utilities saw the net number of residential accounts on competitive supply decrease from about February 26 to March 5, according to the latest stats on PA Power Switch.

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Spark Energy Enters New Service Area

Spark Energy announced that it has expanded service to ...

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Retail Supplier to Provide Millions in Goodwill Credits

A retail supplier announced that it is providing customers with millions of dollars in goodwill credits and rebates, as a result of the polar vortex pricing.

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Pennsylvania Utility Default Service Rate Approaches 12¢

An EDC's residential default service rate for the period starting March 1 is almost 12¢/kWh.

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U.S. Appeals Court to Hear Appeal of Ruling Which Had Granted Class Action Status to Retail Energy Lawsuit

A U.S. Appeals Court will hear arguments regarding whether class action status should have been granted to a lawsuit against Stream Gas & Electric, its marketing unit Ignite Holdings, several subsidiaries, and several affiliated individuals.

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Ethical Electric Receives License in New State

• Energy Auction House Receives License in New State
• Solar Financing Company Receives Broker Licenses in New State

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ERCOT Anticipates Sufficient Generation for Summer

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for this spring and a preliminary outlook for the coming summer.

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ERCOT Notifies PUCT of Inadvertent Transmission of Data Which Could Have Revealed Number of Competitor's ESI IDs

ERCOT notified the Public Utility Commission of Texas, "of its violation of Section 1.3.1(k) of the ERCOT Protocols," due to the transmission of a file to two unintended recipients which could have been interpreted to match the number of ESI IDs identifiable to another LSE.

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March 5

NRG Retail Provider Acquires Customers of Texas REP

One of NRG Energy's retail electric providers has acquired the customers of a Texas REP.

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Texas REP Launches Service in New York

A Texas retail electric provider has begun offering electric and natural gas service in New York.

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Former Principal of Access Energy, Unified Energy Launching New Broker

A start-up has applied for an Ohio electric broker license to serve commercial, mercantile, and industrial customers in all service areas.

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Pennsylvania PUC "Investigating" Causes of "Anomalous" Wholesale Market Charges, Forced Outages in January

The Pennsylvania PUC will be "investigating" the causes of anomalous PJM wholesale market charges experienced in January.

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Delmarva (DE) SOS Prices from Recent Auction LOWER Than 2013

In a contrast to recent default service procurements, Delmarva Power's Delaware procurement of SOS supplies for the period starting June 1, 2014 resulted in clearing prices lower than those from last year's RFP, as well as the prices from the 2010-11 auction (whose results are being rolled out of the portfolio for mass market customers)

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Say What? Pennsylvania Utility Seeking Nonbypassable Surcharge for Excessive Generation Costs Files to LOWER Bypassable Generation Rate on April 1

A Pennsylvania utility seeking to institute a nonbypassable surcharge to recover a default service undercollection resulting from extreme pricing in the PJM market during January has filed to lower its bypassable default service charge by 8% effective April 1.

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Texas Staff Propose Lower Upfront, Ongoing Smart Meter Opt-Out Charge at TNMP

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed testimony recommending lower upfront and ongoing advanced meter opt-out charges at Texas-New Mexico Power.

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• Texas PUC Posts List of Cities Requiring Copy of REP Disconnect Notice Sent to Certain Multi-Family Dwellings
• Consumers Energy Said to be Spending $90,000 Per Month on Ads Opposing Electric Choice

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March 4

New Retail Supplier Launches Service in Pennsylvania

A new retail supplier has launched electric service in Pennsylvania

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Dynegy Talks Market Share, Margins for New Retail Business

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Maryland Utility Files to Set POR Discount Rates to Zero

An EDC has filed at the Maryland PSC to update its purchase of receivables discount rates, with the new rates proposed to be effective June 1, 2014.

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Another: Second Pennsylvania Utility Seeks Nonbypassable Charge for Undercollection in Supply Costs from Extreme Pricing

An EDC has become the second Pennsylvania utility to petition for a nonbypassable rider to recover an undercollection of supply costs due to, "abnormal and sustained cold weather conditions," during January.

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ERCOT Proposes NPRR to Reflect Incremental Load Exposure to POLRs from Mass Transition

ERCOT has proposed Nodal Protocol Revision Request 601 to revise, "the calculation of credit exposure for Counter-Parties that are registered as Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs) and Load Serving Entities (LSEs) and provide Provider of Last Resort (POLR) service as a result of Mass Transition of a defaulting Counter-Party with Load."

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Start-up Focused on Customer-Sited Projects Receives Retail Supplier License

• Mugal, Inc. Receives License in New State
• Trusted Energy Receives License in New State
• C R Sales Solutions Receives New License

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BGE Gas Discount Rate to Decline for Residential Customers

Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed at the Maryland PSC to update its natural gas purchase of receivables discount rates

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• 5 Hires Texas Market Veteran
• Broker Expands to Live Reverse Power Auctions

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March 3

BGE, Pepco Propose Significant Increase in Residential POR Discount Rate

Baltimore Gas & Electric and Pepco have filed at the Maryland PSC updated discount rates proposed to be effective June 1, 2014, which include significant increases in the residential discount.

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NRG Talks Retail Margins, M&A in Discussing Earnings

NRG Energy saw relatively stable overall retail portfolio unit margins for the year 2013, executives said in discussing earnings on Friday.

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Integrys Energy Services Discusses Impact from January Weather, Parent Affirms Retail Strategy

Integrys Energy Services performed as expected during the extreme cold in January, with negative impacts from load following electric contracts offset on the natural gas side, executives said during an earnings call last week.

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Retail Supplier Officially Announces Investment to Support Expansion

A retail supplier officially announced that it has received an investment that will allow the expansion of its operational footprint to residents and businesses at ...

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FERC Approves Transaction Under Which Blackstone, Private Equity to Acquire Majority Stake in Parent of National Retail Supplier

FERC has granted approval for a transaction under which a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group L.P. and a private equity firm will acquire more than 50% of ...

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Start-up Led By Former Retail Supplier Business Development Manager Receives License

• Cost Savers, Inc. Receives New License
• Crossfire Utility Services, Inc. Receives New License
• GG4Energy LLC Receives New License

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Buyer for Utility With Gas Choice Program Confirmed

Utility serves approximately 500,000 customers

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From the Archives: Lawsuit Against Multi-level Marketing Retail Supplier Certified

As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com in January, a class action lawsuit against a retail supplier has been "certified" to proceed on a class action basis, opening the door for similar suits and potentially threatening the viability for the entire multi-level marketing sales channel approach used by retail suppliers.

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February 28

Retail Supplier Announces Supply Arrangement With Shell Energy, Sets Timeline for New England Entry

A retail provider announced that it has entered into a five year agreement with Shell Energy North America (US) L.P. for a structured supply arrangement and credit facility, and announced a timeline for New England market entry

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New York to Allow More Large Electric Customers to Take Competitive Supply Without Using ESCO

The New York PSC, in its retail markets order, has revised the uniform business practices (UBPs) to allow customers to aggregate their electric load in order to meet the threshold of a "direct customer" and participate in the market without an ESCO.

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Start-up Retail Supplier, Led by Veteran of Energy Plus, Reveals Pricing, Receives License in New State

The Maryland PSC granted a start-up retail supplier an electric supplier license to serve all customer classes, as the supplier has now publicly posted its pricing for its initial markets of PECO and PPL in Pennsylvania

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Flash: NRG Reports Customer Growth

NRG experienced continued customer growth in 2013, it said in reporting earnings today.

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ERCOT Reports Significant Improvement in Reserve Margins, In Latest CDR Report

ERCOT's new Capacity, Demand, and Reserves report shows significant improvement in the forecast reserve margin.

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Supplier of the Year, Most Innovative Supplier, Named at Energy Marketing Conference

Energy Marketing Conferences LLC's inaugural New York energy marketing conference held on February 27, named the "Most Innovative Energy Supplier", which went to the energy supplier with the most innovative marketing ideas, and the "Energy Supplier of the Year", which went to the energy supplier, "who succeeded in building a stellar organization and a thriving business."

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Texas Staff Proposal for Adoption Would Further Tweak Definition of "Principal" for Retail Provider Certification Rules Versus Original Proposal

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for adoption to revise the rules governing retail electric provider certification, with the draft proposal for adoption further revising changes to the definition of "principal" under the rules.

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Consolidated Edison Energy Receives New Supplier License
• Broker Running Several New Jersey School, Municipal Load Aggregations Seeks License in New State

• Trusted Energy Receives License in New State
• Groundswell Receives License in New State

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February 27

Another Utility Holding Company Says Sale of Retail Supplier Would Be Considered if Merchant Generation Divested

Supplier has 300,000 customers

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Has the Polar Vortex Closed the Door on Eliminating Utility-Offered Default Service?

Unless current lawmakers are even more oblivious than apocryphal characterizations of the French nobility of the late 18th century, no legislator can cast a vote this year to terminate the availability of utility-offered, hedged default service, because the current runaway variable pricing in the retail market has made default service the "third rail" of utility policy.

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Retail Supplier Names Co-CEOs After Chief Executive Departs

Two 20-year energy market veterans tapped to lead company

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North American Power Receives Approval to Offer Prepay Product

A PSC has approved North American Power's requested waivers to allow North American Power to offer a prepaid product at

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Texas Staff Seek Additional $600,000 Administrative Penalty on Retail Provider, Alleging More Violations

Staff of the Oversight and Enforcement Division of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have increased the amount of an administrative penalty that Staff requests be imposed on ...

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Pennsylvania Attorney General "Concerned" With Retail Supplier Price Spikes, Asks Customers to Submit Rate Data, Reminds That "Price Gouging" Illegal

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is "concerned" with recent retail electric supplier price spikes, and has encouraged customers to send their rate information to the AG's office.

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Here's What Wasn't Included in New York's Retail Market Order

As noted by EnergyChoiceMatters.com's extensive coverage (click here), the New York PSC's retail markets investigation order directed a wealth of significant, market-altering changes, including the introduction of a measure of recourse to POR, subjecting ESCO service to certain low-income customers to various conditions, requiring independent TPVs of certain sales channels, ending the ESCO referral programs, and requiring the publication of ESCO rate histories, to name a few.

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Ohio to Hold Workshop on Retail Supplier Financial Security Requirements, PUCO Tweaks Other Recently Adopted Rules

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has directed Staff to convene an informal workshop to review the financial security requirements applicable to retail suppliers, as PUCO addressed rehearing requests regarding recently adopted changes to the electric market rules.

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Ohio Drops Requirement from TPV Said to Encourage Customers to Shop With Different Supplier

On rehearing, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has deleted from the requirements for third party verifications of retail natural gas contracts a question seen as confusing, and even seen as suggesting to the customer that they should enroll with a provider other than the one for whom the TPV is being conducted.

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Connecticut Light and Power Updates POR Discount Rate

Connecticut Light and Power has filed an annual update to its Purchase of Receivables discount rate, which equals the non-hardship average uncollectibles factor.

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Ohio Accepts Results from AEP Ohio Default Service Auction

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved the results of an auction to procure supplies for a 10% slice of AEP Ohio default service during the period April 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015.

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Maryland Sets Smart Meter Opt-Out Fees

The Maryland PSC has established smart meter opt-out fees as follows:

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From the Archives: PPL Price to Compare to Increase 12% on March 1

As first reported in Matters on Feb. 21

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February 26

Black Tuesday: New York Adds Recourse to Purchase of Receivables; Will Adopt ESCO-Specific Discounts

The New York PSC has added a measure of recourse to its electric and natural gas purchase of receivables programs.

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Given Volatility, FirstEnergy CEO Questions Whether, Retail Market Will, "Exist[] In The Same Format That We See It Today"

FirstEnergy Corp. CEO Anthony Alexander told investors during yesterday's earnings call that given the volatility that has been introduced into the retail market, there's a question of, "whether or not a retail market for customers exists in the same format that we see it today."

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Here's What ESCOs Will Be Required to File, and What New York Will Disclose, in Reporting ESCO Historic Pricing

As noted Friday, the New York PSC has ordered electric and natural gas ESCOs to file pricing history for certain residential and small commercial products, here are the specifics:

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New York Bans Teaser Rates from Power to Choose; Requires ESCOs to "Guarantee" Customers Pay No More Than Power to Choose Pricing, Expands Site to Small Commercial

New York electric and natural gas ESCOs will be required to "guarantee" their prices as listed on New York Power to Choose, including for small commercial service, which will be added to the site

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State Ends Retail Supplier Customer Referral Programs

A PSC has ordered the utilities to cease offering customer referral programs

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Here's How All ESCO Mass Market Sales Pitches Must Now Start in New York, and What TPVs Must Cover

The New York PSC's written retail markets order details the specific sales introduction that ESCOs must now use in mass market sales, and specifies what the newly required independent third party verifications must include

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State: Large Number of Retail Suppliers, "Generating Revenues By Offering Consumers Little More Than Higher Prices"

The sweeping changes that the New York PSC has ordered in the retail market were adopted, "[i]n light of the apparent scarcity of energy-related value-added products and services available in the residential and small non-residential markets; the high complaint rates; and what appears to be a large number of active ESCOs generating revenues by offering consumers little more than higher prices," the PSC said.

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New York Asks If ESCOs Should Pay Annual Fee, Whether Eligibility Requirements Should Be Changed

As part of its further investigation into the retail energy markets, the New York PSC has asked for comment on ESCO eligibility requirements, and whether an annual fee should be imposed on ESCOs.

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New York to Develop Standard ESCO Contract Renewal Notice, Requires Additional Notice If Renewal A Fixed Rate

The New York PSC has adopted new procedures governing the renewal of residential and small non-residential ESCO electric and natural gas contracts, in its retail markets order.

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New York Explains Treatment of Current Low-Income Customers on ESCO Service, Now That Such Service Is Generally Prohibited

With the prohibition on electric and natural gas ESCOs serving customers in utility low-income assistance programs, except under certain conditions, the PSC's written retail markets order explains how utility low-income assistance program customers currently shopping with an ESCO are to be treated.

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New York to Examine Supplier Consolidated Billing, Customer Acquisition Costs, Other Barriers to Value-Added Offerings

As part of its continued retail market investigation focused on facilitating the development of value-added product and service offerings for mass market energy consumers, the New York PSC has issued a series of questions for stakeholder comment regarding ESCO customer acquisition costs, billing (including ESCO consolidated billing), enrollment processes, customer data availability, net metering, and other issues.

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From the Archives: NRG: "Testing" Beacon 10 Gas/Solar-Powered Distributed Gen Tech in Homes, Businesses

First in Matters on 10/22/13, details of NRG Beacon 10 distributed gen solution

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February 25

Texas REP Offering $200 Enrollment Bonus for Free Saturdays Plan

A Texas REP is offering incentives of up to $200 to enroll onto one of its Free Power Saturday products.

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Oasis Energy Launches Electric, Gas Service in New State

Oasis Power, LLC d/b/a Oasis Energy has begun offering residential electric and natural gas service in ...

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Discount Power Seeks Supplier License in New State
• Draft Would Grant Ethical Electric License in New State

• 5 Receives New License
• Genbright Receives License in New State

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Incite Energy Acquires N.J.-based Broker

Incite Energy announced that it has acquired the assets of ...

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PSC "Creates Negative Public Perceptions Of ESCO Pricing Practices"

Certain actions undertaken by the New York PSC, "create[] negative public perceptions of ESCO pricing practices," the Retail Energy Supply Association said in comments to the PSC.

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ConEdison Solutions Reports Customer Growth

ConEdison Solutions recorded customer growth during 2013, parent Consolidated Edison, Inc. reported in its annual 10-K.

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Ohio Staff Supports AEP Alternative Proposal for Rate Mitigation

Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have recommended approval of an alternative proposal from AEP Ohio to mitigate the impact of the transition to market-based rates on residential customers at Columbus Southern Power (CSP).

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Report: Texas Electric Complaints Down, But REP "Violations" Up in 2013

A report from Regulatory Compliance Services says that the total volume of electric complaints filed by consumers with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in calendar year 2013 decreased for the fifth consecutive year, but the "violation" rate increased for the third year in a row.

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February 24

SHOCK: Pennsylvania Utility Seeks Nonbypassable Charge to Recover Excessive Default Service Costs from January (Change from Quarterly to Annual Reconciliation Backfires)

An EDC has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC to institute a nonbypassable charge to recover January default service costs which exceeded the revenues collected from retail rates.

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Retail Suppliers Given Six Days to Provide Disclosure Statements to PUC as Part of Investigation

The Pennsylvania PUC has directed retail electric suppliers to provide, within six business days, copies of disclosure statements of variable price products offered to residential and small business customers for the period December 1, 2013 to February 20, 2014.

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Texas Commissioner Marty Says Energy Market "Healthy", As Focus Shifts to Reliability Standard

"Our energy market seems to be healthy," Texas Public Utility Commissioner Brandy Marty said during Friday's open meeting, as the Commission agreed to focus on the appropriate reliability standard, rather than immediate changes to market design.

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ConEd Ordered to File Proposal to Lower Hourly Pricing Threshold

A final New York PSC order in Consolidated Edison's electric rate case requires the utility to file a proposal to expand mandatory hourly pricing (MHP) to customers with demands over 300 kW.

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Retail Suppliers Tell PJM Board They're "Deeply Concerned" About "Lack of Transparency" on Reserves Charges

Members of the Retail Energy Supply Association, "remain deeply concerned about the lack of transparency regarding January market conditions that precipitated record BOR [Balancing Operating Reserves] charges for one month," RESA said in a letter to the PJM board of managers.

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Retail Supplier Says Default Resulted from Load Calculation Error; Says Will Cease Efforts to Return to Most Markets

A retail supplier said that its recent default at PJM resulted from a "load calculation error."

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Retail Provider Withdraws as Default REP at Sharyland

A REP has withdrawn as a default retail electric provider at the Sharyland Utilities territories newly opening to choice on May 1.

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Ohio Discloses Winning SCO Suppliers at Columbia Gas

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has disclosed the winning bidders in the recent Columbia Gas Standard Choice Offer auction for the 12-month period beginning April 1, 2014

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• Texas Commission to Further Consider Cease and Desist Authority
• FERC to Hold Technical Conference on RTO Pricing During Extreme Cold

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February 21

Pennsylvania to Investigate Requiring Advance Notice of Variable Rate Changes, Rate History Disclosures

With more than 750 high bill informal complaints filed by consumers so far this year, the Pennsylvania PUC has opened an investigation into disclosures and other regulations governing variable rate electric contracts

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New York to Require Door-to-Door, Telemarketing Sales to be Third-Party Verified

The New York PSC will require door-to-door and telephone sales of energy services to include independent third-party verification of those sales, the PSC said in a press release yesterday.

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Centrica Says It's Less Inclined to Pursue Retail Energy M&A in Certain U.S. Regions

Centrica, in discussing earnings yesterday, has revealed which regions it finds most attractive for mergers and acquisitions for its North American business, Direct Energy

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State Prohibits ESCOs from Serving Low Income Customers, Unless...

The New York PSC has banned ESCOs from serving customers participating in utility low-income assistance programs, unless the ESCO meets certain conditions.

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New York to Require ESCOs to Disclose Historic Pricing, Places Emphasis on Value-Added Services

New York ESCOs will be required to disclose their pricing history for certain products, the New York PSC said yesterday.

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Gas South Enters First Retail Energy Market Outside of Georgia

Gas South announced that it is now offering service to customers in ...

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PPL Price to Compare to Increase 12% on March 1

PPL's Price to Compare for certain customers will increase 12% on March 1

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IDT Energy Receives Authority to Serve New Territories
• SBR Energy Receives Supplier License in New State

• Avion Energy Group Receives New License
• Commercial Utility Consultants Receives New License

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New Purchase of Receivables Program Approved by PUC

A final PUC decision approved an unopposed settlement to implement a purchase of receivables program at ...

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PUC Commish: Concerns Regarding PECO CAP Shopping Program Not "Speculative" Given "Recent Volatility"

Concerns that PECO Customer Assistance Program customers will suffer "irreparable harm" under the program adopted by the PUC to allow these customers to shop for their electric supplier are not "speculative," given, "the recent volatility we have seen in the energy markets," Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown said in a partial dissent yesterday.

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Pennsylvania Proposes to Modify Net Metering Size Limitations

The Pennsylvania PUC has issued for comment a proposed rulemaking that would revise certain regulations of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS) of 2004, including regulations pertaining to net metering, interconnection and compliance provisions of the AEPS Act

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February 20

Direct Energy Profits Down on Margin Pressure, Launches $100M Cost Reduction Initiative, Warns on Impact from Extreme Weather

Direct Energy operating profit fell 11% for the year 2013 to $436 million, as increases in profitability in the residential energy supply and residential services segments were offset by compressed margins for Direct's commercial and industrial energy supply business.

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Fuzzy Math: Texas Capacity Market Supporters Know What Future Energy Market Prices Will Be to Make Claim on Cost of Capacity Market; Except They Don't Know What Future Energy Market Prices Will Be, Which is Why They Need a Capacity Market

There's a lot of absurdities when trying to wade through the inconsistent and illogical arguments in favor of a Texas centralized capacity market, but the latest line being pitched by capacity market supporters may be our favorite.

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Start-up Receives Texas Retail Electric Provider Certificate

• Choose Energy Receives New License
• Solar Financing Company Receives Broker Licenses
• Summit Energy Services Receives New License

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Ohio Launches New Energy Shopping, Choice Website

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has launched its new website focusing solely on electric and natural gas choice in Ohio:

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Ohio Discloses Winning Default Service Suppliers

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed the winning bidders in the FirstEnergy utilities' January default service auction.

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February 19

Another Utility Holding Company Puts Retail Electric Supplier Up For Sale

A parent of a retail supplier confirmed to EnergyChoiceMatters.com that its competitive retail electric supplier has been included in a sale process

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Retail Supplier Raises "Due Process" Concerns Regarding Default Process at ISO

A retail electric supplier has raised "due process and fairness concerns" regarding an ISO's triggering of a default of the supplier.

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Dominion East Ohio Default Service Retail Price Adder Falls Significantly in Auction

Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have filed the Retail Price Adjustment resulting from Dominion East Ohio's Standard Choice Offer auction, for default service for the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

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Texas Staff Proposes Lower Upfront Smart Meter Opt-Out Charge at TDUs

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed testimony recommending a lower upfront advanced meter opt-out charge at AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, with a marginally higher monthly ongoing opt-out charge.

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Connecticut Light & Power Posts New Default Service Rates

Connecticut Light & Power has posted new default service rates

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United Illuminating Posts New Default Service Rates

United Illuminating has posted new default service rates

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NTE Energy Announces Development of Peaking Generation in ERCOT

NTE Energy announced plans to develop, own and operate a 270 MW gas-fired peaking generating plant in ERCOT.

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ERCOT New Capacity, Demand and Reserves Report, To Be Issued On Feb. 28, Will Include New Load Forecasting, Won't Include Wind, Planning Reserve Changes

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced that it will release its next 10-year outlook on Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) on February 28.

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February 18

U.S. Gas & Electric Enters Exclusive Strategic Marketing Agreement with Network Marketer

U.S. Gas & Electric, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an exclusive strategic marketing agreement with ...

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Party Seeks Introduction of Electric Choice at El Paso Electric, in Texas Proceeding Reviewing New EPE Power Plants

An intervenor is seeking the introduction of electric choice in a Texas CCN proceeding regarding El Paso Electric's petition to build two additional generating units at its Montana power station.

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Duke Energy to Exit Merchant Generation Business

Duke Energy announced that it has initiated a strategic process to exit its Midwest commercial generation business, which includes ownership interests in 13 power plants.

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TriEagle Energy Launches Service in New Territory

TriEagle Energy has posted its offers for residential service at ...

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Yet Again, Major Texas Competition Advocates Left Behind by Grassroots Choice Movement (Generators Too Busy Seeking Subsidies)

As noted in our related story today, a Texas customer has taken up the fight to introduce electric choice to El Paso Electric, which is the latest example of a disturbing trend in Texas of so-called competitive market advocates not proactively seeking to extend choice to the still significant areas of the state without electric choice.

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February 17

DTE Exec: Deregulated Markets In Trouble; Slams Ability of Market to Cope With "Stresses"

Deregulated energy markets are "in trouble" and cannot provide for Michigan's energy future, DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson said during an earnings call on Friday.

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Retail Supplier: Impact from Price Spikes, Cold Weather Not Material

Extreme cold and volatile wholesale prices have not had a material impact on a retail supplier's earnings, the company said on an earnings call.

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Concern: PUC Issues Second Warning to Shopping Customers About Variable Rate Increases

For the second time in as many weeks, the Pennsylvania PUC issued a news release in which the PUC, "urges customers using a competitive supplier to review their contract as wholesale energy prices have been pushed higher due to cold temperatures and high demand."

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Texas Draft Preamble on Cease & Desist Authority Provides Guidance on When Authority May Be Applied to Retail Electric Providers

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for adoption to implement the Commission's cease and desist authority, which includes in the preamble a discussion of the circumstances under which the authority may be applied with respect to retail electric providers.

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Broker-Consultant 5 Adds Illinois Retail Market Veteran to Team to Lead Chicago Expansion

Broker-consultant 5 announced that it has expanded into the Chicago market, and hired ...

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Texas Generators' Narrative That State Faces Blackouts Being Used in Ad to Stop Choice in Michigan

Those doing the yeoman's work to expand electric choice in Michigan can thank Texas generators for making their life harder, by creating the narrative that Texas, and its current market, face blackouts.

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PECO Statement on Feb. 13 EnergyChoiceMatters Story on PECO CAP Reconsideration Request

PECO has provided the following statement to EnergyChoiceMatters.com regarding our February 13 story concerning its request for reconsideration of the PUC's recent order on expanding shopping eligibility to electric Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers:

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February 14

Start-up Retail Supplier, Led by Veteran of Energy Plus, Changes Name to Inspire Energy, Reveals Segmentation Strategy

A start-up retail supplier has changed its name to Inspire Energy Holdings, LLC.

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Ohio Closes Retail Market Investigation Without Making Any Changes

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has closed an investigation into the retail market without taking any substantive action.

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FLASH: Just Energy Sees Return to Net Customer Growth in Mass Market Accounts

Reverses a net mass market RCE loss recorded from June 30, 2013 to September 30, 2013.

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Retail Supplier Names Market Veteran As Senior Director of Commercial, Channel Sales

A retail supplier named a retail market veteran as its Senior Director of Commercial and Channel Sales

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Guttman Energy Seeks Authority to Serve New Territories
• Consolidated Edison Energy Seeks Supplier License

• Resource Energy Systems Seeks New License
• Epiq Energy Seeks License in Another New State

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EnerNOC Acquires Two Demand Response Providers

EnerNOC, Inc. announced that it has acquired two demand response providers.

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Briefly

• Ohio Denies Nonbypassable Capacity Charge Sought by Duke
• SourceLink Elected to National Energy Marketers Association Executive Committee

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February 13

New Jersey Basic Generation Service Rates to Fall at 3 Utilities, Increase at PSE&G Only Due to Transmission

New Jersey basic generation service electric rates will again decrease on June 1 for three of the state's utilities, with only PSE&G seeing a slight increase in rates unrelated to competitive generation costs, according to the result of the BPU's Basic Generation Service Auction.

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Marcie Zlotnik, Co-Founder of StarTex, Joins Board of Retail Energy Company

Marcie Zlotnik has joined the Board of Directors of ...

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Texas REP Receives Illinois Retail Supplier License

• Start-up General Energy Seeks License in New State
• NRG Kiosk Receives License in New State
• Trusted Energy Seeks Licenses in New State

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PECO Says PUC Order Means Non-Shopping Customers Will Unjustly Subsidize Polar Vortex Rates of Retail Suppliers

PECO has sought rehearing of the Pennsylvania PUC's order extending shopping availability to the utility's electric Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers, without any cap on retail supplier rates charged to CAP customers, as PECO argued in its request for reconsideration that non-shopping customers will be compelled to subsidize the competitive retail rates charged by electric generation suppliers (EGSs), with PECO specifically noting a recent news release from the PUC in which the PUC warned EGS customers that their variable rates may be "higher" due to recent cold weather and wholesale pricing.

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Texas REPs Say Customer Data Proposal from Demand Response Providers Would Compel REPs to Act as "Middleman" for Third Parties

A proposal from demand response providers regarding access to Texas electric customers' account information from demand response providers would compel REPs, "to act as the middleman between the electric utility and any third party for the purpose of allowing the third party access to the customer's proprietary information," a group of REPs said in opposition to the proposal.

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PECO Posts Prices from Default Service Procurement

PECO has posted prices from its January procurement of default service supplies, for various periods beginning June 1, 2014.

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Texas Consumer Groups Seek More Granular Retail Electric Complaint Data

Texas Legal Services Center and the Texas Ratepayers Organization to Save Energy requested that the Public Utility Commission of Texas publish more granular complaint data regarding retail electric providers.

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Briefly

• FirstEnergy Completes Sale of Merchant Plants
• From the Archives: Gulf Electricity Launches Service in New York

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February 12

Gas Marketer With 1.6 Million Customers to Enter Retail Electric Supply Business

A large natural gas marketer will soon enter the retail electricity supply business

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TXU Energy Marketing "Support and Save" Affinity Program for Non-profits

TXU Energy has recently launched a "Support and Save" affinity program which provides ...

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Retail Supplier Names Energy Sales Veteran as Senior Director of Call Center Operations

A retail supplier has announced the appointment of ...

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Utility to Significantly Decrease Purchase of Receivables Discount

A utility has filed its 2014 discount applied to purchased receivables.

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New Retail Supplier Offering Service at Duquesne Light

A retail supplier has begun offering residential electric service at Duquesne Light in Pennsylvania.

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Jackpot! FERC Grants Windfall to Generators By Allowing Offers In Excess Of $1,000/MWh to Set Clearing Price

In yet another order which undermines the notion of competitive markets, FERC has granted PJM a waiver, on a prospective basis, to allow offers in excess of $1,000/MWh to set the locational marginal price.

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PNE Energy Supply Seeks License in New State

• Bridge Energy Services Seeks New License
• Best Practice Energy Seeks Licenses in New State
• Berkshire Energy Partners Receives License in New State

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Calif. Draft Would Allow Utilities to Procure Local Capacity, With Nonbypassable Recovery

A proposed decision from the California PUC would authorize two utilities to procure generation to meet local capacity requirements, with recovery authorized through the nonbypassable Cost Allocation Mechanism.

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Briefly

• Maine Discloses Standard Offer Suppliers
• United Illuminating Reports Default Service Supplier

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February 11

NRG Residential Solutions Launches Service in Two New States, Includes New NFL-Themed Plans

NRG Residential Solutions has begun offering electricity service in ...

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Affiliate of Retail Supplier Offering $600 for Solar Referrals; Still Offering 2 Years Free Electricity

An affiliate of a retail supplier is offering $600 for referring a customer who installs a solar system.

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Parent of Retail Supplier Cuts Distribution by 30% Due to Extreme Weather, Pricing

The parent of a retail supplier announced a cut in its distribution due to the recent market volatility

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Retail Supplier Sees M&A, Margin Opportunities Resulting from Challenging Market Conditions

Parent sees three key opportunities arising from today's challenging market conditions

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Parent of Retail Supplier More Than Doubles Working Capital Facility

The parent of a retail supplier announced that it has expanded its working capital facility with ...

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TXU, Veteran Energy Post Pricing for Sharyland-Cap Rock Service Areas Opening to Choice

TXU Energy and Veteran Energy have posted on PowerToChoose offers for customers in the Sharyland Utilities Brady, Stanton, Celeste and Colorado City areas (Cap Rock territories), which are newly opening to choice starting May 1.

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Another State Regulator Warns Customers About Variable Rate Contracts

A state regulator yesterday urged electric customers, "who have contracted with retail electric suppliers, to be aware that the recent cold temperatures and resulting spike in wholesale power prices, may affect their rates if their contract includes a variable rate."

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Retail Supplier Offering Carbon Offset Valentines

A retail supplier is offering a carbon offset valentine.

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From the Archives: Direct Launches Meridian Smart Thermostat Plan

Direct Energy officially announced its Meridian smart thermostat plans yesterday. See our prior stories for details

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February 10

Sunwave Hires Retail Market Veteran to Lead Expansion to U.S.

Sunwave Gas & Power, the Canadian retail energy supplier expanding to several U.S. states, recently hired ...

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Parent of Texas Retail Provider Names New President

The parent of a Texas retail provider has named a new President

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N.Y. ESCOs Again Protest Against "Pricing Inequity" Reflected in Default Service Rates

Several ESCOs have renewed their protest at the New York PSC concerning the "pricing inequity" which the ESCOs alleged is embedded in the default service rates charged by ...

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Ohio Start-up Focused on Customer-Sited Projects Seeks Retail Supplier License

An Ohio-based start-up, has applied for an Ohio electric supplier license as a power marketer, power broker, and aggregator.

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NEM Working on Self-Policing, Potential "Seal of Approval" for Retail Energy Industry

The National Energy Marketers Association announced that its members are working on examining and developing the next steps, after NEM's National Standards of Conduct, to ensure a positive energy consumer shopping experience, including potentially self-policing mechanisms and/or a NEM seal of approval.

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Exelon Brags About Matched Load Strategy Insulating It From Polar Vortex Retail Hit, With Power Plants Subsidized by Competitors Who Defaulted

Exelon's strategy to match load to generation, "really has played out well" during the extreme January weather, executives said during a Thursday earnings call, in a perfect example of how capacity markets provide asset-owning retail suppliers with an unfair competitive advantage.

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BGE Files New SOS Rates

Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed with the Maryland PSC new SOS rates

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License Briefs

• Genbright Seeks License in New State
• Epiq Energy Seeks Licenses in New State
• Nationwide New Energy Management Group Seeks License in New State
• C R Sales Solutions Seeks New License

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Power Marketer to Pay $7.4 Million Under Settlement With FERC

Settlement relates to virtual trading in MISO

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Brattle FERC Report: "Energy-Only Markets Can Attract The Optimal Level Of Generation Investments"

Simulations run by The Brattle Group and Astrape Consulting, "show that energy-only markets can attract the optimal level of generation investments from a societal-cost perspective," Brattle and Astrape said in a report to FERC.

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Briefly

• Pepco Files Revised SOS Rates for D.C.
• From the Archives: Ohio Staff Files Retail Market Development Workplan, Includes Recommendation on POR
• First in Matters (2/5): MC Squared Launches Mass Market Dynamic Pricing Plan in Illinois

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February 7

Retail Supplier Sees Growth Opportunity from Volatility-Driven "Shake-Out" in Industry

A parent is optimistic that its retail energy supply business can benefit from a likely "shake-out" in the retail energy industry prompted by recent volatility.

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PUC Rejects $75,000 Settlement With Retail Supplier Concerning Alleged Slamming As Inadequate

$75,000 settlement addressed alleged slamming of 10 customers with over 300 accounts

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Retail Supplier Receives Authority to Use Trade Name "Energy Rewards"

A PUC granted a retail electric supplier the authority to use the trade name "Energy Rewards".

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PPL Says Not Focused on Competitive Retail Business, Sees Retail Business as "Modest"

PPL is not "focused" on growing its competitive retail electric supply business, executives said in discussing earnings yesterday.

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Sunwave Gas & Power Receives License in New State
• Draft Would Grant Supplier License to SBR Energy

• Affiliate of Gas Station Operator Receives Retail Energy License
• Guaranteed Electric Brokers Receives License in New State

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PSC Approves $100,000 Settlement with Retail Supplier

Settlement addresses investigation into marketing practices

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Pennsylvania Proposes Including Supplier Logo on Utility Bill, Shopping Information Box

The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a tentative order that would, among other things, require utility consolidated bills to include the logo of the customer's retail electric supplier.

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PSC Rejects Pepco's Dynamic Pricing Proposal (Included SOS and Shopping Customers)

The District of Columbia PSC has rejected Pepco's dynamic pricing proposal, finding that the proposal requires further review.

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D.C. Seeks Additional Comment on Retail Supplier Access to Smart Meter Data

The District of Columbia PSC has issued additional questions and sought supplemental comment regarding the provision of advanced metering interval data and historic AMI interval data to retail electric suppliers.

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Texas QSE to Pay $10,000 Under Settlement With PUCT Staff

A QSE would pay $10,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve its alleged failure to ...

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Texas Capacity Market Supporter: "Clear" That PJM Doesn't Fairly Compensate Capacity Owners for "Reliable" Generation (Again Warns of Retirements)

"It is clear that Exelon and other competitive generators are not fairly compensated for their reliable generation," in PJM, Exelon CEO Christopher Crane said during an earnings call yesterday.

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Regulator Revokes Licenses of Retail Supplier

The Ontario Energy Board has revoked the electricity and natural gas supplier licences of ...

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February 6

Retail Supplier Launches Mass Market Dynamic Pricing Plan in Illinois, Said to be First Smart Meter Offering in Market

A retail supplier has launched a dynamic pricing product for residential electric customers at ...

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Texas REP Offering Concierge Services to Customers

A Texas retail electric provider announced that it has added, "an exclusive first-class concierge service as an additional complimentary benefit to new customers."

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Retail Supplier Adopts Brand "America's Energy Choice"

A retail supplier has begun increasing its use of the tagline "America's Energy Choice."

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Retail Supplier Says Earnings "Pressure[d]" by PJM Volatility

"[V]olatile electricity costs in the PJM market continue to pressure the earnings of our retail energy-marketing business," a retail supplier parent said in reporting earnings for the quarter ending December 31, 2013 (first fiscal quarter).

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Residential, Commercial SOS Rates to Rise at Maryland Utility

A Maryland utility has filed with the Maryland PSC new residential and Type I SOS rates for the period beginning June 1, 2014, and new Type II SOS rates for the period beginning March 1, 2014.

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PSC Warns Customers of Variable Rate Increases from Retail Suppliers

A Public Service Commission issued a news release to alert energy customers who have contracted with retail energy suppliers, "that the recent spate of extremely cold temperatures may affect their rates if they have contracted with retail energy suppliers through variable rate contracts."

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Columbia Default Service Retail Adder Increases 11¢/Mcf

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a Retail Price Adjustment resulting from Columbia Gas' Standard Choice Offer auction, for default service for the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

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Anderson Suggests Texas Commission Study Reliability Standard Prior to Comparing Costs of Resource Adequacy Alternatives, Notes Energy-Only Market Expected to Remain Above Brattle's "Equilibrium" for Next Seven Years (20 Year Track Record of Adequate RA)

Given the recent results of the Brattle economically optimal reserve margin study, Texas Public Utility Commissioner Kenneth Anderson has recommended that the Commission study the appropriate reliability standard (1-in-10 year loss of load event or alternative) prior to instituting a comparison of the costs and benefits of various policy approaches to resource adequacy.

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California Opens Rulemaking to Examine Multi-Year Resource Adequacy Requirement for Retail Suppliers

The California PUC yesterday voted to open a new rulemaking on a multi-year resource adequacy requirement for load serving entities.

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February 5

Retail Supplier in Acquisition Mode, Seeks Distressed Books

A retail supplier has announced an "aggressive" purchase and acquisition strategy of retail energy providers.

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New Texas REP Launches Rewards Program, Including 3% Off Bills for Lifetime

A Texas REP has newly launched a rewards program

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Parent Names New President, Organizational Changes for Retail, Wholesale Marketing Businesses

A parent of a retail supplier announced several organizational changes within its non-regulated business.

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FLASH: RTO's Capacity Market Auction Ends in Shortfall of Resources to Meet Demand, Despite Tripling of Cost

ISO New England's capacity auction to procure capacity to meet a mandated reserve margin resulted in a shortfall of resources for the 2017–2018 year, the ISO said.

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Details of Settlement Filed to Set Adders to Bypassable SOS Rate

Details of a non-unanimous settlement that would set the bypassable SOS Administrative Charge at Pepco and Delmarva have now been filed at the Maryland PSC.

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NRG Energy Signs Deal With Richard Branson's Virgin Limited Edition

NRG Energy has announced an agreement with Virgin Limited Edition to ...

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People's Counsel Seeks Complaint Data on Retail Supplier; Supplier Disputes OPC Characterization of Complaints

The Maryland Office of People's Counsel has requested information from the Maryland PSC's Office of External Relations concerning complaints filed against ...

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Regulator Accepts Assurance of Voluntary Compliance from Retail Supplier

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has accepted an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance filed by a retail supplier concerning a self-reported error in the required price comparison templates.

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Briefly

• CL&P Discloses Last Resort Service Supplier
• ESCO Advisors Elected to National Energy Marketers Association Executive Committee

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February 4

Direct Energy Releases Pricing for Texas Smart Thermostat Plan

Direct Energy has posted pricing for its newly launched Meridian Savings Plans in Texas, which include, as part of the bundles, up to three smart Honeywell smart thermostats.

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Initial REP Pricing Posted for Sharyland Service Areas Newly Open to Choice

Several REPs have now released residential pricing for the Sharyland Stanton, Colorado City, Brady, and Celeste divisions which will transition to retail choice on May 1.

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Dominion Confirms No Buyer Yet Selected for Competitive Retail Electric Book

Dominion confirmed to EnergyChoiceMatters.com that ...

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New Retail Supplier Offering Nest Thermostat

A new retail provider has begun offering to customers a plan which includes a Nest Learning Thermostat at no additional charge.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NEM, DSA Warn of "Extortionate Settlements" if Retail Energy Court Ruling Upheld

Businesses would be subject to the, "risk of extortionate settlements," if the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals does not reverse a lower court's ruling which granted class action status to a suit against Stream Energy and affiliates without the plaintiffs first proving the alleged improper behavior, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, the Direct Selling Association, and the National Energy Marketers Association said in an amicus brief.

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Michigan Utilities File Final Choice Caps for 2014, Space Available at 3 Utilities

Michigan electric utilities have filed their final 2014 10% choice caps, and, at all utilities except three, current choice participation exceeds the caps.

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Texas Retail Providers Press for Prohibition on Use of Utility Brand by Affiliate Offering Competitive Electric Service

A group of Texas retail electric providers have asked the Public Utility Commission of Texas to adopt changes to the Substantive Rules to prohibit the sharing of a brand by a regulated transmission and distribution utility and an affiliate offering competitive electric service.

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Pepco, Delmarva File New SOS Rates

Pepco and Delmarva have filed with the Maryland PSC new SOS rates

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First in EnergyChoiceMatters.com (1/22): NRG Energy Confirms It Is "Working With" Comcast on Retail Energy Initiative

EnergyChoiceMatters.com first identified NRG as Comcast's partner for new retail energy initiative in Jan. 22 story

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February 3

Mid-Atlantic Retail Supplier Drops Customers to Default Service, Extreme Pricing Dealt "Fatal" Blow

A Mid-Atlantic retail supplier confirmed that it is dropping its electric customer base to default service, and has ceased accepting enrollments from new customers.

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Democrats Propose Stricter Marketing, Disclosure Rules for Electric Suppliers (Including No Termination Fee for First 30 Days)

State Democrats have revealed a 2014 legislative agenda including a host of new regulations for electric supplier sales and marketing.

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Brattle: Current Texas Energy-Only Market Can Maintain Optimal Reserve Margin

"[T]he current energy-only market design will sustain a reserve margin of approximately 11.5%, which is 1.3 percentage points above the risk-neutral, economically optimum level of approximately 10.2%," The Brattle Group said in a report on the economically optimal reserve margin prepared for the Public Utility Commission of Texas

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Dominion on Exit from Retail Electric Marketing Biz: "Doesn't Fit Our Business Model", Notes Lack of Assets to Match Book

Dominion ultimately decided to exit the competitive electric retail market because, "[i]t just doesn’t fit our business model," Tom Farrell, Dominion CEO, said on an earnings call Friday.

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Suspended Retail Supplier to Provide Plans "To Return To Active Service"

A retail supplier informed the Connecticut PURA that it expects to provide PURA with, "the plans of People's to return to active service in this region," in the near future.

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PUC Orders Reduction in Utility Charges Applicable to Retail Suppliers

A PUC has adopted temporarily revised charges applicable to services provided by a utility to retail electric suppliers, to be in effect pending an incremental cost study for such charges.

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Massachusetts Utilities File POR Discount Rates

Massachusetts electric utilities have filed purchase of receivables uncollectible discount rates resulting from consensus terms and conditions.

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PUC Urges Customers to Review Variable Rate Contracts After Cold Snap

A PUC urged customers using a competitive supplier to review their contract as cold temperatures and high demand have driven the wholesale price of electricity higher.

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State Reports Customers, Load of Each Competitive Electric Supplier

A PSC has issued its annual report on electric competition, which discloses the year-end customer count and load of competitive electric suppliers, by service area.

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FERC Grants New York Generators Make-Whole Payments Above $1,000, Calls Cost Increase "Appropriate"

Despite the ostensible obligations placed on capacity suppliers, FERC unsurprisingly granted the New York ISO's petition to grant make-whole payments to generators with costs in excess of $1,000/MWh.

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Briefly

• PUC Rejects Default Service Solicitation Results
• State Sets Public Hearings on Electric Supplier Practices

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January 31

FLASH: Retail Supplier With 700,000 Electric Customers to Sell Electric Book

A company with 700,000 competitive retail electric customers announced this morning in reporting earnings that it will sell its unregulated retail electric marketing business.

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Utility Says ISO New England Has Informed It of Retirement of Retail Supplier's Load Asset

A utility says that it has been informed by ISO New England of the retirement of the load asset of a retail electric supplier

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Northeast Retail Supplier Receives Texas REP Certificate

• Resource Energy Systems Seeks License in New State
• Best Power LLC Seeks License in New State
• J2M2, Inc. Receives License in New State

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City of Chicago Expands Ability for Small Businesses to Join Electric Aggregation

The City of Chicago and Integrys Energy Services announced changes to the City's electric aggregation program for small businesses meant to extend the service, on an opt-in basis, to some 40,000 additional small businesses

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Retail Supplier Marketing Carbon Offsets to Offset Sports TV Viewing

A retail supplier is now marketing carbon offsets to offset the emissions associated with watching televised broadcasts of the ...

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Voice of Reason: Retail Supplier Opposes Waiver to Allow PJM Offers Above $1,000/MWh to Set LMP, Says Capacity Suppliers Should "Honor Their Commitments"

Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. has asked FERC to deny a waiver requested by PJM to allow it to accept offers in excess of $1,000/MWh and for such offers to set the market-clearing LMP.

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Voice of Reason 2: Industrials, Consumer Advocates Say Load Shouldn't Be Forced to Cover Generators' "Poor Decision-Making" In Not Hedging Gas Risk, In Opposing Waiver of PJM $1,000/MWh Offer Cap

A coalition of industrial customers and consumer advocates said that granting PJM's requested waiver to allow offers in excess of $1,000/MWh to set the market-clearing LMP would compel customers to reward generators which failed to prudently hedge their variable costs of producing generation once they assumed a capacity supply obligation.

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Top Cop, Former U.S. Attorney Nominated to Chair FERC

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate ...

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FERC Approves Change in PJM Capacity Market Seen as Increasing Costs $1.8 Billion Over Two Years

FERC accepted as filed by PJM tariff revisions for the capacity market which will now limit the amount of certain demand response resources which are procured.

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NRG, Comcast Launch Retail Energy Trial

NRG Acquires Customers of APNA Energy

Choice Coming to New Texas Service Areas

TXU Affiliate "Will" Offer Residential Service in Pa.

Columbia Choice Program Terminated

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