Facebook has switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s (PCE) ECO100 option, which is an option 100% renewable energy product for participants in the PCE community choice aggregation
In a list of issues filed in the Texas PUC docket reviewing Lubbock Power & Light's petition to join ERCOT, the Alliance for Retail Markets included the following issues as issues to be considered in the case:
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, The O.E. Group asked the New York PSC to authorize a model under which brokers could enter into contracts with customers under which the brokers could select, on the customer's behalf, an ESCO, and be able to switch the customer to such ESCO without requiring additional customer consent (apart from the earlier broker-customer contract) to the specific ESCO product
ERCOT will host a third informational workshop on the proposed Mass Transition of Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) ESI IDs from Sharyland Utilities to Oncor Electric Delivery Company.
The Maryland PSC is seeking comments on a petition from NRG Energy, Inc., Interstate Gas Supply, Inc., Just Energy Group, Inc., Direct Energy Services, LLC, and ENGIE Resources LLC to institute supplier consolidated billing for electricity and natural gas
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Direct Energy, through its witness John Hanger (former Pa. PUC Commissioner), proposed several retail energy market changes. While not the company's preferred solution, Direct Energy said that if the PSC feels intervention in the market is necessary with respect to variable rates, the Commission could impose, for a trial period, "guardrails" that limit how much a variable rate can increase in any one month.
As part of a series of proposed market reforms contained in its testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, a witness for the Retail Energy Supply Association proposed that New York implement a purchase of receivables (POR) "clawback" to prevent against, " distasteful business practices."
Ambit Energy announced a new free nights plan for Texas residential customers, plus a new plan providing a bill credit for higher usage customers and a new plan with tiered pricing for various usage levels
As part of a series of proposed market reforms contained in its testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, a witness for the Retail Energy Supply Association proposed that, as part of strengthened ESCO eligibility requirements, the PSC should "review" an ESCO's ability to offer energy-related value-added products and services
New York's current market structure favors utilities over ESCOs and direct customers, and any prohibition on mass market sales by ESCOs is premature until such inequities are fixed, the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) said in testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets
ESCOs have saved New Yorkers, across all customer classes, over $10 billion over the last 16 years, the National Energy Marketers Association said in testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets
In response to a request from the Texas PUC's Director of Docket Management, Oncor has clarified two issues related to language, proposed to be part of an order approving Oncor's acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, that is intended to ensure that Oncor's rates are passed through to customers served by Sharyland Utilities who will become Oncor customers after the Sharyland Transaction closes.
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Staff of the New York Department of Public Service recommended that the PSC prohibit ESCO sales to mass market customers except where there is a guaranteed savings versus default service, where there is a "value-added" 100% renewable product (for electricity only), or where such sales occur through a municipal aggregation for a not-for-profit municipally owned or not-for-profit ESCO.
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Direct Energy presented an analysis showing that New Yorkers could have saved $18 billion by shopping for an ESCO from 2011-2016
The New York Attorney General and New York Utility Intervention Unit filed joint testimony in the New York PSC's retail energy mass market review proceeding seeking an "immediate" prohibition on ESCO service to mass market customers
The Michigan PSC, in an order on the capacity demonstration process, ruled that LSEs, including retail suppliers, will not need to meet a locational capacity requirement for the period 2018-2021, but opened a new proceeding to determine the allocation of the forward locational requirement starting in 2022
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday, the New York PSC adopted an order extending the deadline for implementation of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to low-income customers and the requirement to return assistance program participant (APP) customers to default service, and which requires utilities to provide updated lists of APP customers to ESCOs
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's review of the retail energy mass markets have issued a ruling authorizing limited updates to parties' initial testimony, as a result of their ruling on sanctions sought by the Public Utility Law Project against Robison Energy LLC and Agway Energy Services LLC, with the updated testimony limited to issues related to information contained in discovery responses filed by the two ESCOs after the ALJs ruled on the motion for sanctions
The Texas PUC's Director of Docket Management has requested that parties clarify two issues related to language, proposed to be part of an order approving Oncor's acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, that is intended to ensures that Oncor's rates are passed through to customers served by Sharyland Utilities who will become Oncor customers after the Sharyland Transaction closes.
The New York PSC today adopted an order which Staff described as being more "generous" to ESCOs with regards to the deadline for implementation of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to low-income customers and the requirement to return assistance program participant (APP) customers to default service
The Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) largely approved revisions to the retail electricity marketing rules as approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in a second notice, but ordered several key revisions, including the elimination of double verification for in-person sales, according to the Citizens Utility Board which issued a statement on JCAR's actions
Oncor, in a proposal supported by several retail electric providers, has proposed changes to the proposed order that would approve Oncor's acquisition of the Sharyland Utilities territories -- transitioning such customers to Oncor's delivery tariff -- to ensure that retail customers, particularly those on "bundled" products, receive the benefits of the lower Oncor delivery rates
In a September 12 filing, New York Department of Public Service Staff disagreed with requests filed by several ESCOs, who had objected to Staff's interpretation that the process for returning Assistance Program Participant customers to utility supply should commence on September 25, and further said that the process should proceed based on the information already provided by the utilities (rather than updated lists sought by ESCOs)
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio scheduled a workshop concerning the periodic five-year review of Ohio Adm.Code Chapter 4901:1-19, which contains the rules regarding alternative rate plans (merchant function exit, etc.)
The Coalition of Renewable Energy Users and Developers (CORE) requested that the New York PSC fast track the treatment of a billing issue associated with implementation of the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) for C&I customers purchasing supply from an ESCO
A scrivener's error led to the erroneous inclusion of language in proposed changes to the retail electric market rules that would include distributed generation provider under the definition of, "energy supplier," a PSC said in an order last week
Several ESCOs filed individual requests with the New York PSC on Friday asking that the PSC direct the utilities to send updated lists of assistance program participant (APP) customers prior to starting the process of ending service to such customers, ans also sought more time so they may comply with applicable UBP requirements for customer notice of such drops
A New York Appellate Division court denied a request from the National Energy Marketers Association and several ESCOs to stay (pending consideration of the merits of an appeal) the New York PSC's order generally prohibiting ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, and with such Appellate Division order denying a stay, the temporary restraining order on implementation of the order has expired.
A group of retail suppliers have petitioned the Maryland PSC to issue an order that mandates the implementation of Supplier Consolidated Billing (SCB) as a billing option available to customers of competitive licensed retail electricity and natural gas suppliers by June 30, 2019
Texas State Rep. Chris Paddie, who sits on the State Affairs committee and sponsored SB 1976, which allows the Public Utility Commission of Texas, upon the request and funding by REPs, to develop a list of low-income electric customers, said in a letter to the PUCT that SB 1976 was not intended to mandate that REPs be compelled to use the list to continue providing the various low-income protections on an unreimbursed basis
Several large C&I customers have formed the Advanced Energy Buyers Group, described as, "a collection of large energy users seeking to expand access to energy that is secure, clean, and affordable," with the goal of, "elevating the voice of advanced energy purchasers on policy issues that impact access to advanced energy."
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a memo stating that retail electric providers should prioritize customer assistance and dedicate their focus on customers displaced or impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and to facilitate such focus, and that the PUCT will therefore exercise its enforcement discretion with respect to certain other timelines and obligations otherwise required under the substantive rules for non-prioritized matters.
A proposed order from a Maryland Public Utility Law Judge would determine the components for the bypassable SOS admin. charge at Pepco and Delmarva, and would result in a reduction in the charge versus the current charge.
At the order of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric said in an updated September 4 market notice that it is turning off power to approximately 2,700 residential premises included in the Mayor’s mandatory evacuation order (south of Interstate 10, west of Gessner Road, north of Briar Forest Drive and east of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs).
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a memo stating that, in order to allow electric TDUs to prioritize service orders related to utility restoration, outages, reconnection, and de-energized move-ins, the PUCT is exercising its enforcement discretion related to various timelines that would otherwise be required for completion of routine service orders under the substantive rules and standard tariff for delivery service
Sharyland Utilities said in a September 1 market notice that transitory fuel supplier issues that had prompted the suspension of service orders, except for Outage orders, Reconnect for Non-pays, and De-energized Residential Move-Ins, have been resolved and Sharyland has resumed normal processing of Service Orders.
A draft order to be considered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas at today's open meeting would require retail electric providers to offer deferred payment plans to customers, upon request, in an area covered by a disaster declaration
In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor of Texas granted a request from the Public Utility Commission of Texas to suspend several provisions of the Texas Administrative Code in order to allow AEP Texas to provide electric generation service to the community of Holiday Beach and surrounding areas served off the Tatton Substation, until such time that the electric transmission, substation, transformers, and other associated equipment is rebuilt.
NRG said in a PUCT filing, concerning customer assistance provided in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, that its Texas retail electric providers will, "halt disconnect notices through September 30th for customers in affected areas."
In a filing with the New York PSC responding to a motion for sanctions filed by the Public Utility Law Project due to an alleged failure to abide by a discovery order, Robison Energy LLC called PULP's motion, "petty," and sought denial of the motion, reporting that it acted in good faith with respect to PULP's discovery requests and filed a supplemental response on August 25.
In a filing with the New York PSC responding to a motion for sanctions filed by the Public Utility Law Project due to an alleged failure to abide by a discovery order, Agway Energy Services said that it was "confused" by PULP's request and said that it is in full compliance with the relevant PSC order
A settlement signed by numerous parties in AEP Ohio's electric security plan proceeding would affirm AEP Ohio's authorization, from a prior PUCO order, to develop new renewable generation, but would add the ability for AEP Ohio to enter into a contract (known as a reasonable arrangement) with a retail customer for such new generation
The Retail Energy Supply Association issued an analysis finding that many competitive retail electric supply offers listed on the state's Empower RI website are priced below the 53% National Grid default service rate hike which will take effect in October
A lawsuit, seeking class-action status, has been filed in federal court by a low-income ESCO customer against the New York State Public Service Commission concerning the PSC's order prohibiting ESCOs from serving assistance program participant (APP) customers
The workgroup leaders in a Maryland PSC rate design proceeding (PC44) have filed proposals for two pilot programs to offer customers Time of Use rates -- one of which relies on a retail supplier to offer dynamic supply prices, and another designed for SOS customers that would offer TOU rates for delivery service only.
Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson sent a letter to Oncor CEO Robert Shapard inviting Shapard, as well as Oncor's Chairman of the Board, Jim Adams, or another board member, to attend the PUC's August 31 open meeting to discuss various issues related to Oncor's proposed change-in-control and current financial conditions
The Michigan PSC approved one of the options proposed by Consumers Energy under its Voluntary Large Customer Renewable Energy Pilot Program (VLC), which will offer large businesses the opportunity to purchase 100 percent renewable energy.
A regulator has issued for comment several proposed changes to the state's retail electricity shopping website and rate board, and in doing so noted that it has changed the default view of offers listed on the site
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed recommended fees to be allocated to retail electric providers and other companies to cover the cost of broadcasting PUCT meetings online for FY 2018.
Commissioners of the Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday agreed to hold a second workshop, to be held in October, concerning its project examining potential enhancements to improve the efficiency of the ERCOT energy-only market, including price formation issues
AEP Texas, Inc., as the successor in interest to AEP Texas Central Company, would pay $20,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of 16 Tex. Admin. Code (TAC) § 25.214(c), relating to Transmission and Distribution Utility Tariffs, and specifically tariff provisions governing the use of estimated meter reads