The Public Utility Commission of Texas should deny a request for resettlement sought by Champion Energy Services due to the reliance on inaccurate meter data from Texas-New Mexico Power, ERCOT and TNMP said in separate replies to a complaint.
The New Hampshire PUC has opened Docket 14-238 in response to HB 1602, which requires the PUC to, "commence and expedite a proceeding to determine whether all or some of PSNH's generation assets should be divested."
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"[I]n response to input from parties stating the need for additional discussions regarding accelerated switching of energy providers," Staff of the New York PSC will convene a second technical conference to discuss whether and how to effectuate accelerated switching on ...
A Texas QSE would pay $28,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of PURA § 39.151 (d) and (j); P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.503(f)(2), related to oversight of wholesale market participants; and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Protocols §§ 3.9(7) and 188.8.131.52, related to current operating plans and energy offer curves for RUC-committed resources, respectively
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By taking no action on the filing of the results from ISO New England's capacity auction for the 2017-18 delivery period by September 15, FERC allowed ISO-NE's tariff filing containing the results of the auction to become effective by operation of law.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire has proposed changes to its Rate ADE - Alternative Default Energy Service which would eliminate the ability for certain large customers to return to traditional fixed price default service (Rate DE) after having migrated to competitive supply.
The multi-step transaction that would essentially see PPL Energy Supply, LLC and RJS Power Holdings LLC combine to form Talen Energy, "would have an anticompetitive impact on several local energy markets," even with the companies' proposed mitigation measures, the PJM Independent Market Monitor said in comments to FERC seeking additional mitigation measures.
A Texas REP would pay $42,500 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve allegations that E-Now failed to maintain funds, in the appropriate instruments and accounts, to cover 100% of customer deposits and advance payments.
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A partial settlement in PPL Electric Utilities' default service proceeding for the period beginning June 1, 2015 would depart from the current quarterly price changes for residential and small commercial default service, in favor of six-month fixed pricing.
The Connecticut PURA has issued its preliminary findings and determination regarding each retail supplier's RPS compliance, RECs banking, and the alternative compliance payments to be required from each supplier, for 2012 RPS compliance.
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Citing reliability concerns, the Massachusetts natural gas LDCs have requested authorization to include up to 30 percent of the Winter 2014/15 design day and design winter gas-supply requirements of capacity-exempt transportation customers in the planning and procurement process for Default Service for the period November 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
An Ohio utility has told a group of industrial customers that it intends to reimburse them for charges paid on utility consolidated bills related to FirstEnergy Solutions' RTO Expense Surcharge, and will cease billing amounts related to the charge on utility consolidated bills, the industrial customers disclosed in a complaint regarding FES's surcharge filed at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a final proposed list of retail electric providers designated to serve as Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for the 2015-16 term, for each customer class and TDU area.
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The Pennsylvania PUC approved a settlement under which PPL Electric Utilities will meet its statutory obligation to offer a Time of Use rate to customers by relying on electric generation suppliers under an open process.
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• Trib: ComEd Closely Guarding Smart Meter Data
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Direct Energy in late September will launch a series of roadshow-type events, called the Innovation to Inspiration Tour, highlighting innovative products and services for residential and business customers.
The Pennsylvania PUC via secretarial letter directed retail electric suppliers to conduct a review of their internal procedures, including any used by a vendor, to ensure they will be in compliance with the newly adopted "accelerated switching" regulations by December 15, 2014.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has issued notices of civil penalties against eight retail suppliers concerning alleged failure to pay RPS alternative compliance payments, alleged failure to submit required receipts for such payments, or alleged failure to file annual reports on their intrastate gross revenues.
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ERCOT has petitioned a federal bankruptcy court to compel Glacial Energy to assume, or reject, various "executory contracts" with ERCOT, including the Standard Form Market Participant Agreement, in order to preserve ERCOT's standard remedies to protect the market against uplift should a market participant fail to meet additional collateral requirements or fail to perform, including the transition of customers to Providers of Last Resort.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a revised preliminary determination of retail electric providers that are to be designated Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for the 2015-16 term
The Connecticut PURA has sought comments on implementing Public Act No. 14-94, which requires PURA to study, "the feasibility of allowing a nonprofit entity to aggregate electric meters that are billable to such entity. "
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Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a preliminary determination of retail electric providers that are to be designated Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for the 2015-16 term (Project 42201).
Proposed changes just to the PJM variable resource requirement (VRR) curve would cost over $4 billion over three years, a coalition of state regulators, consumer advocates, and industrial customers said in a letter to PJM's Board of Managers.
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A state regulator, in perhaps an imprecisely written directive, has declared that "all" customer contracts are public documents and therefore not entitled to confidential treatment when filed with the regulator
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FERC has opened a Section 206 investigation regarding PJM Up-to Congestion (UTC) charges, including their treatment as virtual transactions, and the method of application of the Financial Transmission Rights (FTR) forfeiture rule to UTCs.
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• Bill Limiting Municipal Aggregation Fails
Staff of a PSC have proposed eliminating the ability for retail electric and natural gas suppliers to obtain customer consent for a switch via a verbal authorization, such as a TPV, and would instead require that all authorizations be in the form of written or electronic consent.
Five Pennsylvania electric utilities saw an increase in the number of residential customers on competitive supply, and a sixth barely lost any residential shoppers, according to the most recent weekly stats from the PUC
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio affirmed in a rulemaking relating to the filing requirements for electric security plans that electric distribution companies should be permitted to offer alternative retail generation rates, such dynamic pricing or time-based generation rates, as part of default service
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The Georgia PSC recently issued a written order granting Infinite Energy, Inc. a limited rule waiver to allow Infinite to provide enrollment materials via email for customers who voluntarily request electronic service.
The Pennsylvania PUC recently granted a petition from PPL Electric Utilities to extend the contract terms for the final default service procurements for the residential and small commercial and industrial customer classes under its current default service plan, to be procured in October 2014, by an additional six months.
In a statement regarding a recent order concerning the purchased gas cost filing of Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC - Equitable Division, Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner James Cawley expressed concern with the retainage rate as contained in a settlement agreement, noting its impact on retail suppliers, and urging parties to be mindful of "competitive fairness," even when retail suppliers do not actively participate in the PGC proceedings.
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Five Texas transmission and distribution utilities petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to distribute proceeds from the letter of credit provided by a REP, stating that they are collectively owed more than $450,000.
The Connecticut PURA has approved a customer notice to be sent to customers of HOP Energy who will be transferred to Viridian Energy after Viridian agreed to purchase the HOP Energy book, and the notice is notable for requiring the disclosure of the customer's new rate after assignment for variable rate customers.
Maryland should consider implementing pro-rata utility consolidated billing, instead of purchase of receivables, to address the variable rate pricing issues which were revealed during this year's polar vortex, the Maryland Office of People's Counsel said in comments on a working group report.
In the New York PSC Staff straw proposal concerning Track One of the Reforming the Energy Visions proceeding (click here for related story), Staff said that they, "may make a proposal," concerning opt-out municipal aggregation, or community choice aggregation, in the future.
Staff of the New York PSC has issued a straw proposal for Track One of New York's Reforming the Energy Visions Proceeding, which, among other things, recommends enhancements to consolidated utility billing, and would grant distributed energy resource (DER) providers with customers information, unless the customer opts out.
The Pennsylvania PUC yesterday issued a tentative order proposing to open the next phase of its investigation into whether the retail natural gas market is workably competitive, proposing to direct the Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO) to study specific issues, and the tentative order is notable for what would not be considered in the retail market investigation.
Champion Energy Services, LLC has filed a complaint at the Public Utility Commission of Texas against Texas-New Mexico Power Company and ERCOT, relating to alleged inaccurate settlement meter data from TNMP, and ERCOT's ultimate reliance on the inaccurate data for wholesale settlement purposes.
A lawsuit, which seeks class action status, has been filed against a retail supplier and various affiliates in the United States District Court for the District Of New Jersey, alleging that its rates charged to customers are not "competitive" nor based on prevailing market conditions.
Two Pennsylvania ALJs, in orders on preliminary objections to complaints filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and Office of Consumer Advocate against several retail suppliers, would affirm that the PUC lacks jurisdiction to regulate electric generation supplier "pricing," but does have the authority to compel refunds, and, implicitly, may judge pricing against a supplier's disclosure statement.
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Commonwealth Edison has seen an acceleration in the return of residential customers to default service for the third consecutive month, according to migration data as of June 30, 2014 now posted on PlugIn Illinois
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Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have requested that Commission effectuate a consent order that was previously adopted as part of a settlement between Staff and Proton Energy that requires the revocation of Proton's REP certificate if certain milestones are not met.
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NRG Energy's retail brand Compassion Energy, focused on affinity charity donations, is not accepting new customers at this time, as NRG is "realigning" some of its retail brands in the wake of acquiring Cirro Energy, which had its own charity affinity program.
NRG Energy, Inc. and Goal Zero, described as a leader in providing personal solar products, have reached an agreement that will bring the "rapidly growing consumer products company" into the NRG family of companies.
The Pennsylvania PUC is allowing the electric distribution companies to delay the implementation of instant connects (switch-at-connect, or day-one switching) and seamless moves, in order to allow the EDCs to focus on implementation of a 3-business day switching timeframe.
A Connecticut PURA final decision has granted the electric distribution companies, upon the consent of the state's procurement manager, greater flexibility to drop, add, or combine Standard Service procurement dates, and to increase the amount of default load self-managed by the utilities.
GDF Suez Energy Resources, NA filed a complaint at FERC concerning ConEd's submission of estimated data to NYISO for billing purposes which grossly overstated the consumption of a Suez customer, and which was not corrected until after the close of the NYISO settlement deadline
Pennsylvania saw a statewide decrease in residential electric shopping in the most recent week, departing from the general trend of growth (driven by the FirstEnergy EDCs) over the summer, but one which may settle in for some time as Prices to Compare become more competitive at a number of utilities on September 1.
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Although IDT Energy saw its net loss of customer accounts slow during the three months ended June 30, 2014, it still saw an elevated level of churn, and its customer base as of June 30, 2014 is 25% lower than its total as of June 30, 2013
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Several New York utilities have sought extensions from New York PSC of the deadline for implementation of online historical bill calculators, which are to allow shopping customers to compare actual ESCO costs to shadow-billed default service
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A Connecticut PURA draft decision would grant the electric distribution companies, upon the consent of the state's procurement manager, greater flexibility to drop, add, or combine Standard Service procurement dates, and to increase the amount of default load self-managed by the utilities.
The District of Columbia Office of the People's Counsel has filed a complaint against Washington Gas Light alleging that WGL engaged in, "unauthorized and unlawful cash compensation of Competitive Service Providers (CSP) who over-delivered natural gas supplies to WGL's city gate during the 2008-2009 winter heating season."
Citing a, "fundamental change in the markets," a supplier told investors yesterday that it is exiting the retail market for mass market and mid-sized commercial and industrial customers, reporting that it already has returned "select" customers to POLR service.
A draft decision, first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com (click here), regarding new electric customer protections and rules for retail suppliers, "could stifle and ultimately collapse the retail electric supply market," the Retail Energy Supply Association said in a motion to extend the deadline for exceptions to the draft order.
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FERC yesterday issued a formal Staff notice of alleged violations, "that in a nonpublic investigation pursuant to 18 C.F.R. Part 1b, the staff of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has preliminarily determined that Houlian (Alan) Chen, HEEP Fund Inc., and CU Fund Inc., and Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC, violated the Commission’s Anti-Manipulation Rule, 18 C.F.R. § 1c.2 (2014) by engaging in manipulative Up To Congestion trading in the PJM Regional Transmission Organization between June and August 2010."
PPL has seen its first weekly growth in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply since shortly after customers began feeling the impacts of the polar vortex, according to the June 30 shopping statistics from the Pennsylvania PUC.
The FirstEnergy Ohio utilities would continue to rely on a mix of 12, 24, and 36-month contracts to serve all default service classes under an electric security plan covering the period June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019
The FirstEnergy Ohio electric distribution companies included several retail market "enhancements" as part of their electric security plan filing covering the period beginning June 1, 2016, but most of the enhancements are required under PUCO's retail market investigation order, and those which were not previously ordered to be implemented are underwhelming.
As part of their electric security plan for the period beginning June 1, 2016, the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities have proposed implementing 15-year ratepayer backed contracts to support two power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions (as well as its share in a jointly owned plant) under an "Economic Stability Program"
Not only have forecasts of accelerated churn at TXU during Energy Future Holdings' bankruptcy not yet come to fruition, EFH actually saw its retail customer count increase during the three months ended June 30, 2014, according to a 10-Q filed Friday.
With one of its largest pure-play generation rivals Dynegy entering the retail electric supply business last year, Calpine is increasingly unique among merchant generators in not owning a retail book as a hedge for its generation to counter the cyclical nature of the business.
A draft order from a state regulator would effectively preclude the sale of electric supplier customer books via contract assignment, by requiring affirmative consent of the customer for any such assignment.
Events of last winter have made obvious what critics of capacity markets have long-stated, and have forced PJM, in a problem statement published Friday, to concede that, "the current set of performance incentives and penalties for Capacity Resources does not sufficiently address all that is required to ensure that operational reliability will be maintained through all seasons."
With competitors pricing in additional risk into C&I contracts, Direct Energy has seen a "material increase" in sold unit margins for both gas and power C&I contracts during the first half of the year, Centrica said yesterday.
A supplier submitted the following letter to the Connecticut PURA concerning a review of its marketing and billing practices in Connecticut, and specifically the terms of its guaranteed savings product.
Craig Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Energy Marketers Association, will deliver the keynote address at the September 8th New York Retail Energy Marketing Conference, organizer Energy Marketing Conferences announced yesterday.
AGL Resources said during an earnings call this week that it remains open to "opportunistic" acquisitions to augment its competitive retail energy business, but it is currently focused on organic growth after acquiring several books recently.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved, as designed by Staff, an allocation methodology to assign non-shopping non-residential customers at Columbia Gas of Ohio to a competitive supplier should an exit from the merchant function for non-residential service be triggered.
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Ohio retail suppliers which are engaged in bankruptcy proceedings which have their supplier licenses expire and due for renewal during the pendency of the bankruptcy protection should have conditions placed on any license renewal, AEP Ohio suggested to PUCO.
Prompted by utilities' filing of contingency procurement plans for electric default service, the Retail Energy Supply Association has asked the Massachusetts DPU to consider changes in the pricing or the load-following default service product, or potentially the removal of the utility from the default supplier role.
PJM issued a notice to market participants that, "certain external interchange scheduling practices could result in notification of such transactions by PJM, and/or referral by the Independent Market Monitor (IMM), to the FERC Office of Enforcement for investigation."
A Texas REP has announced that it has entered into an agreement with a Dallas-based investment banking advisory firm and plans to initiate a capital raise to fund its organic growth strategy which includes expansion into other deregulated utility markets nationwide.
A PSC has deferred adopting on a permanent basis an acceleration in the customer switching timeline, finding that the matter should be addressed in the Commission's generic review of retail market customer protections.
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• New Connecticut Draft Maintains Conclusion That Few Benefits Apparent from Supplier Consolidated Billing
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A PUC has proposed in a rulemaking that variable rates offered by retail electric suppliers shall be specified in terms of an index or formula and, "must be reasonably reflective of electricity market conditions."
The Texas Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to conduct an investigation into the policies and practices of a REP in offering residential consumers a prepaid electric service, alleging that the product, "violates certain PUC customer service protection rules, uses deceptive marketing, and discriminates against customers on the basis of income."
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Niagara Mohawk (National Grid) had petitioned the New York PSC for tariff changes that would provide it with discretion regarding the period over which it must reconcile electric default service costs.
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• Texas REP Promoting Hydropower Plans
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Under a preliminary PJM Staff recommendation concerning "reforms" to the capacity market, PJM would allow generators to earn windfall energy market revenues without such revenues being used to offset the compensation required from the capacity market.
PECO saw a net increase of over 300 residential electric shoppers in the most recent week, but the rest of the state is still seeing a decline in residential electric shopping, according to the most recent stats from the PUC