Texas industrial customers expressed "outrage" upon learning of an application by Atmos Pipeline - Texas (APT) to change the Rates of City Gate Service (CGS) and Rate Pipeline Transportation (PT) Rates, with such application including an average rate increase of 57.45% for Rate PT customers, energy consultant and broker Verdigris Energy LLC said in testimony before the Texas Railroad Commission (GUD Docket No. 10580)
A federal judge for the United States District Court For The Northern District Of Illinois, Eastern Division has granted summary judgment in favor of Ambit Energy, and dismissed a suit, that had sought class auction status, that had alleged that Ambit violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. § 1961 et seq.
Lubbock Power & Light is seeking from ERCOT generator-unit specific data, which is considered protected information, as part of a study concerning the proposed integration of Lubbock Power & Light into ERCOT
The municipal aggregation implementation plan submitted to the New York PSC by Good Energy, L.P. is "over-inclusive" in defining eligible customers, and, for new customers moving into the municipality, "flips the opt-out process on its head," the joint New York utilities said in comments to the PSC
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved Dayton Power & Light's proposal to conduct a procurement of default service supplies, for the delivery period beginning June 1, 2017, while DP&L's electric security plan is still being adjudicated.
The Illinois Commerce Commission will initiate a collaborative process called NextGrid, "in which the industry and other stakeholders can develop a shared base of information and work to build consensus on critical issues facing the electric utility industry now and as it continues to rapidly transform."
Stating that a ruling, as clarified by an email last week, by two New York Administrative Law Judges, concerning confidential protection for ESCOs' data responses made during the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the mass market, would, "expose competitively sensitive pricing information and other confidential business records of Direct Energy and other ESCOs to disclosure under New York’s Freedom of Information Law ('FOIL')," Direct Energy Services, LLC petitioned the PSC for an interlocutory review of the ALJs' ruling
Greater transparency and customer education is needed concerning opt-out municipal aggregations, Nstar (Eversource) said in comments to the Massachusetts DPU, expressing concerns that aggregation customers may end up paying higher rates.
As part of Duke Energy Ohio's newly filed electric rate case in Ohio, Duke Energy Ohio would include certain costs related to the regulatory administration of default service in a new nonbypassable regulatory mandates rider
Retail suppliers have sought clarification of certain language in proposed electric supplier licensing regulations in the District of Columbia, including vague language concerning sales agent photo ID requirements
Overturning the informal finding of a hearing examiner in a complaint case, the New York PSC has ordered an ESCO to issue a refund to a customer after concluding that the execution of a contract, which was not in the same language as the language used to market to the customer, violated the Uniform Business Practices
Choice Energy, LLC objected to the, "unprecedented," application of National Grid in Massachusetts to extend the number of days that a competitive electric supplier must submit a switch, from two to four days prior to the scheduled meter read date, for the switch to occur at the next meter read
Direct Energy Business filed a complaint at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio against Ohio Edison and Cleveland Electric Illuminating, alleging that the two FirstEnergy Ohio utilities are seeking to charge retail suppliers to resettle and refund a prior erroneous $5 million charge to another entity.
In a rate case filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Oncor is seeking to more than double the monthly fixed charged applicable to residential service, which is charged to retail electric providers serving residential customers.
In a new rate case, Oncor is proposing that residential customers with distributed energy resources (DER) with a capacity of three kW or greater be placed on a new rate class that includes a minimum charge.
The Connecticut PURA has rejected a proposed settlement between Connecticut Light and Power (Eversource) and the agency's Prosecutorial Unit (PRO) concerning CL&P's RPS compliance obligations, stating that the settlement is inconsistent with past practice as RPS compliance obligations and settlement were applied to competitive retail suppliers
The Pennsylvania PUC yesterday approved a motion introduced by Vice Chairman Andrew Place and Commissioner David Sweet to initiate a study regarding affordable home energy burdens for low-income Pennsylvanians.
The Pennsylvania PUC, granting in part a rehearing request from low-income customer advocates, has assigned the issue of Customer Assistance Program (CAP) electricity customer shopping at PECO to an ALJ for further proceedings.
The Virginia SCC has ruled on a petition from Direct Energy concerning several interpretations of the statutory provisions regarding electric choice, as Direct Energy had said that certain interpretations were necessary for the market to remain viable in cases where certain statutory milestones which foreclose one of the exemptions allowing retail choice were triggered
National Grid has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for residential and commercial customers for the six-month period beginning April 1, 2017, and for industrial customers, for the three-month period beginning April 1, 2017
Pepco and Delmarva Power in Maryland recently filed updates to the proposed levels for a revised SOS Administrative Charge, based on updated underlying costs as established in recently adjudicated rate cases at each company.
A revised stipulation, which now includes PUCO Staff as a signatory, governing Dayton Power & Light's electric security plan and Standard Service Offer (SSO) for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2023 would remove certain provisions from an earlier stipulation which would have added components to bypassable SSO rates
A revised stipulation, which now includes PUCO Staff as a signatory, governing Dayton Power & Light's electric security plan would revise certain pilot retail market enhancements which would have been required under an earlier stipulation.
Citing required IT changes, PPL Electric Utilities has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for a three-month delay in the implementation date of the Customer Assistance Program Standard Offer Program (CAP-SOP), which, as previously reported, would be the only mechanism under which CAP customers may take competitive supply upon the program's implementation
With FERC rejecting the Midcontinent ISO's proposal for a forward capacity auction specific to retail choice states, the Michigan PSC, consistent with recent legislation, has established a process to establish a State Reliability Mechanism (SRM), under which retail suppliers will be required to pay for certain costs of utility-owned capacity, as established by the PSC, barring a showing of suppliers' capacity
During an open meeting yesterday, Texas PUC Commissioners agreed that a final order revising Emergency Response Service (ERS) rule should omit language that would allow Emergency Response Service (ERS) resources to be used to relieve local transmission congestion or emergencies, with Commissioner Kenneth Anderson stating that the rulemaking process has identified a need for action on other issues, including integrating distributed generation into SCED and proceeding with co-optimization in the ERCOT real-time market
A regulator has rejected a $5 million settlement between a retail supplier and the Attorney General and Consumer Counsel, stating that, "it is important for dispositive conclusions and findings to be made in this proceeding."
As part of an order valuing the output from distributed generation, the New York PSC establish a process to further weigh the oversight of distributed generation providers, with the Commission setting a schedule that will allow the PSC to consider the issue of distributed energy resource (DER) oversight coincident with implementing various measures required in the order on the value of DER.
As part of several revisions to the Uniform Business Practices (see related story today), the New York PSC is proposing to exempt municipal aggregations from provisions related to customer authorization and slamming
The Massachusetts DPU has adopted rules implementing certain recently enacted statues requiring the EDCs to solicit long-term contracts for 9,450,000 megawatts-hours of, "clean energy generation," and 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power, which is equal to about 50% of retail sales in the state (see details here).
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, in testimony in Sharyland Utilities' rate case, said that a proposed discount, via an alternative rate design, for places of worship, "represents a drastic departure from the competitive market paradigm," and would be discriminatory, as Staff proposed an alternative mechanism
In testimony in Sharyland Utilities' (SU) rate case, which is to set system-wide rates for both of Sharyland Utilities' service areas, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have proposed increasing the fixed customer charge for residential customers versus Sharyland's proposal, while decreasing the volumetric residential rate
United Illuminating has sought authority from the Connecticut PURA to utilize RECs it owns through required purchases under long-term contracts or utility-owned generation built via nonbypassable charges to serve any default service load self-managed by UI, with such transfer of RECs taking place at a price that is reflective of the market price for Class I RECs at the time of the transfer
PECO has filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a update explaining that if the PUC does not rule on a pending Customer Assistance Program (CAP) shopping compliance plan by mid-March, PECO will not be able to implement CAP shopping in April as originally projected.
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets have issued further guidance addressing certain parties concerns that previously outlined procedures concerning protected information submitted as part of discovery are not entitled to confidential protection under the state's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) absent additional processes and findings.
A retail supplier announced that it has entered into a letter agreement with National Gas & Electric, LLC for the acquisition of approximately 19,000 RCEs with an option to acquire an additional 41,000 RCEs.
The Retail Energy Supply Association asked the Connecticut PURA to close a proceeding opened to address a petition from the Office of Consumer Counsel to conduct an investigation into, "the effects of abusive electric supplier marketing practices on vulnerable populations," as RESA said, to the extent particular suppliers are not complying with the robust set of existing customer protections, PURA should exercise its enforcement powers.
Given the pendency of its request and upcoming default service auction, AEP Ohio has withdrawn its interim request for approval to use its generation entitlements in the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) generation to serve Standard Service Offer (SSO) customers starting June 1, 2017
A settlement among certain parties to Arizona Public Service's rate case would continue the competitive wholesale generation (buy-through) choice program at APS, at the current overall cap, but with higher fees to suppliers.
In response to a show cause order issued by the New York PSC, in which the PSC alleged various violations of the Uniform Business Practices, including alleged slamming, an ESCO alleged that the PSC's show cause order, "contains numerous factual errors and incorrectly attributes another ESCO’s conduct to [the respondent ESCO]."
In testimony in Sharyland Utilities' rate case to implement system-wide rates across its Cap Rock and McAllen territories, retail energy provider stakeholders raised certain concerns with the transition, and asked that the Public Utility Commission of Texas require the utility to adopt a detailed implementation plan
The program under which Texas retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers resulted in the provision of 57,000 devices to low-income customers, Texas PUC Staff said in a report
The Michigan Public Service Commission is seeking comment on how to proceed in light of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Feb. 2 order rejecting the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s proposal to establish a three-year forward capacity auction specific to retail choice states.
The Retail Energy Supply Association has appealed to the Commonwealth Court a Pennsylvania PUC decision which provides that Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PPL Electric can only take competitive electric supply through a CAP-specific Standard Offer Program (SOP), which mandates that suppliers' CAP-SOP rates shall be a 7% discount to the PPL default service rate in effect at the time of enrollment, with the EGS rate fixed for 12 months
Dynegy is expanding its retail business to two states organically, and moving into Texas would be beneficial, but would be secondary to more pressing balance sheet goals, Dynegy CEO Robert Flexon said during an earnings call
In response to more questions, a New York ALJ has issued further guidance and FAQs concerning ESCOs' responses to discovery requests, now that a protective order has been issued in the New York PSC's retail mass market evidentiary review
A retail supplier has entered into a settlement with an Attorney General under which it is returning electricity customers to default service, and is making a voluntary $5 million donation and contribution to the state
A PUC has approved without modification a global settlement concerning several remanded proceedings which will allow a single additional retail electric supplier to utilize supplier consolidated billing on a pilot basis
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) announced that it will extend its bill credit for default service residential gas customers next month, saving customers another $12 on their bills for March usage.
Centrica said in reporting earnings (see yesterday's story) that its North American Home energy supply business saw a 47% decline in complaints, as reported by various regulatory bodies, in 2016 versus 2015.
Hive, Centrica's connected home brand, will see a "full launch" of its product range in North America during the first half of 2017, including the Hive smart thermostat, Centrica said in reporting earnings today
FirstEnergy Corp. will consider "alternatives" for the retail supply business of FirstEnergy Solutions as part of its decision (first reported yesterday) to exit its competitive businesses by mid-2018, but FirstEnergy Corp. Charles Jones told investors not to expect any announcement on the FES retail business in the near future
While issues concerning the allocation of clean energy procurement obligations are pending before the New York PSC in a separate proceeding, the PSC said in adopting a clean energy standard implementation plan that any decision in such separate proceeding, "will not alter the requirements for the 2017 compliance period that have been established in previous Commission orders in this proceeding."
In authorizing the state's electric utilities to recover costs associated with the various clean energy standards now imposed on LSEs, the New York PSC ruled that a single, constant charge shall be applied at each utility throughout the year, to minimize volatility.
NextEra Energy, Inc. and several Texas retail electric providers have reached stipulations, filed in NextEra Energy's application before the Public Utility Commission of Texas to acquire Oncor, concerning the branding of Oncor and competitive NextEra Energy affiliates, and certain rate credits adopted in the proceedings.
Two identical bills filed with the Texas legislature (HB 1685 / SB 736) would terminate the statutory grant of authority that currently allows the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to sell power to public retail customers
The total volume of electric complaints filed by consumers with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in Calendar Year 2016 decreased by approximately 30% from last year’s record low volume, Regulatory Compliance Services reported
A Texas TDU is to issue refunds, through one of three avenues including through a customer's retail electric provider, and pay a $425,000 fine under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas that resolves Staff's investigation into alleged violations of 16 Tex. Admin. Code (TAC) § 25.214, relating to Retail Delivery Service Provided by Investor Owned Transmission and Distribution Utilities, and the TDU's Tariff for Retail Delivery Service adopted pursuant thereto.
The Connecticut PURA has scheduled for March 8 a status conference concerning the Office of Consumer Counsel's petition for PURA, "open a proceeding investigating the effects of abusive electric supplier marketing practices on vulnerable populations."
A New York ALJ presiding over the PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass market has issued further guidance to ESCOs who are not parties to the evidentiary proceeding, to further provide understanding to non-parties concerning data requests which have been issued to them by Staff
A New York PSC Administrative Law Judge has issued guidance concerning the filing of confidential discovery responses by ESCOs in the PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, including guidance directed to ESCOs who are not party to the case, but who have been served with information requests issued by PSC Staff
Citing the lack of a protective order which would allow all parties to receive discovery responses and develop testimony based on such responses, Family Energy, Inc. said in a February 10 filing with the New York PSC concerning the PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy markets that, "it is simply unfair for this proceeding to continue without an appropriate Protective Order in place," given that, unlike other parties, PSC Staff will be receiving discovery responses in the absence of a protective order.
In releasing earnings today, TransCanada Corporation said of its previously reported decision to sell its Northeast power marketing business, "We are also in the process of monetizing the U.S. Northeast power marketing business."
AEP Texas North Division reported that, as of February 14, it has received invoices from retail electric providers that exhaust 75% and 90% of the funds made available to REPs for reimbursement under a program under which REPs provide no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers
Just Energy has a funnel that, over the next 16 months, will bring the retail supplier into over 700 storefront locations, the company's Chief Sales Officer Morgan Smith told EnergyChoiceMatters.com in an interview.
The Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has requested comments from interested parties relating to a rulemaking concerning third party authorization to access Smart Meter Texas (SMT) data (Project 46204)
Echoing concerns raised by certain other retail market participants, TXU Energy filed a statement of position with the Texas PUC, in the proceeding reviewing NextEra Energy, Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Oncor, in which TXU said that Oncor should be prohibited from using any "identifying brand features" used by its parent or competitive affiliates
New Jersey's 2017 procurement of contracts for one-third of the fixed priced Basic Generation Service (BGS) default electric service portfolio resulted in contracts that are 6.8 percent to 18.2 percent less expensive than the expiring contracts from the 2014 BGS auction.
NextEra Energy, Inc. said in response to a request for information from the NRG Companies, in the Texas PUC proceeding reviewing NextEra's proposed acquisition of Oncor, that a revised Oncor code of conduct proposed in the case would not prohibit Oncor and the NextEra Energy competitive affiliates from using similar branding identifying the entities as subsidiaries of NextEra Energy.
With the completion of several financing activities to reduce debt and put its balance sheet in order, Just Energy is now set to undertake "aggressive" growth, including inorganic growth, Just Energy co-CEO Deb Merril said during an earnings call yesterday.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas adopted a final rule which allows retail electric providers to enroll customers via door-to-door sales using a portable electronic device (PED) without the requirement for a TPV or other telephonic verification that is required for other door-to-door sales, but PUC Chairman Donna Nelson warned REPs that the Commission would be closely monitoring behavior.
A Texas Administrative Law Judge issued an interim order granting a partial summary decision which concludes that Current Utilities, Inc., "served as an aggregator and provided aggregation services without first registering as an aggregator."
Exelon executives said during an earnings call yesterday that they are "very happy" with the current position of their Constellation competitive retail supply business, but continue to "hunt" for accretive retail M&A.
Just Energy continued its strategy of improving customer margins, which led to higher margins on new customers signed during the quarter ending December 31, 2016, but an overall decline in customers, the company disclosed in reporting earnings
Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (Eversource) has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for medium and large commercial and industrial customers for the three-month period beginning April 1, 2017
The NRG companies have issued a set of requests for information to NextEra Energy, Inc. concerning NextEra's filing before the Public Utility Commission of Texas to acquire Oncor, which further detail NRG's concerns with the transaction from a competitive standpoint
The FirstEnergy EDCs' RFP to procure 100% of Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) customer load saw at least one bidder submit a conforming bid in the RFP process during the bid window February 6, 2017, and the RFP process would procure 100% of PIPP customer load contingent on PUCO approval of the results, according to an auction manager report.
Pennsylvania saw a return to statewide residential electric shopping growth in January, after a statewide decline in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply during December 2016
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for adoption that would establish rules to allow retail electric providers to use portable electronic devices (PEDs) to enroll customers in door-to-door sales
The recommendation from the NRG Companies that NextEra Energy be required to divest its Texas retail electric providers as a condition of any approval of NextEra's acquisition of Oncor is, "plainly anti-competitive," NextEra Energy, Inc. said in rebuttal testimony.
FERC has rejected the Midcontinent ISO's proposal to create a three-year forward capacity auction specific to those areas of MISO with retail choice (often called the "competitive retail solution" or CRS)
Columbia Gas of Ohio has modified proposed tariff revisions that would implement day-one choice service with what originally would have also served as a form of customer referral program, but which now omits a random referral process and would only allow customers selecting a specific retail supplier to take choice service immediately
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved, with no substantive modifications to provisions related to the retail market, a stipulation among several parties that permits AEP Ohio to proceed with phase 2 of its gridSMART program, which includes the deployment of approximately 894,000 AMI meters, and which requires steps to permit the billing of Time of Use rates by retail suppliers, with utility-offered TOU supply rate options terminated upon a competitive market for TOU generation supply.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of the FirstEnergy EDCs' wholesale auction that will be blended with prior procurements to ultimately determine the EDCs' Standard Service Offer through May 2018.
A PSC has expanded the scope of issues to be reviewed under its electric grid transformation proceeding to include, "competitive markets and customer choice," issues, particularly re-examining current administrative processes that discourage customers from selecting a retail supplier
In response to an RFI to NextEra Energy in the Texas PUC proceeding reviewing NextEra Energy's application to acquire Oncor (where, as previously reported, NRG is seeking to require NextEra to divest its Texas REPs as part of any approval), the NRG companies have further detailed their concerns if Oncor becomes affiliated with the NextEra retail providers.
In the wake of a petition from the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel to open an investigation into alleged "abusive" practices of retail suppliers, including the potential for a prohibition on shopping for hardship customers (see story here), the Retail Energy Supply Association noted retail suppliers' lower complaint rate versus the utilities, and the numerous competitive products offering savings or added value currently available to Connecticut customers
An ESCO filed a petition with the New York PSC for waiver of the PSC's prohibition on service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers so that it may continue to offer such customers its cash back program
Environmental groups have filed comments in support of several clarifications sought by Direct Energy concerning the carve-out for renewable energy supply sales as one of the last vestiges of retail electric choice in Virginia, as Direct Energy and the utilities continue to spar over the text of the 2007 statute which generally ended customer choice in Virginia.
Discussing updates to efforts at the Ohio legislature to restructure the state's electricity market, AEP CEO Nick Akins said that the company is focused on developing "surgical" provisions that would allow AEP Ohio investment in new generation, rather than broader re-regulation that would implicate the utility's obligation to serve, or which would require AEP Ohio to assume capacity obligations for customers
Discussing an initial procedural conference in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass market, Direct Energy's Chris Kallaher, Senior Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs for the Northeast Region at Direct Energy, told EnergyChoiceMatters.com that he found the procedural conference "encouraging" and a "pretty good start" at developing a cooperative and collaborative approach among the parties.
The Secretary of the New York PSC has extended the deadline by which ESCOs must stop serving assistance program participant (APP) customers, outside of a guaranteed savings product, by several months, citing litigation of the PSC's most recent APP prohibition order
The New York PSC issued an order to show cause to a large ESCO stating the customer complaints have alleged that the ESCO, "has moved customers to the ESCO from another service provider without customer authorization (slamming) and has used deceptive marketing practices when signing up new customers, which is prohibited by the Commission-adopted Uniform Business Practices (UBP)."
The Secretary of the New York PSC has extended the deadline by which ESCOs must stop serving assistance program participant (APP) customers, outside of a guaranteed savings product, by several months, citing litigation of the PSC's most recent APP prohibition order
In its initially filed comments opposing NRG Energy's petition for electricity supplier consolidated billing in Pennsylvania, PPL Electric Utilities ("PPL Electric" or "PPL") disclosed the aggregate customer count of several NRG Energy retail supplier affiliates in PPL Electric's service area.
AEP Texas North Division filed a further update with the Texas PUC concerning the program under which Texas retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers.
The Maryland PSC has issued an order denying rehearing or clarification of its recent order modifying the bypassable electric SOS Administrative Charge at Baltimore Gas & Electric affirming the new amounts for various components of the SOS adder as set in a November order
PECO has spent $31 million on various retail market enchantments, and the Pennsylvania PUC should give such enhancements time to be evaluated prior to determining whether to implement supplier consolidated billing, PECO said in comments.
In an RFI to the NRG Companies in the Texas PUC proceeding examining NextEra Energy, Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Oncor, NextEra Energy, Inc. has requested that the NRG Companies "admit or deny" that NRG has expressed an interest in acquiring Gexa Energy.
A provision proposed by NRG Energy as part of its request to institute supplier consolidated billing for electricity in Pennsylvania could "trap" customers on higher retail supplier rates, PPL Electric said in comments to the PUC
The Pennsylvania PUC should reject a petition from NRG Energy to implement electricity supplier consolidated billing (SCB) because SCB would increase costs and open the door for the charging of additional fees for customer service functions, the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate said in comments to the PUC
Maryland residential electric customers on competitive supply paid "at least" $137 million more than SOS rates from 2013 to 2015, Laurel Peltier, a Baltimore City Resident and reporter for the publication Baltimore Fishbowl, said in public comments filed with the Maryland PSC
The Maryland PSC should gather data on the electric rates paid by low-income customers to determine if a prohibition or other restrictions should be placed on shopping for an electricity supplier by low-income customers, the Maryland Office of People's Counsel said in comments filed with the PSC
The Maryland PSC should gather data on the electric rates paid by low-income customers to determine if a prohibition or other restrictions should be placed on shopping for an electricity supplier by low-income customers, the Maryland Office of People's Counsel said in comments filed with the PSC
The Fuel Fund of Maryland (FFM) is negotiating a "preferred rate" from an electricity supplier in the form of a long-term fixed-price electricity supply contract for its bill assistance clients who complete the Watt Watchers of Maryland program.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a NOPR is proposing to revise its regulations to require that each regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) that currently allocates the costs of real-time uplift due to deviations shall allocate such real-time uplift costs, "only to those market participants whose transactions are reasonably expected to have caused the real-time uplift costs."
FERC granted in part a complaint filed by generators and found that ISO New England's Peak Energy Rent (PER) mechanism, which is a form of capacity market revenue clawback paid to load, is no longer just and reasonable. FERC ordered immediate changes to the PER strike price
FirstEnergy Corp. announced it has entered into an agreement to sell four merchant natural gas generating plants in Pennsylvania and its merchant portion of a Virginia hydroelectric power station to ...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a policy statement providing additional guidance for electric storage resources that seek to concurrently recover their costs through cost-based and market-based rates.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed testimony stating that NextEra Energy's proposed acquisition of Oncor is, "not in the public interest without making substantive changes and additions to the applicants' proposed commitments," as Staff cited concerns regarding the risks from NextEra's non-regulated businesses as well as the large amount of debt NextEra proposes to use to fund the transaction.
Nstar and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (Eversource) have filed a rate case with the Massachusetts DPU that proposes to consolidate the operating companies into a single entity, along with certain rate consolidation, and which seeks authority to invest in storage and other new energy technologies
Start-up broker-consultant Benchmark Services, Inc. is "actively targeting" potential broker business acquisitions while also priming itself for organic growth, Benchmark Services, Inc. President Mark Tackley told EnergyChoiceMatters.com
Three New York ESCOs have filed separate petitions with the New York PSC for a waiver of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers in order to be able to offer a guaranteed savings product to APP customers.
The New York PSC has extended the deadline by which ESCOs must file for a request for a waiver of the PSC's prohibition on service to low-income customers, under which ESCOs must offer a guaranteed savings product to such customers.
A group of commenters including several NRG retail providers, Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, Austin Energy, and CPS Energy said in comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas that a calculation in the ERCOT 4CP report created a "false" peak interval on July 14, 2016
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has provided to legislators a final report on alternative ratemaking mechanisms, that generally finds that major revision is not needed to the rate-setting and design process used for the utilities located within ERCOT
The Michigan PSC has issued a customer annual order requiring retail electric suppliers and other LSEs to submit a self-assessment of their ability to meet their customers’ expected electric requirements and associated reserves during the five-year period of 2017 through 2021
In a statement of position to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the NRG Companies have recommended that the PUC should require NextEra to divest its Texas retail electric providers as a condition of acquiring Oncor
Texas Industrial Energy Consumers have proposed that Oncor be required to provide millions of dollars in rate credits as a condition of its acquisition by NextEra, with retail electric providers required to pass through the credits to customers
With funding exhausted, Oncor reported the total number of in-home devices provided to customers by REPs under the program which reimbursed retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
Gabel Associates, which was retained by the Maryland PSC to review the potential for an opt-in electricity affordability program (state-endorsed opt-in aggregation similar to the program in Delaware, see Delaware program details here) told the PSC that such a program would be inappropriate for Maryland, but proposed a pilot program targeted to a specific group of low-income customers, based on either a specific program, or geographic area.
Gabel Associates, which was retained by the Maryland PSC to review the potential for an opt-in electricity affordability program (state-endorsed opt-in aggregation similar to the program in Delaware, see Delaware program details here) told the PSC that such a program would be inappropriate for Maryland, noting Maryland's relative market maturity versus Delaware.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a supplemental response in their complaint against Current Utilities, Inc., in which Staff lists three specific instances in which Staff allege Current Utilities' activity amounted to aggregation, per the definition previously set forth by an ALJ.
Citing new analyses prepared by PJM, the Advanced Energy Management Alliance said that the transition to a 100% capacity performance procurement as scheduled in the May 2017 PJM Base Residual Auction is not just and reasonable, as the Alliance filed a complaint at FERC requesting that FERC order that PJM allow base capacity resources to continue to participate in the market until a seasonal capacity standard is developed.
In response to an inquiry, the Connecticut PURA has informed Public Power, LLC that the "Form 2" notice of contract expiration and rate change is not required to be sent to residential customers in instances where customers have already renewed with the supplier, or the customer has already dropped from the supplier's service.
Geothermal and renewable energy developer Ormat Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the business and assets of Viridity Energy, Inc., a privately held company specializing in demand response, energy management and energy storage, in a cash transaction
The Connecticut PURA has sought further comment concerning the treatment of incidental residential meters for purposes of compliance with various retail supplier summary information which must be included on bills, and other requirements.
Oncor reported that all of the funds have been exhausted under the program through which retail electric providers were reimbursed for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
Sharyland Utilities has filed an amended rate filing package with the Public Utility Commission of Texas that would, in addition to new levels for base rates, impose new riders on retail electric providers.
The New York PSC has changed the date for the procedural conference concerning Track I of the PSC's recently initiated evidentiary process reviewing the retail energy markets, including a potential total ban on mass market ESCO service
The New Hampshire PUC has scheduled a hearing for January 19, 2017 to consider proposed changes to electric supplier marketing rules, including a proposed ban on door-to-door electric sales and restrictions on telemarketing.
The Connecticut PURA issued a final order addressing, on an interim basis, obligations of retail suppliers and utilities with respect to net metered customers, which defers to a working group certain retail supplier obligations.
FERC has set for hearing proposed changes to capacity obligations in the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator, Inc., stating that the sought changes have not been shown to be just and reasonable
Warning that acceptance of a proposed settlement between Connecticut Light & Power (Eversource) and the Prosecutorial Unit (PRO) of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority concerning RPS compliance would be discriminatory, Clearview Electric, Inc. filed an objection to the settlement, given that PURA has severely penalized retail suppliers for actions similar to the administrative RPS compliance errors resulting in the settlement in question.
The Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority has requested that the Pennsylvania PUC implement PPL's prior Time of Use default service program, which relied on administratively determined rates, given a court order finding that reliance on retail suppliers to fulfill PPL's TOU obligation did not comply with statute, with the Development Authority seeking "retroactive" reinstatement of the prior TOU option.
A utility filed tariff revisions to implement a type of customer referral program and a bill ready solution meant to allow retail suppliers to offer customers the opportunity to prepay the commodity portion of the bill.
A New York Supreme Court judge erred when the judge said that the New York PSC has jurisdiction over the "rates" charged by ESCOs, the National Energy Marketers Association and several ESCOs said in a brief appealing the judge's decision.
The lack of substantial evidence supporting the lack of long-term contracts in an unopposed settlement (with respect to procurements) to establish default service at Duquesne Light for the period beginning June 1, 2017 prompted Pennsylvania PUC Chairman Gladys Brown and Commissioner David Sweet to dissent from an order approving the settlement
FERC issued an order finding that a transaction under which Dynegy would acquire 8,731 megawatts of generation capacity from Engie (f/k/a GDF Suez) raises competitive concerns in certain capacity market local deliverability areas, and conditioned approval of the acquisition on mitigation
The Connecticut PURA has issued an order terminating the Connecticut Clean Energy Options (CCEO) Program, effective December 31, 2016, but said that, "the Authority will develop and implement a new program, pursuant to §16-244c(b) of the General Statutes of Connecticut, to advance Connecticut's voluntary renewable market."
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed winning bidders from Duke Energy Ohio's fourth wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail electric generation service rates through May 2018.
The Connecticut PURA reiterated that the acquisition of Noble Americas Energy Solutions, LLC by a Calpine subsidiary, under which the acquired retail supplier was renamed Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC, constituted a transfer of a supplier license and required prior approval of the Authority, but PURA withdrew its earlier directive that Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC, not enroll any new customers while PURA reviews the license transfer.
Proposed rules contained in an Illinois Commerce Commission first notice order requiring retail electric suppliers to call customers to inform them of contract renewals may result in suppliers running afoul of FCC rules, ICC Staff said in comments on the first notice order
The Michigan Public Service Commission opened a proceeding to seek additional information on Consumers Energy's announcement that it intends to terminate early its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Entergy Nuclear Palisades, LLC (ENP) for the purchase of electricity from the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.
The New York PSC has approved a deferral of certain supply costs that would have otherwise been required to be reflected in default service rates at KeySpan New York (The Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/b/a National Grid NY) starting on January 1, 2017, citing, in part, the need to temper the bills of full service customers due to the simultaneous impact of a reconciliation-driven supply rate increase and a separate delivery rate increase.
Liberty Power Holdings LLC ("Liberty") has sought clarification and/or rehearing on the New York PSC's Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC) order with respect to implementation of the calculation of ZEC obligations to individual LSEs, saying a "material" drop in Liberty Power Holdings LLC's load in New York will result in the company subsidizing the compliance obligations of its competitors.
The New York PSC has given ESCOs only 30 days from the effective date of the PSC's December 16 order prohibiting ESCO service to low-income customers to seek a waiver of the prohibition through the offering of a guaranteed savings product
As noted in our related story today, the PSC is permitting ESCOs to seek a waiver of the low-income prohibition for guaranteed savings products, and the PSC said in such order that it would potentially reconsider any other products identified in the larger mass market review that are found to offer savings
As a result of the "economic fiasco" related to the Greens Bayou RMR agreement, "I've become convinced that we need to go ahead and bite the bullet, and at the very least I think we need to co-optimize the real-time market," Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson said at Friday's meeting, echoing his recent comments from September
The Michigan Senate and House have passed a revised version of SB 437, which Gov. Snyder has indicated he will sign, that permits the PSC to reduce the electric choice cap to below 10% under certain circumstances, and revises the previously proposed capacity obligations to be imposed on retail suppliers
As of December 15, Oncor had $1.01 million of available funds remaining to cover future reimbursement requests for devices distributed pursuant to the program under which retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
The New England chapter of the Retail Energy Supply Association named Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Commissioner Michael Caron as the 2016 recipient of its Champion of Choice Award.
AEP Texas North reported that, as of October 31, 2016, it had $120,000 in funds available under the program which reimbursed retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
In a Texas PUC rulemaking addressing the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) for customer enrollment during door-to-door sales, TXU Energy has suggested that, in addition to the proposed use of electronic signatures, the two-step verification process required for use of a PED-based enrollment allow other uniquely identifiable inputs from the applicant, such as a thumbprint.
A proposed Texas process for door-to-door customers enrolled via portable electronic device (PED) described as a, "three-step enrollment process," by retail electric providers would be confusing to customers, the Retail Electric Provider Coalition said.
The purchase of receivables program that has been mandated at AEP Ohio should be put "on hold" or be subject to further workgroup discussions due to the introduction of a supplier consolidated billing (SCB) pilot, and the impact that the SCB pilot may have on POR program participation (and therefore, cost recovery), AEP Ohio said in comments to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has filed an updated draft of the electric scope of competition report, which, for the first time publicly, includes a discussion of draft recommendations that the Legislature may wish to consider.
Texas PUC Staff have filed an updated draft proposal for adoption concerning the distributed generation interconnection rulemaking, which addresses the ability for non-customer third parties to sign IAs
In celebrating the 20th anniversary of the introduction of electric choice in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania PUC yesterday shared some highlights of a recent survey conducted by the PUC concerning electric choice.
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted an order on PECO's electricity default service plan for the period beginning January 1, 2017 that declines to address in the default service plan any changes or restrictions on the ability of Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers to shop for competitive supply.
A TDU has informed the Texas PUC that it has exhausted all of the funds available under the program which reimbursed retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed SB2814, the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill, which also requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider imposing a new tax on retail electric and gas suppliers, in the form of an assessment to contribute to the state's Public Utility Fund (which helps fund ICC operations)
For 2017, Stream is working to design plans that allow customers to "mix and match" energy supply along with additional products or recurring services, moving beyond bundling simply one product with its energy plans or offering services separately a la carte.
Citing the "misleading" impact large prior period reconciliations have on customers' purchasing decisions and comparison of ESCO and utility supply rates, the National Energy Marketers Association said that the New York PSC's utility gas cost reconciliation process as set forth in the Commission’s regulations at 16 NYCRR 720-6.5(g) must be reviewed and revised.
The enrolled text of the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill has been posted, which confirms that, as expected, the enrolled version of the bill requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider imposing a new tax on retail electric and gas suppliers, in the form of an assessment to contribute to the state's Public Utility Fund (which helps fund ICC operations)
Apparently addressing a dispute concerning whether alleged misrepresentations by a retail supplier to informal inquires from Illinois Commerce Commission Staff violated statute, the enrolled version of the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill (SB2814) provides that any response to the ICC, including Staff, from an entity subject to the ICC's regulation is subject to applicable fines for misrepresentation.
Oncor informed retail electric providers that 90% of funds designated to reimburse retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers are expected to be exhausted once Oncor pays invoices related to November (paid in December)
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a secretarial letter setting forth a proposed mechanism for PPL, and more broadly other EDCs, to comply with their obligation, as default service provider, to offer a Time of Use generation rate option to default service customers which would still rely on a retail supplier to supply the default service TOU plan
A final version of Exelon's nuclear subsidy bill, passed by both the Illinois House and Illinois Senate, apparently includes a mandate that the Illinois Commerce Commission shall consider whether to subject retail electric and natural gas suppliers to an assessment to contribute to the state's Public Utility Fund (which helps fund ICC operations)
Staff of the New York PSC have issued a Staff Assessment Report on Niagara Mohawk's Clifton Park Demand Reduction Reforming the Energy Vision Demonstration Project, which includes NiMo's proposal for what is essentially a utility-directed opt-out municipal aggregation program coordinated with the town which has about 15,000 customers.
The Maryland PSC adopted in total a May 13 proposed order from a Public Utility Law Judge (PULJ) which imposes a $140,000 civil penalty on Blue Pilot Energy, LLC, and suspends the supplier's license for what the PULJ found are violations of Maryland marketing and solicitation regulations.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas ordered that AEP Texas file a study concerning the potential introduction of consolidated rates for its AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North divisions, which, as adopted by the PUCT yesterday, will be merged into a single entity
The National Energy Marketers Association is seeking a court order to conduct discovery on data filed by the New York PSC in support of its order imposing a moratorium on ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant customers, alleging that the data is, "deeply flawed." The PSC opposed discovery as adding an, "unnecessary delay," as the PSC called the data accurate
Dealing with customer frustration due to actual experience with distributed generation departing from dubious claims made in advertisements is a "real issue" the Public Utility Commission of Texas will likely need to face, Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez said during yesterday's open meeting, as the PUC discussed a rule addressing whether parties other than end use customers may sign interconnection agreements
A late amendment offered to the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill (SB2814) would direct the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider making alternative retail electric suppliers and alternative gas suppliers subject to assessments under the Public Utility Fund
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of Duke Energy Ohio’s fourth wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail electric generation service rates through May 2018.
FERC has approved a temporary waiver sought by the Midcontinent ISO to allow resources with incremental energy costs above the current $1,000/MWh offer cap to include those costs in the No Load component of their supply offers during the December 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017 period
A U.S. PUC has issued a set of proposed revisions to the retail electric supplier rules that would prohibit suppliers from soliciting residential customers in person at the customer's residence, except in cases of a pre-scheduled meeting.
A PUC is proposing to revise its retail electric supplier marketing rules to include new variable rate disclosures, including a requirement to notify customers in advance of a variable rate change exceeding 10%.
A PUC has proposed revisions to its retail electric supplier rules that would, among other things, include mandatory public posting of retail supplier prices, a longer rescission period, and the requirement for suppliers to offer customers the opportunity to cancel contracts via the supplier's website.
AEP Ohio has sought PUCO approval of an extension of its electric security plan that would include the use of its entitlements in the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) generation to serve Standard Service Offer (SSO) customers (Case 16-1852-EL-SSO)
As part of its requested extension of its electric security plan, AEP Ohio has sought changes to its tariffs governing retail suppliers to, "prevent suppliers from billing customers for prior-period energy usage amounts not settled in the PJM market, and for which there is no path for resettlement."
The "forcible de-enrollment" of New York low-income customers from ESCO service in New York, as ordered by the New York PSC (with such order subject to a temporary court injunction), will deprive low-income customers of savings available versus utility supply rates, compels low-income customers, "to be subject to the monopoly whims of the local utilities just because of those residents’ economic status.," the National Energy Marketers Association said in comments to the PSC
The Michigan PSC has adopted dual natural gas pipeline reservation charges at DTE Gas, with a unique (reduced) reservation charge applicable to gas customer choice (GCC) customers of retail suppliers, and another reservation charge amount applicable to default service (GCR) customers.
The Michigan PSC, in an order concerning changes to the natural gas reservation charge at DTE Gas has ruled on whether retail supplier volumes and average customer rate data is entitled to trade secret status
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and affiliate Texas Retail Energy (TRE), LLC moved to intervene in a CCN proceeding before the Texas PUC concerning Entergy Texas' sought approval for a new 1,000 MW ratebased power plant, the Montgomery County Power Station
Several retail electric providers would collectively pay a $900,000 civil penalty, and make a $600,000 contribution to their bill payment assistance program, under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of
An analysis by New York PSC Staff filed with the Supreme Court for the County of Albany indicates that low-income customers served by ESCOs in aggregate paid $96 million more than what the cost would have been under default service for the period January 2014 through June 2016.
FERC has adopted a hard cap of $2,000/MWh for the energy markets in all the FERC-jurisdictional RTOs, with offers up to $2,000/MWh permitted to set LMP, and offers in excess of $2,000/MWh also permitted but with offers in excess of $2,000/MWh not setting LMP and addressed instead through make-whole payments and uplift
Consolidated Edison has issued a request for information for parties to propose one or more demonstration projects, "that will test innovative approaches to helping low- and moderate-income [LMI] Con Edison customers."
The "unprecedented" action of the Pennsylvania PUC to restrict Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PPL Electric Utilities to shopping only through a new Standard Offer Program specific to CAP customers (CAP-SOP), under which the EGS must serve the customer at a 7% discount off the Price To Compare at the time of enrollment, with such EGS price fixed for 12 months, threatens to undermine Pennsylvania's nationally recognized work to create a workably competitive retail market, and cannot withstand court scrutiny, the Retail Energy Supply Association said in a petition for reconsideration
The Delaware PSC recently moved to publish a final proposal for changes to retail electric market and consumer protection rules, addressing non-consensus items including the rescission period and customer lists (Regulation Docket 49).
In announcing quarterly earnings, Crius Energy Trust highlighted the transformation from its solar business, through the previously reported acquisition of assets from SunEdison and Verengo, from a reseller to a vertically integrated solar business with margins expected to potentially quadruple as a result
Fitchburg Gas & Electric (Unitil) has petitioned the Massachusetts DPU for approval to offer customers via demonstration products a storage system for customers with solar and other demand response offerings.
Oncor informed retail electric providers that 75% of funds designated to reimburse retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers have been exhausted
The Public Utility Commission of Texas will consider further at its next open meeting a proposal for adoption which would permit non-end users to be parties to distributed generation interconnection agreements (IAs), as Chairman Donna Nelson reiterated concerns about customer expectations regarding redress which may arise if the PUC sanctions IAs signed by third parties, but lacks jurisdiction to address any disputes between the third-party DG providers and the customer.
Consistent with its previously reported strategy of focusing on higher margin customers, Just Energy saw a decline of 75,000 Residential Customer Equivalents from July 1, 201 to September 30, 2016, but increased its gross margin and Base EBITDA for the quarter.
The Pennsylvania PUC at its meeting yesterday ratified a prior one-commissioner emergency order which granted certain relief requested by Respond Power in a dispute concerning a POR clawback charge at the FirstEnergy EDCs
Nevada voters approved, with "Yes" winning with 72%, Question 3, which had asked whether Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution shall be amended to require the Legislature to provide by law for the establishment of an open, competitive retail electric energy market that prohibits the granting of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity?
Asked about the "ideal" outcome for FirstEnergy Solutions' generating assets, which the company announced last week are under a strategic review which could include asset sales, FirstEnergy Corp. CEO Chuck Jones told analysts at an EEI conference that ...
EnergyChoiceMatters.com exclusively reported last week that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, in a rehearing order on AEP Ohio's electric security plan, had directed that implementation of a purchase of receivables program at AEP Ohio move forward, with PUCO directing that a procedural schedule be set to consider a Staff report from a POR workshop process. An attorney examiner has now set such procedural schedule
The FirstEnergy utilities have filed an answer opposing Respond Power's petition at the Pennsylvania PUC which was filed to prevent the EDCs from withholding nearly $500,000 of Respond receivables as an offset against a POR clawback charge.
The Michigan PSC adopted a settlement concerning the natural gas customer choice (GCC) program design at Consumers Energy which provides that retail suppliers shall not be subject to a capacity reservation charge at this time
During October, PECO surpassed half a million residential electric accounts on competitive supply, while Pennsylvania saw statewide residential shopping increase by the highest number of accounts in a month since March 2016
John Schultz, President of Direct Energy Business, LLC, wrote in a letter to the PJM Board of Managers that PJM's decision to adopt an "aggregation" proposal to address concerns about demand response's ability to participate in the 2020-21 capacity auction (which will only procure capacity performance resources), rather than retaining an amount of the base capacity product for an additional year as seasonal capacity issues are addressed, "will have negative impacts on resource diversity, reliability and achieving a least cost approach to maintaining reliability -- in short, unjust and unreasonable prices for capacity."
FirstEnergy disclosed in reporting earnings today that it is engaged in a "strategic review" of its competitive business and is posturing options to "thoughtfully and expeditiously move away from competitive markets."o.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas would consider the impact on the implementation of customer choice at Entergy Texas in considering Entergy Texas's request for a CCN to build a new 1,000 MW ratebased power plant, under a draft preliminary order and list of issues
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio approved a revised nonbypassable PPA rider at AEP Ohio, which is now limited to the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC), in light of FERC jurisdictional issues with PPAs with AEP Ohio-affiliated generation.
Direct Energy has filed to withdraw its petition before the Pennsylvania PUC in which Direct Energy had sought to restart the retail opt-in electricity referral/aggregation programs, which had been previously approved by the PUC, but which the PUC suspended prior to implementation.
The competitive retail electric suppliers formerly owned by Energy Future Holdings, including TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, saw no net change in their customer count from June 30, 2016 to September 30, 2016, according to an EFH 10-Q.
The Ohio Supreme Court has remanded to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio a PUCO order which had authorized Duke Energy Ohio, Inc. to amend its corporate separation plan to allow Duke to engage in a new line of business: the offering of various nonelectric products and services to its customers.
NYSERDA has posted the amount of 2017 Tier 1 RECs to be offered for sale by NYSERDA, the Tier I REC price, and 2017 Alternative Compliance Payment amounts, under New York's new LSE-imposed renewable energy compliance obligation.
Alleging an, "Imminent Reliability Risk In Retail Choice Areas," the Midcontinent ISO filed at FERC for approval of its proposed capacity market changes that would impose a three-year forward capacity obligation on retail suppliers in Zone 4 (Illinois) and Zone 7 (Michigan Lower Peninsula).
NextEra Energy, Inc. and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC have filed an application at the Public Utility Commission of Texas for approval for NextEra to acquire Oncor, which touts NextEra's smaller retail market share, compared to TXU, in addressing affiliate concerns
AEP in reporting earnings this morning said that it took a pre-tax impairment charge of $2.3 billion in third-quarter 2016 largely to write-down AEP's remaining competitive generation assets in Ohio to their estimated fair value.
NYSERDA and NY PSC Staff submitted a Phase I implementation plan for New York's new Renewable Energy Standard (RES) obligation imposed on LSEs including ESCOs and the nuclear procurement obligation (ZECs), which among other things discusses compliance requirements and banking rules for ESCOs.
From 2011 to 2014, "statewide average annual retail electricity rates to residential shopping customers were higher than utility default service rates," a report from Christina Simeone and John Hanger, published by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, says
FirstEnergy Solutions has exercised an option to cancel its contract to serve the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council electricity aggregation, which serves 500,000 customers, effective January 1, NOPEC said.
With its pending acquisition of Noble Americas Energy Solutions (NAES), Calpine executives said that it is emphasizing organic growth in its retail business, though further "bolt-on" acquisitions are possible.
In addressing a rulemaking that would permit non-end users to be parties to distributed generation interconnection agreements (IAs), Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, expressed concern with the implications from having entities, over which the PUC lacks jurisdiction, sign the agreements
NextEra Energy, Inc. today announced it has reached an agreement for an affiliate to merge with Texas Transmission Holdings Corporation ("TTHC"), including TTHC's approximately 20 percent indirect interest in Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC ("Oncor"), for merger consideration of approximately $2.4 billion, subject to adjustment.
In response to a draft Texas PUC 2016 Summary of Customer Complaints and Enforcement Activities proposed to be published, several retail electric providers recommended that the graphs entitled "% of Complaints Resulting in Customer Refunds - FY 2016" and "Average Refund - FY 2016" be eliminated from the proposed data for publication.
The Pennsylvania PUC, in addressing default service at PPL Electric Utilities for the period beginning June 1, 2017, has adopted restrictions on the ability of Customer Assistance Program customers to shop for a competitive supplier.
The idea of transitioning Entergy Texas to retail competition, "is something that is always worthy of consideration," although, "we haven't given a lot of additional thought to that," Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said in response to a question at the National Energy Marketers Association's 2016 Policy Leadership Roundtable in Austin
PECO, joined by several parties, requested to withdraw its petition at the Pennsylvania PUC for approval of a microgrid pilot, which would have included utility ownership of microgrids and distributed generation, to instead allow for a collaborative stakeholder process to consider microgrid deployment in PECO's service territory.
Granting, in part, relief requested by Respond Power, LLC, the Pennsylvania PUC Vice Chairman Andrew Place issued an emergency order requiring Penelec and West Penn to cease and desist from implementing a POR Clawback charge until Penelec and West Penn have filed the appropriate tariff supplements and obtained the Commission's approval thereof, or November 27, 2016
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted, without modification, a partial settlement addressing the design and procurement of PPL Electric Utilities default service for the period June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2021, barring any petition for a mid-course adjustment, and also addressed the issue of PPL's obligation to offer a Time of Use generation rate as part of the default service plan.
The Connecticut PURA issued a final order to re-open proceeding Docket 14-07-19 to consider whether summary information required to be listed on residential customer bills should apply to business customer bills.
The Pennsylvania PUC approved a revised compliance plan governing Philadelphia Gas Works' implementation of a remote account number look-up mechanism, which now does not recover costs through PGW's purchase of receivables discount rate, and which instead recovers implementation costs through a delivery charge.
Respond Power LLC has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC to issue an ex parte Emergency Order to prohibit Penelec and West Penn Power from, "unilaterally withholding from Respond Power Purchase of Receivables ('POR') payments as an offset for a nearly one-half million dollar POR Clawback Charge assessed by the Companies on Respond Power on September 30, 2016, which Respond Power disputes on the basis of fundamental principles of due process and impermissible retroactive ratemaking."
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed the winning bidders from the FirstEnergy EDCs' October wholesale auction that, when blended with other supplies, will ultimately determine its Standard Service Offer through May 2018.
PSC Staff and the Retail Energy Supply Association and Delaware Public Advocate have reached consensus on all but two items for retail electric marketing and licensing rule changes under Reg. Docket 49.
A broker said that it was named 2016 TEPA ABC (Aggregator/Broker/Consultant) of the Year by The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) during the organization's 11th Annual Conference on October 13, 2016 in Houston, Texas.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in an order that it lacks authority to review deadlocked FERC decisions, in finding that it cannot review a deadlocked FERC which allowed the results of the 2014 ISO New England Forward Capacity Auction (FCA 8, for 2017/18 delivery year) to stand
In addressing motions for summary disposition in a case involving Current Utilities, Inc, a Texas ALJ has reached certain conclusions regarding the definition of an aggregator, which is required to be certificated by the Public Utility Commission, but found that the case lacks specific evidence to be resolved through summary disposition at this time
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, in a proposed list of issues in AEP Texas's application to install two grid-scale batteries to address distribution system reliability (click here for story), said that parties should first brief whether a generic project, versus a contested case, is the appropriate forum for addressing issues concerning whether a Distribution Service Provider (DSP) can and should own utility-scale battery facilities
Staff of the Public Utility of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication to allow retail electric providers to enroll customers solicited through door-to-door marketing through a portable electronic device that would include a new provision that, for such sales, the rescission period shall not begin until the REP receives the customer's confirmation of a notice regarding enrollment
Staff of the Delaware PSC have filed comments on proposed revisions to the retail electric supplier marketing rules jointly proposed by the Delaware Public Advocate and Retail Energy Supply Association, under Reg. Docket 49
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication that would authorize retail electric providers to use a portable electronic device (PED) for door-to-door enrollments.
A complaint filed at FERC by the New England Power Generators Association, Inc. seeking to terminate the Peak Energy Rent (PER) rebate, a key feature of the ISO-NE capacity market, effective September 30, 2016 would harm retail suppliers, the Retail Energy Supply Association said in comments at FERC.
In a further response to a New York show cause order, Marathon Power LLC d/b/a Marathon Energy Corporation said, that "Marathon is not responsible for the actions of its independent contractor, Atlantis [Atlantis Business Consulting, LLC]."
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said that it approved a final order in response to a petition from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) and has exempted certain specified transactions of SPP from the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC regulations, with the exception of the CFTC’s general anti-fraud and anti-manipulation authority, and scienter-based prohibitions.
Auction advisor J.P. Morgan has recommended to the New Hampshire PUC that the PUC slightly delay the timeline for the auction process for Public Service Company of New Hampshire to divest it utility-owned generation.
"The National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) is pleased to hold its 2016 Policy Leadership Roundtable in Austin, Texas to honor the industry leaders who have set a national standard of excellence in electricity market structure, as well as, competitively offered consumer energy and technology products and services. From the starting point of SB7, Texas has become recognized as the leading electric retail choice market in the country," said Craig Goodman, President of NEM and former high ranking energy policy official under three presidential administrations of both parties.
New York natural gas utilities filed annual cost of gas reconciliations with the PSC that in some cases would result in a surcharge of up to $0.50/Mcf to recover under-collected supply costs during the 12 months ending August 31, 2016, with the surcharges (or refunds) effective January 1, 2017.
Virginia customers with loads in excess of 5 MW, while permitted to take competitive retail electric supply, may not purchase 100% renewable energy from a retail supplier if the customer's incumbent utility offers a 100% renewable energy tariff approved by the State Corporation Commission, Appalachian Power said in response to a petition for declaratory judgment from Direct Energy
Residential electric customers served by ESCOs at Central Hudson Gas & Electric in aggregate paid $3.8 million more for supply during the first six months of 2016 versus the default service cost, according to data filed by Central Hudson with the PSC
The National Energy Marketers Association announced that Robert Hall III, Texas State Senator for District 2, will provide a keynote address at NEM's Fall Leadership Roundtable, to be held October 26 to October 28, 2016 in Austin, Texas
On rehearing, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has reversed its earlier finding and has withdrawn its prior direction that the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities propose to unbundle from distribution rates the costs that the FirstEnergy EDCs incur to support Standard Service Offer (SSO) service and to reflect those costs in the SSO price
Connecticut Light and Power (Eversource) informed the Connecticut PURA that, due to EDI problems, it had erroneously informed PURA that for certain customer accounts, retail suppliers were not providing information regarding early termination fees which must be provided to the EDCs for inclusion on bills, when, in fact, suppliers had been sending the information, but the information was not appearing in CL&P's system.
In a rehearing order approved today, the New York PSC, answering a concern raised by the City of New York, clarified that it will allow municipalities to implement opt-out aggregations on a phased basis, such that municipalities are not required to place all customers in the aggregation at the same time