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Updated: Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against NY PSC Moratorium On ESCO Service To Low-Income Customers

An Albany County Supreme Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order against implementation of the New York PSC's July 15 order which adopted a moratorium on the ability of ESCOs to serve assistance program participant (APP) customers

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TXU To Pay Some Solar Customers Their Full Retail Rate For Excess Generation, Announces Instant Rebate for Residential Solar Rooftop Systems

TXU Energy today announced a limited-time instant rebate for residential consumers who purchase SunPower rooftop solar systems through the company.

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Stream Begins Providing Free Smart Devices To Low-Income Texans Under TDU Reimbursement Programs, Provides Nearly 7,000 Devices In ~2 Months

Stream recently began participating in the Texas program that reimburses retail electric providers for providing, free of charge, a programmable communicating thermostat (PCT) and/or in-home-display (IHD) to eligible low-income customers

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First In EnergyChoiceMatters (9/12): PSEG Formally Creates Retail Supplier PSEG Energy Solutions

EnergyChoiceMatters.com was first to report on September 12 that Public Service Enterprise Group had officially created a retail electric and natural gas supplier, PSEG Energy Solutions LLC

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RetailEnergyX: Exempting Muni Aggregations From NY PSC Low-Income Moratorium Does Not Withstand Scrutiny

 

Freedom Logistics Receives License In New State
• Palmco Power Seeks License In New State

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Connecticut PURA Issues Final Order On 2014 Supplier RPS Compliance, ACPs

The Connecticut PURA has issued a final decision concerning retail suppliers' compliance with the RPS for 2014

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RetailEnergyX: Pennsylvania PUC Cancels Broker License

 

September 28

NY Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against NY PSC Moratorium On ESCO Service To Low-Income Customers

In response to a petition from the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA), an Albany County Supreme Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order against implementation of the New York PSC's July 15 order which adopted a moratorium on the ability of ESCOs to serve assistance program participant (APP) customers

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Texas REP Offering New Smart Thermostat Plan

A Texas REP has begun offering a residential electricity plan which includes, at no additional cost, a smart thermostat

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Regulator Moves To Require "Side By Side" Comparison of Rates Under Current Contract, Renewal Offer

As part of its first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules, the Illinois Commerce Commission is proposing to require a "side by side" comparison of current and new rates when a customer is provided a renewal offer or notice.

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Regulator Moves To Implement Uniform, Mandatory Training For Retail Supplier Agents

The Illinois Commerce Commission's first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules would require that supplier agents complete a uniform training regimen that is to be developed by stakeholders.

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RetailEnergyX: Nearly Half Of Muni Aggregation Volumes Up For Renewal Returning To ComEd Default Service

 

Illinois Power Agency Files Default Service Procurement Plan

The Illinois Power Agency has filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission its 2017 proposed default service procurement plan for Commonwealth Edison, Ameren, and the portion of MidAmerican Energy load not served by utility-owned generation.

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September 27

Pa. Utility To Remove Uncollectibles From POR Discount, Transfer To Delivery Surcharge Under Settlement; Retail Supplier Opposes

Under a non-unanimous settlement in Duquesne Light's default service proceeding, the utility would remove the uncollectibles component of the purchase of receivables (POR) discount, and instead collect such amounts through a nonbypassable delivery service surcharge on all customers.

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Australian Broker Entering US, Taps Market Vet To Lead

An Australian consultant which is engaged in energy procurement as part of a platform offering bill payment and validation, automation, and other services is launching in the United States

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Oil Major Receives Option 1 Texas Retail Electric Provider Certificate (Ability To Serve All Customers)

The Public Utility Commission of Texas granted ...

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RetailEnergyX: Australian Retail Supplier Testing "Subscription" Model for Electricity

 

Pennsylvania Settlement Would Adopt Longer-Term Contracts for Residential, Small C&I Default Service For Price Stability At EDC

Utility To Expand Hourly Pricing For Default Service

A settlement in Duquesne Light's default service plan proceeding (DSP VIII) for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would adopt the use of contracts with longer terms to serve residential and small C&I customers.

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Pennsylvania Utility To "Unbundle" Costs As Part of Default Service Settlement

A settlement in Duquesne Light's default service plan proceeding (DSP VIII) for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would require the utility to "unbundle" certain costs from distribution rates, with recovery moved to bypassable default service rates.

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Settlement Would Delay CAP Shopping at Pennsylvania Utility

A settlement in Duquesne Light's default service plan proceeding (DSP VIII) for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would delay the introduction of shopping for Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers

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Maryland PSC To Examine Rate Design, Distributed Resources, Low-Income Protections in Grid Transformation Proceeding

The Maryland PSC has opened a new proceeding (PC44) concerning the transformation of the electricity grid.

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Generator To Pay $4 Million, Disgorge $4 Million Under Settlement With FERC

FERC approved a settlement between its Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) and ...

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RetailEnergyX: Centrica-Backed Fund Investing In Tool Making Retrofit, Efficiency Decisions Easier

 

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RetailEnergyX: FirstEnergy Pennsylvania Utilities Offering Home Energy Audits

 

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RetailEnergyX: California Requires Retail Suppliers To Report GHG Emissions To Customers

 

September 26

Regulator Moves To Apply Same Customer Protections To MLM Sales As Required For Door-to-Door Sales

Would Require Background Checks on All MLM Agents Conducting In-Person Sales

In-Person Sales Require Both LOA, TPV

The Illinois Commerce Commission's first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules would apply the same set of rules to all in-person sales, including door-to-door sales, multi-level marketing sales, and sales conducted outside the customer's home (such as at kiosks).

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LED Lighting Provider To Acquire Retail Supplier

A lighting provider has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the membership interests in retail supplier ...

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Regulator Moves To Prohibit Retail Suppliers' Use of Utility Logo, Name (Prohibition Applies To Affiliates Too)

In a first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules, the Illinois Commerce Commission is proposing to prohibit the use of utility logos and names by retail electric suppliers, including utility affiliates

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Illinois WON'T Require Retail Suppliers To Post Offers On PlugIn Illinois, Under First Notice Order (Erroneous Reports Say Otherwise)

There are several reports that the Illinois Commerce Commission, under its first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules, is proposing to require that retail electric suppliers post their residential offers on the ICC’s PlugInIllinois.org website

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RetailEnergyX: Direct Energy Holding Town Hall Meetings To Promote Electric Choice

 

NY ESCO Ceases New Enrollments In Response To Show Cause Order

In its response to a show cause order, Smart One Energy, LLC informed the New York PSC that it has voluntarily ceased enrolling new customers and agrees not to begin enrolling new customers until the proceeding has been resolved

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NJ Utilities Lowering Default Service Rates, Decreases As Large As 14%

The New Jersey BPU has approved lower Basic Gas Supply Service (BGSS) rates at Elizabethtown Gas (ETG), New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and South Jersey Gas (SJG)

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Update: Here Are The Variable Rate Disclosure Requirements Proposed In Illinois, Including Separate "Written" Notice for Increases Greater Than 20%

EnergyChoiceMatters.com was first to report last week that the Illinois Commerce Commission is proposing in a first notice order that retail electric suppliers notify customers, via a separate notice, of an increase in a variable rate that is in excess of 20%. The written first notice is now available, and specifics concerning variable rate disclosure are detailed below.

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RetailEnergyX: Here's The Uniform Disclosure Statement Proposed To Be Required For Illinois Electric Suppliers

 

Dayton Power & Light "Withdraws" Nonbypassable Rider To Support Generation; Replaces With Proposed Distribution Modernization Rider

Dayton Power and Light has withdrawn its proposed Reliable Electricity Rider (RER), and replaced it with a request for an alternative to the RER, which has been named the Distribution Modernization Rider (DMR).

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Illinois Posts Pricing, Winning Bidders From Default Service Capacity Procurement

The Illinois Power Agency posted results from the September procurement of capacity for Ameren default service customers

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From 9/23: Crius Energy To Purchase Assets from Verengo, "Fortify" Crius' Solar Energy Business

Crius Energy Trust today announced the formation of a newly-created special purpose vehicle, Crius Solar Fulfillment, LLC ("Newco"), to serve as the debtor-in-possession ("DIP") lender and bidder for the purchase of certain residential solar installation assets (the "Solar Installation Assets") from Verengo, Inc. ("Verengo"), in a bankruptcy proceeding under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

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RetailEnergyX: TransCanada Announces Offer to Purchase All Common Units of Columbia Pipeline Partners, LP

 

September 23

Crius Energy To Purchase Assets from Verengo, "Fortify" Crius' Solar Energy Business

Crius Energy Trust today announced the formation of a newly-created special purpose vehicle, Crius Solar Fulfillment, LLC ("Newco"), to serve as the debtor-in-possession ("DIP") lender and bidder for the purchase of certain residential solar installation assets (the "Solar Installation Assets") from Verengo, Inc. ("Verengo"), in a bankruptcy proceeding under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

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Regulator Moves To Formally Adopt Rules Requiring Retail Suppliers To Notify Customers of Rate Changes Greater Than 20%

Regulator Would Adopt "Many" Of Consumer Advocates' Suggestions

The Illinois Commerce Commission voted to adopt a first notice concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules that would require retail electric suppliers to notify customers of rate changes in excess of 20%

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Texas Commissioners Raise Competitive Concerns on NextEra Acquisition of Oncor; Retail, Generation Affiliates

Commissioner "Offended" By Termination Fee Provisions

Texas Public Utility Commissioners have expressed competitive concerns regarding NextEra Energy's proposed acquisition of Oncor, particularly in light of the structure of termination fees payable by Oncor parent Energy Future Holdings if the deal is not consummated for certain reasons (NextEra has not yet formally filed at the PUC for a change in control).

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Texas PUC Moves To Drop 1-in-10 LOLE Reliability Metric, Potentially Publish 4 Alternative Metrics

The Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday moved forward to drop use of the target 1-in-10 Loss of Load Expectation (LOLE) reliability standard, and potentially replace the target with four new metrics

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RetailEnergyX: Apple To Sell Solar Power To Utility

 

Regulator Directs Temporary Alternative Mechanism For Retail Suppliers' Disclosure Label Compliance Filings

The Connecticut PURA has directed suppliers with September due dates to use an alternative mechanism for filing certain compliance information, in light of technical issues.

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North American Power Receives Excellence in Customer Service Award From Energy Marketing Conferences

Energy Marketing Conferences LLC announced North American Power was selected as the winner of the "Excellence in Customer Service Award" at the September Retail Energy Marketing Conference in New York City

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RetailEnergyX: FERC Launches Review of Market Power Analysis

 

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RetailEnergyX: FERC Seeks Comments on Revisions to Electric Quarterly Report Requirements (Reports Required To Be Filed By Retail Suppliers With MBR Authority)

 

September 22

Regulator "Strongly Encourage[s]" Retail Suppliers To Proactively Report Billing, Administrative Errors Before Customer Complaints

In addressing recent customer complaints, a regulator is strongly encouraging retail suppliers to proactively inform the regulator of administrative or billing errors that the supplier is aware of, before complaints are received by the regulator

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Utility Intervening In Retail Supplier Licensing Dockets, Raising Concerns on Supplier Finances, Regulatory History

A utility has intervened in at least two recent applications by retail suppliers for electric supplier licenses, making note of the suppliers' financial positions and, in one case, noting a supplier's regulatory history

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Maine Small Customer Default Service Rates To Be "Indexed" Starting June 1, 2017; Rates To Fall 16% On November 1, 2016

The Maine PUC has approved new default service rates for small and medium customers at Maine Public Service (Emera Maine – Maine Public District), effective November 1, 2016.

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RetailEnergyX: New ENGIE Programs Help Customers Leverage Historical Interval Meter Analysis to Maximize Energy Efficiency Opportunities

 

Third Retail Supplier Offering Residential Service at UGI Electric

A third EGS has launched residential electric service at UGI - Electric in Pennsylvania

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Josco Energy Receives Supplier Licenses In New States
• Palmco Power Receives Licenses In New State

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NY PSC Approves Capacity Release Changes At KeySpan LDCs, Other Retail Market Enhancements Move Forward With Go-Live Of New Backoffice System

The New York PSC has adopted tariff changes at KeySpan New York and KeySpan Long Island (National Grid) to improve capacity release for ESCOs, and other previously adopted retail market enhancements may now be implemented on a permanent basis as KeySpan's new Gas Transportation Information System (GTIS) has gone live

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RetailEnergyX: Denton Approves Development of Gas-Fired Power Plant

 

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RetailEnergyX: Coverage of Nevada's Electric Choice Ballot Initiative

 

September 21

ConEd Joint Proposal Would Delay Expansion Of Mandatory Hourly Pricing For Default Service

A joint proposal in Consolidated Edison's current rate case would delay the expansion of Mandatory Hourly Pricing (MHP) for default service customers versus an original proposal from the company

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National Grid Default Service Rates To Increase 20%

National Grid fixed basic service rates for Massachusetts residential and commercial electric customers will increase 20%

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Parties Near Settlement on Promoting Retail Supplier Offers in Utility Bills

Stakeholders in Delaware are nearing a settlement on including a brochure describing the electric supply offerings currently available in Delaware in Delmarva bills

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RetailEnergyX: NRG Cites Wildly Missed Forecast In Brattle Reliability Standard Report; Says Texas PUC Should Receive "Refresh" Anyway (Will It Be Any Better?)

 

LifeEnergy, LS Power Affiliate, Launches Service In New State, Territories

LifeEnergy, an affiliate of LS Power, has launched electric service in ...

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Santanna Energy Services Launches Service in New Territory

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Update: MISO-Michigan Agreement On State Compensation Mechanism Would Preclude Retail Suppliers From Participating in MISO Capacity Auction

Retail Suppliers Would Be Required to Pay State Capacity Charge or Use Fixed Resource Adequacy Plan

The Michigan Governor's office has provided more details concerning an agreement between the state and Midcontinent ISO concerning the use of the state compensation mechanism to address resource adequacy in the state.

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• Texas REP To Delete Trade Names From Certificate
• NY PSC Reconvening Accelerated Switching Collaborative

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RetailEnergyX: Comcast To Launch Wireless Service

 

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RetailEnergyX: Vivint Solar Expands To Texas

 

September 20

NY PSC Clarifies ESCO Low-Income Moratorium, Allows Service To Continue To Certain Variable And Month-to-Month Customers Until Contract Expiration

The New York PSC has issued a written order clarifying certain provisions of its moratorium on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, most notably clarifying that ESCOs may continue service to certain variable and month-to-month customers until contract expiration.

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Texas PUC Staff File Final Proposed List Of Non-Volunteer POLRs For 2017-18

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a proposed final list of retail electric providers that will be designated to serve as Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for 2017-18

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PUC Seeks More Information On Specific Nature of Allegations Which Led To $18,000 Settlement Between Retail Supplier, PUC Staff

The Pennsylvania PUC sought more information on allegations which prompted an EGS to enter a settlement with the PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E)

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RetailEnergyX: Michigan, MISO Agree To Implement State Capacity Charge Applicable To Retail Suppliers

 

Freepoint Commodities Subsidiary Seeks Retail Supplier License In New State

• Stanwich Energy Advisors Receives License In New State

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ERCOT Won't Award Contracts for Must-Run Alternative Resources To Replace Greens Bayou

ERCOT said that it will not award any contracts for Must-Run Alternative (MRA) Resources that had been sought to eliminate the need for the Greens Bayou Unit 5 RMR contract, as ERCOT said that the proposals contained in the MRA responses did not provide an acceptable solution to the reliability concern which prompted the need for the Greens Bayou RMR agreement

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RetailEnergyX: Academics Press For ERCOT Pricing "Reforms" (Administrative Price Increases, Capacity Market?)

 

Texas QSE To Pay $35,000 Under Settlement To Resolve Alleged Violations Related To Reactive Capability Testing

A QSE would pay $35,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve ...

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RetailEnergyX: NextEra Ups Purchase Price For Oncor, Receives Bankruptcy Court OK To Enter Agreement

 

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RetailEnergyX: Texas Retail Provider Included in Report on Customer Emotion Ratings

 

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RetailEnergyX: NY Won't Require Functional Separation of Utility Distribution System Employees, Those Charged With Distributed Gen Procurement Under REV

 

September 19

Retail Supplier Names Former Retail Energy President to Lead Expansion in PJM

A retail supplier announced the hiring of ...

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PSC Staff: "Inappropriate" To Include Single Supplier's Marketing Info In Utility Bills; Suggest Generic Brochure "Describing" Current Supply Offerings From All Suppliers

Staff of the Delaware PSC recommend denying a petition from Direct Energy to include information related to Direct Energy's status as the, "Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware," in Delmarva Power bills, but recommended that Delmarva be required to include generic choice education materials, and that the PSC develop an online retail supplier price listing to which customers will be directed

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Regulator Drops Proposed Requirement That Retail Suppliers Must File Preliminary Notice of Customer Book Sales Prior To Final Execution

Sets Final Rules Regarding Customer Assignments

The Massachusetts DPU has adopted final requirements governing the assignment of customers from one retail electric supplier to another.

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RetailEnergyX: Only 16% Of Texas Residential Customers Visit PUC’s Power To Choose Site Annually

 

AEP Texas North Proposes Installation of Two Batteries, Addresses Treatment of Energy During Charge/Discharge

AEP Texas North has petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas for approval to install two lithium-ion batteries, at Woodson and Paint Rock, Texas

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RetailEnergyX: Parent of Retail Supplier Acquires Provider for Predictive Analytics and Energy Management

 

Martin Lake Unit Returns To Operational Status

Notification of Change of Generation Resource Designation (NCGRD) for the following Generation Resource with an effective date of October 1, 2016:

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RetailEnergyX: Parent of Retail Supplier Acquires Energy Efficiency, Design-Build Firm

 

Illinois Reports Winning Suppliers, Prices From Default Service Block Procurement

The Illinois Power Agency has disclosed winning prices and suppliers from its Fall 2016 procurement of block energy products at Commonwealth Edison, Ameren, and MidAmerican Energy

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Maine Sets New Standard Offer Rates

The Maine PUC has set the Standard Offer rates for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric for the month of October 2016

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RetailEnergyX: Report: Vast Majority Of Muni Aggregation Customers Overpaying For Electricity

 

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RetailEnergyX: NY PSC Posts Written Show Cause Orders For Three ESCOs

 

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RetailEnergyX: Briefly: Texas Assigns Docket Number For RMR Rulemaking

 

September 16

NY PSC Issues Order To Show Cause To Another ESCO Over Alleged Slamming, Deceptive Marketing

During yesterday's meeting, the New York PSC voted to issue an order to show cause to ...

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Texas PUC Staff Recommend Amounts For Assessment On Subject REPs To Fund Internet Broadcast of PUC Meetings

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed recommended fees to be allocated to retail electric providers and other companies to cover the cost of broadcasting PUCT meetings online.

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AEP Texas North To Seek PUC Approval For Utility-Scale Battery Facility

AEP Texas North has requested that the Public Utility Commission of Texas assign a docket number with the following style:

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RetailEnergyX: Pa. Tentative Order Would Cancel Licenses of Active Retail Suppliers, Brokers For Alleged Failure To File Proof of Security

 

From 9/15: NY PSC Staff Alleges ESCOs Used Free LED Lighting Pitch As Pre-Arranged Appointment To Avoid Certain UBP Requirements (Including TPV)

PSC Issues Orders To Show Cause to 2 ESCOs For Alleged Violations

Commissioner Will "Throw The Book" At ESCOs If Allegations Proven

The New York PSC issued orders to show cause to ...

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From 9/15: NY Denies Rehearing Of Low-Income ESCO Service Moratorium, Sets Process For Consideration Of Duration, Lifting

The New York PSC denied rehearing requests of its July order prohibiting ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers (see details here), and also established a process for considering the duration of the moratorium, and conditions for lifting the moratorium

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RetailEnergyX: Retail Supplier To Issue C$160 Million Convertible Unsecured Senior Subordinated Debentures In "Milestone" To Reduce Debt

 

CenterPoint TDU Funds for REP Reimbursements Under Low-Income In-Home Device Provisioning Program Nearly Exhausted

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric filed a further update 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.

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RetailEnergyX: Amazon Announces Texas Wind Farm, Company's Largest to Date

 

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RetailEnergyX: Texas PUC Staff File Draft Scope of Competition Report

 

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RetailEnergyX: Texas PUC Staff File Report on ERCOT Reliability Standard Calculation Mechanism

 

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RetailEnergyX: ERCOT, SPP File Proposed Scope of Coordinated Studies On Lubbock Power & Light ERCOT Integration

 

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RetailEnergyX: FERC Rejects Part of PJM Financial Transmission Rights Revenue Adequacy Proposal

 

September 15

Breaking: NY PSC Staff Alleges ESCOs Used Free LED Lighting Pitch As Pre-Arranged Appointment To Avoid Certain UBP Requirements (Including TPV)

PSC Issues Orders To Show Cause to 2 ESCOs For Alleged Violations

Commissioner Will "Throw The Book" At ESCOs If Allegations Proven

The New York PSC issued orders to show cause to ...

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Breaking: NY Denies Rehearing Of Low-Income ESCO Service Moratorium, Sets Process For Consideration Of Duration, Lifting

The New York PSC denied rehearing requests of its July order prohibiting ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers (see details here), and also established a process for considering the duration of the moratorium, and conditions for lifting the moratorium

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Affiliate of Texas Generator Seeks Retail Electric Provider Certificate

An affiliate of a Texas generator applied for an Option 1 REP certificate

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CFTC Chair Says He Will Withdraw Move To Allow Private Lawsuits Concerning ERCOT, RTO Market Outcomes

Proposal Had Threatened ERCOT Energy-Only Market

CFTC's Prior Effort To Allow Private Rights of Action Had Been Blasted As Allowing "Collateral Attack" on PUCT Authorized Market Rules

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad has written in a letter to U.S. Senator John Boozman that Massad plans to recommend to his colleagues that the CFTC, "exempt RTOs and ISOs from all private rights of action under Section 22 of the Commodity Exchange Act ('CEA")," and that the CFTC reflect such exemption in a final order.

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Texas Retail Provider Seeks To Use Trade Name Neo Electricity
• Mint Energy Seeks License In New State

• Taxempt Seeks Texas Aggregator Certificate

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RetailEnergyX: PUC Rescinds Authority Of A Dozen Suppliers, Brokers

 

Pa. Utility Files To Recover Costs of Retail Supplier Account Number Look-Up Tool Via Delivery Rates, Not POR Discount

In compliance with a Pennsylvania PUC directive, Philadelphia Gas Works has filed an updated plan to implement a remote account number look-up mechanism which does not recover costs through its purchase of receivables discount rate, as PGW proposed to recover implementation costs through a delivery charge.

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Texas QSE Would Pay $30,000 To Resolve Alleged Failure To Update A/S Schedule For NSRS Deployed Unit

A Texas QSE would pay $30,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve Staff's investigation of the QSE for violation of ...

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RetailEnergyX: Former Direct Energy VP Joins Entergy

 

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RetailEnergyX: Direct Energy Affiliate Offers Control of Heating, Connected Devices Via Amazon Alexa

 

From 9/13: EMEX Acquires Majority Interest in Texas Broker

EMEX, LLC announced today it has created a new subsidiary, EMEX Consolidated Partners (ECP), which has in turn acquired all of the assets of ...

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September 14

Verde Energy Acquired Customers From Texas REP Which Is Exiting Market

Verde Energy Texas confirmed to EnergyChoiceMatters.com that it purchased ...

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AEP to Sell Four Merchant Power Plants to Blackstone and ArcLight Joint Venture

American Electric Power announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell four competitive power plants totaling approximately 5,200 megawatts (MW) for approximately ...

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AG: ALJ's Dismissal Of ICC Staff Allegations Against Retail Supplier Leads To Conclusion That "Lying" To Staff Not Prohibited By Law

Judge Dismisses Dozens Of Additional Staff Allegations On Lack of ICC Jurisdiction, Though Permits Staff To Replead

A ruling on a motion to dismiss issued by an Illinois ALJ in a proceeding adjudicating allegations made by Illinois Commerce Commission Staff against Sperian Energy Corp. results, the Illinois Attorney General alleges in a motion for interlocutory review, in, "the illogical and disturbing conclusion ... that lying to the Staff of the Commission as they conduct investigations of any kind on behalf of the Commission is not prohibited by law."

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RetailEnergyX: OPC Misconstrues Texas Retail Market Design In Opposing Retail Auction for SOS

 

PSC Hosts Retail Supplier Conference, Examines Regulatory And Operational Issues, "Next Phase" For Residential Market

A Public Service Commission has scheduled its 2016 Electric and Gas Supplier Conference for ...

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WGL: POR "Accommodated" In New D.C. Billing System, But Says Consideration Should Not Occur in Current Billing System Review

Washing Gas Light told the District of Columbia PSC that, "implementation of a POR program in the District of Columbia can be more easily accommodated," in its new billing system, but said that a current docket reviewing the impacts of the new billing system on retail suppliers should not consider implementation of POR.

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RetailEnergyX: N.H. PUC Issues Consultant’s Recommendation for PSNH Auction Process, Sale Date (Triggers Start Of Competitively Sourced Default Service)

 

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RetailEnergyX: Broker Reports Role In Procuring Retail Supply For Texas City

 

September 13

EMEX Acquires Majority Interest in Texas Broker

EMEX, LLC announced today it has created a new subsidiary, EMEX Consolidated Partners (ECP), which has in turn acquired all of the assets of ...

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Regulator Issues Draft Guidelines To Apply in Retail Supplier Violations Proceedings, Penalties

A regulator has issued draft interim guidelines to apply in electric and natural gas competitive supplier formal investigations and proceedings

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Former Pa. PUC Head of Competitive Market Oversight Joins Eckert Seamans

The former head of the Pa. PUC's OCMO has joined ...

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PUC: Utility Has "Absolute Right" To Deny Off-Cycle Meter Read (Switch) Requested On Less Than Five Days Notice

The New Hampshire PUC has adjudicated several legal questions transferred to it by a Superior Court, concerning a complaint brought by PNE Energy Supply and Resident Power against Public Service of New Hampshire concerning PSNH's transfer of certain customers to default service in 2013 when PNE defaulted at ISO-NE

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RetailEnergyX: Update: Muni Austin Energy May Have Charged Inapplicable Tax For Decade; Only Giving Refunds For 4 Years

 

Another Energy Trader Seeks OK To Export ERCOT Power to Mexico

A trader has submitted an application to the United States Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States (including from ERCOT) to Mexico

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NY PSC, NYISO Say ISO-NE Capacity Market Change Could Spike NY Capacity Prices By $340 Million

A change to the treatment of imports in ISO New England's capacity market could expose an "inefficiency" in the New York ISO capacity market that could raise capacity prices for load by $340 million, the New York ISO and New York PSC warned in separately filed comments at FERC.

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RetailEnergyX: Energy Marketer Names New COO Among Leadership Changes At Parent

 

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RetailEnergyX: NRG Wins SunEdison Assets in Texas, Other States s

 

September 12

PSEG Formally Creates Retail Supplier

Public Service Enterprise Group has officially created a retail electric and natural gas supplier

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Genie Retail Energy Nears Close on Acquisition of Retail Supplier, Additional Details Disclosed

A retail supplier expects its sale to Genie Retail Energy, Inc. to close by approximately September 30, 2016.

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Tenaska Power Management Seeks License In Another New State

• Start-up Energymart Receives License in New State

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RetailEnergyX: NRG Home Offering Free Weekends in Northeast States

 

PUC Opens Inquiry Into Allocation of Utility Deposits To Retail Supply Service

The Maine PUC has initiated an inquiry to receive comment and collect information regarding the collection and allocation of customer deposits for electricity supply service by electric transmission and distribution utilities

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Industrial Customers Say MISO Use of Wrong Zonal Import Limit Raised Capacity Prices By $50/MW-Day, Seek Refunds

Would "Preserve" Revenue Streams For Generators That Relied on Incorrect Clearing Price (Uplift?)

Customers Seek FERC Audit of IMM

The Coalition of MISO Transmission Customers (CMTC) has filed a complaint at FERC alleging that MISO used the incorrect import limit for on the maximum quantity of capacity resources that could be exported from Zones 8-10 into Zones 2-7 for the 2016-17 capacity auction, which inflated capacity prices by $50/MW-day

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RetailEnergyX: Report: Reid Wielding Remaining Power Against NV Energy Monopoly; AP Says Campaign For Energy Deregulation Picking Up Steam In Nevada

 

September 9

Texas PUC Chair Will Be "Watching" REP For Compliance After Adopting Settlement

Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said yesterday that she would be "watching" a retail electric provider ...

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ESCO Issues Addressed In KeySpan LDCs Joint Proposal, Merchant Function Charges Calculation Revised; New Consolidated Billing Charges

A joint proposal in the rate case of KeySpan New York and KeySpan Long Island (National Grid) addresses several ESCO issues.

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FirstEnergy: 2017 To Be Key For Decision On Approach To Exit Competitive Generation

"Our ultimate goal would be to be out of competitive generation," FirstEnergy EVP & CFO James Pearson said at ...

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Texas PUC Cool To Major Overhaul Of Emergency Response Service

During yesterday's open meeting, Texas PUC Chair Donna Nelson and Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez were generally cool to a major overhaul of the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program, but said that certain tweaks should be studied, including the use of ERS for resolving local congestion, and issues related to the interplay of ERS and Reliability Must Run designations.

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Texas PUC Directs More "Robust" RMR Process, To Allow Consideration Of Load Alternatives, Mitigation Plans

The PUC has directed changes to make the RMR process more "robust", and to allow the consideration of non-RMR alternatives

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RetailEnergyX: Muni Austin Energy Has Incorrectly Charged Tax To Non-City Ratepayers For Four Years

 

NRG Subsidiary To Relinquish Unused Texas REP Certificate

• Diversegy Receives New License

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N.H. Starts Development Of Auction Process To Divest PSNH Assets

The New Hampshire PUC has released a procedural schedule for development of an auction to divest Public Service Company of New Hampshire's generation

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Update Texas PUC OKs Settlement To End AEP Texas Efficiency Program Reimbursing REPs for LED Lamps If Not Cost-Effective This Year

Update, 9/9: The Texas PUC approved the proposed orders adopting the stipulations as modified by Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez's changes

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RetailEnergyX: AEP Names New Vice President Of Regulatory Services

 

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RetailEnergyX: SolarCity Launches Service in Austin

 

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RetailEnergyX: Report: Federal Appeals Court Upholds $200 Million Penalty For California Energy Crisis

 

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RetailEnergyX: Texas PUC Issues Final Order With Conditions To Protect ERCOT Ratepayers From Costs Created By New Line Exporting Power to Eastern Interconnect

 

September 8

Affiliate of Northeast Retail Supplier Entering Texas Market, Seeks REP Certificate       
                                                                     
Leadership For New REP Focusing On Prepaid, Portal-Based Service Includes Former CryptoCurrency Exec

An affiliate of a northeast retail supplier has applied for a Texas REP certificate

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Ambit Energy To Launch in New Service Areas In Two States

Ambit Energy is preparing to launch electric service in new service areas in ...

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Settlement Would End AEP Texas Efficiency Program Reimbursing REPs for LED Lamps If Not Cost-Effective This Year

Stipulations in the AEP Texas Central's and AEP Texas North's energy efficiency cost recovery factor proceedings would require that the Energy Connection Pilot Market Transformation Program not be offered in 2017 if the program is not cost-effective in 2016.

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RetailEnergyX: Muni Aggregation Customers Overcharged By Supplier In Administrative Error

 

Pa. Utility Default Service Settlement Includes Block Purchases For 50% Of Default Service

Several parties have reached a settlement concerning UGI Utilities, Inc. – Electric Division's default service plan covering the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021

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Connecticut Publishes Proposed Order on Retail Supplier RPS Compliance For 2014

The Connecticut PURA has issued a proposed final decision concerning retail suppliers' compliance with the RPS for 2014

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RetailEnergyX: Pepco, Delmarva Maryland SOS Rates Change on Changes To Bypassable Transmission

 

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RetailEnergyX: Maine Issues RFPs For 1-Year SOS Supplies

 

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RetailEnergyX: Downstate NY Lawmakers Call Nuke Subsidies "Unfair" Given Lack of Downstate Benefits

 

September 7

RESA: PSC Staff Seeking "Market-Killer" Changes To Supplier-Consumer Advocate Consensus Retail Supplier Rules

Proposed changes from Delaware PSC Staff to a consensus proposal (from the Retail Energy Supply Association and the Delaware Public Advocate) to revise the retail electric marketing rules in Delaware are "market killers" that will keep suppliers out of Delaware, Brian Greene, counsel for RESA, said during a PSC meeting yesterday.

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Direct Energy Names New Executive Vice President

Direct Energy named ...

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Noble Americas Energy Solutions Seeks License In New State
• EDF Energy Services Seeks License In New State

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RetailEnergyX: NYT Examines Tension Between Hotels, Booking Brokers (Hotel Owners Trying To Wrestle Customers Away From Brokers Via Preferred Loyalty Pricing, Rewards -- Sound Familiar?)

 

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RetailEnergyX: Retail Supplier Paid Customers Up To $250/MWh For Critical Peak Rebates This Summer

 

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RetailEnergyX: CHG&E Drops Pejorative Language From ESCO Low-Income Moratorium Customer Letter; ConEd/ORU Still Include Term "Overpay"

 

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RetailEnergyX: Reliant Again Awarding $100,000 Charitable Donation Based on Crowd Sourcing, Vote

 

September 6

Retail Supplier Auctions To Save Ohio Low-Income Customers Nearly $5 Million

Auctions to award all or part of Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) load to competitive retail electric suppliers in Ohio may save PIPP customers nearly $5 million

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PECO Sets Date For Allowing CAP Customers To Shop, With Product Restriction

PECO has filed an updated electric Customer Assistance Program (CAP) shopping implementation plan, which includes a proposed effective date for allowing CAP customers to shop

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RESA Asks PSC To Include Consideration of New POR Program As Part of Review of New Utility Billing System

The Retail Energy Supply Association has asked the District of Columbia PSC to include the accommodation of purchase of receivables as part of the PSC's review of billing system upgrades at Washington Gas Light, and such upgrades' impact on retail suppliers

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RetailEnergyX: Advocates Worry Texas Customers Will Be Caught Off Guard By End of Lite-Up Texas Discounts

 

Shopping Gains Steady in Pennsylvania During August; PPL Continues To Lose Residential Shoppers

August saw Pennsylvania statewide residential electric migration increase by a similar amount to July's gains, as PPL continues to see declining residential shopping

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Texas Staff: PUC Should Consider Requiring AEP Texas To Obtain FERC Disclaimer of Jurisdiction As Part of TCC, TNC Merger

The Public Utility Commission of Texas should consider requiring the merged AEP Texas utilities to seek from FERC an order disclaiming jurisdiction over the merged AEP Utilities' wholesale transmission rates for service wholly within ERCOT as a condition of approving the merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, PUC Staff said in a post-hearing brief

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RetailEnergyX: BDN Looks At Other State’s Efforts To "Crackdown" On Retail Suppliers

 

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RetailEnergyX: FERC OKs Change in Upstream Ownership of Retail Supplier

 

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RetailEnergyX: Enbridge and Spectra Energy To Merge

 

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RetailEnergyX: From the Archives (8/22): Wisconsin Industrials Seek Electric Choice, Say High Electric Prices May Push Them Out Of State

 

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RetailEnergyX: ENGIE Services Announces O&M Agreement with Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

 

September 2

Utility Files To Lower POR Discount Rates

An EDC has filed new POR discount rates, effective December 1, 2016

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Pa. PUC Approves Settlement Under Which Utility Will Double Bypassable Charges Related To Supply Procurement, Eliminate Switching Fee

The Pennsylvania PUC adopted, without substantive modification to retail market-related provisions, a settlement which will ...

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Pa. PUC Approves Remote Account Number Look-up Mechanism With No Cost Recovery From Retail Suppliers

The Pennsylvania PUC approved National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.'s amended compliance plan to implement a remote natural gas account look-up mechanism, with initial costs no longer recovered from retail suppliers

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RetailEnergyX: Former TXU Senior Manager Joins Telecom Provider

 

Constellation Named Official Energy Provider and Sustainability Partner for PGA of America and its Major Championships

PGA of America has named Constellation as its Official Energy Provider and Sustainability Partner.

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Texas Staff Outline Potential Next Steps in Consideration of Potential Changes To ERS

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have outlined three potential options for the next steps in the Commission's consideration of potential changes to Emergency Response Service (ERS)

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ERCOT Expects Adequate Generation For Upcoming Fall And Winter

ERCOT expects to have enough generation available to meet the region’s electricity demands this fall and winter, it said in releasing its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for fall (October-November) and the preliminary outlook for winter (December-February).

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ERCOT Preliminary Determination Says Calpine Clear Lake Units Needed For Transmission Reliability

ERCOT has issued an initial determination stating that Calpine's units CTL_GT_102, CTL_GT_103, CTL_GT_104, CTL_ST_101, CTL_ST_102 (Clear Lake) are needed to support ERCOT transmission system reliability.

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DP&L Terminates Bypassable Default Service Reconciliation Charge (5 mills/kWh)

Consistent with PUCO's recent order setting new rates at Dayton Power & Light, DP&L has eliminated the bypassable Competitive Bid True-Up Rider (G30) approved under ESP II, which is about 5.5 mills/kWh.

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Energy Marketer To Pay $1.1 Million Under FERC Settlement

FERC approved a settlement between its Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) and ...

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RetailEnergyX: RESA Op-Ed Defending Retail Choice Published By Syracuse Post-Standard

 

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RetailEnergyX: National Grid Files Revised Draft Customer Notice Letters Regarding Low-Income ESCO Moratorium

 

September 1

Texas PUC Staff, Current Utilities Seek Summary Judgment in Case Concerning Definition of Aggregator

Staff: Entity Joining Customers For Negotiations With REP Meets Aggregator Definition

Staff: "Broad" Definition of Aggregator Intended When Rules Adopted

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Current Utilities, Inc. have each filed a motion for summary judgment in a contested Notice of Violation proceeding, in which Staff alleged Current Utilities has acted as an aggregator without a certificate, and Current Utilities argued that its business model does not meet the definition of an aggregator

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Shocking Report Recommends Moving Half of SOS To 10-Year Contracts -- No One Supports It

A consultant report that recommends moving nearly 50% of Delmarva (Delaware) small customer SOS to 10-year long-term contracts is not supported by any significant stakeholder filing comments on the report -- and is opposed by the Delaware Public Advocate (DPA), Delmarva, the Retail Energy Supply Association, and Exelon Generation

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Retail Suppliers Seek To Include Offers, Choice Education In Utility Bill Inserts

Retail suppliers expressed concerns with a request from Direct Energy to require Delmarva Power in Delaware to send a bill insert informing customers of Direct's offers under its designation as the Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware, but were open to such promotion to the extent inserts were also used to promote other suppliers' offers and choice education

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RetailEnergyX: Report: How Retail Suppliers "Siphoned" More Than $20 Million From Customers (vs. SOS)

 

Constellation Completes Acquisition ConEdison Solutions' Retail Supply Business

Constellation announced that it has completed its acquisition of the retail electricity and natural gas business of ConEdison Solutions

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National Grid Granted Extension To Comply with New York Moratorium on ESCO Service to Low-Income Customers

Niagara Mohawk, KeySpan New York, and KeySpan Long Island have received from the Secretary of the New York PSC an extension of time to comply with certain of the automated mechanisms included in the New York PSC's July 15 order prohibiting ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers in the manner prescribed by the PSC.

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License Briefs

• Start-up Texas Power Up Receives Texas Aggregator Certificate
• Trade Name Electricity EZ Added to Texas Aggregator Certificate

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From the Archives (8/10): J.D. Power Residential Retail Supplier Rankings For Texas, 8 States (Says REP Customer Satisfaction Up, But Switching Down)

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RetailEnergyX: FERC OKs Change In Upstream Ownership of Retail Suppliers

 

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RetailEnergyX: Edison Energy's Altenex Hires Former EPA Division Director As Director of Strategic Energy Solutions

 

August 31

PULP: Over Half of ESCO Volumes To Low-Income Customers Priced At Least 44% Higher Than N.Y. Utility's Default Service

The "vast majority" of low income customers obtaining their supply from an ESCO at National Fuel Gas Distribution in New York paid more than they would have if they had purchased it from the utility, the Public Utility Law Project of New York claimed in testimony in an NFGD rate case, citing average ESCO cost data made public by the utility under discovery.

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Stanford University Subsidiary Seeks Market-Based Rate Authority

Stanford University Power LLC applied for FERC market-based rate authority

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ERCOT Submits NPRR To Base Credit Exposure Calculations on Futures Prices

ERCOT has submitted Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR 800), Revisions to Credit Exposure Calculations to Use Electricity Futures Market Prices, which would use futures prices in certain credit exposure calculations

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RetailEnergyX: Global Efficient Energy, Which Briefly Held REP Certificate, Addresses Rash of Complaints in DMN Interview

 

XOOM Energy Offering Discount on Air Filters, Automatic Delivery Via Affinity Partnership

XOOM Energy, LLC announced that it is offering customers a 10% discount on their air and furnace filters via ...

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American Power & Gas Seeks License In New State

• Start-up iSave Electric Seeks Texas Aggregator Certificate

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Pa. Consumer Advocates, Industrials: Relieving Retail Suppliers of Compliance Obligation For 7% Surprise Increase in RPS Interferes With Retail Contracts

The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate, Office of Small Business Advocate, and industrial customers, in separately filed comments, have opposed a proposal to relieve Pennsylvania retail electric suppliers from complying with a surprise 7% increase in the non-solar Tier I AEPS (Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards) obligations, arguing that such relief interferes with customers' retail supply contracts

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CenterPoint TDU Notifies REPs of Final Invoice Period For Texas Low-Income REP Smart Device Program, As Funds Nearly Exhausted

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric (CEHE) has notified Texas retail electric providers that it anticipates 90% of its designated funds under the low-income smart device program (under which Texas REPs are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers) will be reimbursed once the invoices received in August 2016 for devices deployed in July 2016 are paid.

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RetailEnergyX: BGE Files Update To Bypassable SOS Rider 8 (ECA/Reconciliation)

 

Tradition Energy Relocates Headquarters To Support "Rapid" Growth, Expansion Plans

Tradition Energy announced the relocation of its Stamford, Connecticut, headquarters to a newly remodeled office located at 9 West Broad Street, in Stamford.

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Parties File Joint Proposal On Threshold Legal Issues in Sharyland Rate Case To Establish Territory-Wide Rates

Parties have reached agreement on a joint proposal addressing certain threshold legal issues, mostly concerning corporate structure and associated treatment, in Sharyland Utilities' current rate case which is to implement uniform, territory-wide distribution rates for the ex-Cap Rock and McAllen service areas

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RetailEnergyX: Pepco SOS Rates Change on Revisions to Bypassable Transmission

 

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RetailEnergyX: FERC Tells Stakeholders That Representatives At ALJ Settlement Conferences Must Have Full Authority To Execute Agreements, Or ...

 

August 30

Retail Market Vets Launch "First Of Its Kind" No-Fee Concierge Shopping Service in Texas (Algorithms Automatically Switch Customers To Best Rate)

Two retail electric market veterans have launched what is described as a first-of-its-kind electric shopping concierge service in Texas which, for no customer fee, automatically finds for customers the best rate plan based on their usage and other factors unique to the customer

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Centrica (Direct Energy Parent) Makes Acquisition in Connect Home Arena, Complementing North American Business

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Texas C&I Retail Provider Begins Listing Residential Electric Offers on Texas Power To Choose

A C&I REP has begun listing offers on the Texas Power to Choose site

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RetailEnergyX: AP: New England States Reviewing Projects for Long-Term Power Contracts

 

Pennsylvania Utility Opposes Moving Compliance Obligation For 7% Surprise Increase in RPS From Retail Suppliers To EDCs Via Nonbypassable Charge

Duquesne Light has opposed a proposal to relieve Pennsylvania retail electric suppliers from complying with a surprise 7% increase in the non-solar Tier I AEPS (Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards) obligations

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Another NY ESCO Seeks License In New State

• Start-up Receives Texas Aggregator Certificate

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RetailEnergyX: Retail Supplier Wins Go Green Advertising Award

 

August 29

PUCO Addresses Bypassable/Nonbypassable Treatment of Transmission Charges In Adopting 2013 Rates for DP&L

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has adjudicated default service rate treatment at Dayton Power & Light in light of DP&L withdrawal of its current electric security plan (ESP II), which resulted from an Ohio Supreme Court decision

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Texas PUC Staff Post Preliminary List of REPs Eligible To Be Designated As Non-Volunteer POLRs

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a preliminary list of retail electric providers that are eligible to be required to serve as Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for 2017-18

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Direct Energy Seeks Judgment Concerning Rules For Serving Virginia Retail Electric Customer

Direct Energy has petitioned the Virginia State Corporation Commission for a declaratory judgment concerning several aspects of retail electric suppliers' ability to serve customers with a 100% renewable electricity product.

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RetailEnergyX: TXU, Luminant Receive OK To Exit Bankruptcy

 

Dayton Power and Light Files To Transfer Generation To Competitive Affiliate

Dayton Power and Light has filed at FERC to transfer its generation to affiliate AES Ohio Generation, LLC

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RetailEnergyX: Chron: Texas Generators’ Pleas For Administratively-Set Higher Prices Is "Tacit Admission" Deregulation Is A Failure

 

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RetailEnergyX: Release: YEP Energy Ranks Among the Best on Texas PUC Official Complaint Scorecard Among Retail Electric Providers (Five Circle Score)

 

August 26

Infinity Power Partners Names Former Retail Supplier VP As Director Of Sales

Infinity Power Partners has named ...

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Retail Supplier Reports Change In Leadership

A retail supplier reported that

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NY ESCO Seeks To Expand To New States
• First Point Power Receives Supplier License in New State

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RetailEnergyX: Texas Start-up Seeking To Use Pressurized Water Injected Into Oil Fields To Generate Power, Act As Storage

 

Pepco Details How It Will Incorporate Output From Community Renewables Into SOS Supply, Rates

In comments concerning a review of electricity SOS in the District of Columbia, Pepco detailed impacts on SOS resulting from D.C.'s Community Renewables Energy Act, which assigns to Pepco as SOS Administrator the output from Community Renewable Energy Facilities

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Draft Texas Order Posted With Updated Conditions To Protect ERCOT Ratepayers From Costs Created By New Line Exporting Power to Eastern Interconnect

A draft Texas PUC order has been posted which would include revised conditions meant to protect ERCOT ratepayers from costs arising from the City of Garland's Rusk-to-Panola Double-Circuit 345-kV line, which is to facilitate the export, via DC Tie, of ERCOT power via the Southern Cross Transmission line (Docket 45624)

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Michigan Utility Seeks Changes To Rates Applicable To Choice Customers

HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative has sought Michigan PSC approval for changes in its distribution rates for under the Primary Service Rate and Large Power Service Rate applicable to customers who elect choice.

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RetailEnergyX: Illinois City Warns of "Aggressive" Retail Energy Marketers

 

August 25

Frontier Utilities Hires Retail Market Vet As New Director of Sales To Lead Northeast Expansion

Frontier Utilities announced the addition of ...

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Direct Energy: Retail Choice in Mid-Atlantic "Stable, Growing" From Regulatory, Legislative Perspective, Prompts Investment From Suppliers (Compare To Other Parts Of U.S.)

Direct Energy is currently heavily active across the Mid-Atlantic in expanding the benefits of retail choice to customers, as the Mid-Atlantic now stands in stark contrast to other neighboring markets

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MidAmerican Energy Services Promoting Residential Offers in New State

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RetailEnergyX: Direct Energy Creates Specialized Panoramic Power Offering For Schools

 

NY ALJ Rules ESCO Cost Data Must Be Disclosed In Utility Rate Case

A New York ALJ has ruled that certain aggregate ESCO cost data must be produced by National Fuel Gas Distribution in response to discovery requests by consumer advocates in a current NFGD rate case (Case 16-G-0257).

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Tenaska Power Management Seeks Retail Supplier License In Another New State
• Freedom Logistics Seeks Licenses in New States
• LifeEnergy (LS Power Retail Supplier Affiliate) Receives License In New State

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Texas OPUC: Customers' Ability To Shop "Compromised" Under SFV

Customers ability to shop and find true differences in the competitive market are compromised under SFV [straight-fixed variable rate design]," and the Public Utility Commission of Texas should decline to adopt or recommend its use, the Office of Public Utility Counsel said in reply comments on a consultant report concerning alternative ratemaking

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RetailEnergyX: Texas Muni Agency Recommends Selling Power Plant in ERCOT

 

August 24

Direct Energy Proposes Retail Auction For D.C. SOS, Process Could Raise $500,000 Via Supplier Fees To Fund Customer Rebates For Energy Management Measures

Direct Energy has proposed a retail model for electricity SOS in the District of Columbia, starting June 1, 2019.

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Direct Energy To Seek Judgment On Ability To Serve Virginia Retail Electric Customers, Applies For License

Direct Energy has applied for a Virginia electric competitive service provider license, and told EnergyChoiceMatters.com that it intends to seek a declaratory judgment from the State Corporation Commission concerning permissible service by retail suppliers to customers under certain of the limited carve-outs for electric choice in Virginia

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Retail Auctions For D.C. SOS Proposed By RESA, NRG, WGL Energy

The Retail Energy Supply Association has proposed that the District of Columbia move to a retail model for electricity SOS, with a retail supplier-provided Transitional SOS for two years beginning on June 1, 2019.

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RetailEnergyX: PUC Cancels Broker Licenses

 

Even People's Counsel Supports Shorter Duration of SOS Contracts

While the District of Columbia Office of People's Counsel continues to support a portfolio management approach to electricity SOS, to the extent the current wholesale load following model is maintained, OPC does support a shorter duration of contracts versus the current contracts

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No Surprise: Exelon Wants To Maintain Current SOS Model, Three-Year Contracts in D.C.

In unsurprising comments, given comments filed earlier in the proceeding, Exelon Generation Company, LLC wants to maintain the current wholesale electricity SOS model in the District of Columbia, including the use of three-year contracts for mass market customers

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Ace Power Receives Texas REP Certificate
• nTherm Receives Supplier License in New State

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RetailEnergyX: #NotOnlyREPs: Austin Energy Rate Settlement Criticized For Penalizing Customers For Conserving Power

 

D.C. Energy Department Recommends Long-Term PPAs for SOS

The District of Columbia Department of Energy Environment (DOEE) suggested that the PSC adopt long-term PPAs for electricity SOS.

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Spark Energy, Inc. Closes Major Energy Acquisition

Spark Energy, Inc. announced that the company has completed its acquisition of the Major Energy retail suppliers.

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RetailEnergyX: ConEd, O&R, National Grid Draft Low-Income ESCO Moratorium Letters Contain Pejorative Language

 

August 23

Parent of City Power & Gas Files To Acquire Retail Supplier

CPG Power Holdings LLC formally applied at FERC to acquire ...

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Company Seeks What Would Be First Option 3 Retail Electric Provider Certificate To Be Granted in Texas

A company applied for an Option 3 Texas retail electric provider certificate

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Reliant Offering Texas Customers Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera

Reliant has introduced a new offering in its home security product line with the launch of the Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera.

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RetailEnergyX: PUC "Considering Banning" Door-to-Door Retail Energy Sales

 

Retail Suppliers Named Official Electricity Suppliers of Chicago Cubs, Ink Supply Agreement

A retail supplier announced today that it has entered into a multi-year electricity supply contract to power Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

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Compare & Contrast: NYSEG, NFGD Customer Letters on ESCO Low-Income Moratorium

NYSEG & Rochester Gas & Electric have filed a draft letter to assistance program participant (APP) customers notifying them of the New York PSC's moratorium on ESCO service to APP customers, and attendant transition to default service, as has (separately) National Fuel Gas Distribution

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RetailEnergyX: "No More Value" In Muni Aggregations, Official Says, As Villages Return To Default Service

 

Power Trader To Pay $25,000 Under FERC Settlement

FERC approved a stipulation and consent agreement between its Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) and ...

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RetailEnergyX: Houston Chron Says Texas REPs "Under Investigation" By PUC, In Story On Generators’ Push for Greater Administrative Scarcity Pricing

 

Audit Shows Entrust Energy's Compliance With Lite-Up Program

An audit of Entrust Energy's compliance with the Lite-Up Texas discount program shows that Entrust Energy is using the correct discount rate and effectively addresses rate changes in accordance with PUC substantive rules.

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RetailEnergyX: PSC Warns Customers After Report Door Knocker Falsely Claimed He Was From PSC

 

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RetailEnergyX: PJM Seeks To Change M&V for Demand Response, Customer Baseline Load

 

August 22

National Grid Seeks Extension To Comply with New York Moratorium on ESCO Service to Low-Income Customers

Niagara Mohawk, KeySpan New York, and KeySpan long Island sought an extension of time to comply with certain of the requirements stated in the New York PSC's July 15 order prohibiting ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers in the manner prescribed by the PSC, but proposed to implement the moratorium manually in the interim.

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NY State Agency Pushing Communities To Launch Opt-Out Aggregations By Offering Up To $250,000 Grant For Implementation, Other Actions

Implementing an opt-out municipal aggregation is one of 10 "High Impact Actions" that New York communities may undertake to be eligible for grants up to $250,000 under NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities program

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NYSERDA's Template Opt-Out Letter For Municipal Aggregations Touts Inapplicable, Never-To-Be-Achieved Customer Savings (ESCOs Would Be Banned For The Same Marketing)

NYSERDA's toolkit for opt-out aggregations in New York includes an opt-out letter template that touts the purely theoretical customer savings verses a fictitious average of default service rates -- which obviously has no bearing on whether the customer will save money with the aggregation.

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RetailEnergyX: Customers At Texas Muni Launch Petition to Implement Retail Choice

 

RESA To Propose Movement To Retail Model For Default Service

The Retail Energy Supply Association said that it will be filing comments with the District of Columbia PSC by August 23, 2016 in which RESA will present a proposal that would reshape the current structure of SOS in D.C. and replace it with, "a retail SOS model."

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Agera Energy Passes 1.3 Million RCEs, 5.71 Billion kWh Served

Agera Energy LLC announced it recently passed 5.71 billion total kilowatt-hours (kWh) served

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RetailEnergyX: Wisconsin Industrials Say High Electric Prices May Push Them Out Of State, Seek Choice

 

Texas PUC Staff: In AEP Texas Merger Case, PUC Must Decide If Merged Company Entitled To Exemption for Generation Ownership (Oklaunion, Mothballed Plants), Or Whether Disposition of Plants Required

As part of its review of the proposed merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, the Public Utility Commission of Texas must determine whether the merged AEP Utilities is authorized under the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) to retain AEP Texas North Company's ownership interest in the Oklaunion generating facilities and certain mothballed power plants, PUC Staff said in a statement of position.

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RetailEnergyX: Houston Chron Takes A Look At M-Trigen, Home Powerplant

 

August 19

Company Offering 50% Free RECs To Customers For Taking Over Retail Electric Provider Bill Payment, Account Info

A company announced a program under which it will offer wind RECs equal to 50% of the customer's usage at no cost when customers enroll in the company's program under which the company acts as the customer's agent in paying the customer's utility (or REP) bill

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Direct Energy Making Charity Donations For Enrollments Under State Opt-In Program

Direct Energy is making affinity donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware for enrollments under Direct's status as the "Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware" under the state-approved opt-in affinity program

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American Power & Gas Launches In New State, Includes 100% Green Offers, Under 5¢ Standard Rate

American Power & Gas formally announced its recent entry into ...

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Retail Suppliers Relocate HQ To Larger Office Space Due To Growth

Two retail suppliers announced the relocation of their corporate headquarters to

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RetailEnergyX: RESA Op-Ed In Albany Times Union Defends Retail Choice

 

Texas PUC Moves To Protect ERCOT Ratepayers From Costs Created By New Line Exporting Power to Eastern Interconnect

The Texas PUC moved to protect customers in ERCOT from paying higher costs from the City of Garland's Rusk-to-Panola Double-Circuit 345-kV line, which is to facilitate the export, via DC Tie, of ERCOT power via the Southern Cross Transmission line

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Texas City Seeks Customer Bill Credits From AEP Texas Merger, Says "Clear" Intent Is To Later Consolidate TCC, TNC Delivery Rates

The City of McAllen sought bill credits for customers as a result of the proposed merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, and also said that the intent of the AEP companies is "clear" that the companies will later seek to implement uniform, system-wide distribution rates

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August 18

Pennsylvania ALJ Would Institute Rate Cap on Retail Supplier Service To Low-Income Customers

Would Prohibit EGS Service To Low-Income Customers Outside of New SOP Program

A recommended decision from a Pennsylvania ALJ in PPL Electric's default service plan proceeding would prohibit retail suppliers from serving Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers generally, and would only allow electric generation suppliers (EGSs) to serve CAP customers through a new Standard Offer customer referral program specific to CAP customers (CAP-SOP), whose rate would be capped and regulated by the PUC.

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Texas-Based Discount Power Leads Retail Suppliers, Brokers In Inc. 500 List

Texas-based Discount Power led retail suppliers and brokers in the annual Inc. Magazine 500/5000 rankings of revenue growth at private companies over the past three years.

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Connecticut Utility Warns Customers Of Individuals Posing as Company "Representatives" Selling "Discounted Power"

Connecticut Light & Power (Eversource) said that business and residential customers across Connecticut continue to report receiving unsolicited phone calls and home visits from individuals selling "discounted power" and claiming to be "representatives" or "partners" of Eversource.

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RetailEnergyX: DMN: Hunt Offering Customer Sweeteners For Support For New Oncor Bid

 

United Illuminating Files New Default Service Rates

United Illuminating has filed Generation Services Charges (GSC) for Last Resort Service customers for the period October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016

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RESA: NY Utilities Proposed Low-Income Letter Takes "Liberties" In Opining on Retail Market Policy, Casting Negative Light

The Retail Energy Supply Association has objected to the draft text of a letter to be sent to New York Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers submitted by Central Hudson Gas & Electric for PSC Staff review, with the letter informing customers of the prohibition on ESCO service to such customers.

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Massachusetts Court Strikes Down DPU Order Allowing Electric Utilities To Procure Gas Pipeline Capacity To Assist Power Generation

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has vacated the Massachusetts DPU's order allowing electric utilities to procure, via ratepayer-backed, long-term contracts, natural gas pipeline capacity to ease pipeline constraints and support power generators' access to gas supplies

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RetailEnergyX: SWEPCO Issues Request for Proposals for Purchase of Wind Energy Assets

 

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RetailEnergyX: Michigan Gov. Snyder Requests MISO Study Benefits of Connections Between State’s Peninsulas, Canada

 

August 17

Retail Supplier Names Former General Mills, P&G Exec as New CEO

A retail supplier announced that ...

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Just Energy Launches New Customer Loyalty Program, Just Energy Perks

Just Energy has launched a new rewards and customer loyalty program, called Just Energy Perks

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NV Energy Issues Energy Choice "Key Principles", Says Will Be Neutral On Nevada Retail Choice Ballot Initiative

Nevada utility NV Energy said that it will remain "neutral" on a November ballot initiative to introduce retail choice to Nevada (click here for story), and releases what it called Nevada's Energy Future: Key Principles, "a document developed to promote positive discussion between stakeholders pertaining to the 'Energy Choice' initiative and what it might mean for Nevada's future."

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RetailEnergyX: ERCOT Issues Protocol Interpretation Concerning Definition of Wholesale Storage Load, Application To Pumped Hydro (Energy Used To Sustain Rotation for Synchronous Condenser Mode)

 

Start-up Texas Power Up Seeks Texas Aggregator Certificate

• Alden Energy Consulting Receives Texas Aggregator Certificate

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Ethical Electric Passes One Billion Kilowatt-Hours Served to Retail Electricity Customers

Ethical Electric announced it recently passed one billion total kilowatt-hours (kWh) served to retail electricity customers across America.

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Texas QSE To Pay $8,500 To Resolve Alleged Violation Of ERS Availability Requirements

A Texas QSE would pay $8,500 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violation of ...

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Maine Sets New Standard Offer Rates

The Maine PUC has set the Standard Offer rates for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric for the month of September 2016

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RetailEnergyX: NRG Installs NRG Go Power Pack Kiosks At Linc Field, Other Philly Locations

 

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August 16

Retail Suppliers, Public Advocate Reach Consensus on Overhaul to Retail Market Rules

Paves Way For PSC Action on POR

Addresses Earlier Proposal Which Would Have Banned Contracting Via Telesale

Addresses Broader Definition of Broker From Earlier Proposal

Would Adopt 3-Day Accelerated Switch, Addresses "Enroll By Wallet"

Includes Advance Notice of Variable Rate Change

The Retail Energy Supply Association and Public Advocate have reached consensus on proposed revisions to retail electric supplier marketing and certification rules in ...

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Update: Premier Holding Corp. Discloses Purchase Price for Retail Supplier Acquisition

Premier Holding Corporation disclosed in a 10-Q the price it paid to acquire retail supplier ...

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Start-up Retail Supplier Not Entering New York, Cites "Regulatory Uncertainty"

A start-up retail supplier said that it does not currently intend to enter the New York market, citing, "regulatory uncertainty."

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RetailEnergyX: Reuters: Under Pressure, Beechwood Re Works to Minimize Ties To Investor In Retail Suppliers Subject To Federal Probes

 

Connecticut Light & Power Files New Default Service Rates

Connecticut Light & Power has filed new Last Resort Service rates for the three-month period beginning October 1, 2016

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NEM: PSC Order Prohibiting ESCO Service To Low-Income Customers Will Violate APP Customers' Privacy

NEM Also Notes PSC's "Remarkable" Rejection of Low-Income Aggregation Despite Embrace of Muni Aggregation

The National Energy Marketers Association sought rehearing of the New York PSC's July 15 order which prohibits ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers.

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NY Utilities Seek Extension on Low-Income ESCO Prohibition Order

Several New York utilities have sought a minimal one-week extension for compliance with one of the ordering paragraphs of the New York PSC's July 15 order which prohibits ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers.

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RetailEnergyX: CenterPoint Energy TDU Scores Highest on Customer Engagement Among Texas Electric Utilities

 

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RetailEnergyX: Sun: Through Venture Fund, Exelon Gets Intel While Startups Get Funding

 

August 15

NY PSC Secretary Grants Limited Extension for ESCO Compliance With Low-Income Service Moratorium, Misinterprets APP Order in Doing So

Stating that a requested 90-day extension for ESCO compliance is unnecessary, the Secretary of New York PSC has extended, by only 30 days, the deadline by which ESCOs must drop to default service customers initially identified by the utilities as no longer being eligible for ESCO service, due to their status as Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers.

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Update: Just Energy Launches Unlimited Flat Bill Plan in Texas

Just Energy's new flat bill product in Texas, first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com on Friday, is called the Unlimited plan, and is being offered by the Just Energy brand

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LS Power Retail Supplier Affiliate LifeEnergy Launches Service In New Service Area

LifeEnergy, the recently created retail supplier affiliate of LS Power, has begun offering residential electric service at ...

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RetailEnergyX: DMN Watchdog Has New "Nominee" for Worst REP in Texas

 

Tenaska Sub. Seeks Retail Supplier License in New State

Tenaska Power Management, LLC applied for a ...

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TXU Seeks Assurance DG Interconnection Rule Will Not Infringe on REP's Disconnection, Service Rights

Commenting on proposed distributed generation interconnection agreement rules before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, TXU Energy sought assurances that any rule will not infringe on retail electric providers' disconnection rights, and that the rule preserves the requirement that all retail electric service occur through REPs

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NY PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman To Keynote New York Energy Marketing Conference

Energy Marketing Conferences announced that Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, will give a second keynote speech at the 6th Energy Marketing Conference on September 20th in New York City

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RetailEnergyX: City Selects New Retail Provider (Rate Disclosed)

 

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RetailEnergyX: Guest Column Says Electric Choice Can Work in Nevada

 

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RetailEnergyX: Solar Provider Which Briefly Held Texas REP Certificate Mentioned in NY Times Haggler

 

August 12

Texas Retail Provider Launches Ad Campaign To Support New Flat Bill Product

A Texas REP has launched an ad campaign to support its introduction of a flat monthly bill electricity product in Texas

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Pa. PUC Considering Nonbypassable Charge, Longer Compliance Period To Mitigate Surprise Increase in RPS Obligation for Retail Suppliers

The Pennsylvania PUC is to issue a tentative order considering potential measures to mitigate a surprise increase in the non-solar Tier I obligations of retail suppliers and other LSEs, including the assignment of the increase to EDCs on behalf of all load, with costs recovered on a nonbypassable basis, or an extended compliance period for the increase

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Regulator Issues Revised Proposal For New Retail Supplier Contract Summary (Proposes To End Requirement To Send Info To Customers Quarterly)

The Massachusetts DPU has issued a revised proposal for changes to the retail electric supplier Contract Summary Label for fixed price offers.

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RetailEnergyX: U.S. Retail Supplier Signs Up First Customers in Japan

 

For Approving Merger of AEP Texas Companies, Texas Staff Recommend PUC Adopt Condition Requiring Rebate That Must Be Passed Through Retail Electric Providers To End-Use Customer For Performance Metric

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have proposed that, as a condition of approving the merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, the PUCT impose a performance standard on the merged TDU, with rebates required for failure to meet this performance standard required to be rebated through retail electric providers to end-use customers.

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Texas Aggregator Adopts New Trade Name Focused on Mass Market Service (Electricity EZ)
• Atlantic Energy Receives Supplier Licenses in New State

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Pennsylvania Adopts Settlement Requiring Utility To Study "Alternative Supply Options" (Bilateral Contracts, Hedges) For Default Service

The Pennsylvania PUC adopted without modification a settlement among certain parties approving the purchase of Pike County Light & Power (PCL&P) by Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation that requires the utility to study the use of bilateral contracts and other alternative options for default service supply

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PUC Approves Settlement Requiring Retail Supplier To Refund $4 Million

The Pennsylvania PUC approved as filed a settlement under which Respond Power LLC will issue $4.1 million in customer refunds to resolve a complaint filed by the Office of Consumer Advocate and Attorney General regarding Respond Power's marketing practices

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RetailEnergyX: Pa. Tentative Order Would Cancel Licenses of Retail Supplier, Brokers For Alleged Failure To File Proof of Security

 

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RetailEnergyX: ERCOT Breaks Peak Record Again, Tops 71,000 MW for First Time

 

August 11

Exelon Expects More Consolidation in Retail Market

"I think we're going to continue to see consolidation in the retail market; we'll have an opportunity to capitalize on that" Joe Nigro, Chief Executive Officer of Constellation, said during an Exelon analyst day.

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Texas REPs: Implementing SFV, Other Alternative TDU Rate Designs Would Carry "Significant Price Tag" For Retail Market

SFV Would Trigger "Radical Change" in REPs' Market Offerings

REPs Say Consultant's Report Fails To Recognize Role Played by REPs

Moving to straight-fixed variable (SFV) rates or other alternative TDU ratemaking designs would carry a, "significant price tag" for the retail market, Steve Davis, representing the REP Coalition, said at a public hearing on a consultant report concerning alternative ratemaking prepared for the Public Utility Commission of Texas

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Spark Energy Earnings Higher Due To Increased Unit Margins, Volumes

Spark Energy reported $11.5 million in Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ending June 30, 2016, up from $5.4 million a year ago.

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RetailEnergyX: Self-Proclaimed Competitive Market Leader Exelon Says Won’t Invest In New, Non-Contracted Generation (Won’t Invest Based on Capacity Market Alone, So What’s The Point?)

 

RESA Notes Logistical Problems In Implementing NY Low-Income Moratorium, Seeks Clarification, Rehearing From PSC

The Retail Energy Supply Association sought clarification and rehearing of the New York PSC's order imposing a moratorium on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, noting several logistical problems.

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Exelon Says Further Merchant Plant Sales Possible

Exelon said during an analyst day that it is engaged in an asset rationalization process, which it undertakes annually, to determine where the market values its merchant generation

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RetailEnergyX: Self-Proclaimed Competitive Market Leader Exelon Says "Very High Priority" Is Having Regulated Utilities Offer More Ratebased Services (Solar, Microgrid)

 

Start-up Maximum Energy Consultants Seeks Texas Electric Aggregator Certificate

Start-up Maximum Energy Consultants LLC applied for a Texas electric aggregator certificate to serve C&I customers. Principals of Maximum Energy Consultants include ...

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Crius Energy Reports Customer Growth, Lower Gross Margin on Increases C&I Sales

Crius Energy reported that it recorded net customer growth of 26,000 customers (all data is in RCEs) from March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016

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Margin Discipline Leads To Higher Just Energy Earnings Despite Accelerated Decline In Customer Count

In reporting earnings yesterday, Just Energy disclosed that it lost a net of 134,000 Residential Customer Equivalents from March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016, due to competitive market conditions in the mass market, and pricing discipline in the C&I market

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NY PSC Staff To Hold Webcast on Clean Energy, Nuclear Standard Applicable to ESCOs

The Department of Public Service Staff, along with Staff of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will be holding an informational webcast on ...

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RetailEnergyX: Reliant Officially Announces Expansion of Portable Cell Phone Charging Stations in Houston

 

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RetailEnergyX: ERCOT Sets Another New Peak

 

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RetailEnergyX: ERCOT Posts Amendments to RFP For RMR Alternatives

 

August 10

J.D. Power Residential Retail Supplier Rankings: REP Maintains #1 Ranking in Texas, But New 2nd and 3rd Place REPs

J.D. Power Reports Top Ranked Suppliers In Eight Other States

REP Customer Satisfaction Increases in Texas, NY

Says REP Customer Satisfaction Up, But Switching Down

J.D. Power has published its 2016 Retail Electric Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study

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Update: Exelon Details Purchase Price For ConEdison Solutions Retail Supply Biz

In releasing earnings yesterday, Exelon reported terms for Constellation's agreement to acquire the retail energy supply business of ConEdison Solutions

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Update: Pa. Grants Retail Suppliers Limited Extension To Comply With Surprise Increase in RPS Requirements (Extension Allows Further PUC Consideration of Potential Mitigation Measures)

The Pennsylvania PUC issued a secretarial letter yesterday informing retail suppliers and EDCs of a limited extension of the period for true-ups of a portion of the non-solar Tier I obligations (and only such tier) for the 2016 compliance year from September 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016, in light of a surprise increase in the obligations placed on LSEs due to the PUC's correction of prior increases in the tier which were not implemented.

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Maryland OPC Asks PSC To Require Utilities To Report on Retail Supplier Pricing For Low-Income Customers; Cites NY Moratorium, Wants Consideration of "Similar Reforms" For Md.

Maryland Office of People's Counsel has asked the Maryland PSC to require the utilities to file information regarding retail supplier pricing applicable to customers participating in the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), citing New York's recent moratorium on low-income assistance program customer shopping, as OPC stated that the data would aid consideration of whether, "similar reforms," are needed in Maryland

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Michigan Requests MISO Study Resource Adequacy In Wake Of Plant Retirements

With declining electric reserve margins expected by 2018 in the state and region, the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) asked the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the regional transmission operator for most of the state, to conduct a study to help the state of Michigan better understand the effects of plant closures on overall reliability.

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RetailEnergyX: Chron: NRG "Ramps Up" Installation of Cell Phone Charging Kiosks, Offers Incentive For Reliant Customers

 

August 9

Global Commodities Merchant Officially Announces Launch of Retail Supplier (First Reported By ECM In January), Names Market Vet As President

A commodities merchant officially announced today that it has launched

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NRG Retail Sees Strongest Second Quarter Performance Ever

NRG Energy said that its retail mass market segment saw its strongest second quarter performance ever, with Adjusted EBITDA of $213 million, versus $209 million a year ago

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Morgan Stanley Commodity Veterans Launching New Power Marketer

Several Morgan Stanley vets have launched ...

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AG Reaches Settlement With Retail Supplier Over Allegedly "Misleading Marketing", Includes Refunds

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a settlement with ...

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RetailEnergyX: OPUC: SFV Rate Design Favored By Texas Consultant Would Stifle Innovation, Not a "Competitive" Market Solution

 

Nstar Files New Default Service Rates

Nstar (Eversource Energy) has filed new electric basic service rates for the industrial customer class for the three-month period beginning October 1, 2016.

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WMECO Files New Default Service Rates

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (Eversource Energy) has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for medium and large commercial and industrial customers for the three-month period beginning October 1, 2016

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Exelon Agrees To Acquire N.Y. Nuclear Power Plant

Exelon has agreed to assume ownership and management of operations of Entergy Corporation’s 838-megawatt James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, NY, the companies announced today.

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FERC Orders Generators To Justify $80 Million In Non-Market Costs Assigned to Retail Suppliers, LSEs

As a result of a court remand, FERC has directed ISO New England to request that 2013-2014 winter reliability program generation and demand response providers file information to justify their bids for the program

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RetailEnergyX: MISO Retail Choice Carve-Out Capacity Auction Delayed To 2018-19

 

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RetailEnergyX: ERCOT System Exceeds 70,000 MW In Hourly Peak Demand For First Time

 

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RetailEnergyX: MA Gov Signs Long-Term Contracting Bill Covering ~50% of Retail Market, Utilities May Use Products For Default Service

 

From The Archives (7/18): RESA Protests Attempts By PJM, FERC Staff To Impose Retroactive Costs on Retail Suppliers

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August 8

Retail Supplier To Acquire Assets From SunEdison

A retail supplier is to acquire assets from SunEdison

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ESCOs Seek More Time To Drop Low-Income Customers To Default Service As Mandated By PSC Order

A group of ESCOs have petitioned the New York PSC for an extension to comply with the PSC's recent ordering which prohibits ESCO service to customers participating in utility low-income assistance programs (Assistance Program Participant, or APP)

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Energy Future Holdings Competitive Units (TXU) Enter $4.25 Million in Financing

Energy Future Holdings Corp. announced that Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC (TCEH) entered into DIP Roll Facilities which provide for up to $4.25 billion in financing.

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RetailEnergyX: Report: Retail Energy Agent Fired For Live Streaming Customer’s Personal Info

 

Apple Energy Receives Authority To Market Power At Wholesale Prices

FERC granted Apple Energy LLC market-based rate authority for wholesale electricity sales

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Texas PUC Chair Donna Nelson To Keynote NEM Fall Leadership Roundtable In Austin

The National Energy Marketers Association announced that Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, will keynote NEM's Fall Leadership Roundtable, to be held October 26 to October 28, 2016 in Austin, Texas

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ConEd Proposes Fee For Provision of Data To Municipal Aggregations

Consolidated Edison and Orange & Rockland have proposed fees for the provision of data to New York municipal electric and natural gas aggregations.

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RetailEnergyX: Retail Supplier Wins Contract To Supply NJ Borough

 

August 5

Consolidated Edison, Inc. Reports Expected Proceeds From Sale of Retail Supply Biz To Constellation

Consolidated Edison, Inc. in a 10-Q reported the expected proceeds from the previously reported sale of its ConEdison Solutions retail energy supply business to Constellation.

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Settlement At PECO Adds 24 Month Contract For Small C&I Default Service For Price Stability, Drops Proposal For Five-Year Residential Contract

A settlement among certain parties in PECO's default service procurement plan proceeding for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would drop an earlier proposal to use a five-year contract for a slice of residential supply, and would adopt the use of 24 month contracts for half of the small C&I portfolio.

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Improved Margins, Higher Volumes Lift Genie Retail Energy Earnings

Genie Retail Energy (GRE), the parent of IDT Energy and several other retail energy companies, reported higher earnings for the quarter ending June 30, 2016 on the strength of improved margins, higher commodity volumes sold, and reduced SG&A expense

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RetailEnergyX: DMN: Former Reliant President Expected To Be Tapped As CEO For Spunoff TXU/Luminant

 

Lower Electric Margins Weigh Earnings At WGL Retail Energy Marketing Segment

Low electric margins at WGL's retail energy marketing segment resulted in lower earnings at the segment for the quarter ending June 30, 2015 (third fiscal quarter).

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DPL Records Impairment Charges Related to Ohio Generation

AES Corp. disclosed in announcing earnings today that in the second quarter of 2016, DPL recorded a $235 million, or $0.25 per share, asset impairment charge largely related to the Killen generating station.

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The Energy Professionals Association Announces Changes To Northeast Board

The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) announced changes to their Northeast Board, including the appointment of Jeff Lenetsky, Sales Director at EnerNOC, as the incoming president of TEPA’s Northeast Board.

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RetailEnergyX: CenterPoint Concludes REIT Review, Announces Decision

 

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RetailEnergyX: CUB: Utility Customers Should Beware Unethical Slamming Scams

 

August 4

Retail Supplier To Undergo Change in Upstream Ownership

A retail supplier sought FERC approval for a transaction in which an existing minority owner's interest in its parent will increase from 44.77% to 71.04%.

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Dynegy Sells 50% Stake in Illinois Power Plant, Announces Uprates, New Brand

Dynegy in announcing earnings disclosed that it has reached an agreement to sell its 50% stake in an Illinois power plant, and has also debuted a new brand

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PECO, FirstEnergy EDCs Drive Pennsylvania Residential Shopping Growth (PPL Continues To Lose Shoppers)

PECO and the FirstEnergy utilities (Penelec in particular) continue to drive residential electric shopping growth in Pennsylvania, while PPL saw another month of declining residential shopping.

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RetailEnergyX: Texas Electricity Ratings Releases Updated Summer Rankings of Texas Retail Providers

 

United Illuminating Discloses Default Service Supplier

United Illuminating reported that ...

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FERC Issues Staff Notice Of Alleged Violations Against Energy Marketer, Trader

FERC yesterday issued two separate Staff Notices Of Alleged Violations alleging violation of the Commission’s Prohibition of Natural Gas Market Manipulation, 18 C.F.R. § 1c.1 (2016).

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From 6/23: Texas Alternative Ratemaking: Texas PUC Consultant Report "Prefers" Movement To Much Higher Fixed Fees Charged to Retail Electric Providers For T&D Charges Under SFV; Change Would Wreak Havoc With Retail Price Comparisons

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RetailEnergyX: Exelon Names New VP Of Corporate Affairs, Customer Engagement

 

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RetailEnergyX: Engie Resources (GDF Suez) Details How Recent Acquisitions of Technology Firms Will Expand Services To Help C&Is Manage Risk

 

August 3

TXU Parent Sees Steady, Marginal Residential Customer Churn

Energy Future Holdings, parent of TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, saw a marginal decline in its residential competitive retail customer count from March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016, with the decline in-line with the declines seen in recent quarters

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Update: Direct Energy Parent To Launch "Entire Suite" of Connected Home Products in U.S. By Year-End

Centrica, parent of Direct Energy, plans to launch not only its own smart thermostat, but its, "entire suite of Connected Home products," in the United States around the end of the year, executives said in a discussion of interim results.

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Constellation Launches New Residential Service Offer

Constellation announced the launch of a residential retail electricity supply offering in ...

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RetailEnergyX: Poll: Majority of Nevada Voters Support Electric Choice Ballot Initiative

 

Dominion Retail Reports Increase in Customer Count

Dominion reported an increase in Dominion Retail's average natural gas customer count for the quarter ending June 30, 2016, in releasing earnings today

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EDF Energy Services Seeks License In New State

• Texas REP To Relinquish Unused REP Certificate

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ERCOT Proposes NPRR To Clawback Certain RMR Payments If Plant Later Returns To Market

ERCOT has proposed Nodal Protocol Revision Request 795 to require that capital expenditures funded by ERCOT under a Reliability Must Run (RMR) agreement are refunded if the RMR later returns to service outside of an RMR agreement.

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TEPA Announces New Members

The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) announced several new members.

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August 2

Binge Watch With Your Electricity: Retail Supplier Bundling Hulu Service With Electricity

A retail supplier is offering customers an electricity plan that includes a 12-month Hulu subscription at no additional cost

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NY Slaps New Nuclear Procurement Compliance Cost on ESCOs (Starts At $17/MWh), Also Imposes New Renewable Compliance Obligation on ESCOs

The New York PSC adopted an order requiring ESCOs and other LSEs to pay a compliance cost associated with administratively determined subsidies provided to allegedly at-risk "merchant" nuclear plants, and also instituted a new renewable energy standard with the compliance obligation imposed on ESCOs and other LSEs

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Utility Long-Term Contracting Bill Equaling ~50% of Retail Market Sent To Governor Reverts To Giving Utilities Discretion On How To Use Power, May Use For Default Service (Final Version Removes Mandate That Products Be Sold Into Market)

A final version of the Massachusetts long-term hydropower and offshore wind bill now sent to Governor Charlie Baker reverts to earlier language that gives electric distribution companies discretion on how to dispose of products procured under the contracts.

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RetailEnergyX: NRG Names New Vice President of Sustainability

 

Update: Here's How Ohio Utility Seeks To Implement SSO Tariffs From 2013, After Supreme Court Reversal

Dayton Power & Light has filed proposed tariffs with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that would implement Standard Service Offer (SSO) tariffs from 2013, as a result of a Supreme Court of Ohio order vacating a 2013 PUCO order adopting an electric security plan (ESP II) at DP&L.

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Retail Supplier Closes Acquisition

Spark Energy, Inc. announced that the company has completed its acquisition previously reported of ...

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LifeEnergy (LS Power Retail Supplier Affiliate) Seeks License In New States
• nTherm Receives Retail Supplier License In New State

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RetailEnergyX: Commodities Merchant Hires Market Veterans for COO, CFO Roles

 

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RetailEnergyX: Retail Supplier Donates RECs To Offset US Open Usage

 

August 1

Oil Major Seeks Option 1 Texas Retail Electric Provider Certificate (Ability To Serve All Customers)

An oil major has applied for an Option 1 Texas retail electric provider certificate

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PSEG Moves Forward With New Retail Supply Business, Focused on Organic Growth, Makes Hires

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) is moving forward with building a competitive retail supply business as a "defensive" play, and said that it is focused on organic growth for the retail effort

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FirstEnergy: Goal Is To Move Out of Competitive Business, Looking At Every Option That's Cash Flow, Credit Positive

"We will look at every option that's available to us that is positive from a cash and credit perspective to move out of [the merchant] business over time, and that's our goal," FirstEnergy Corp. CEO Chuck Jones said during an earnings call on Friday

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RetailEnergyX: Calpine CEO Claims 30% of ERCOT Generation Losing Money Or Breakeven

 

BlueRock Energy Applauds N.Y. Supreme Court’s Ruling Against, "Regulatory Exploitation"

The following is a media statement from Phil Van Horne, President and CEO of BlueRock Energy. EnergyChoiceMatters.com disclaims any responsibility for the content of the statement below, and makes no averment as to its accuracy or statements

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Calpine "Doubling Down" on Serving Customers Directly With Generation, Plans Retail Growth

Calpine is continuing to "double down" on using its generation to directly serve customers, whether via retail or wholesale supply agreements, rather than using financial hedges, Calpine CEO Thad Hill said on Friday.

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• Connecticut Light & Power Discloses Default Service Supplier
• Texas REP Reports Corporate Restructuring

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RetailEnergyX: Tesla Lowers Price For SolarCity, Reaches Agreement

 

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RetailEnergyX: NJ BPU Takes FERC To Court Over PJM Capacity Performance Approval

 

July 29

AEP Pursuing "Restructuring," Not Re-regulation In Ohio, Says Proposal Intended To Preserve Customer Choice in Supplier

AEP is, "pursuing restructuring in Ohio," said CEO Nick Akins during an earnings call

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Parent of Texas Retail Provider Reaches Agreement To Acquire Oncor

The parent of a Texas REP announced a definitive agreement to acquire Oncor

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Retail Supplier Parent To Sell 840 MW Of Pennsylvania Generation

The parent of a retail supplier announced that one of its competitive subsidiaries has entered into an agreement to sell ...

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Calpine Announces Retirement of ERCOT Generating Assets

Calpine announced today a plan to file with ERCOT for the retirement of ...

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IGS Energy Receives Authority To Serve New Service Area
• Palmco Power Seeks Licenses In Another New State

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Duquesne Light Launches Instant Connects and Seamless Moves To Increase Convenience for Shopping Customers

Duquesne Light announced that it has implemented instant connects (day one shopping) and seamless moves.

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ERCOT Posts Responses To Questions on RMR Alternative RFP

ERCOT has posted its responses to the questions received related to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Must-Run Alternatives (MRA) to the existing Reliability-Must Run (RMR) Agreement with NRG Texas Power LLC's Greens Bayou Unit 5

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July 28

Direct Energy Plans To Launch "Own" Smart Thermostat By Year-End

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RESA Opposes "Unprecedented Recommendation" That Threatens to Shut Down Telemarketing of Retail Energy Sales in Pennsylvania

Says Initial Decision Ignores Statute, PUC Regulations; Would Harm Customers

The Retail Energy Supply Association filed exceptions to an initial decision in a complaint case against Blue Pilot Energy which is before the PUC, as RESA opposed an initial decision's finding that failing to obtain a customer signature on a written contract after a cold call telesale would violate the state's Telemarketer Registration Act (TRA) and therefore also violate the PUC's regulations

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After Supreme Court Reversal, Ohio Utility Files To Implement Standard Service Offer (SSO) Rates From 2013 (Supreme Court Reverses Order That Approved Market-Based Default Service)

Dayton Power & Light has filed at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to implement Standard Service Offer (SSO) rates that are consistent with the rates that were in effect before a September 4, 2013 PUCO order on DP&L's electric security plan under Case 12-426-EL-SSO (which is DP&L's current ESP used for rates), due to the Supreme Court of Ohio's recent decision reversing PUCO's ESP approval order

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Retail Supplier Chosen For New California Community Choice Aggregation

The board of directors of the recently established Peninsula Clean Energy Authority (PCEA) community choice aggregation in San Mateo County, California, has selected ...

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Remaining Funds for Retail Provider Reimbursements Under Texas Low-Income Smart Device Program at Oncor Still Above $5 Million

Oncor filed a further update 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.

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July 27

Retail Supplier Announces Acquisition of ConEdison Solutions

A retail supplier today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with ConEdison Solutions, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., to acquire its retail electricity and natural gas business

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NY PSC Chair: "Injustice" of Court Decision Vacating Retail Market Reset Order, "Will Be Short-Lived"

New York Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman issued the following statement yesterday concerning a court's decision to vacate Ordering Clauses #1-3 of the PSC's February retail market "reset" order.

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NEM: Recent NY PSC Staff Guidance Banning Pass-Throughs Not In Disclosure Statement Raises Concern On How ESCOs May Recover New Compliance Costs From Nuclear Procurement Standard (Costs Start At $17/MWh)

Noting a recent email to ESCOs from New York PSC Staff concerning the prohibition on the use of pass-throughs for costs not identified in an ESCO's disclosure statement, the National Energy Marketers Association said that there is, "significant risk," that ESCOs may not be able to recover new compliance costs arising from a new nuclear procurement standard proposed to be imposed on LSEs

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Green Mountain Energy Receives Natural Gas Supplier License

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First Point Power Seeks Supplier License in New State
• Mint Energy Receives License In New State

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Broker-Consultant Edison Energy Names Former Utility Exec As Managing Director of Enterprise Development, Will Lead Northeast Growth

Edison Energy, Edison International's energy advisory company and broker, announced ...

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July 26

As Retail Market Reset Ordering Clauses Vacated, NY PSC Says: "Make No Mistake", We're Ending Harmful ESCO Practices
                                                                             
Court Vacates Orders For Guaranteed Savings, Minimum Renewable Content on Procedural Grounds, But Says PSC Has Jurisdiction Over ESCO Rates

"Make no mistake, we are putting an end to deceptive ESCO practices that harm electric and gas customers," New York PSC Public Information Officer James Denn said as a New York court vacated Ordering Clauses #1-3 of the PSC's February retail market reset order, but affirmed the PSC's jurisdiction over ESCO "rates."

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Genie Retail Energy (IDT Energy Parent) To Acquire Two Retail Energy Suppliers

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GE's New "Energy As a Service" Company Hires Former Chief Marketing Officer of Retail Energy Supplier

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RetailEnergyX: Aggregation Returns Customers To ComEd After Beating Utility Rate In Only 4 Of Past 13 Months

 

Liberty Power CEO David Hernandez To Keynote New York Energy Marketing Conference

Energy Marketing Conferences announced that David Hernandez, CEO of Liberty Power, will deliver the keynote address at the 6th Energy Marketing Conference on September 20th in New York City

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Palmco Power Seeks Licenses In New State
• Atlantic Energy Seeks Supplier Licenses In New State

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RetailEnergyX: Consumer Group: NY Nuke Subsidies Violate State’s Vision for Competition

 

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RetailEnergyX: FERC ALJ Recommends SSR Reliability Payments Be Reduced By 1/3 for Michigan Upper Peninsula Customers

 

July 25

Breaking: NY Court Vacates Orders #1-3 Of NY PSC Retail Market "Reset" Order; But Says PSC Has Jurisdiction Over ESCO "Rates"

The Supreme Court for the County of Albany, NY has issued an order vacating ordering clauses #1-3 of the New York PSC's February retail market reset order

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Texas Retail Providers Oppose Requirement For REPs To "Determine" Customer's Authority To Enroll Account, Also oppose Increase Verification Information Required For Enrollments Proposed in PUCT Staff Strawman

Texas retail electric providers have opposed a proposal contained in a strawman filed by Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas that would require retail electric providers to obtain a second data point for account access verification for door-to-door enrollments conducted via electronic device.

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Retail Supplier To Sell, Deactivate Affiliated Coal Generation

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Start-Up Energy for a Cause Receives Licenses in New State

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RetailEnergyX: El Paso Electric Customers To See Higher Bills From Regulated Generation, More Increases Expected

 

Texas Retail Provider Proposes "Two Step" (Dual Validation) Process For Electronic Door-to-Door Enrollments

TXU Energy has proposed a "two-step" or "dual validation" process for door-to-door enrollments completed through electronic devices.

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Texas Consumer Advocates Press For Greater Disclosure of REP Fees in Electronic Door-to-Door Rulemaking, Seek Disclosure of Post-Contract "Rate" At Time of Enrollment

Texas consumer advocates have pressed for greater disclosure of fees charged by retail electric providers, in submitting comments on strawman proposals concerning door-to-door enrollments completed via electronic device.

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Michigan PSC "Remains Concerned" Lower Peninsula LSEs Do Not Have Adequate Capacity

The Michigan PSC issued an analysis in which the PSC said that, while Michigan's near-term electric supply outlook for the summer of 2017 in the Lower Peninsula has improved slightly, the five-year review again shows, "the tightening of capacity supplies overall, in both the state and the Midwest"

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Court: FERC's Dual Investigatory And Adjudicatory Functions Risk "Inherent Bias"; Says De Novo Review of Generator Penalty Shall Proceed As Ordinary Civil Action

Citing the "inherent bias" in cases where a decision-maker performs both investigatory and adjudicatory functions, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts said the "de novo" review of a FERC penalty against Maxim Power shall proceed as an ordinary civil action governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that culminates, if necessary, in a jury trial

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RetailEnergyX: Ohio Village Selects Retail Supplier (Rate Disclosed)

 

PSC Opens Investigation Into Alleged Slamming By Retail Supplier

The Michigan PSC directed that the Michigan Agency for Energy Staff, on behalf of the Commission, shall conduct an investigation into the alleged unauthorized switching of natural gas customers by ...

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Texas PUC Assigns Dockets For Contemplated Rulemakings

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has assigned the following docket numbers to previously contemplated rulemakings:

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RetailEnergyX: Report: New Drafts of Michigan Anti-Choice Bill Being Prepared; Suppliers Say Ownership/Contractual Rights Proviso Would Gift Market To Two Utility Affiliate Suppliers

 

July 22

Pa. PUC Rejects Recovery of Costs in POR Discount That Would Threaten "Viability" of Program

PUC concerned cost recovery via POR could harm program

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Texas Retail Provider Launches New WaterSaver Plan, Bundling Smart Sprinkler Controller

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FERC Withdraws Proposal That Would Have Deployed Dragnet To Collect Information On Other Business Interests, Contractual Relationships Of Any RTO Market Participant; Limits Info Collected And Narrows Application

FERC has withdrawn a previously proposed rule that would have required any market participant in an RTO, including buyers, to file reports concerning the participant's "connected entities" (a new term broader than current affiliate reporting requirements)

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RetailEnergyX: Pa. Tentative Order Would Cancel Licenses of 4 EGSs For Alleged Failure To File Proof of Security

 

ESCO CEO: NY PSC Moratorium On Low-Income Customer Shopping "Insulting" To Customers, Exposes Customers To Monthly Price Fluctuations

The following is a media statement from Phil Van Horne, President and CEO of BlueRock Energy. EnergyChoiceMatters.com disclaims any responsibility for the content of the statement below, and makes no averment as to its accuracy or statements

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Pa. PUC Grants Waiver Related To Switching Confirmation Letter In Light Of Implementation of Instant Connects (Day One Shopping), But Does Not Require EDCs To Change Timing

The Pennsylvania PUC issued a final order adopting a waiver to allow for a change in when the EDC switch confirmation letter is sent in situations of an instant connect (day one shopping), but will not require all EDCs to adopt such a change.

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CenterPoint TDU Reports on Remaining Funds For Retail Provider Reimbursements Under Texas Low-Income Smart Device Program

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric filed a further update 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.

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RetailEnergyX: Texas Retail Provider Sued, As Door-to-Door Agents Allege They Were Not Compensated

 

July 21

Spark Energy Says Second Quarter Results "Far Exceeded" Expectations, Plans to Raise Guidance

Spark Energy, Inc. announced preliminary financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2016.

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Texas Chair Nelson Clarifies Retail Market Comments Misconstrued By New York PSC Chair

During yesterday's open meeting, Public Utility Commission of Texas Chairman Donna Nelson took the opportunity to clarify comments concerning the retail market that have been "misconstrued" by the Chairman of the New York PSC (click here for story)

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Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative Latest Utility Seeking To Join ERCOT

During yesterday's open meeting, Public Utility Commission of Texas Chairman Donna Nelson said that she had been contacted by Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative as well as Lone Star Transmission concerning a project proposed to move the small portion of Rayburn that is currently within SPP to ERCOT

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RetailEnergyX: Public Opposition To "Government Intrusion" Into Energy Shopping Quashes Proposed Muni Aggregation

 

Update: PECO Residential Price To Compare To Increase (Official PTCs Posted)

PECO has posted official electric Prices to Compare for the period beginning September 1, 2016

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Oncor Would Pay $130,000 Under Settlement With Texas Staff Concerning Incorrect Line Rating Which Led To Price Spikes

Oncor Electric Delivery Company would pay $130,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of PURA § 39.151(d) and 16 Tex. Admin. Code § 25.503(f)(8) (TAC), relating to the provision of information to ERCOT, arising from an incorrect line rating, which contributed in part to certain price spikes

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MISO Posts Draft Tariff, BPMs for Chosen Forward Capacity Market Applicable Only To Retail Choice Areas

The Midcontinent ISO has posted draft tariffs and business rules for its chosen solution to implement a capacity market construct specific to those states within the RTO that have retail choice

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RetailEnergyX: Hyped Tesla "Master Plan" Includes Integrated Home Generation & Storage; Wants To Make Customers Their Own Utility

 

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RetailEnergyX: Reliant’s Killinger: How The "Light Company" Got Smart On Energy And Consumers

 

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RetailEnergyX: New Surcharges Applicable to Retail Providers Approved at CenterPoint TDU

 

July 20

PPL To Decrease Use of Six-Month Contracts for Residential Default Service Under Settlement

An uncontested settlement in PPL Electric's default service proceeding for the period June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2021 would decrease the utility's reliance on six-month contracts to serve residential default service customers

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In Adopting Low-Income Shopping Moratorium, NY PSC "Significantly Departs" From Recommendations of Direct Energy

The New York PSC's written order adopting a moratorium which prohibits ESCOs from serving Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers cited Direct Energy as proposing a moratorium, but in adopting a moratorium departed significantly from Direct Energy's proposal, which was an alternative offered after the PSC sought to essentially shut down the market as a whole (via its reset order), and after an APP collaborative expressed an unwillingness to adopt Direct's preferred solutions which maintain choice for all customers, and in response to proposals in the collaborative that would negatively impact the entire market, Chris Kallaher, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Direct Energy told EnergyChoiceMatters.com

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MP2 Energy Chosen To Partner With Apex Clean Energy To Provide Electricity For Fort Hood

MP2 Energy announced that it has been chosen to partner with Apex Clean Energy to supply both renewable energy and system electricity to Fort Hood, outside of Killeen, Texas

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NY Muni Aggregation Customers Lose Former Day-Night Rate By Not Opting Out, Aggregation Scrambles To Add Product

Customers formerly on a "day-night" rate at NYSEG were enrolled into the Sustainable Westchester opt-out municipal aggregation (which has a flat rate) have been asking SW to institute a day-night rate, as SW asked the PSC to require NYSEG to share data concerning day-night customers

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RetailEnergyX: Another Nevada Casino Seeks To Take Competitive Supply

 

Texas PUC Chair: Other Loads May Follow Lubbock Power & Light's Request To Join ERCOT, Suggests Rulemaking

Noting that other loads may seek to join ERCOT as Lubbock Power & Light is seeking to do, Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said in a memo in advance of today's open meeting that the Commission should open a rulemaking addressing issues related to such transitions, to the extent current rules do not adequately apply

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Maryland PSC Rejects BGE Proposal To Own Microgrid, Notes Customers Would Have Been Required To Take SOS When In "Island" Mode

The Maryland PSC has rejected, without prejudice, Baltimore Gas & Electric's proposal to build, own, and operate two microgrids.

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Maine Sets New Standard Offer Rates

The Maine PUC has set the Standard Offer rates for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric for the month of August 2016

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RESA Statement on NY PSC Moratorium on Service To Low-Income Customers

The Retail Energy Supply Association issued the following statement in response to the New York PSC's moratorium on service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers:

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RetailEnergyX: Southern Co. Wholesale Marketer Names New COO, SVP

 

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RetailEnergyX: Electric Choice Cited As Way To Lower Summer Power Bills in USA Today

 

July 19

Retail Supplier To Sell Network Marketing Channel, Enters Partnership With New Owner To Expand Channel

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Texas-based Retail Supplier Names Market Veteran As Senior Director, Commercial Sales

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PECO Electric Supply Price To Increase

PECO has filed with the Pennsylvania PUC new electric Generation Supply Adjustment (GSA) charges for the period beginning September 1, 2016

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RetailEnergyX: Some Upset With Pa. PUC’s Handling of Polar Vortex Complaints

 

FirstEnergy Pa. Utilities To See Up To 30% Increase in Price To Compare on Sept. 1 (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power)

The FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities have filed new tariffed PTCDefault rates with the PUC for the three-month period starting September 1, 2016, with residential rates at Met-Ed, Penelec, and Penn Power increasing anywhere from 16% to 28%.

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Retail Natural Gas Supplier To Expand To Retail Electricity Supply

A retail natural gas supplier is expanding to retail electricity sales

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They're At It Again: PJM, FERC Staff Attempting To Impose Retroactive Costs on Retail Suppliers

A settlement concerning the allocation of PJM transmission cost responsibility would inexplicably make rate changes effective back to January 1, 2016, imperiling retail suppliers who have already served load for such earlier periods.

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RetailEnergyX: NRG Announces New Community Solar Project in Massachusetts

 

July 18

Update: N.Y. ESCOs Must Drop Existing Low-Income Customers To Default Service At End of Contract Term

The New York PSC has issued a written order imposing a moratorium on ESCO service to low-income customers, which explains how treatment of existing low-income ESCO customers, or ESCO customers who later become eligible for low-income protections, are to be treated.

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CEO of Retail Supplier Parent Steps Down Due to Medical Issue, Replacement Sought

The parent of a retail supplier announced that ...

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Retail Suppliers To Undergo Change In Upstream Ownership

Several retail suppliers sought FERC approval for a transaction under which ...

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RetailEnergyX: Bloomberg: Texas Clean-Coal Plant Gets More Time To Find Financial Backers Before Feds Pull Funding

 

ERCOT Compelled To Disclose Market Participants' Confidential Information In Panda Lawsuit

ERCOT informed market participants that, as part of ongoing litigation relating to the development of the Panda Sherman and Panda Temple plants, ERCOT has received discovery requests from plaintiffs seeking a variety of information relating to the development of generation in ERCOT.

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Surprise! N.Y. Low-Income Moratorium Not Applicable To Opt-Out Municipal Aggregations

The New York's PSC's new moratorium on ESCOs serving customers participating in utility low-income assistance programs (Assistance Program Participant, or APP) bizarrely does not apply to opt-out municipal aggregations, the PSC's written order confirms

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PSC Issues Questions To Utility Concerning New Billing System's Impact on Retail Suppliers

A PSC directed a utility to answer a series of questions about its new billing system and its impact on retail suppliers

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Calpine: Texas PUC Should "Consider Eliminating" Emergency Response Service

"Calpine encourages the Commission [Texas PUC] to consider eliminating the current ERS [Emergency Response Service] program," Calpine said in comments in a project reviewing ERS (45927)

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RetailEnergyX: NextEra Energy, Hawaiian Electric Industries Terminate Merger Agreement After PUC Rejects Deal

 

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RetailEnergyX: SolarCity Raises $345 Million to Finance New Solar Projects

 

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RetailEnergyX: California ISO Issues Revised Draft Governance Principles for Western Regional ISO

 

July 15

NY PSC Chair Takes Shot At Texas Retail Market, Notes "Problems"

Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York PSC, took note of what she described as "problems" in the Texas retail electric market during yesterday's New York PSC meeting

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Compare & Contrast: New York Moves Away From Providing Low-Income Customers Access to Competitive Markets While Ohio, Pennsylvania Expand Access For Low-Income Customers

As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday (click here), the New York PSC has adopted a moratorium on low-income customer participation in the retail electric and natural gas markets, in an action that PSC Staff said they believe (though not familiar with every state) to be the first of its kind in the country.

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NY Adopts "Moratorium" on ESCO Service To Low-Income Customers

The New York PSC has adopted a "moratorium" on ESCO service to low-income electric and natural gas customers

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RetailEnergyX: Non-ERCOT Texas Utility Warns Of Possible Outages From High Usage

 

Retail Supplier Parent Increases Distribution Payments, Based on Continued Confidence in Growth

The parent of a retail supplier has approved a 2% increase to distributions

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ArcLight Affiliate Names Former Merchant Generation Exec As CEO

Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC, announced the appointment of ...

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RetailEnergyX: Reports: Berkshire Hathaway Among Leading Bidders For Oncor, Fidelity Preparing Bid

 

Apex Sells Majority Stake in Renewable Generation Under Development At Texas Military Base

Apex Clean Energy announced the sale of a majority ownership stake in ...

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Briefly

• Sharyland To Hold Meeting With Texas Retail Providers on Operational Issues Related To Introduction of System-Wide Distribution Rates For Service Areas
• Pennsylvania PUC Issues Final Order Adopting Settlement Regarding Retail Supplier Pricing, Trade Practices

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RetailEnergyX: Houston Park Discovery Green Renews Contract with Retail Supplier

 

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RetailEnergyX: Data Center Switch Suing PUC, NV Energy For Damages Due To Denied Petition to Take Retail Choice Service

 

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RetailEnergyX: LIPA To Contract for 90 MW Of Offshore Wind

 

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RetailEnergyX: NY PSC Approves Incentives for Customer Direct Load Control At Central Hudson

 

July 14

Breaking: NY Adopts "Moratorium" on ESCO Service To Low-Income Customers

The New York PSC has adopted a "moratorium" on ESCO service to low-income electric and natural gas customers

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ERCOT Issues RFP For Generation, Demand Response Alternatives to NRG Greens Bayou RMR

ERCOT has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to procure one or more resources as a Must-Run Alternative (MRA) to the existing Reliability-Must Run (RMR) Agreement with NRG Texas Power LLC's Greens Bayou Unit 5.

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Retail Suppliers Seek Count of Capacity Exempt Customers Under New Definition; Warn Count Could Be Lower Than PUC Intended, "Severely" Harm Market

Global Montello Group Corp. and Sprague Operating Resources LLC asked the Maine PUC to order Northern Utilities, Inc. (Unitil) to expeditiously provide information allowing suppliers to determine the total number of customers eligible to be Capacity Exempt under recent changes adopted by the PUC, as the suppliers also sought clarification of the PUC's order.

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Loss of Residential Shoppers at PPL Accelerates, Pennsylvania Returns to Statewide Shopping Growth After Blip

PPL continues to see an acceleration in the decline of residential customers on competitive electric supply, while Pennsylvania statewide residential customer shopping increased during June after a decline in May

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RetailEnergyX: Stream Launches New Weekly Energy Reports For Texas Customers

 

Texas PUC Draft Would Find Rates Must Be Set For Sharyland Lessee, Asset Owner Separately; Require Lease To Be Regulated As Tariff

A draft preliminary order filed by Texas PUC Commission Advising would find that, consistent with the PUC's recent findings in the Oncor merger proceeding, PURA does not allow the Commission to treat the Sharyland company owning T&D assets and a separate Sharyland entity operating such assets as one utility for ratemaking and regulatory purposes.

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Texas PUC Staff File Report on Just Energy SBF Compliance

The Budget and Fiscal Oversight Division of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) filed a report on a compliance audit of Just Energy's participation in the LITE-UP Texas program.

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Briefly: Draft Texas Order Would Set Nonbypassable System Benefit Fund Fee

• Draft Texas Order Would Set Nonbypassable System Benefit Fund Fee

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RetailEnergyX: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Acquires Two Texas Wind Projects

 

July 13

EFH Lining Up $4.25 Billion in Financing For TXU Spin-off, Talks TXU Market Position/Share, Earnings With Investors

Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC (TCEH), a unit of Energy Future Holdings and the parent of TXU Energy and Luminant, is conducting meetings with prospective lenders in connection with the syndication of its $4.25 billion senior secured credit facilities

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Industry Veteran Joins Texas-Based Broker

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Koch Energy Services Receives Option 1 Texas Retail Electric Provider Certificate

The Public Utility Commission of Texas granted wholesale energy marketer Koch Energy Services, LLC an Option 1 Texas retail electric provider certificate

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RetailEnergyX: State Incentives Approved for Retail Supplier

 

Initiative To Introduce Energy Choice In Nevada Will Appear on November Ballot

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has certified that the petition returned for The Energy Choice Initiative are sufficient, and the initiative will appear on the 2016 general election ballot.

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If Texas Market Advocates Ever Wanted To Push To Open Entergy To Customer Choice, The Door Could Soon Close (Act Fast)

For advocates seeking to expand retail choice, the Entergy Texas service area remains one of the lowest hanging fruits, which oddly has not drawn much attention despite seemingly lower barriers to choice versus other favorite targets such as Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan (full choice), and California (full choice) which have not seen any success (apart from a likely marginal increase in California allowable retail choice)

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Exelon In Talks To Acquire NY Nuclear Plant

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RetailEnergyX: CAISO Study Claims $1.5 Billion in Savings From Potential Creation of Western Market

 

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RetailEnergyX: Utility ConEd Developing Energy Storage System on Wheels (Mobile Batteries)

 

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RetailEnergyX: AARP Says Ohio Pols Need To Have Serious Talk on Lack of Direction on Deregulation Policy

 

July 12

Pa. Utility To Double Bypassable Charges Related To Supply Procurement, Eliminate Switching Fee Under Settlement

A settlement at a Pennsylvania utility would more than double the bypassable supply procurement charge

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NY PSC Staff Approves Utility's Plan to Select ESCO To Run Utility-Directed Opt-Out Aggregation Pilot Project

Staff of the New York PSC have informed Niagara Mohawk that NiMo's proposed update to its Clifton Park, NY Reforming the Energy Vision demonstration project, which includes what is essentially a utility-directed opt-out municipal aggregation program coordinated with the town which has about 15,000 customers, complies with the REV goals and may proceed to the next stage.

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Retail Supplier Awarded Contract with Pennsylvania Department of General Services

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RetailEnergyX: H-E-B Selects Texas Provider For Back-Up Power, Microgrids at 45 Stores

 

Texas REP Complies With Settlement, Will Retain Certificate

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have confirmed that Jade Energy, LLC has complied with the terms of a settlement concerning the company's REP certificate, and that the company will maintain its certificate.

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License Briefs

• Diversegy Receives License in New State
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RetailEnergyX: FERC Fines Gas Marketer $20 Million For Manipulation

 

AEP Texas Central Provides Interim Update on REP Reimbursements Under Low-Income In-Home Device Provisioning Program As Funds Approach Exhaustion

AEP Texas Central filed a further interim report 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.

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• Texas Staff Sets Date For Hearing on Alternative TDU Ratemaking Report (Impacts REP Pricing)
• Texas PUC Staff File Report on Champion Energy SBF Compliance

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RetailEnergyX: Affiliate of Pa. Utility Named Preferred HVAC Partner of Utility

 

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RetailEnergyX: Solar Provider Launches Program Targeted At Health Care Facilities (Includes Affinity Program For Patients)

 

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RetailEnergyX: Parent of Retail Supplier Unveils New Brand

 

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RetailEnergyX: Priority Power Management Formally Announces Brokering of Arlington City Supply Contract

 

July 11

Pa. PUC Orders Surprise Increase in RPS Obligations of Retail Suppliers

The Pennsylvania PUC has informed retail suppliers and EDCs of an increase in the otherwise anticipated annual AEPS Tier I obligations for the 2016 compliance year.

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Pa. PUC Staff: Only Beneficiaries of Low-Income Shopping Are Retail Suppliers; Recommend Low-Income Customers Be Restricted To Rate-Regulated Shopping Program (Existing Customers Cannot Continue With Chosen Supplier)

Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PPL should only be permitted to shop through a new Standard Offer Program (SOP) exclusive to CAP customers, Pennsylvania PUC Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Staff said in a brief in PPL's default service proceeding.

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NY Staff Revamps Nuclear REC Program; ESCOs Wouldn't Be Allowed to Trade, Source RECs, Must Purchase from NYSERDA At Regulated Cost

Staff of the New York PSC have issued a revised zero emission credit (ZEC) program, designed to provide out-of-market subsidies to nuclear power plants, which would require ESCOs and other LSEs to purchase ZECs.

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RetailEnergyX: Muni Agg Official: Shopping Individually For Supplier Is Like "Stock Market"

 

PUC Adopts Changes To Retail Choice Program; Marketers Had Warned Some Of These Changes Will Harm Market

A PUC adopted a series of changes to the retail choice program at ...

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EDF Energy Services Seeks Retail Gas Supplier License in New State

• CES Retail Energy Supply Seeks Texas REP Certificate
• Texas PUC OKs Withdrawal of REP Certificate

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RetailEnergyX: Retail Supplier Parent, Kinder Morgan Enter Strategic Venture

 

AEP Texas Reports on Customers Opting Out of Smart Meters

AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North submitted an update on the number of customers taking non-standard metering service (opting out of a communicating AMS)

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RetailEnergyX: Retail Supplier Fines Cited in Letter Opposing Michigan Choice

 

July 8

SHOCK: Initial Decision Would Require Signed, Written Contract For Retail Energy Telesales in Pennsylvania
                                                                             
Use of Exception to Wet Signature Requirement Denied

An initial decision from two Pennsylvania ALJs concerning a complaint brought by the Office of Consumer Advocate and Attorney General against Blue Pilot Energy would find that failing to obtain a customer signature on a written contract after a cold call telesale would violate the state's Telemarketer Registration Act and therefore also violate the PUC's regulations (New Stricter Standard?)

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Initial Decision Would "Permanently Revoke" Retail Supplier's License; Would Fine Retail Supplier $2.5 Million and Order $2.4 Million in Refunds
                                                                             
ALJs Would Rule That Failure For Supplier To Inform Customer "How [Variable] Price Would Be Calculated" Is Deceptive

An initial decision from two Pennsylvania PUC ALJs in a complaint brought by state consumer agencies against ...

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N.Y. Munis Seeking to Create New Opt-Out Aggregation File Implementation Plan With PSC (Could Top 400,000 Customers, May Include Albany)

An aggregator has filed a "generic" implementation plan for an opt-out municipal aggregation with the New York PSC

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MA Sister Utilities Seeking to Merge Operating Companies, What's the Impact on Default Service?

Eversource in Massachusetts is seeking to merge its Nstar Electric operating unit with its Western Massachusetts Electric Co. operating unit to form a single legal entity, and petitioned the DPU for an advisory opinion

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July 7

PUC Orders Retail Suppliers To File Contract Summaries for PUC Compliance Review

A PUC issued a secretarial letter directing all retail suppliers serving residential and small business customers to submit to the PUC draft sample contract summaries they intend to use to comply with the PUC's recent order adopting a contract summary form.

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Texas Stakeholders Submit Strawman On Enrolling Door-to-Door Customers Via Electronic Device Without Telephonic Verification

Texas stakeholders have submitted a strawman concerning retail electric providers' enrollment of customers solicited through door-to-door marketing via an electronic device, without a requirement for verification via TPV or telephonic recording

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Duquesne Light Supply Rate To Decrease

Duquesne Light filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a new default service supply rate for ...

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RetailEnergyX: Southern Acquires Another Texas Power Plant

 

LifeEnergy (LS Power Retail Supplier Affiliate) Seeks License In New State

• Trianglenergy Seeks License in New State

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Delmarva Issues Correction to SOS Rates

Delmarva filed a correction to its Maryland SOS electric rates, stating that the previously filed tariffs for the period beginning October 1, 2016 inadvertently switched the rates for the Type I Small General Services SGS-S and Type I Space Heating SGS-S classes.

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RetailEnergyX: PSC Opens Review of Allocation of Assessments to Regulated Companies

 

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RetailEnergyX: Priority Power Management Provides Supply and Infrastructure Solution to Prism Midstream

 

July 6

N.Y. Utility Proposes Selecting ESCO To Run New Utility-Directed Opt-Out Aggregation Pilot Project

A NY EDC has proposed an update to its Reforming the Energy Vision demonstration project, and now proposes to run what is essentially an opt-out municipal aggregation program

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Muni Aggregation's Next Step: Developing Generation With Captive Customers

The dangers of opt-out municipal aggregation to workably competitive retail electric markets become more apparent as municipal aggregations move to take the next step, transitioning from mere brokers (though ones with a huge competitive advantage in their opt-out authority) to generation developers -- ones that use essentially captive customers to finance power projects that retail suppliers would need to take on risk to develop

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30% Share of Parent of Power Marketer, Utility With Retail Choice To Be Acquired By Pension Fund, Consortium

The parent of a utility and wholesale power marketer has sought FERC approval for a transaction under which ...

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RetailEnergyX: PUC Cancels Broker License

 

Large Customer Receives Pa. Electric Supplier License

• PRX Energy Receives License in New State

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National Grid Seeks To Increase Utility-Owned Solar Generation by Two-Thirds, Addresses Cost Recovery, Treatment of Output

National Grid has petitioned the Massachusetts DPU to own and operate up to an additional 14 MW of solar generation, as authorized by state law

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RetailEnergyX: Southern Co. Blasts NYT Piece on Clean Coal Plant (Monopoly Utility Cost Overruns)

 

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RetailEnergyX: Bloomberg: Utilities Offer Rare Spark for Dealmakers in First Half of 2016

 

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RetailEnergyX: Southern Company Acquires Maine Wind Farm, Boosts Wholesale Sale Portfolio

 

July 5

Retail Supplier Seeks Order Directing Utility To Include Information on Competitive Offers in Bill Insert

A retail supplier has petitioned a PSC to direct an EDC to distribute a bill insert concerning ...

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PUC Orders Sale of Utility Power Plants, Use of Competitive Procurement for Default Service

The New Hampshire PUC has approved, without modification, a settlement among various parties requiring Public Service Company of New Hampshire (Eversource) to divest its power plants and adopt a competitive procurement for default service

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State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Long-Term Contract Procurement Equal To 50% of Retail Electric Market Sales; Amendment Changes Impact on Default Service

The Massachusetts Senate passed an amended version of S.2372, which is generally designed to require the procurement of Canadian hydropower under long-term contracts, but an adopted amendment to the bill changes the treatment of such power with respect to default service

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RetailEnergyX: Texas City Eschews TCAP In Favor Of TXU For Electricity Supply

 

PUC Fines Retail Supplier $2,500, Orders Refund To Customer

The Pennsylvania PUC affirmed without modification an initial decision from a Pennsylvania ALJ, as the PUC imposed a civil penalty in the amount of $2,500 on ...

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RetailEnergyX: NY Customers Bypassing ESCOs, REC Marketers In Favor of "Blockchained" Green Energy Swaps

 

Texas TDU Files To Lower Discretionary Fees Charged to Retail Providers

A TDU has filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to reduce certain discretionary service charges applicable to retail electric providers as a result of its AMS deployment.

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RetailEnergyX: Silicon Valley Municipal Aggregation Targets April 2017 Start

 

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RetailEnergyX: Parent of Retail Supplier Complete Acquisition of Gas Pipeline Group

 

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RetailEnergyX: Emera Completes Acquisition of Utilities With Customer Choice Programs

 

July 1

Annual Illinois Retail Market Report Details Migration Swings Due to Muni Aggregation (40% Decline in Migration -- Not A Sustainable Driver of Shopping)
                                                                      
                                                                                 
Analysis Finds Illinois Competitive Supply Customers (Dominated By Aggregation Rolls) Paying More Than Default Service

The number of residential customers on competitive electric supply at Commonwealth Edison has fallen from a peak of 70% in March 2014 to only 40% as of May 2016, primarily due the termination of various municipal aggregations and their return of customers to default service, an annual report from the Illinois Commerce Commission's Office of Retail Market Development illustrates

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New Retail Supplier Chosen For Pa. Chamber Affinity Program

An EGS has been selected as the supplier for OnDemand Energy's ChamberChoice energy program

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PUC Tentatively Approves $6.75 Million Settlement With Retail Supplier Concerning Polar Vortex Complaint

The Pennsylvania PUC issued a tentative order proposing to adopt a settlement among ...

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RetailEnergyX: ConEd Details How To Accomplish Sharing More Customer Data With ESCOs As NY Utilities File Distributed System Implementation Plans

 

Investment Bank Receives Texas Retail Electric Provider Certificate

• Zentility Receives License in New State

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Pa. PUC Approves Assignment of Costs To Retail Suppliers For Gas Account Number Look-up Mechanism; Approves Eight Compliance Plans, Rejects One

The Pennsylvania PUC approved compliance plans to implement remote natural gas account look-up mechanisms at eight natural gas utilities, rejected one LDC's compliance plan, and approved cost recovery from retail suppliers, via the purchase of receivables discount, at one of the utilities.

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RetailEnergyX: Southern Company Completes AGL Merger, Bringing Retail Suppliers Under Southern Ownership

 

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RetailEnergyX: Pa. Tentative Order Would Cancel Licenses of 9 Suppliers, Brokers For Alleged Failure To File Proof of Security

 

Pa. PUC Approves Implementation Standards For Utility Smart Meter Web Portals, Retail Supplier Access; Orders Implementation
                                                                       
Pa. PUC Denies Access to Non-EGS, Non-Contracted CSP Third Parties

The Pennsylvania PUC approved the technical implementation standards proposed by Electronic Data Exchange Working Group's (EDEWG) Web Portal Working Group (WPWG) for a standardized solution for the acquisition of historical interval usage (HIU) and billing quality interval use (BQIU) smart meter electricity data via a secure web portal.

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Millions Remain Available At Oncor, CenterPoint-TDU For Retail Provider Reimbursement Under Texas Low-Income Smart Device Program

Oncor and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric filed updates 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.

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RetailEnergyX: Pa. PUC Names New Director of Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement

 

June 30

Texas PUC Changes Power to Choose Website To Remove 1¢ Credit-Based Offers From Default View, Commissioners Consider Whether Products With Usage Credits Meet Definition of "Fixed"

In an initial step, the Public Utility Commission of Texas has changed the default view of the Power to Choose website such that products with minimum usage fees or credits do not appear in the product list.

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PSNH Seeks Approval of Long-Term Contract With Hydro-Quebec, What's The Impact On Default Service?

Public Service of New Hampshire has petitioned the New Hampshire PUC for approval of a long-term PPA with Hydro Renewable Energy Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Hydro-Quebec

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nTherm Seeks Retail Supplier License In New State

• Connect Energy Resources Seeks License in New State

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RetailEnergyX: Even Without Gimmicks, 1¢ Power Plans Make Economic Sense for Texas Retail Providers

 

Ohio Staff Oppose Modified FirstEnergy EDCs' Rate Stability Rider; Recommend Distribution "Modernization" Rider Instead

Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have filed testimony opposing the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities' modified Retail Rate Stability Rider (RRS), and have instead proposed that the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities be authorized to collect a new Distribution Modernization Rider

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RetailEnergyX: Texas City Receives $3.7 Million To Resolve Power Contract Dispute

 

Texas PUC Maintains Abatement of Sharyland AMS Proceeding

The Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday maintained an abatement of the proceeding reviewing Sharyland Utilities' proposed advanced meter deployment plan.

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RetailEnergyX: Just Energy CEO Talks Brexit, Impact on UK Business

 

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RetailEnergyX: Sungevity, Inc. to Become Public Company Through Merger Agreement with Easterly Acquisition Corp.

 

Comcast, Crius Relaunch Retail Energy Offers

NRG Acquires Customers of APNA Energy

Choice Coming to New Texas Service Areas

TXU Affiliate "Will" Offer Residential Service in Pa.

Columbia Choice Program Terminated

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