The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has granted IGS Energy a waiver of the third party verification requirements contained in Ohio Adm. 4901:1-29-06(D)(6)(b) and 4901:1-21-06(D)(1)(h) for in-dwelling sales conducted in accordance with a tablet-reliant process described by IGS Energy.
Capacity markets, Texas policymakers were told, provide a net benefit to customers because they eliminate unpredictable and volatile instances of excessive scarcity pricing in the energy market that customers cannot stomach, and therefore the billions provided in capacity subsidies result in lower total costs.
Direct Energy is seeing improved margins in its commercial and industrial supply business, but saw its residential customer count fall during the third quarter, Centrica said in an interim management statement.
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• TXU Renews Deal with Texas City, Rate Disclosed
• Pepco Files New Bypassable Transmission Rates in D.C.
• Report: Energy Firms Dissatisfied With CFTC Over Rule Changes
Spark Energy will, at this time, acquire a smaller Connecticut customer book from Town Square Energy than originally contemplated, after the Connecticut PURA informed the suppliers that it could not sanction the assignment of certain customers whose contracts PURA interpreted as being expired.
• Dayton Power & Light Files 2015 Generation Rates
• ERCOT Files NPRR for New Ancillary Services Design
• Report: Electric Rates Not Expected To Increase At Massachusetts Municipal Utilities
• Retail Supplier-Commissioned Poll Urges Maryland to Support Solar
Here are the Western Massachusetts Electric Company basic service rates for the first six months of 2015 for residential and small commercial customers, and first three months of 2015 for medium and large customers
Summer Energy Holdings, the parent of Texas REP Summer Energy, LLC, reported a wider loss for the three months ending September 30, 2014, as the company continues to attempt to obtain economies of scale.
• Solar Provider Hires Former Tesla Director
• Connecticut, Massachusetts Utilities Expects Gas Bills to, "Remain Stable and Very Competitive" This Winter
• Connecticut Approves Significant Increases for CL&P, UI Default Service Rates
• ERCOT Posts Analysis of Clean Power Plan Impacts
• SunEdison and TerraForm Power Sign Definitive Agreement To Acquire First Wind
• Release: Direct Energy Maintains Price Protection in CT, MA, PA
• Generators File Complaint to Disqualify Demand Response From ISO-NE Capacity Auction
• Maine PUC Issues Consumer Assistance Bulletin on Electric Choice, Shopping
The Pennsylvania PUC has ruled on whether it can interpret the terms and conditions of a contract between an electric generation supplier (EGS) and a customer to determine whether a breach has occurred, or setting the rates an EGS can charge.
The Pennsylvania PUC has affirmed that it lacks jurisdiction to enforce the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and Telemarketer Registration Act, but that the Commission may determine whether a retail electric supplier's prices conform to its disclosure statement
After receiving more information regarding the impact on customers from the alleged violations, the Pennsylvania PUC accepted without modification a settlement between its Staff and ResCom Energy LLC under which ResCom will pay $59,000 to resolve an investigation into alleged slamming, Do Not Call violations, and other marketing violations.
The Board of Directors of Genie Energy Ltd., the parent of IDT Energy, has initiated payment of a quarterly dividend to holders of its Class A and Class B common stock and declared a dividend of $0.06 per share for the third quarter of 2014.
• Former NRG Exec Joins Andalay Solar as COO
• ConEdison Solutions Officially Announces Massachusetts Market Entry for Individual Residential Customers
• Retail Supplier Launching Fund to Help Veteran Who Have Trouble Paying Utility Bills
Similar to action undertaken at Pepco and Delmarva, the Maryland PSC said that Baltimore Gas & Electric SOS rates should continue to include some form of an Administrative Charge, a bypassable adder reflecting certain costs to serve SOS customers not in energy commodity prices, but directed further proceedings to develop the specific level of the charge.
Nstar said that it has filed new basic service rates with the Massachusetts DPU for the six-month period beginning January 1, 2015, with the new residential basic service rate increasing to nearly 15¢/kWh.
In draft legislative recommendations for the 2015 scope of competition report, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that the legislature explicitly provide the Commission with authority to ban certain companies or individuals from participation in the retail market.
• Dominion Retail Now Selling Residential Natural Gas at PECO
• Oncor Seeks to Ratebase, Socialize Cost of Batteries, Storage
• In Wake Of National Grid Rate Hike, Electric Customers Turning To Alternatives
• Calpine Completes Purchase Exelon Power Plant in New England
• BGE Forecasts 13% Lower Natural Gas Bills This Winter (Provides Estimate of Default Service Rate)
• City Warns That Energy Solicitors Spreading False Information Regarding Aggregation Suspension
• Court: Petroleum Lobby's Site ChooseEnergy.org Doesn't Infringe on Broker Choose Energy's Trademark
• Report: Founder of Lobby Firm McBee Strategic to Join NRG Energy
• ISO New England Cites "Deteriorating Resource Performance" in Announcing 2014 Regional System Plan
The Retail Energy Supply Association requested that the District of Columbia PSC establish a working group of interested stakeholders to hold a series of meetings to discuss modifications to the customer protection rules proposed by the PSC.
The Connecticut PURA has adopted forms and associated requirements to be used for several statutorily required notices to be sent by retail electric suppliers, adopted new product definitions, and clarified several rules, including a finding that sending generic terms and conditions do not meet certain statutory mandates.
Renewable Power Direct, a wholesale power marketer which heretofore has concentrated on providing wholesale renewable power to customers via the customer's existing load serving entity (essentially as a matchmaker), is expanding its service to include serving customers at retail in states with electric choice.
The retail customer base of Genie Energy, parent of IDT Energy and new brand Residents Energy, essentially stabilized during the third quarter, as churn returned to normalized levels after the polar vortex.
The Maryland PSC says that responses from U.S. Gas & Electric and affiliate Energy Service Providers, Inc. to show cause orders issued by the PSC show that the complaints levied against USG&E in the show cause orders should be dismissed — with one exception
• Avoid The Risk Premium? Maine SOS RFP Seeks 10-Month Bids to Supply Non-shoppers
• Ohio Discloses Winning Bidders from FirstEnergy Utilities' Default Service Auction
• CPower Brand Resurrected for New DR Company Formed from Constellation, Comverge
• N.H. Further Directs Exploration Default Service Procurement Issues, Including Alternative Plans
A final Connecticut PURA decision concerning retail supplier customer notice requirements (click here for related story today) does not state any intent by PURA to investigate two suppliers' compliance with the rule governing the use of third-party agents.
Energy Future Holdings reported in a 10-Q that its competitive retail businesses recorded a net loss of residential customers from June 30, 2014 to September 30, 2014, but the loss was less than 1% of its customer base.
Results from recent default service auctions in Pennsylvania and Ohio appear to reflect an increased risk premium, which FirstEnergy Solutions believes is, "associated with volatility and uncertainty in PJM," Leila Vespoli, FirstEnergy Corp.'s Executive Vice President, Markets, said during an earnings call.
• NRG Begins Construction on New Peaking Plant Near Houston
• City Asks PUCO to Bar FES from Terminating Contract While Polar Vortex Dispute Pending
• Retail Supplier South Jersey Energy Debuts Redesigned Website
• Impression Made: NRG Energy TV Ad Cited As Analogy By Local Press
Power Resources, Ltd. would pay $37,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve allegations that Power Resources violated PURA § 39.151(d), and P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.503(f)(2), concerning failure to adhere to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Operating Guide §§ 2.2.5(2), related to automatic voltage regulators, and 2.6.2(1), related to generators.
• Report: Texas Retail Market Vets Acquire 100% Ownership of Minor League Baseball Team
• Rates Rising for Maine Consumer-Owned Utility (With Choice)
• Judge Allows EFH Sale of Oncor to Proceed With Conditions
• Report: Aggregation Implementation Confuses Some Residents
Duquesne Light should maintain the use of laddered 12-month contracts to serve small C&I customers due to the potential for market shock such as the "Polar Vortex", a Pennsylvania ALJ said in a recommended decision on Duquesne Light's default service plan for the period beginning June 1, 2015.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects the region will have sufficient electric supplies this winter, based on a broad range of planning scenarios in the Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) released Friday.
• Massachusetts DPU Plans on Launching Energy Shopping Comparison Site
• Constellation Completes Acquisition of Integrys Energy Services
• National Fuel Gas Distribution Lowers Supply Charge
• Proposed Aggregation Draws Mixed Opinions
FERC approved without modification a series of tariff revisions filed by PJM to revise PJM's rules related to offer price adders ("FMU adders") for generation units that are frequently offer capped, referred to as Frequently Mitigated Units.
FERC announced that on January 7, 2015 it will convene a technical conference concerning the justness and reasonableness of PJM's existing tariff provisions related to the Financial Transmission Rights (FTR) forfeiture rule and uplift allocations as applied to Up-to Congestion (UTC) transactions and virtual (INC/DEC) transactions.
The much-hyped "end state" retail electric market order from the Pennsylvania PUC is not, standing alone, "enforceable law," and therefore cannot be used to justify a sought lowering of the hourly pricing threshold at PPL Electric Utilities.
The Connecticut PURA approved a settlement under which the principal of People's Power & Gas, LLC is to pay $35,000, plus forego claims to a $25,000 letter of credit, to resolve alleged violations arising from its market exit as a result of defaulting at ISO New England last winter, and allegations related to its switching practices.
PSEG confirmed in reporting earnings yesterday that PSEG Power has been verbally notified by the FERC Staff that Staff has initiated a preliminary, non-public staff investigation into certain bidding by PSEG Power.
• Centrica Reports Date for Departure of International Downstream Leader, New Reporting Structure for Direct Energy CEO
• SCANA Energy Reports Earnings
• ERCOT Says CPS Unit Not Needed for Transmission System Reliability
A lawsuit, seeking class action status, has been filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, against North American Power & Gas, LLC, and the sole allegation in the suit is that because North American Power's rates exceeded Commonwealth Edison's rates, North American Power "misled" customers because North American Power promised a market-based rate.
PJM is taking an "express lane" to impose billions of new capacity costs on consumers under its flawed capacity performance and transition mechanism, several retail suppliers, public power utilities, state regulators, and industrial customers (the transition coalition) said in comments to the PJM Board.
• Village Warns Customers About "Misleading" Calls from Retail Energy Suppliers
• ERCOT, Frontera Plant Reach Agreement to Make Plant Available During ERCOT Emergencies
• Washington Gas Expects Winter Heating Bills to Decrease
With the long-awaited implementation of purchase of receivables and large spikes in default service rates driving new interest among retail suppliers in serving the Massachusetts mass market, consumer representatives are calling for the DPU to enhance customer protections.
Active Energy Inc. and Active Energy Corp. have agreed to make changes to their marketing materials, including removing the phrase "peace of mind" in describing a product, under an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance accepted by the Ontario Energy Board
Summitt Energy Management Inc. has agreed to remove from its promotional materials statements relating to consumer enrollment trends for retail energy products that cannot be independently verified and appropriately sourced, under an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance accepted by the Ontario Energy Board
• City Council Says It Will Reject Sale Of Philadelphia Gas Works to United Illuminating Parent
• Retail Theater: Direct Energy On Nest Comfort & Control Plan on Fox 43 Harrisburg
• Consumer Counsel Says CL&P Manipulated Evidence, Submitted Dishonest Testimony
The vast majority of mass market SOS products available in the October 2014 Maryland SOS procurement saw only one bidder compete to serve such load, according to a report from the procurement consultant.
The FirstEnergy Pennsylvania electric distribution companies have sought a temporary waiver of the accelerated switching requirements which require multiple off-cycle switches to be completed within three business days the same billing cycle
• Premier Holding Corp. Finalizes Acquisition of Retail Supplier
• Funds Managed by Oaktree to Acquire Interest in Hess Energy Trading Company
• CCA Sonoma Clean Power Signs New Supply Deals
• Gulf Electricity Debuts Redesigned Website
Incremental capacity costs to load serving entities from a transition to PJM's proposed capacity performance product in the three years for which a base residual auction has already been held are estimated to be as high as $4 billion annually, PJM and the Independent Market Monitor said in a joint report.
The New York PSC approved without modification the petition of Niagara Mohawk (National Grid) to implement tariff changes that provide NiMo with discretion regarding the period over which it must reconcile electric default service costs.
The Pennsylvania PUC authorized PPL's interim accelerated switching mechanism that is not in full compliance with the accelerated switching program adopted by the PUC, but still allows the customer to be switched within three business days for the first off-cycle switch in a billing cycle.
The Pennsylvania PUC in a final order is requiring electric distribution companies to conduct triennial solicitations informing customers of their ability to opt-out of inclusion on the eligible customer list (ECL) provided to retail electric suppliers.
• Direct Energy Ohio Customer Count At 600,000, Growing
• New York PSC "Encouraged" ESCOs to Offer Fixed Price Contracts
• Release: PSC Advances Energy Market Reforms
• Michigan PSC, Exec Agencies Holding Forum on Upper Peninsula's Energy Future
Retail energy suppliers' businesses in Pennsylvania are in jeopardy due to the flawed wholesale market design, including the capacity market, should the state experience another winter like last year's polar vortex, PUC Commissioner James Cawley told the National Energy Marketers Association's Mid-Atlantic Energy Summit
At a hearing today reviewing SOS procurement results, the Maryland PSC will hear that uncertainty caused by potential changes to PJM's capacity market -- and the allocation of unknown transition costs to load serving entities -- has "scared away" bidders in Maryland's October SOS procurement for SOS electric supplies, Calvin Timmerman, the PSC's Assistant Executive Director, told the National Energy Marketers Association's Mid-Atlantic Energy Summit
Granting a complaint from FirstEnergy which seeks to exclude demand response from participation in the PJM capacity market, including re-running, without demand response, the already cleared May 2014 capacity auction, "would create a windfall for existing generators," Direct Energy said in a protest at FERC.
The legal reasoning used by FirstEnergy in a FERC complaint that seeks to eliminate demand response from participation in the capacity market would also mean that FERC lacks jurisdiction to create and compel participation in capacity markets, the Pennsylvania PUC said in a protest of FirstEnergy's complaint.
• BlueRock Energy Appoints Energy Supply Consultants for Western New York and Mohawk Valley
• Coalitions Announced for Fight over PJM Capacity Performance Proposal
• Brite Energy, Affiliate of Home Security Provider, Launches Residential Solar Offer
• Release: First Nationwide Solar Bulk Purchase Program Launched
• Report: NRG May Repower or Upgrade Canal Generating Facility
• FERC Staff Issues Reports on Scarcity Pricing, Mitigation
• Texas REP Files to Relinquish Certificate
• RESA Critical of LIPA 2.0 Plan For Silence on Choice, Focus on Utility-Offered Value Added Programs
• Choice Group ACCES Interviewed On SiriusXM Satellite’s Morning Briefing Show
• Blackstone to Fund Utility Scale Renewables Development Company
Duquesne Light has requested a temporary waiver of certain elements of the Pennsylvania PUC's accelerated switching rules due to implementation of a new billing system which will delay Duquesne Light's complete compliance with the rules.
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and several utilities have opposed proposal to defer National Grid's basic service rate increase, which will see residential rates double starting November 1, stating that deferral will exacerbate challenges caused by the increase.
• Report: Circuit Finds (Electricity) Debt Calls Barred by Federal Law
• Switching Sites Hiding Best Energy Deals, Claims Rival
• EnerCare Completes Acquisition of Direct Energy’s Ontario Home Services Business
• Business Coalition Opposes Ratepayer Subsidization of AEP Generation
• Report: Mass. AG, Gubernatorial Candidate Coakley Took National Grid Donations
Proposed rule changes from a PSC would essentially require double verification of most electric and natural gas sales, adding a written contract requirement to telesales, and a third party verification (or other recording) requirement for door-to-door sales.
Citing technical limitations cited by the utilities, Staff of the New York PSC has abandoned an accelerated switching proposal based on off-cycle switches, and instead proposes the retention of switching on an on-cycle meter read, with minor changes which will allow more switches to occur at the immediately next on-cycle read instead of waiting an additional cycle for completion.
Choice Energy LLC and Discount Power, Inc., in separately filed comments, called a conclusion in a draft Connecticut PURA decision that each failed to properly train sales agents as flawed and erroneous, with Choice Energy warning that the conclusion, which was based on policy recommendations rather than record evidence, could chill future participation in PURA policymaking proceedings.
• N.Y. Post-Star: ESCOs Offer Customers An Alternative Power Option
• Nashua Telegraph: Website Alerts Electricity Switchers When Their Fixed-Rate Plan Is About To Expire
• We Energies Power Plant’s Fate Will Cost Michigan Upper Peninsula (And Shopping Customers) Millions
• Toronto Star: Water Tank Tricks Frustrate Customers
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has disclosed the winning bidders in Dayton Power & Light's September 2014 wholesale auction for 50% of DP&L's standard service offer (SSO) load for the delivery period January 2015 through May 2017.
• Citing Declining Distribution System Investment, PUCT's Anderson Questions Oncor Distributions to EFH
• PJM Posts 5CP and Weather Normalized Peak Data for Summer
• National Grid Forecasts 8% Bill Decrease in Rhode Island
• FirstEnergy Employee Had Contact With Ebola Patient
The FirstEnergy Pennsylvania electric distribution companies have filed new tariffed PTCDefault rates with the PUC for the three-month period starting December 1, and the residential Prices to Compare will again decrease at most of the EDCs, while commercial rates will increase
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved the results of the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities' ninth wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail generation service rates through May 2016.
In a final report on the implementation of customer choice, Sharyland Utilities LP reported to the Public Utility Commission of Texas that Sharyland continues to see interest from retail electric providers seeking to be certified to serve customers in the territory, which opened to choice this May.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has directed Staff to propose rule amendments which will eliminate the in-state requirement for renewable energy compliance required from utilities and retail suppliers effective immediately, with no proration for 2014.
• Legislators Push Back on Default Service Rate Hikes
• In Wake of Non-Competitive Auction, U.S. Senators Urge FERC to "Fundamentally Reexamine" Whether ISO-NE's Capacity Market Is Most Effective Way to Address Capacity Concerns
• Yahoo Signs Long Term Power Purchase Agreement
• Retail Supplier Affiliate Launches New Carbon Calculator
The New Hampshire PUC has ordered that a rulemaking be opened examining regulation under Puc 2100, relating to standards of conduct and related procedures governing the relationship between a distribution company and its affiliates transacting business in New Hampshire.
• Report: Texas Electric Complaints Rise in 2014
• State Panel Asked to Deregulate Electricity, Natural Gas
• APPA: Only 6% of New Capacity in 2013 Built in Capacity Markets
• Release: Exelon, CB&I and 8 Rivers Proceed with Clean Energy Demonstration Plant in Texas
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that proceeds from the letter of credit provided by a REP be distributed to the transmission and distribution utilities to cover outstanding debts, with any remaining balance returned to the REP
The Connecticut PURA, in a draft decision, has indicated that it intends to initiate an investigation into two retail electric suppliers' compliance with the agent training requirements under statute, and whether contracts should be "voided" should PURA determine non-compliance.
Connecticut Light and Power told PURA that it is "not possible" to prepare a bill insert informing customers of new Standard Service rates 45 days in advance as now required by statute for rates effective January 1, 2015, and that this requirement should also not be required for July 1, 2015 rates.
Washington Gas Light Company, Ambit Northeast, LLC, and Bollinger Energy have jointly petitioned the Maryland PSC for a waiver of WGL's tariffed collateral requirements, which rely in part on historic gas prices from the past three years, in order to exclude excessive prices seen last winter from the calculation, which otherwise would lead to an "unreasonable burden" on suppliers.
• Texas REPs Offering Smart Thermostat for Customer Referrals
• Release: Innovari Announces Acquisition Of Demand Response Provider NetPeak Energy
• Release: Stem and KYOCERA Solar Launch Energy Storage Solution for Commercial Power Users
• Release: CarCharging Introduces kWh Pricing in Pennsylvania
The Massachusetts DPU has issued for comment a specific proposal that would have the effect of blunting the otherwise doubling of National Grid's default service rates for the period starting November 1, through a blending process with recovery occurring over a longer period.
A revised draft Connecticut PURA decision implementing several new statutes has dropped some of the more extreme proposals from an August draft, but would still impose onerous new requirements on electric supplier marketing and contracting.
• PSNH Default Service Rate May Increase
• WSJ: "Internet of Things" Seen as a Prime Source of New Revenue by Telecom Firms (Smart Home)
• Release: Usource and Optimal Energy Group Team Up to Help Educate Maine Businesses
• FERC Announces Third Workshop on RTO Price Formation
The Texas Power to Choose website has seen a 72% increase in unique visitors during the period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2014, according to a draft report on the scope of competition in the Texas electric markets filed by Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
The question of utility, or utility affiliate, ownership will be the focus of one of the panels at a supplemental technical conference to be held November 6 in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has directed the Independent Market Monitor and Texas Reliability Entity to "investigate" the load shedding event that occurred in the Lower Rio Grande Valley on October 8.
Reliant issued a news release yesterday announcing that it was offering new customers the choice of one of three free Goal Zero solar-powered products, which was first reported by RetailEnergyX.com on October 2
• Kratos Gas & Power Now Offering Service in Michigan
• With Default Service Rate Hike, Mass. DPU Chair Tells Customers to Consider Shopping
• Amid PG&E Email Scandal, Calif. PUC Prez Won’t Seek Another Term
• Frustrated By Alleged Slam By 2nd ESCO, Shopping Customer Returns to NiMo Rather Than Original ESCO
• Door-to-Door Energy Marketing Causes Student to Suspect 'Scam'
• HomeServe to Offer Protection Plans to West Penn Power Customers
The Delaware Public Advocate urged all customers who are currently receiving their energy supply from suppliers other than Delmarva Power & Light Company, or who are considering switching from Delmarva to a third party supplier (TPS), "to review their contracts carefully to make certain that they understand all of its terms and conditions – especially if the contract is a variable rate contract (a contract where the per-kilowatt hour price you pay can change from month to month with no notice to you)."
PJM has issued a "road map" for how demand response could be treated in light of an appeals court holding that demand response compensation, in the energy market, is a "retail" matter and outside of FERC's purview.
In our October 6 story concerning the implementation of third party access to the Smart Meter Texas portal, we erroneously attributed a market notice concerning the announcement to ERCOT, reporting that ERCOT had "set" the date for such access ...
"In the deregulated electric market, the onus is on the retail electric provider (REP) to communicate information to end-use customers," Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said in opposing a motion from Ambit Energy for summary decision in a complaint case involving a customer whose TDU service classification was changed, which prompted a change in rates charged by Ambit.
PECO has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for a temporary waiver of regulations requiring a minimum number of days in a customer's billing period in order to implement accelerated electric supplier switching, as PECO proposes to implement accelerated switching by issuing a new bill whenever a supplier change occurs ("Bill on Supplier Switch," or "BOSS.")
• N.H. Telegraph Notes PSNH, With Utility-Owned Plants, Won't See Major Rate Spikes Like Other Utilities
• Reuters: Iberdrola Tabs JPMorgan for Asset Sales to Fund U.S. Buy
• Another Municipal Aggregation Suspended
AEP Ohio has petitioned the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to expand a previously proposed nonbypassable surcharge to support entitlements AEP Ohio would retain in the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) to now include PPAs with several additional competitive AEP generating resources totaling 2,700 MW.
A complaint filed by Champion Energy against Texas-New Mexico Power and ERCOT concerning settlement data should be referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings to develop a factual record, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said.
• Is It Fair to Make All ERCOT Load Pay for Smart Meter Texas Portal Via Admin Fee?
• AEP: 11 Years Have "Proven" PJM Capacity Market Doesn’t Get Power Plants Built
• FERC Affirms Golden Spread Switchable Generation Won't Make ERCOT Subject to FERC Jurisdiction
The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General has urged the DPU to open an investigation, "into ways to mitigate the dramatic rate increases that will impact National Grid's Basic Service customers on November 1, 2014, as well as anticipated increases to other electric distribution companies' basic service rates."
The Delaware PSC has opened a docket to review Delmarva’s approach to providing Standard Offer Service, and whether such an approach will lead to lower energy supply costs over the long-term for a period of 20 to 25 years (Docket 14-0283).
The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a final order providing guidance to retail electric and natural gas suppliers regarding the renewal notices required to be sent to customers taking both gas and electric service from the same supplier, given that recent changes to the electric notice rules mean the timelines now vary by commodity.
Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. would pay $15,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violation of Section 39.151 (d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA); P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.503(f)(2), related to oversight of wholesale market participants; and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Protocols § 126.96.36.199.1(1)(b), relating to performance criteria for qualified scheduling entities representing emergency response service resources.
• PPL EnergyPlus to Provide Electricity Supply to Federal Government Facilities
• Industrials Propose ERCOT NPRR to Address Pricing of Certain Proxy Energy Offer Curves At Price Cap
• Alberta Premier: Paying Too Much Under Deregulation, Wants Predictable, Affordable Prices
A retail supplier has petitioned the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for a waiver from the third party verification rules applicable to door-to-door electric and natural gas sales, contained in Revised 4901:1-29-06(D)(6)(b) and 4901:1-21-06(D)(1)(h), for what it described as a type of sales transaction not contemplated by the rules.
A coalition of retail electric providers has filed an amicus brief in a customer complaint case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, warning that an order from the State Office of Administrative Hearings, through a misreading of the anti-cramming rule, erroneously requires retail electric providers to provide explicit advance notice, and obtain customer consent, for changes in TDU pass-through charges
• Reliant Offering Texas Customers Choice of Three Free Goal Zero Products With Enrollment
• Supplier Launches Multi-Media Direct Marketing Campaign In Response to Doubling of MA Default Rates
• ComEd Enrolling Customers for Peak-Time Rebate Product
• Elizabeth Garza to Head the Independent Market Monitor for ERCOT
• California ISO, PacifiCorp Begin Parallel Energy Imbalance Market Operations
Tullett Prebon, an interdealer broker and parent of Unified Energy, has been named as the Commodity Derivatives Interdealer Broker of the Year at GlobalCapital's 2014 Global Derivatives Awards, the company announced.
A recommended decision in PECO's default service proceeding issued on September 30 for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2015 would expand the customers subject to hourly priced default service, while also creating a "carve out" allowing large C&I customers to continue to pay certain non-market PJM charges to their retail supplier instead of PECO via nonbypassable charge (P-2014-2409362)
Axon Power, a start-up retail provider seeking a Texas certificate, told the Public Utility Commission of Texas that it was interested in purchasing the Proton Energy business in an arm's length transaction, but could not come to an agreement, as Axon also said that it has no relationship with Proton's principal Ramzan Ali
PJM has filed tariff revisions at FERC to institute a Demand Bid Screening process which will prevent Load Serving Entities from submitting Demand Bids into the Day-ahead Energy Market, "above a level that is commensurate with the amount of load they serve."
• Sprague Resources Closes on Acquisition of Retail Supplier
• Hedging, Longer Reconciliations Credited For Expected Decrease in NiMo Electric Supply Rates
• Hampshire Power Awarded Contract for Lowell, MA Aggregation
• Vivint Solar Announces Pricing Of Initial Public Offering
FERC has approved a settlement between DC Energy, LLC, Scylla Energy LLC, and PJM resolving disputes concerning the application of deviation charges to internal bilateral transactions (IBTs) that waives payment of $10 million of the amount originally ordered to be paid by certain market participants.
• NiMo Expects Winter Retail Electric Rates to Be Lower Than Last Year
• IPKeys Acquires Demand Response Provider/Aggregator
• Retail Supplier Targeting University of Michigan Fans With GoBlue Plan, M Den Gift Card
• Retail Supplier's Solar Division Now Offering "Best Looking, Better Performing, Black Solar Panels"
Ten commercial and industrial customers have filed a lawsuit against FirstEnergy Solutions in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas seeking relief from FES's imposition of the polar vortex pass-through charge on the customers.
A segment of Ohio industrial customers has voiced support for Duke Energy Ohio's proposed Price Stabilization Rider, while at the same time proposing that very large customers (and only those customers) be permitted to make an election to avoid the rider.
• South Texas Power Plant to Export Power To Mexico
• WSJ Reports on NRG Energy/UD Vehicle-to-Grid Pilot
• Texas Online Retail Energy Comparison Site Expands to Northeast
• Start-up Ally Energy Solutions Enters Energy Procurement Brokering, Efficiency Space
• Texas REP Files to Relinquish Certificate
The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved the results of the September 2014 default service procurement for a portion of block energy to supply Commonwealth Edison and Ameren for the period November 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015
The Public Utility Commission of Texas intends to tackle issues related to subsynchronous oscillation (SSO) on parallel tracks, agreeing to further study technical issues, while intending to make progress on cost allocation (to the extent possible) while such studies are ongoing.
The Connecticut PURA has requested that the utilities, consumer counsel, and procurement manager consult and submit written comments or a joint recommendation to the Authority for approval regarding the process to be implemented for the utilities to comply with new legislation which requires that customers be notified of Standard Service rate changes.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority sought comments regarding the current practice employed by Connecticut electric and gas utilities to assign Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) and Sales and Use Taxes (SUT) to customer bills.
• Police Warn of Power Supply Solicitors
• Retail Supplier Partners With Veterans Chambers of Commerce for Affinity Program
• Discovery Green Renews Contract with Retail Supplier
• Bloomberg: 10 Potential Bidders Seen Vying for Oncor
• Claim: End of FirstEnergy Utility Efficiency Programs in Ohio Aimed at Boosting Prices for FirstEnergy Solutions
• Market Monitor: FERC Must Not Allow "Piecemeal" Acquisitions to Skirt Market Power Review, Mitigation
• Texas REP Debuts New Website
• Another Muni Aggregation to Be Suspended Due to Pricing
The Connecticut PURA has waived $5,000 penalties originally sought against South Jersey Energy Company and North American Power and Gas, LLC after PURA initially alleged that each company failed to submit a report on intrastate gross receipts.
• Spike Expected In Cape Light Compact, Nstar Electric Rates
• Report: Energy Bills Are Higher on Dual-Fuel Deals
• Constellation Pitches Direct Access Service to Oregon Customers
• Texas Comptroller Releases Report on Electricity Reliability, Affordability
Retail suppliers were highly critical of a New York PSC Staff straw proposal regarding the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) industry structure, with one ESCO proclaiming that the proposal, "threatens to roll back two decades of competitive restructuring in New York altogether."
A group consisting of retail suppliers, end users, and state regulators have raised concerns that PJM is ignoring the costs and other issues associated with the transition to a modified capacity market that includes PJM's new capacity performance product.
In its comments to the New York PSC on a straw proposal in the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, Direct Energy offered several novel interpretations of the impact of a Court's order which vacated FERC Order 745, as the Court said that FERC lacked authority to set compensation for demand response, since demand response concerns retail ratemaking.
• Report: Retail Supplier Pulls Back Door-to-Door Marketing After Concern from Councilman
• IGS Energy Affiliate Developing CHP Installation for City of Dublin
• Mich. Load File Complaint Over Utility’s Split Balancing Authority Area, Impact on Backstop Costs
Texas retail electric providers would be reimbursed for providing low-income customers with programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs) and in-home displays (IHDs) under a proposal from a working group addressing the requirement that TDUs provide in-home monitors to low-income customers under their smart meter deployment plans.
Load in PJM is paying $433 million in additional costs due to PJM's load forecast used in the capacity market undercounting the impact of energy efficiency, a report by Brattle prepared for the Sustainable FERC Project concludes.
Texas-New Mexico Power has petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas for an amendment to its advanced metering system deployment plan to remediate its second generation ("2G") wireless telecom network and upgrade to a third generation ("3G") or later equivalent technology wireless network.
• Report: Energy Supplier of Atlantic City Casino on Verge of Bankruptcy
• Steep Increase in Electricity Rates Predicted for N.H. Customers
• Your Newest Retail Energy Supplier: Oink Energy
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The Public Utility Commission of Texas should deny a request for resettlement sought by Champion Energy Services due to the reliance on inaccurate meter data from Texas-New Mexico Power, ERCOT and TNMP said in separate replies to a complaint.
The New Hampshire PUC has opened Docket 14-238 in response to HB 1602, which requires the PUC to, "commence and expedite a proceeding to determine whether all or some of PSNH's generation assets should be divested."
• Report: Over 25% of Customers Opt Out of N.J. Muni Aggregation
• Direct Energy Offering New REC Add-On Product in Addition to Existing Renewable Plans in Texas
• New Ad Launches SCANA Energy "SCANA Family" Ad Campaign, $100 Savings
• New Chair, Commissioner Named for New Jersey BPU
"[I]n response to input from parties stating the need for additional discussions regarding accelerated switching of energy providers," Staff of the New York PSC will convene a second technical conference to discuss whether and how to effectuate accelerated switching on ...
A Texas QSE would pay $28,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of PURA § 39.151 (d) and (j); P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.503(f)(2), related to oversight of wholesale market participants; and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Protocols §§ 3.9(7) and 188.8.131.52, related to current operating plans and energy offer curves for RUC-committed resources, respectively
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• Town To Leave Hampshire Council of Governments Municipal Aggregation Program
• NRG Energy Closes Strategic Acquisition of Personal Solar Products Market Leader
By taking no action on the filing of the results from ISO New England's capacity auction for the 2017-18 delivery period by September 15, FERC allowed ISO-NE's tariff filing containing the results of the auction to become effective by operation of law.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire has proposed changes to its Rate ADE - Alternative Default Energy Service which would eliminate the ability for certain large customers to return to traditional fixed price default service (Rate DE) after having migrated to competitive supply.
The multi-step transaction that would essentially see PPL Energy Supply, LLC and RJS Power Holdings LLC combine to form Talen Energy, "would have an anticompetitive impact on several local energy markets," even with the companies' proposed mitigation measures, the PJM Independent Market Monitor said in comments to FERC seeking additional mitigation measures.
A Texas REP would pay $42,500 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve allegations that E-Now failed to maintain funds, in the appropriate instruments and accounts, to cover 100% of customer deposits and advance payments.
• Edison Int'l Names Utility Prez to Lead Competitive Subsidiary Focused on New Products/Services in Energy Marketplace
• ACCES Releases Videos to Help Customers Navigate Door-to-Door and Telephonic Energy Solicitations
• Connecticut Utility's Solicitation for Donations to Gov. Called "Offensive", "Disturbing"; But Not Illegal
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A partial settlement in PPL Electric Utilities' default service proceeding for the period beginning June 1, 2015 would depart from the current quarterly price changes for residential and small commercial default service, in favor of six-month fixed pricing.
The Connecticut PURA has issued its preliminary findings and determination regarding each retail supplier's RPS compliance, RECs banking, and the alternative compliance payments to be required from each supplier, for 2012 RPS compliance.
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• Reuters: Energy Future Holdings Eyes Early 2015 for Oncor Auction
• Generators Seek PUC Ruling on Whether Utility Providing Preferential Treatment to Merchant Transmission Line
• Spectra Energy and Northeast Utilities Announce New England Energy "Reliability Solution"
Citing reliability concerns, the Massachusetts natural gas LDCs have requested authorization to include up to 30 percent of the Winter 2014/15 design day and design winter gas-supply requirements of capacity-exempt transportation customers in the planning and procurement process for Default Service for the period November 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
An Ohio utility has told a group of industrial customers that it intends to reimburse them for charges paid on utility consolidated bills related to FirstEnergy Solutions' RTO Expense Surcharge, and will cease billing amounts related to the charge on utility consolidated bills, the industrial customers disclosed in a complaint regarding FES's surcharge filed at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a final proposed list of retail electric providers designated to serve as Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for the 2015-16 term, for each customer class and TDU area.
• Electric Rate Increase in Regulated Texas Panhandle Draws Ire
• Town Officials’ Dual Roles Prompt Criticisms of Conflict of Interest in Municipal Aggregation Deal
• NRG Energy Launches Ad Campaign: "The Power to Be Free"
• Retail Provider Offering Free Power in "Power to the People" Contest
The Pennsylvania PUC approved a settlement under which PPL Electric Utilities will meet its statutory obligation to offer a Time of Use rate to customers by relying on electric generation suppliers under an open process.
• Direct Energy Tweets Sneak Peek of Smart Home Exhibit To Be Part of Innovation Roadshow
• PJM Board Won’t Take Holistic Approach to Capacity Market, Approves More Piecemeal Changes
• Trib: ComEd Closely Guarding Smart Meter Data
• Fort Worth Weekly on Proton Energy’s License Revocation
Direct Energy in late September will launch a series of roadshow-type events, called the Innovation to Inspiration Tour, highlighting innovative products and services for residential and business customers.
The Pennsylvania PUC via secretarial letter directed retail electric suppliers to conduct a review of their internal procedures, including any used by a vendor, to ensure they will be in compliance with the newly adopted "accelerated switching" regulations by December 15, 2014.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has issued notices of civil penalties against eight retail suppliers concerning alleged failure to pay RPS alternative compliance payments, alleged failure to submit required receipts for such payments, or alleged failure to file annual reports on their intrastate gross revenues.
• Four N.J. Towns with Aggregate Population of 115,000 Seeking Joint Aggregation
• Report: Dynegy Pushing for Ameren to Join PJM
• Retail Supplier Using "Crowdfunding" to Support Renewable Development
• Report: Sharp Puts Solar Developer Recurrent Energy Up For Sale
ERCOT has petitioned a federal bankruptcy court to compel Glacial Energy to assume, or reject, various "executory contracts" with ERCOT, including the Standard Form Market Participant Agreement, in order to preserve ERCOT's standard remedies to protect the market against uplift should a market participant fail to meet additional collateral requirements or fail to perform, including the transition of customers to Providers of Last Resort.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a revised preliminary determination of retail electric providers that are to be designated Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for the 2015-16 term
The Connecticut PURA has sought comments on implementing Public Act No. 14-94, which requires PURA to study, "the feasibility of allowing a nonprofit entity to aggregate electric meters that are billable to such entity. "
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• Another Illinois City Returning Customers to Utility
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