A PUC has adopted final revisions, for legislative review, concerning retail electric marketing rules and has dropped an earlier proposal for a complete prohibition on door-to-door electricity marketing.
In commenting on a proposal from Baltimore Gas & Electric to implement a prepay pilot program, Maryland PSC Staff said in comment that it, "has a number of specific concerns regarding customer protection and retail choice markets," with respect to the application, but said that Staff believes the concerns can be addressed through modifications to the proposal.
The presiding ALJs have rejected all motions to quash (and similarly styled relief) subpoenas, sought by Department of Public Service Staff, served on ESCOs who are not parties to the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass market.
Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE), Oncor, and several retail electric providers and REP groups have signed an agreement setting forth three new regulatory commitments, related to the retail electric market, proposed by Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its proposed acquisition of Oncor
Residential customers on competitive electric supply at Commonwealth Edison, where opt-out municipal aggregation accounts for 40% of switched residential customers, paid on average nearly 1.5¢/kWh above the default service rate for electricity supply during the 12-month period ending May 31, 2017, according to a report from the Illinois Commerce Commission's Office of Retail Market Development
The New York PSC issued an order directing NYSERDA, "to temporarily suspend, beginning with the August 2017 payment, 35% of Liberty’s [Liberty Power Holdings LLC] monthly ZEC [zero emissions credits] compliance obligation payments for the compliance period beginning April 1, 2017 and ending March 31, 2018."
ERCOT filed a report on the potential implementation of the co-optimization of energy and operating reserves in the real-time market (RTC) in which ERCOT indicated that changes to the Value of Lost Load (VOLL) and System-wide Offer Cap (SWOC) would need to be considered
Residential customers on competitive electric supply at Ameren, where opt-out municipal aggregation accounts for 90% of switched residential customers, paid on average nearly 0.7¢/kWh above the default service rate for electricity supply during the 12-month period ending May 31, 2017, according to a report from the Illinois Commerce Commission's Office of Retail Market Development
The Pennsylvania PUC, in an order on an interlocutory appeal, has remanded to an ALJ a complaint filed by Respond Power against Penelec and West Penn Power concerning purchase of receivables clawback charges imposed on Respond by the EDCs
In a proceeding on implementing various utility customer protection measures, the Pennsylvania PUC has proposed requiring electric and natural gas distribution companies to offer customers the ability to designate a third-party who would receive copies of change-in-supplier (switching) notices, similar to the current ability to designate third parties for other important notices (such as past due and termination notices)
Pursuant to Senate Bill 1976, another REP filed with the Texas PUC a formal request for production and receipt of a list of its low income electric customers for the state fiscal year beginning on September 1, 2017.
The Ohio Consumers Counsel has questioned whether AEP Ohio's recovery of renewable energy compliance costs, which are recovered via bypassable Rider AER, has exceeded a statutory cost cap, and asked PUCO to direct AEP Ohio to respond to OCC information requests
While not adopting a prescriptive requirement at this time, the Michigan PSC, in directing the utilities to file voluntary green power programs as required under the state's recent Act 342, "encourage[d]," the utilities to work in cooperation with any C&Is who feel that contracting directly with a renewable supplier best meets the customer's individual corporate sustainability goals at a competitive price.
The Texas Standard Electronic Transaction (Texas SET) Working Group will conduct discussions regarding pre-implementation testing requirements for adopted NPRR778, Modifications to Date Change and Cancellation Evaluation Window.
NRG Energy this morning announced the results from its business review committee process, launching a transformation plan that includes divesting 6 GW of conventional generation, as well as 50-100% of NRG's interest in NRG Yield and its Renewables platform
A PSC has issued an order in its investigation into the current structure of electricity SOS, and essentially rejected all proposed changes from retail suppliers, while removing the current bypassable adder to SOS rates.
A retail supplier has been selected as a Financial Ally with the Department of Energy's (DoE) Better Business Initiative, which the company said was established to help public and private organizations find financing for energy efficiency and renewable projects.
A REP has filed a request with the Public Utility Commission of Texas for production and receipt of a list of its low-income electric customers for the state fiscal year beginning on September 1, 2017.
As part of 44 regulatory commitments Berkshire Hathaway Energy has made in its proposed acquisition of Oncor, disclosed in an SEC filing, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has proposed to provide certain rate credits to customers.
The New York PSC has granted Consolidated Edison and Orange and Rockland Utilities a further extension of time to implement EDI changes necessary to accommodate ESCO bill credits to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said in a post-hearing brief that AEP Texas-North Division's application to install and own a lithium-ion battery in two locations on its distribution system should be denied, "as TNC’s proposal would authorize TNC to provide generation and back-up services, would discourage competitive market participants from providing the proposed resources and services, would distort market prices, and would cause inequitable cost shifting."
Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., announced that it has executed a definitive merger agreement with Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) under which Berkshire Hathaway Energy will acquire reorganized EFH and which will ultimately result in the acquisition of Oncor
The District of Columbia PSC adopted an order concerning a new billing system at Washington Gas Light, ordering WGL to make the bill-ready billing format available to competitive service providers (CSPs) within 60 days
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Exelon Generation Company LLC have entered into a voluntary mitigation plan (VMP) concerning the offering practices that Exelon may use when offering certain of its generation resources into the ERCOT market
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service opposed various stays of the mass market review evidentiary proceeding sought by various ESCOs, alleging that interlocutory appeals of "mundane" discovery disputes are indicative of a stalling tactic.
In an 8-K, Spark Energy provided further details concerning consideration paid in connection with its acquisition (accomplished through its subsidiary CenStar Energy) of Verde Energy, which recently closed, as RetailEnergyX.com reported yesterday
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary retail mass market review have denied a specific discovery request by the Retail Energy Supply Association related to the historic bill calculators comparing ESCO service to default service offered on certain utility websites, with the ALJs finding that a link to the online calculators is sufficient, with only a representative "sampling" of results needed to be provided to the extent the utilities are unable to provide a link for RESA to perform its own calculations.
The June 30 order from the Supreme Court for the County of Albany, New York, which upheld the PSC's general prohibition on ESCO service to low-income customers, and which affirmed the New York PSC has jurisdiction over ESCO pricing, undercuts several procedural objections ESCOs have raised in the separate retail energy mass market review currently before the PSC.
A New York Supreme Court for the County of Albany has denied several ESCO petitions against the New York PSC and has upheld the PSC's authority to issue an order generally banning ESCOs from serving assistance program participant (APP) customers
The National Energy Marketers Association filed a motion to compel Staff of the Department of Public Service to provide complete and full responses to NEM Information Request IR-1 served on DPS Staff in the PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass markets.
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's retail mass market review have adopted a process for other state agencies to execute written agreements to be bound by the PSC's determination of the confidential nature of any protected ESCO materials with regards to any Freedom of Information Law [FOIL] requests submitted to such state agencies for the information, the ALJs stating that they were "confident" that such a process would provide "absolute protection" for the confidential information
A unanimous settlement filed with the Texas PUC would establish new Distribution Cost Recovery Factors (DCRF) charged to retail electric providers at CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric for the period beginning September 1, 2017
Citing several unresolved interlocutory appeals and discovery issues, as well as the arrival of three new Commissioners (including a new Chair) to the PSC, the Retail Energy Supply Association sought a stay of the PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass markets
Duquesne Light is re-enrolling some 150-200 customers onto its Customer Assistance Program (CAP) who were supposed to be grandfathered under changes to the program, but who were nonetheless removed from CAP in 2014.
A decision from a Supreme Court of New York, which vacated part of the New York PSC's ban (except for limited, compliant products) on ESCO service to mass market customers confirmed the PSC's jurisdiction over ESCOs and, accordingly, the PSC's ability to issue subpoenas to ESCOs who are not a party to the current evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail mass market, New York Department of Public Service Staff said in a reply to various ESCOs' motions to quash the subpoenas
The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a written order directing PPL Electric Utilities to meet with retail electric suppliers concerning operational issues related to the new Customer Assistance Program Standard Offer Program (CAP-SOP), which is the only vehicle for CAP customer shopping at PPL effective June 1
Two of the presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's proceeding conducting an evidentiary review of the retail energy mass market have issued an order staying a May 25 discovery ruling ("Ruling") which had compelled ESCOs to respond to certain data requests filed by the Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc.
The Retail Energy Supply Association filed a brief with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in support of its appeal of the Pennsylvania PUC's decision which ordered that, effective June 1, Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PPL may only shop through a CAP-specific Standard Offer Program (CAP-SOP), under which the EGS must serve the customer at a 7% discount off the Price To Compare at the time of enrollment, with such EGS price fixed for 12 months
Public Service Company of New Hampshire has disclosed in a New Hampshire PUC filing a sale price for its previously reported agreement to sell its 3.1433% undivided ownership interest as a tenant in common in W.F. Wyman Station – Unit 4 to a unit of NextEra Energy, which currently owns 84% of Wyman Unit 4.
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In a rehearing order, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio confirmed that it will apply a price test versus default service in determining (under a rebuttable presumption) whether a submetering entity is acting as a public utility, and further specified that, under this test, a submetering reseller shall be, under a rebuttable presumption, considered a public utility if the reseller charges an amount that is greater than what the submetered residential customer would have been charged through the local public utility's default service tariffs
Requiring non-party ESCOs to comply with "burdensome" subpoenas issued by New York Department of Public Service Staff concerning non-party ESCOs' financial and operational history, "is an attempt to remove Planet Energy (and similarly situated entities) as an ESCO in NY by inundating it with irrelevant and unduly burdensome discovery requests," Planet Energy (New York) Corp. said in a June 20 motion to quash the subpoenas
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that a service area dispute between Rio Grande Electric Cooperative (RGEC) and AEP Texas be referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass market have, for at least one individual ESCO who is not a party to the proceeding, extended the deadline for a response to a subpoena issued to the ESCO
The Michigan PSC has adopted a locational requirement as part of the mandatory capacity obligations required under statute, but said that the allocation to LSEs and related issues will be addressed after further proceedings
On remand, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio said that Duke Energy Ohio's 2014 application to offer nonelectric products and services amounts to, "an attempt to rebundle services and is the inverse of what the General Assembly intended with R.C. 4928.17(C)."
The Pennsylvania PUC accepted a motion from Vice Chair Andrew Place which directs PPL Electric Utilities to meet with retail electric suppliers concerning operational issues related to the new Customer Assistance Program Standard Offer Program (CAP-SOP), which is the only vehicle for CAP customer shopping at PPL effective June 1
The issuance of some 176 subpoenas to ESCOs who are not part of the New York PSC's evidentiary mass market review has created a, "chaotic," environment, AP Gas & Electric (NY), LLC said in a motion to quash filed with the PSC
Counsel for three ESCOs filed separate motions for the New York PSC to withdraw subpoena duces tecum issued to the ESCOs, which are not parties to the PSC's mass market evidentiary review proceeding, as counsel for the ESCOs said that the subpoenas were deficient, and the PSC lacked authority to issue the subpoenas.
Constellation Energy Gas Choice, LLC and Direct Energy Services, LLC (appellants) filed a motion for interlocutory appeal of a recent discovery ruling from the presiding ALJs in the retail energy markets evidentiary proceeding, as Department of Public Service Staff separately said that disclosures required by the ALJs' ruling may cause ESCOs to violate the Uniform Business Practices due to the directed disclosure of personal customer information.
Sunnova Energy Corporation announced today it has raised aggregate capital of nearly $1 billion in the past three months after closing a $140 million round of debt funding with CIT Group and other investors this past week.
Granting a request from Rio Grande Electric Cooperative (RGEC) for an order from the Public Utility Commission of Texas requiring AEP Texas to cease serving over 100 residences in the Uvalde Estate Subdivision (outside of Uvalde, TX) would harm customers who are currently taking delivery services from AEP Texas, affecting customers' current choice of retail provider, AEP Texas said in a filing.
A PSC issued an order concerning retail electric contract authorizations which, "clarifies that only in written contracts between customers and suppliers are written signatures required from customers."
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets have ruled that an outside consultant retained by the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) shall receive copies of the "keys" required to identify the Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and their customers whose identities currently are anonymized in confidential responses filed by the utilities in response to discovery requests made by Department of Public Service Staff.
A new study was released today which finds that, "by 2016, the average price paid by residential customers in some competitive market areas [of Texas] was lower than the average price paid in non-competitive market areas."
The Retail Energy Supply Association has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC to simplify the process for electric generation suppliers to renew previously approved reductions, from 10% to 5% of gross receipts, in the EGS's security required by the PUC.
Commenting on a New York PSC Staff white paper concerning PSC oversight of distributed energy resource suppliers (DERS) (see story here), the National Energy Marketers Association cautioned the PSC not to institutionalize disparity in treatment between DERS and ESCOs.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas's review of the efficiency of the energy-only market and potential improvements (including in the area of price formation) will be, "very deliberative," and, "thoughtful," Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez said during yesterday's open meeting, as Marquez said that the PUC is, "not in a hurry."
Speaking before a New York Senate committee, John Rhodes, currently the CEO of NYSERDA who has been nominated to chair the New York PSC, said that the record seems to indicate that some customers have been "disadvantaged" by some of the practices of ESCOs, as Rhodes emphasized the need for consumer protection.
Sperian Energy's geographic expansion over the next six to nine months will include expansion into natural gas, as the company also wants to play a part in the Texas retail electric market, Sperian's newly appointed CEO Paul Keene told EnergyChoiceMatters.com.
The Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/b/a National Grid NY (KEDNY) and KeySpan Gas East Corporation d/b/a National Grid (KEDLI) have proposed to make certain changes to capacity release as a result of an ESCO collaborative.
The month of May saw the net decline in number of Pennsylvania residential electric customers on competitive supply more than double versus April 2017, but PPL saw its first net residential shopping growth since October 2015, according to the latest stats on PA Power Switch
The Illinois ICC has issued a second notice order to adopt a host of new retail electric marketing rules, including a prohibition on the use of a utility name (where deceptive) and logo by retail electric suppliers
As part of a proposed electric security plan for the period June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2024, Duke Energy Ohio is proposing to institute a nonbypassable rider PowerForward Rider (Rider PF) to recover incremental costs associated with any advanced grid installations or other innovations approved by PUCO, including a proposed battery to be installed by the utility.
Victoria Electric Cooperative, Inc. would pay $10,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Texas PUC to settle alleged violations of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Protocols § 16.12.3, concerning market participant audits of user security administrators and digital certificates.
The Illinois ICC has issued a second notice order to adopt a host of new retail electric marketing rules, including new rules that would subject all in-person sales, including multi-level marketing sales, and sales conducted outside the customer's home (such as at kiosks), to the same requirements which were previously limited to door-to-door sales.
The Illinois ICC has issued a second notice order to adopt a host of new retail electric marketing rules, including new rules requiring the advance posting of residential variable rates, including a separate notice for rate increases above a set threshold.
The Illinois ICC has issued a second notice order to adopt a host of new retail electric marketing rules, including new rules requiring the advance posting of residential variable rates, including a requirement for retail suppliers to call customers concerning the expiration of a contract.
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service submitted, for the signatures of the presiding ALJs, an additional 33 subpoenas duces tecum to be issued to ESCOs who are not parties to the PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass markets.
The parent of a broker and retail supplier announced today that it has entered into a strategic marketing agreement with Viridian International Management, a direct selling organization, for medium to large commercial energy supply and related services.
The Retail Energy Supply Association and Direct Energy Services, LLC submitted to the New York PSC an emergency request for interlocutory review of several recent orders from the presiding ALJs concerning the scope and schedule of the retail energy mass market evidentiary review proceeding.
A new organization, called The Energy Choice Coalition (ECC), dedicated to advancing the principles of consumer choice and competition in the United States electricity industry is slated to launch in the next month or so, the organization's leadership told EnergyChoiceMatters.com
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service have provided to the presiding ALJs, for the ALJs' signatures, 143 subpoenas duces tecum to be issued to ESCOs who are not parties to the PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass markets.
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the New York PSC's review of the retail energy mass markets have granted a motion to compel filed by the Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc., requiring ESCOs to respond to PULP's data requests.
A Texas ALJ has denied a motion for summary decision filed by parties asking that the Public Utility Commission of Texas deny AEP Texas-North Division's application to install and own a lithium-ion battery in two locations on its distribution system
A newly filed bill in the Ohio House of Representatives (H. B. No. 247) would provide that, beginning on January 1, 2019, no electric utility and no entity affiliated with that utility may own and control any installed generation capacity located in Ohio
On May 1, 2017 ERCOT received a Notification of Suspension of Operations (NSO) for the following Generation Resources: South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (RE) – PEARSALL_PEARS_1, PEARSALL_PEARS_2, PEARSALL_PEARS_3 (Pearsall Units 1, 2, and 3)
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy markets have affirmed that the proceeding is limited to reviewing the mass market, but found that discovery related to the large C&I market is appropriate
PJM's base residual auction for the 2020-21 delivery year, the first auction which exclusively procured 100% capacity performance resources, saw capacity prices jump in EMAAC, with rest-of-RTO prices down versus the year-ago auction
Various financial metrics for U.S. Gas & Electric have been reported in an investor presentation regarding the previously reported transaction (see details here) under which Equus Total Return, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MVC Capital, Inc.'s largest portfolio holding, U.S. Gas & Electric, Inc.
Electricity community choice aggregations (CCA) in California are only passing 1-2% in savings on to their customers even as the competitive wholesale market produces gross margin of 30% versus the utility rate, Ron Perry, CEO of Commercial Energy, told a California en banc hearing on retail electric choice.
The number of business customers eligible for direct access can be increased immediately without new legislation, Ron Perry, CEO of Commercial Energy, told a California en banc hearing on retail electric choice.
Addressing a prior order to show cause, the New York PSC will allow Spark Energy, LLC and Spark Energy Gas, LLC (together, Spark, or the Company) to continue marketing to and enrolling residential and non-residential natural gas and electric customers, "as long as Spark abides by the procedural improvements noted in its initial and supplemental responses and it complies with all provisions of the UBP and applicable Commission Orders."
Any meaningful customer growth for the TXU Energy brand will likely need to come from acquisitions, but now is not the right time to purchase retail books, Vistra Energy CEO Curt Morgan said during an earnings call yesterday
Just Energy said during an earnings call yesterday that it is exploring inorganic growth through acquisitions of several types of companies, including retail suppliers active in North America, but the company said that most of the books currently out there are not of interest to it.
Somebody is going to revolutionize the customer experience in the retail energy industry, and the only question is whether it will be an existing market participant or an outsider, leading retail strategy and customer engagement expert George Blankenship told attendees at DNV GL's Energy Executive Forum.
The Retail Energy Supply Association said that a May 16 letter from PPL Electric Utilities (PPL) regarding the new Customer Assistance Program Standard Offer Program (CAP-SOP), which will be the only vehicle for CAP customer shopping at PPL starting June 1, shows that there is uncertainty concerning the applicability of the program to existing shopping customers, as RESA said it would welcome further clarity from the PUC
An unopposed settlement among AEP Texas, Texas PUC Staff, and other parties would establish new Distribution Cost Recovery Factors (DCRFs) at AEP Texas' Central and North divisions, effective September 1, 2017
The Retail Energy Supply Association has released a study detailing declines in average electricity rates in 14 states which have restructured their electricity markets since 2008, versus increases seen in monopoly states over the same period
Dismissing operational concerns raised by the Retail Energy Supply Association, PPL Electric Utilities (PPL) said in comments to the Pennsylvania PUC that "multiple" retail suppliers "intend" to participate in the Customer Assistance Program Standard Offer Program (CAP-SOP), which will be the only vehicle for CAP customer shopping at PPL starting June 1.
Adopting significant changes to the New York Business Practices, including a requirement for independent third party verification of all mass market sales, that have been proposed in a rulemaking proceeding, which is separate from the evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail mass market, would prejudge the outcome of such evidentiary proceeding, the National Energy Marketers Association said in comments to the PSC, as NEM asked that the proposed UBP changes be withdrawn, apart from limited discrete changes, such as one prompted as a result of a change in law
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets have found that the PSC's notice initiating the proceeding was proper, and declined to holding the proceedings in abeyance
Requiring independent third party verification of all mass market ESCO sales, including mailers and internet sales, is needed as such contracts may include, "long term financial consequences," the Utility Intervention Unit (UIU) of the New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection said in comments to the New York PSC
Notices issued by the New York PSC concerning a proposed series of changes to the Uniform Business Practices proposed by the PSC are, "legally deficient," the Retail Energy Supply Association said in comments to the PSC, because the proposed changes are far broader than the two discrete issues and "housekeeping" changes discussed in the notices
The Retail Energy Supply Association urged the New York PSC to initiate the Track II collaborative process envisioned under the PSC's retail mass market review, and said that the PSC's current proposal to revise the Uniform Business Practices, apart from two discrete issues, should be withdrawn, in favor of the outcome of the Track II collaborative process
The imprecise language used in proposed revisions to the New York Uniform Business Practices to implement the PSC's finding that switches made pursuant to an opt-out municipal aggregation do not constitute slamming could be interpreted as authorizing municipal aggregators to switch any customer, even customers currently with an ESCO, without customer authorization.
The Connecticut PURA recently adopted a new application for the required five-year electric supplier license renewals, but the Retail Energy Supply Association said that the information sought by the new application exceeds the information PURA is authorized to require under the existing regulations.
PECO, the Pennsylvania PUC's Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement, and several low-income consumer advocates proposed that the PUC abate consideration of issues related to the eligibility of Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers to shop for an electric supplier, pending resolution of an appeal of a CAP shopping restriction at PPL Electric Utilities.
The Retail Energy Supply Association opposed PPL Electric Utilities' motion to withdraw PPL's earlier request to delay the start date for the CAP-SOP program from June 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017, as RESA raised more concerns about implementation of the program
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved billing format and tariff changes authorizing The East Ohio Gas Company, formerly d/b/a Dominion East Ohio, to change the utility's trade name to "Dominion Energy Ohio."
The Michigan PSC affirmed that determining how load serving entities, including retail suppliers, are able to demonstrate compliance with certain statutory capacity requirements shall be addressed in the PSC's previously adopted technical conference process, not utility rate cases nor cases addressing the establishment of a State Reliability Mechanism (SRM).
On May 9, the Texas House referred, to the Land & Resource Management Committee, SB 736 which would terminate the statutory grant of authority that currently allows the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to sell power to public retail customers.
In addressing customer complaints, an Office of People's Counsel (not Maryland) has interpreted regulations as requiring a signature for telephonic retail electric sales, prompting Clearview Electric to file a petition with a PSC to clarify whether a written signature is required for telephonic sales to be valid.
TXU Energy Retail Company LLC filed comments with the Public Utility Commission of Texas asking that the PUCT deny the application of Texas Utilities Exchange, LLC to register as an aggregator under the name Texas Utilities Exchange, LLC, as "TXU asserts that use of the name Texas Utilities Exchange, LLC by the applicant is misleading and requests that the application be denied."
Dominion Virginia Power has filed with the Virginia SCC for approval of six voluntary 100 percent renewable energy tariffs (for various customer classes/voltages) whereby participating non-residential customers with peak measured demands of 1,000 kW or greater can voluntarily elect to purchase 100 percent of their energy needs from renewable energy resources.
Spark Energy, which as previously reported announced yesterday that it had signed a purchase agreement to acquire Verde Energy, said that it is not seeing a lot of competition on some of its M&A transactions.
PPL Electric Utilities has filed to withdraw its petition for a delay in the start date of the new Standard Offer Referral Program for Customer Assistance Program customers (CAP-SOP), stating that it can fully complete the necessary system changes in time for the original June 1 start.
Absent a written agreement delegating its authority of Freedom of Information Law requests to the Department of Public Service, the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) said that it would be required to independently determine whether to release confidential ESCO info, obtained as part of its participation in the PSC's review of the ESCO mass market, in response to FOIL requests
The New York PSC denied requests to hold a proceeding concerning proposed changes to the uniform business practices in abeyance, but did grant a limited one-week extension in the deadline for filing comments.
Google has submitted a petition with the Nevada PUC for a declaratory order seeking an explanation of how a new electric customer to Nevada who is seeking to obtain service pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 704B can obtain such service without being subject to impact (exit) fees, with the exception of certain mandatory nonbypassable surcharges.
Unredacted RFP reports have been filed by auction managers disclosing the retail suppliers which won the right to serve Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) customer load for the term June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 at several utilities
Asked by an analyst during an earnings call this morning when Dynegy should stop waiting for, in the analyst's words, "the MISO magical regulatory fix," and instead accelerate a rationalization of Dynegy's generating assets in Midcontinent ISO Zone 4, Dynegy CEO Robert Flexon answered, "I certainly turned the corner a while ago on betting on MISO to fix it. MISO is not going to fix their market."
In an order on a complaint brought by a non-residential customer against Blue Pilot Energy, LLC, the Pennsylvania PUC affirmed that it has authority to review electric generation supplier (EGS) contracts for compliance with the plain language requirement of 52 Pa. Code § 54.43(1), as the PUC also lowered the civil penalty imposed on Blue Pilot Energy, LLC as compared to an ALJ's recommendation
A retail supplier was among the winning suppliers in the April 11 wholesale auction to procure a portion of Standard Service Offer supplies at Dayton Power & Light for the period beginning June 1, 2017
Genie Retail Energy (GRE), the parent of IDT Energy and other retail energy brands, reported customer growth during the quarter ending March 31, 2017 (first quarter), while earnings were down slightly due to lower margins.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has awarded, to a retail electric supplier, 100% of the load of Dayton Power & Light's electricity Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for the term June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018
During an earnings call yesterday, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer Mauricio Gutierrez said that the company continues to see opportunities to add to its retail business in the East, subject to the "limitations" of the eastern retail market
The presiding ALJs have granted parties in the New York PSC's retail mass market evidentiary review proceeding relief from a prior schedule which required parties to submit direct testimony and exhibits on May 8, 2017.
Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed new residential and Type I SOS rates for the period beginning October 1, 2017, and new Type II SOS rates for the period beginning June 1, 2017, as well as updates to various SOS rate components
During an earnings call, AEP CEO Nicholas Akins discussed the company's view for its competitive retail business once AEP completes its exit from merchant generation, noting that while the company is open to selling the retail business, AEP may elect to continue to hold the retail business for earnings opportunities, as customer relationships will be "critical" as the industry faces a changing future which may mean new products and services
The Georgia PSC last week, in a 4-1 vote, issued a written order dismissing the application of Marietta Natural Gas, LLC (MNG), ultimately a unit of the City of Marietta, to become a competitive retail natural gas marketer
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio needs to, "tie up," several disparate proposed or pending retail energy market enhancements, PUCO Chairman Asim Haque told attendees at the National Energy Marketers Association's 20th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference
TruSmart Energy, whose retail electric provider certificate was previously revoked by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said in a motion for summary dismissal that the PUCT lacks authority to impose a civil penalty on the company related to its compliance obligations as a REP, now that the company no longer has a REP certificate and is therefore no longer subject to PUCT jurisdiction.
The Virginia SCC has denied a reconsideration request from Dominion Virginia Power concerning the SCC's recent interpretation of the statutory carve-outs allowing certain electric customers to take competitive supply
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has awarded, to a retail electric supplier, 51% of the load of AEP Ohio's electricity Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for the term June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of Dayton Power & Light Company’s (DP&L) April 24 SSO wholesale auction, the second in a series of wholesale auctions that will ultimately determine its standard service offer through May 2020.
Direct Energy Business Marketing LLC petitioned the Maryland PSC to clarify the PSC's June 15, 2000 Order regarding the disclosure of the fuel sources of electricity that is sold, and the environmental characteristics of such electricity, to Maryland consumers.
Awesome Power, as part of comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas concerning Smart Meter Texas (SMT) in Project 42786, has proposed that retail electric providers be required to include on all bills a new, unique code that would facilitate a new customer registration process for SMT
MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2) has launched a new "Guaranteed Energy Savings" program at Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, which guarantees savings versus the Purchased Electricity Charges tariff rate
Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric have petitioned the California PUC to implement a new methodology for allocating, to direct access and community choice aggregation customers, legacy generation costs for which the customers would continue to be responsible despite no longer taking bundled service
Pepco has petitioned the District of Columbia PSC for an electric vehicle demand management pilot that would include the ability for Pepco to offer SOS customers participating in the pilot 100% renewable electricity
New York State Office of General Services (OGS) filed comments with the New York PSC agreeing with the Retail Energy Supply Association that the scope of the PSC's evidentiary review of the retail market is limited to mass market customers, but Department of Public Service Staff said that the notice initiating the conference did not limit the proceeding in such manner.
During an earnings call, NextEra Energy CEO James Robo said that the company will seek rehearing of a Texas PUC decision which denied the company's application to acquire Oncor, but reiterated conditions that would be imposed by the PUC in any approval are not acceptable.
The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a request for additional comments regarding its proposal for accelerating natural gas switching, under which the PUC is proposing that natural gas supplier switches be completed within 3 business days from submission of the switch
The New York PSC issued a final order in National Fuel Gas Distribution's rate case, which, among other things, addresses higher imbalance penalties and whether they should apply to all transportation customers, or only power generators
A New York State Supreme Court has issued a stay of certain requirements of the PSC Secretary’s determination regarding application of a protective order and submission of confidential documents to Department of Public Service Staff and other state agencies in the New York PSC's retail mass markets review, but the presiding ALJs informed parties that the ALJs would provide any protected info to DPS Staff counsel, as such provision is not impacted by the stay.
As part of a Pennsylvania PUC rulemaking addressing utility billing, payment, and termination rules, NRG Energy has made specific recommendations regarding eligibility requirements for electric suppliers to engage in supplier consolidated billing, as NRG urged the PUC to formally adopt rules authorizing the use of SCB through the rulemaking.
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets denied ESCOs' objections to the provisions of confidential discovery responses to a consultant retained by the Public Utility Law Project, and, in separate rulings, further addresses the provision of confidential information to other state agencies, and a Department of Public Service Staff motion to compel
Puget Sound Energy has entered into a settlement with a large customer and Staff of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission that would allow the customer to purchase electricity supplies from the wholesale market
A panel with representatives from several retail suppliers has been added to the first meeting of Ohio's PowerForward proceeding, which is examining grid modernization and innovations that may enhance the customer electricity experience.
The National Energy Marketers Association has released an updated list of confirmed speakers and roundtable participants for its 20th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference to be held April 26 - April 28 in Washington, DC
With Texas PUC Commissioners agreeing with an ERCOT assessment to not move forward with implementation of a Multi-Interval Real-Time Market at this time, due to costs exceeding benefits (see story here), Commissioner Kenneth Anderson said that ERCOT should move forward with co-optimization of the real-time market
The Retail Energy Supply Association filed a motion with the New York PSC to suspend the evidentiary and collaborative tracks initiated in the PSC's retail energy market review, "on the ground that they are being conducted pursuant to a Notice that exceeds the authority of the issuing party, the Secretary of the Commission."
Commission Advising has filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a draft order that would deny NextEra Energy, Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Oncor, which will be considered at today's open meeting
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has awarded, to a retail electric supplier, 51% of the load of Duke's electricity Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for the term June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has accepted the results of Dayton Power & Light Company’s (DP&L) wholesale auction results, the first in a series of wholesale auctions that will ultimately determine its standard service offer through May 2020.
The Retail Energy Supply Association filed a motion with the New York PSC asking the ALJs presiding over the PSC's retail mass market review to compel the joint utilities to provide RESA’s outside consultants, subject to the pertinent confidentiality protections of the Protective Order issued in the proceedings, copies of the keys to the identities of Energy Service Companies that are masked in the joint utilities' responses to Department of Public Service Staff Information Requests.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission will hold a joint En Banc Hearing with Commissioners of both agencies attending to discuss the changing state of retail electric choice in California on May 19 in Sacramento
Trebel, LLC has filed comments with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio asking that PUCO deny the applications of Regor Energy Corporation for electric and natural gas broker/aggregator licenses, as Trebel, LLC alleged that Regor offered competitive retail services (specifically presenting rates to governmental aggregations, selecting a supplier, and creating municipal aggregations, and related services) without a valid certificate issued by the Commission.
Ohio Edison Company and Cleveland Electric Illuminating moved to dismiss a complaint filed by Direct Energy Business in which Direct Energy had sought a PUCO order finding that the FirstEnergy EDCs lacked authority to compel Direct Energy to resettle and refund a prior erroneous $5 million charge to another entity, and that Direct Energy's refusal to agree to the resettlement beyond PJM’s 60-day window cannot be considered a breach of the EDCs' supplier tariffs
In a secretarial letter, the Pennsylvania PUC has proposed a mechanism for PPL Electricity Utilities to comply with its obligation as a default service supplier to offer a Time of Use rate option to customers
A regulator has issued orders requiring electricity municipal opt-out aggregations to disclose, in customer opt-out notices, administrative adders that are used to compensate the aggregation's consultant, and revised the treatment of new customers moving to the aggregation service area.
The Secretary of the New York PSC issued a ruling finding that the ALJs presiding over the PSC's retail energy mass market review properly applied Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and related statutes in their rulings governing the provision of confidential discovery responses, especially with respect to the provision of information to Department of Public Service Staff, but the Secretary found that the provision of protected information to other state agencies could benefit from additional procedures and remanded the issue to the ALJs to consider such additional processes
The National Energy Marketers Association has released a preliminary list of confirmed speakers and roundtable participants for its 20th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference to be held April 26 - April 28 in Washington, DC
The Impacted ESCO Coalition has asked that the New York State Public Service Commission delay the April 1, 2017 start date of the Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) compliance period by 120 days, citing ongoing litigation of the PSC's ZEC order.
Several stakeholders, including TXU Energy Retail Company, the Alliance for Retail Markets, the NRG Companies, and Texas Energy Association for Marketers (joint movants), have moved for a summary decision finding that the ownership and operation of energy storage facilities in the manner proposed by AEP Texas-North Division in a proposal before the Texas PUC violates the Public Utility Regulatory Act.
Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, during yesterday's open meeting expressed concern with various services which have developed, which charge customers a fee for selecting a retail electric provider and product on the customer's behalf, as Nelson worried whether customers were getting the disclosures as envisioned by the PUCT
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday, Commissioners of the Texas PUC agreed unanimously during the March 30 meeting that NextEra Energy's proposed acquisition of Oncor is not in the public interest, and the PUC is preparing an order to reject the transaction on such grounds (Docket 46238)
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) yesterday offered consumer tips on door-to-door sales and marketing activities by agents of competitive electric and natural gas suppliers, reminding consumers of their rights as well as their options when it comes to shopping for and selecting a competitive supplier for gas or electric service.