A Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Subgroup tasked with examining barriers to municipal aggregation, particularly with respect to the use of CCAs in meeting various clean energy goals, has filed a report with the New York PSC on the working group process that summarizes various recommendations offered by various parties in the group
A bill (SB 837) has been filed with the Virginia Senate that would grant all customers, regardless of size, at the investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) the ability to take service from a competitive electric provider if the customer purchases 100% renewable energy, regardless of whether the utility offers a renewable energy tariff.
Spark Energy, Inc. ("Spark" or the "Company") announced today that the company and Verde Energy USA Holdings, LLC have agreed to terminate the earnout provisions of the purchase and sale transaction in which Spark acquired Verde’s operating subsidiaries in July 2017.
During a discussion during yesterday's open meeting, Texas Public Utility Commissioners chastised certain parties for "scare tactics" regarding the projected 2018 summer reserve margin (9.3%) from the latest ERCOT CDR report
The Lubbock, Texas City Council passed a resolution which expresses an "intent" to provide retail electric customer choice to the 470 MW of load at Lubbock Power & Light which the utility is seeking to have transitioned to ERCOT from SPP.
After hearing oral arguments concerning an application by AEP Texas to install two battery storage facilities on its distribution grid, Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez said during a Texas PUC open meeting yesterday that AEP Texas's proposed treatment of the energy involved in the battery facilities as unaccounted-for energy (UFE) is, "problematic."
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio granted a petition from AEP Ohio for interim relief authorizing the utility to conduct a March 2018 full requirements auction proposed in a pending non-unanimous stipulation in AEP Ohio's pending electric security plan proceeding, which would set the procurement schedule and other parameters of the Standard Service Offer (SSO)
The Secretary of the New York PSC issued a notice further extending the deadline by which Community Distributed Generation (CDG) Providers and On-Site Mass Market DG [distributed generation] Providers shall file a completed registration form, including a sample contract or contracts and sample bill or bills, with the PSC
FERC rejected a request from the U.S. Department of Energy to adopt a cost-of-service rate to provide non-market compensation to resources in RTOs for the, "reliability, resiliency, and on-site fuel assurance," provided by such resources, but FERC ordered further investigation of grid resiliency, calling the issue, "important."
The Massachusetts DPU has issued an order on the rate consolidation track of NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Company's (Eversource) rate case, which addressed proposed impacts on basic service from such proposed rate consolidation
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (the "Companies") requested that the New York PSC further extend the deadline for testing and implementing EDI changes necessary to accommodate bill credits to Assistance Program Participants (APP).
In testimony filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas concerning Lubbock Power & Light's sought transition from the Southwest Power Pool to ERCOT, Daniel Pope, Mayor of the City of Lubbock, stated an, "intent to pursue retail customer choice for City of Lubbock ('Lubbock') electric customers served by Lubbock Power & Light."
In comments on a period review of the electric substantive rules applicable to the Texas retail market, the Retail Electric Provider Coalition said that to the extent TDUs repeatedly refuse to perform valid disconnect requests for critical care customers, then the TDU should be required to assume financial responsibility for the customer.
The New Hampshire PUC on December 29 approved a non-unanimous settlement governing the provision of default service once the sale of Public Service Company of New Hampshire's (Eversource) generation facilities is complete (Docket DE 17-113).
PPL Electric Utilities during December saw its first net monthly decline in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply since April 2017, as all seven of the large Pennsylvania EDCs saw a decline in residential shopping during December
Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC and Sempra Energy today announced that the Alliance for Retail Markets and the Texas Energy Association for Marketers have joined a settlement agreement for Sempra Energy's pending acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH), including EFH's indirect, approximate 80-percent ownership of Oncor.
The Coalition for Affordable Utility Service and Energy Efficiency in Pennsylvania (CAUSE-PA) said that they will seek a limitation on the ability of customer assistance program (CAP) customers to take competitive electric supply at the FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities, as part of the PUC's review of a newly filed default service plan for the FirstEnergy Pa. EDCs
AEP Ohio has petitioned the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for interim relief authorizing the utility to conduct a March 2018 full requirements auction proposed in a pending non-unanimous stipulation in AEP Ohio's pending electric security plan proceeding, which would set the procurement schedule and other parameters of the Standard Service Offer (SSO)
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed the winning suppliers from AEP Ohio’s November 2017 wholesale auction that will, when blended with other auction results, determine the utility's default generation rates beginning June 1, 2018.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved an adjustment to Duke Energy Ohio's competitive procurement of default service supplies due to the pendency of an ESP case which would establish the future auction schedule for service beyond May 31, 2017
A final Connecticut PURA decision allows the EDCs to use RECs that are generated under various long-term contracts an EDC has with renewable generation to be allocated to the EDC's default service obligation in situations where the EDC self-manages default service load, with any REC transfer occurring at a price that is reflective of the market price for such RECs and that is approved by the state's Procurement Manager (PM)
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service have filed a report concerning the annual reconciliation of LDC gas supply costs (the largest component of default service) which shows that, for the nine LDCs with meaningful levels of residential migration (Central Hudson, Consolidated Edison, KeySpan New York, KeySpan Long Island, National Fuel Gas Distribution, Niagara Mohawk, NYSEG, Orange & Rockland, and Rochester Gas & Electric), the LDCs in aggregate under-collected gas costs by $36.5 million for the 12-month period ending August 31, 2017
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass markets have denied a request from the National Energy Marketers Association to subpoena the Office of General Services (OGS)
The New Hampshire PUC has approved new electric default service rates at Liberty Utilities (Granite State Electric), for the six-month period February 1, 2018, through July 31, 2018, resulting from a recent competitive procurement
ERCOT released its latest Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) report which projects a 9.3 percent planning reserve margin for summer 2018, increasing to 11.7 percent by summer 2019 as more planned generation resources begin operating.
Text of a newly filed bill (S3560) in New Jersey to provide certain subsidies to nuclear generation would place the obligation to procure nuclear diversity certificates (NDCs -- the mechanism for the subsidy) on, "electric public utilities," for their distribution customers, and would not impose an obligation on, "electric power suppliers"
Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed new SOS rates for the period June 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018, and also filed revisions to its current SOS rates to reflect a change in the bypassable SOS administrative charge, effective February 1, 2018
The New York PSC has issued a request from stakeholders for further input regarding the appropriate balance between the benefit of making more utility customer aggregated usage data available and the need to maintain consumer privacy.
Customer rate credits and other retail market issues are included in a stipulation among Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, Sempra Energy, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Office of the Public Utility Counsel, the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor, and Texas Industrial Energy Consumers under which Sempra's acquisition of Oncor would be approved.
The New York PSC has established fees for access to aggregated community load data, as well as the customer information needed for opt-out mailings, for municipal aggregation (community choice aggregation or CCA) programs.
Arcadia Power has formally rolled out its price alerts service, which monitors residential retail supplier offers in states with energy choice and automatically switches residential customers to plans which provide savings
The National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) has requested that the presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass market issue a subpoena to the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) to produce responses to prior requests for admissions propounded on OGS by NEM
An "initial" estimate of "some" of the costs of implementing a proposed Constitutional Amendment to institute electric choice in Nevada range from $5 billion to $7 billion, NV Energy said in comments to the Nevada PUC
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said that, as Sharyland Utilities will no longer be operating as a distribution service provider due to the acquisition of Sharyland's service areas by Oncor, "Staff is filing the attached updated Provider of Last Resort Designated Large Service Provider List to remove the Sharyland McAllen and Sharyland Utilities service areas and will update the Commission's website accordingly."
In comments on a tentative order from the Pennsylvania PUC which sought to clarify when retail electric suppliers must drop Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PPL Electric to default service, now that CAP customers may only shop through a CAP-specific standard offer program, the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate said that the 120-day period provided to suppliers to drop month-to-month customers who have CAP status is too long, and sought a shorter window.
A draft California PUC resolution would alter the timeline for implementation of community choice aggregations (CCAs) such that CCAs would be required to file a statement of intent to serve load at least one year before such service starts, so that the CCA's load can be included in resource adequacy allocations
The Pennsylvania PUC, via Secretarial letter, has issued "reminders" to retail electric and natural gas suppliers concerning applicable sales and marketing rules, and issued further "guidance" on such rules
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the creation of a Retail Market Advisory Committee which the ICC said is designed, "to advance efforts to foster a healthy retail marketplace in Illinois."
The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) provided notice of its withdrawal as a party from the New York PSC's evidentiary proceedings reviewing the retail energy mass markets. As it is no longer a party, OGS said that it cannot provide testimony in the proceedings under the PSC's regulations, and said that a motion to compel its testimony should be denied
Duke Energy Ohio filed a notice with PUCO informing PUCO of a change in Duke Energy Ohio's competitive procurement of default service supplies due to the pendency of an ESP case which would establish the future auction schedule for service beyond May 31, 2017
A retail supplier filed a complaint with a PUC against another supplier (Respondent) alleging that Respondent's sales representatives made representations to customers with the alleged intent to mislead customers into believing that Respondent's representatives are affiliated with the Complainant
Texas generators have pressed the Public Utility Commission of Texas to implement various changes meant to increase prices in the ERCOT energy-only market prior to the summer of 2018, but retail providers urged a longer transition for any changes, and industrials cautioned against changes in market design, noting the energy-only market is working
Utility Expense Reduction, LLC has filed a letter with the New York PSC further clarifying its sought waiver of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to assistance program participant customers, and the product UER proposed to offer under the waiver
A settlement agreement among AltaGas, Washington Gas Light, the Maryland Energy Administration, and several counties that recommends approval of AltaGas's acquisition of Washington Gas Light would see AltaGas relocate its U.S. power business
A "flawed" comparison of ex post revenues from default service customers versus ESCO customers, submitted by Staff of the New York Department of Public Service, is, "all that Staff's got," in Staff's push to largely end retail choice in the mass market (except for a limited set of products or channels), a witness for the Retail Energy Supply Association said during cross examination yesterday in the New York PSC's evidentiary hearings reviewing the ESCO mass markets
The Massachusetts DPU, in an order on an Eversource (Nstar, WMECO) rate case, has approved a significant increase in the charge for suppliers to participate in the retail supply customer referral program, but rejected (for now) a host of changes to the supplier terms and conditions (supplier tariff)
The Massachusetts DPU, in an order on a rate case for Eversource (Nstar and WMECO) largely struck from consideration in the rate case proposed investments by the utilities in a host of grid modernization initiatives, with the exception of the energy storage and electric vehicle proposals
The Michigan PSC has set the amount for the state reliability mechanism (SRM) capacity charge at 3 more utilities that customers of alternative retail electric suppliers shall pay if their supplier fails to demonstrate that it has enough capacity into the future, or elects not to arrange generating capacity to meet the applicable requirements
The National Energy Marketers Association filed a motion, in the New York PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass market, seeking to compel testimony from the New York State Office of General Services
A Texas REP would pay $75,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (Commission) to resolve APG&E's alleged violations of 16 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 25.480(m) and (j)(8) (TAC), concerning removal of switch-holds.
A draft Connecticut PURA order would allow the EDCs to use RECs that are generated under various long-term contracts an EDC has with renewable generation to be allocated to the EDC's default service obligation in situations where the EDC self-manages default service load, with any REC transfer occurring at a price that is reflective of the market price for such RECs and that is approved by the state's Procurement Manager (PM)
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has accepted the results of AEP Ohio’s November 2017 wholesale auction that will, when blended with other auction results, determine the utility's default generation rates beginning June 1, 2018.
The parent of a retail supplier said in reporting earnings yesterday that, in addition to the previously reported disposition of its HVAC business, the company is engaged in an evaluation of opportunities to deliver value to shareholders which, "includes exploring the sale of other assets of the Company."
In testimony concerning Lubbock Power & Light's proposed transition from SPP to ERCOT, the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel said that approval of such move should be conditioned on, among other things, LP&L funding an independent study of the costs and benefits of adopting retail choice in LP&L's service area
A proposed Pennsylvania bill, House Bill 1782, concerning alternative ratemaking methodologies would grant the PUC with the authority to allow electric and natural gas utilities to recover the costs of distributed energy resources, which are defined broadly to include several new or innovative technologies
A federal court of appeals has denied an injunction sought by an anonymous ESCO customer against the New York PSC's December 2016 order generally prohibiting ESCOs from serving assistance program participants (APP) customers (except for any subsequently granted waiver)
Vistra Energy, in filing for approval at the Texas PUC of its merger with Dynegy, has confirmed the units subject to a sale process, which would result in the combined entity being under the 20% market power threshold, but, to the extent the sale processes are not consummated, the company sought a declaration from the PUCT concerning imports that would result in the combined entity still being under the 20% threshold, or, alternatively, the company proposes mitigation measures related to imports
A Texas REP would pay an administrative penalty of $52,600 and provide in aggregate over $72,000 to affected customers under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of 16 Tex. Admin. Code (TAC) §§ 25.480(j)(6), related to Deferred Payment Plans and Other Alternate Payment Arrangements; 25.483(c), related to Disconnections of Service; and 25.483(l), related to Disconnect Notices
The Michigan PSC has set the amount for the state reliability mechanism (SRM) capacity charge that customers of alternative retail electric suppliers shall pay if their supplier fails to demonstrate that it has enough capacity into the future, or elects not to arrange generating capacity to meet the applicable requirements
Requiring FirstEnergy Solutions to send its retail customers notices about a hypothetical bankruptcy filing that FES could potentially undertake in the future, "would needlessly instill fear and concern among FES customers and harm the CRES [competitive retail electric service] market," FirstEnergy Solutions said in a motion at PUCO
On November 27, 2017 ERCOT will host a fifth informational workshop (WebEx Only) on the proposed Mass Transition of Electric Service Identifiers (ESI IDs) from Sharyland Utilities LP (Sharyland) to Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor).
Leadership of ERCOT's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has received, "a request from a couple of Board Members to take another look at the Subcommittee structure, specifically for COPS [Commercial Operations Subcommittee] and RMS [Retail Market Subcommittee]," COPS Chair Michelle Trenary wrote in a November 17 email to the COPS listserv
In a memo in advance of today's open meeting concerning the proposed elimination of certain customer protections afforded to customers who were eligible for the defunct Lite-Up Texas discount, Texas PUC Chairman DeAnn Walker has urged the Commission to consider requiring that retail electric providers provide all residential customers with the ability to pay any required deposit that exceeds $50 in two installments.
The parent of a retail supplier announced that, as the result of an analysis of an exploratory well in its drilling business and an attendant suspension of such exploratory activity, the company, "plans to sharpen its strategic focus on its retail energy supply business."
Update: The PSC yesterday generally approved a NYSERDA Phase 2 implementation plan which includes the revised LSE Tier I compliance obligations listed below. A written order from the PSC was not yet available.
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is currently reviewing Proposal 51, filed by Florida Energy Freedom, which would amend the state's constitution to make it a right for the state’s electricity customers to choose their electricity provider.
Staff of the Maryland PSC have opposed the relief sought from several retail suppliers, who have asked that the PSC implement supplier-consolidated billing (SCB) for electricity and natural gas by June 30, 2019, as Staff proposed that SCB be addressed in a collaborative process
PJM Interconnection has released a proposal meant to improve wholesale energy market "price formation" and also revise the triggers for scarcity pricing, which would make scarcity pricing more frequent
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that the Commission deny a petition from consumer advocates to adopt enhanced customer protections for Hurricane Harvey victims for a period of 12 months
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas filed a statement of position regarding a review of the Smart Meter Texas (SMT) portal, including third-party (non-REP of record) access to customer data
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication which would eliminate in their entirety several customer protections currently in the substantive rules for customers who were eligible for the prior Lite-Up Texas discount program (funded by the defunct System Benefit Fund), but, for certain protections, would retain modified protections for customers of retail electric providers who have voluntarily obtained a current list from the Low Income List Administrator (LILA) that identifies low-income customers
The Illinois Commerce Commission has initiated a workshop process to examine resource adequacy in MISO Zone 4 (Ameren), and several proposals to be considered in the process would impose new obligations on competitive retail electric suppliers
The presiding ALJs issued a ruling declining to impose a schedule for any settlement discussions sought in the New York PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass market, as the ALJs noted they cannot compel settlement discussions
The Pennsylvania PUC yesterday issued a tentative order proposing to clarify the deadlines by which electric generation suppliers (EGSs) must drop participants in PPL Electric Utilities' Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) to default service.
New Wave Energy said that it is "immediately" expanding its service to include electricity supply to customers in Pennsylvania, after the company received its Pennsylvania retail electric supplier license yesterday
"In light of recent statements by the corporate parent of FirstEnergy Solutions ('FES') that FES likely will file for bankruptcy at some point, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ('PUCO') should address in advance how FES's consumers will be protected if or when a bankruptcy filing is made," the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel urged in a letter to PUCO
Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (VEDO) has filed a "self-complaint" at the Public Utility Commission of Ohio seeking that PUCO affirm Vectren's decision to deny the provision of an eligible customer list to an entity which, as alleged by Vectren, identified itself as a broker but is certified by PUCO as a competitive retail natural gas (CRNG) supplier but has declined to submit an application to serve customers at Vectren
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service (DPS) said in a letter responding to a request from various ESCOs to initiate settlement discussions in the PSC's evidentiary review of the ESCO mass market that such discussions would be an inappropriate delay in the case unless and until ESCOs concede to several points raised in Staff testimony.
Vistra Energy, the parent of TXU Energy and other retail brands, announced that its Retail Electricity segment recorded Adjusted EBITDA of $176 million and net income of $7 million for the three months period ending September 30, 2017
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed the winning bidders from the FirstEnergy EDCs’ October 2017 wholesale default service auction that will ultimately determine its standard service offer through May 2021.
Discussing the merger between Vistra Energy, the parent company for TXU Energy and Luminant, and Dynegy Inc., first announced yesterday (see details here), Vistra Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Curt Morgan said during an analyst call that retail would be a "focus" for the deployment of capital at the combined firm, touting the "tremendous" platform for retail growth the merger creates
Vistra Energy, the parent company for TXU Energy and Luminant, and Dynegy Inc., today announced that their Boards of Directors have approved, and the companies have executed, a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Dynegy will merge with and into Vistra Energy in a tax-free, all-stock transaction.
During an earnings call on Friday, FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones said that the company's decision to transition to a fully regulated company, completely exiting the merchant business, would not change as the result of any outcome from a DOE-proposed NOPR at FERC which proposes various cost-based subsidies for coal and nuclear units
On October 6, 2017, ERCOT received a Notification of Suspension of Operations (NSO) for the following Generation Resources: LUMINANT GENERATION COMPANY LLC (RE) – Monticello Unit 1 (MNSES_UNIT1), Monticello Unit 2 (MNSES_UNIT2), and Monticello Unit 3 (MNSES_UNIT3)
Dynegy announced support for two Illinois bills (SB2250, HB4141) that would require the Illinois Power Agency to procure capacity needs on behalf of all customers at Ameren Illinois, and require competitive retail electric suppliers to execute contracts with capacity suppliers selected by the IPA for their allocated share of the procured capacity.
The California PUC adopted a decision which allows customers of direct access providers and community choice aggregators to avoid paying the tariffed rates used to recover the costs of discrete utility-offered demand response (DR) programs, if the customer's competitive LSE offers a DR program deemed by the PUC to be similar to the utility's offering
The Maryland PSC adopted an order authorizing Baltimore Gas & Electric to conduct a prepay pilot for electric and dual-fuel customers, with the PSC requiring several modifications from BGE's proposal, but generally not adopting changes sought by retail suppliers
Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson issued a memo in advance of today's open meeting concerning Sempra Energy's proposed acquisition of Oncor which outlines several concerns regarding Sempra's debt and credit ratings, which Anderson said should be addressed as the Commission adjudicates the application
Texpo Power LP would pay $12,500 under a settlement with the Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of ERCOT Protocols § 16.12.3, concerning market participant audits of user security administrators and digital certificates.
Changes to Niagara Mohawk's capacity release program, proposed by New York PSC Staff in a rate case, could result in inequitable treatment of ESCOs depending on how slice-of-system changes are implemented, Mirabito Natural Gas, LLC said in comments filed with the PSC
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an order temporarily staying enforcement of the New York PSC's December 16, 2016, order which generally prohibits ESCOs from serving assistance program participant (APP) customers (except for any subsequently granted waiver)
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved, without modification to several retail market enhancements, a stipulation governing Dayton Power & Light's electric security plan that, among others things, will institute a supplier consolidated billing pilot
PUCO, in an order on Dayton Power and Light's electric security plan, rejected the provision of an amended, non-unanimous stipulation that would have seen costs related to the sale of OVEC costs into the PJM market assigned on a bypassable basis, with PUCO instead ordering that OVEC costs/credits shall be nonbypassable.
The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, which as reported last week received New York PSC approval for its opt-out municipal aggregation implementation plan, with an initial list of municipalities, informed the PSC that additional towns have approved opt-out aggregations to be run by MEGA
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday, the New York PSC adopted several customer protections and rules governing the marketing and sale of distributed energy resources (DER), via a set of uniform business practices, and a final order posted by the PSC provides further details regarding the new rules
The PSC adopted the draft orders discussed below without modification with respect to Just Energy New York Corporation, National Fuel Resources, Inc., and Zone One Energy, LLC, granting these ESCOs a waiver to serve APP customers with a GSP product under the terms described below
The PSC adopted an order to "clarif[y]" that the prohibition on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, except where the customer is guaranteed savings versus default service, extends to opt-out municipal aggregations
The Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement of the Pennsylvania PUC has urged, in a brief, the PUC to reject PECO's proposed prepaid electricity (and dual fuel) program, with I&E stating that the proposed pilot is inconsistent with certain statutory customer protections
The National Energy Marketers Association next week will host Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison, Nevada Assemblyman Chris Brooks, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, and a variety of other policymakers and retail energy thought leaders as NEM hosts an examination and symposium on opening western retail energy markets
A Texas ALJ in a proposal for decision would conclude that AEP Texas' application to install two battery storage facilities on its distribution grid would not constitute a competitive service nor would it constitute utility ownership of generation, and the ALJ recommends approval of AEP Texas' application. However, while the ALJ found, "no insurmountable statutory or regulatory prohibitions," that would foreclose approval of the application, the ALJ said that many of the issues are one of policy, and the Commission may itself determine that policy considerations do not favor approval of the application as proposed.
A study performed by the Brattle Group, sponsored by First Solar Inc., Vistra Energy Corp., and the Wind Coalition, says that implementing marginal losses in ERCOT would result in only 0.13% in production cost savings, while reducing generator net revenues
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) formally opened Docket No. 17-10001 to investigate issues of public importance regarding the pending Energy Choice Initiative and the possible restructuring of Nevada's energy industry.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has accepted the results of FirstEnergy EDCs’ wholesale default service auction that will ultimately determine its standard service offer through May 2021.
The Michigan PSC issued an order in Case No. U-18444 opening a contested case proceeding for determining the process and requirements for a forward locational requirement for generation resources used to meet electric capacity obligations under Section 6w of 2016 PA 341 (Act 341).
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today adopted final orders which approve an asset swap among Oncor and Sharyland Utilities that will see the Sharyland Utilities distribution assets (and retail customers) become part of Oncor, and under which a system-wide tariff will apply at Oncor, including to customers in the territories acquired from Sharyland
FirstEnergy Service Company ("Service Company"), filed a petition at FERC requesting that the Commission waive specified portions of 18 C.F.R. §§ 35.39 and any other rules and regulations as may be necessary, to allow Service Company to establish a centralized RTO interface services group to provide services to certain franchised public utilities and market-regulated power sales affiliates within the FirstEnergy Corp. holding company system ("FirstEnergy")
In comments on the Illinois Power Agency's 2018 default service procurement plan, Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission have recommended granting the IPA additional flexibility to procure more than the targeted amount of capacity at Ameren in a spring procurement event if lower prices would make such additional purchases beneficial
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass markets have further pushed back the dates for the hearings in the case, as a result of granting parties more time to file rebuttal testimony
In Sempra Energy's application before the Texas PUC to acquire Oncor, Sempra has offered several regulatory commitments related to the retail market, including proposed bill credits resulting from certain savings.
Several Texas low-income and other consumer groups petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to adopt enhanced customer protections for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and to require REPs to offer such protections, to be in place for one year after adoption of the rule.
Sempra Energy announced a revised agreement to acquire Energy Future Holdings, and thus Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, which includes a new financing structure, under which Sempra Energy proposes to now acquire 100 percent of EFH at the close of the transaction with no third-party equity investors or EFH debt.
Calpine Corporation announced the expiration of the 45-day "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced definitive agreement under which Energy Capital Partners (ECP) along with a consortium of investors led by Access Industries and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will acquire Calpine.
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
In comments on the Hogan-Pope whitepaper on price formation issues in ERCOT's energy market, the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) again advocated for allowing demand response providers in ERCOT to be able to participate in the market without taking on the obligation of being a QSE for a customer's entire load (e.g. their REP or LSE)
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on September 28 submitted a directive to FERC to consider adopting rules which would provide non-market compensation to certain generating units, such as coal and nuclear plants.
In comments on the Hogan-Pope whitepaper on price formation issues in ERCOT's energy market, South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. said that, to the extent marginal loss pricing is adopted, retail electric providers should be compelled to pass-through any marginal loss surplus to their customers
Commenting on a whitepaper on price formation issues in the ERCOT market commissioned by NRG and Calpine, Vistra Energy said that rather than addressing the drivers of low energy prices in ERCOT, the proposals from the NRG/Calpine whitepaper would not address such drivers and instead the proposals champion, "significant market changes," to the, "benefit of generators in and around Houston."
The Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday adopted an order extending the requirement for Retail Electric Providers (REPs) to offer deferred payment plans to customers upon request in areas covered by Governor Abbott's disaster declarations as contemplated by P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.480(j)(1)(B)
During a discussion concerning a stipulation and proposed order in an Oncor rate case, which is linked to a global stipulation for Oncor to acquire the Sharyland Utilities distribution service areas, Commissioners of the Public Utility Commission of Texas agreed to include a provision which will require retail electric providers to pass-through the savings from the lower Oncor rates (as Sharyland customers will be served under system-wide Oncor rates) to retail customers.
A Texas REP would would pay $40,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve its alleged violation of 16 Tex. Admin. Code§§ 25.480(m) and (j)(8) (TAC), concerning removal of switch-holds
A PUC issued an order staying its prior guidance that all residential electric contracts shall be labeled as a "fixed", "variable", or "introductory" rate, as the PUC said that the issue should be addressed in a rulemaking rather than through piecemeal orders.
In a memo concerning a stipulation and proposed order governing Oncor's proposed acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, DeAnn Walker, the new chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, stated that she had "questions" concerning the PUCT's ability to issue a requirement that retail electric providers pass-through to their retail customers any savings from the movement of Sharyland customers to the Oncor tariff
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has prepared, for the PUCT's consideration, a draft order which would extend the requirement for Retail Electric Providers (REPs) to offer deferred payment plans to customers upon request in areas covered by Governor Abbott's disaster declarations as contemplated by P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.480(j)(1)(B)
In a memo concerning a stipulation and proposed order governing Oncor's proposed acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, DeAnn Walker, the new chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, stated that she has questions whether current Oncor customers should be required to pay for the deployment of advanced meters at the former Sharyland Utilities service areas proposed to be acquired by Oncor
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued an order granting AEP Ohio interim relief for the company to procure a portion of default service supplies for the period beginning June 1, 2018, in the manner proposed in a pending electric security plan stipulation, prior to a final order on the overall ESP proceeding
The Maryland PSC granted a petition filed by Direct Energy Business Marketing LLC and clarified that environmental notice disclosure reports that are required to be provided to customers under Commission Order No. 76241 in Case No. 87381 can be satisfied by use of electronic mail.
Texas ROSE (Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy) and Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) filed comments with the Texas PUC opposing the elimination of several customer protections currently in the substantive rules for customers who were eligible for the prior Lite-Up Texas discount program (funded by the defunct System Benefit Fund)
The New York PSC moved to dismiss which had been filed in federal court by a low-income ESCO customer against the PSC concerning the PSC's order prohibiting ESCOs from serving assistance program participant (APP) customers, as the PSC said that the federal court lacks jurisdiction, and that collateral estoppel bars the suit's claims
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) moved to stay the Maryland PSC's consideration of a proposed prepay pilot program at Baltimore Gas & Electric pending a review of a petition from several suppliers to implement supplier consolidated billing (SCB)
Facebook has switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s (PCE) ECO100 option, which is an option 100% renewable energy product for participants in the PCE community choice aggregation
In a list of issues filed in the Texas PUC docket reviewing Lubbock Power & Light's petition to join ERCOT, the Alliance for Retail Markets included the following issues as issues to be considered in the case:
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, The O.E. Group asked the New York PSC to authorize a model under which brokers could enter into contracts with customers under which the brokers could select, on the customer's behalf, an ESCO, and be able to switch the customer to such ESCO without requiring additional customer consent (apart from the earlier broker-customer contract) to the specific ESCO product
ERCOT will host a third informational workshop on the proposed Mass Transition of Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) ESI IDs from Sharyland Utilities to Oncor Electric Delivery Company.
The Maryland PSC is seeking comments on a petition from NRG Energy, Inc., Interstate Gas Supply, Inc., Just Energy Group, Inc., Direct Energy Services, LLC, and ENGIE Resources LLC to institute supplier consolidated billing for electricity and natural gas
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Direct Energy, through its witness John Hanger (former Pa. PUC Commissioner), proposed several retail energy market changes. While not the company's preferred solution, Direct Energy said that if the PSC feels intervention in the market is necessary with respect to variable rates, the Commission could impose, for a trial period, "guardrails" that limit how much a variable rate can increase in any one month.
As part of a series of proposed market reforms contained in its testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, a witness for the Retail Energy Supply Association proposed that New York implement a purchase of receivables (POR) "clawback" to prevent against, " distasteful business practices."
Ambit Energy announced a new free nights plan for Texas residential customers, plus a new plan providing a bill credit for higher usage customers and a new plan with tiered pricing for various usage levels
As part of a series of proposed market reforms contained in its testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, a witness for the Retail Energy Supply Association proposed that, as part of strengthened ESCO eligibility requirements, the PSC should "review" an ESCO's ability to offer energy-related value-added products and services
New York's current market structure favors utilities over ESCOs and direct customers, and any prohibition on mass market sales by ESCOs is premature until such inequities are fixed, the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) said in testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets
ESCOs have saved New Yorkers, across all customer classes, over $10 billion over the last 16 years, the National Energy Marketers Association said in testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets
In response to a request from the Texas PUC's Director of Docket Management, Oncor has clarified two issues related to language, proposed to be part of an order approving Oncor's acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, that is intended to ensure that Oncor's rates are passed through to customers served by Sharyland Utilities who will become Oncor customers after the Sharyland Transaction closes.
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Staff of the New York Department of Public Service recommended that the PSC prohibit ESCO sales to mass market customers except where there is a guaranteed savings versus default service, where there is a "value-added" 100% renewable product (for electricity only), or where such sales occur through a municipal aggregation for a not-for-profit municipally owned or not-for-profit ESCO.
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Direct Energy presented an analysis showing that New Yorkers could have saved $18 billion by shopping for an ESCO from 2011-2016
The New York Attorney General and New York Utility Intervention Unit filed joint testimony in the New York PSC's retail energy mass market review proceeding seeking an "immediate" prohibition on ESCO service to mass market customers
The Michigan PSC, in an order on the capacity demonstration process, ruled that LSEs, including retail suppliers, will not need to meet a locational capacity requirement for the period 2018-2021, but opened a new proceeding to determine the allocation of the forward locational requirement starting in 2022
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday, the New York PSC adopted an order extending the deadline for implementation of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to low-income customers and the requirement to return assistance program participant (APP) customers to default service, and which requires utilities to provide updated lists of APP customers to ESCOs
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's review of the retail energy mass markets have issued a ruling authorizing limited updates to parties' initial testimony, as a result of their ruling on sanctions sought by the Public Utility Law Project against Robison Energy LLC and Agway Energy Services LLC, with the updated testimony limited to issues related to information contained in discovery responses filed by the two ESCOs after the ALJs ruled on the motion for sanctions
The Texas PUC's Director of Docket Management has requested that parties clarify two issues related to language, proposed to be part of an order approving Oncor's acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, that is intended to ensures that Oncor's rates are passed through to customers served by Sharyland Utilities who will become Oncor customers after the Sharyland Transaction closes.
The New York PSC today adopted an order which Staff described as being more "generous" to ESCOs with regards to the deadline for implementation of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to low-income customers and the requirement to return assistance program participant (APP) customers to default service
The Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) largely approved revisions to the retail electricity marketing rules as approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in a second notice, but ordered several key revisions, including the elimination of double verification for in-person sales, according to the Citizens Utility Board which issued a statement on JCAR's actions
Oncor, in a proposal supported by several retail electric providers, has proposed changes to the proposed order that would approve Oncor's acquisition of the Sharyland Utilities territories -- transitioning such customers to Oncor's delivery tariff -- to ensure that retail customers, particularly those on "bundled" products, receive the benefits of the lower Oncor delivery rates
In a September 12 filing, New York Department of Public Service Staff disagreed with requests filed by several ESCOs, who had objected to Staff's interpretation that the process for returning Assistance Program Participant customers to utility supply should commence on September 25, and further said that the process should proceed based on the information already provided by the utilities (rather than updated lists sought by ESCOs)
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio scheduled a workshop concerning the periodic five-year review of Ohio Adm.Code Chapter 4901:1-19, which contains the rules regarding alternative rate plans (merchant function exit, etc.)
The Coalition of Renewable Energy Users and Developers (CORE) requested that the New York PSC fast track the treatment of a billing issue associated with implementation of the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) for C&I customers purchasing supply from an ESCO
A scrivener's error led to the erroneous inclusion of language in proposed changes to the retail electric market rules that would include distributed generation provider under the definition of, "energy supplier," a PSC said in an order last week
Several ESCOs filed individual requests with the New York PSC on Friday asking that the PSC direct the utilities to send updated lists of assistance program participant (APP) customers prior to starting the process of ending service to such customers, ans also sought more time so they may comply with applicable UBP requirements for customer notice of such drops
A New York Appellate Division court denied a request from the National Energy Marketers Association and several ESCOs to stay (pending consideration of the merits of an appeal) the New York PSC's order generally prohibiting ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, and with such Appellate Division order denying a stay, the temporary restraining order on implementation of the order has expired.
A group of retail suppliers have petitioned the Maryland PSC to issue an order that mandates the implementation of Supplier Consolidated Billing (SCB) as a billing option available to customers of competitive licensed retail electricity and natural gas suppliers by June 30, 2019
Texas State Rep. Chris Paddie, who sits on the State Affairs committee and sponsored SB 1976, which allows the Public Utility Commission of Texas, upon the request and funding by REPs, to develop a list of low-income electric customers, said in a letter to the PUCT that SB 1976 was not intended to mandate that REPs be compelled to use the list to continue providing the various low-income protections on an unreimbursed basis
Several large C&I customers have formed the Advanced Energy Buyers Group, described as, "a collection of large energy users seeking to expand access to energy that is secure, clean, and affordable," with the goal of, "elevating the voice of advanced energy purchasers on policy issues that impact access to advanced energy."
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a memo stating that retail electric providers should prioritize customer assistance and dedicate their focus on customers displaced or impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and to facilitate such focus, and that the PUCT will therefore exercise its enforcement discretion with respect to certain other timelines and obligations otherwise required under the substantive rules for non-prioritized matters.
A proposed order from a Maryland Public Utility Law Judge would determine the components for the bypassable SOS admin. charge at Pepco and Delmarva, and would result in a reduction in the charge versus the current charge.
At the order of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric said in an updated September 4 market notice that it is turning off power to approximately 2,700 residential premises included in the Mayor’s mandatory evacuation order (south of Interstate 10, west of Gessner Road, north of Briar Forest Drive and east of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs).
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a memo stating that, in order to allow electric TDUs to prioritize service orders related to utility restoration, outages, reconnection, and de-energized move-ins, the PUCT is exercising its enforcement discretion related to various timelines that would otherwise be required for completion of routine service orders under the substantive rules and standard tariff for delivery service
Sharyland Utilities said in a September 1 market notice that transitory fuel supplier issues that had prompted the suspension of service orders, except for Outage orders, Reconnect for Non-pays, and De-energized Residential Move-Ins, have been resolved and Sharyland has resumed normal processing of Service Orders.
A draft order to be considered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas at today's open meeting would require retail electric providers to offer deferred payment plans to customers, upon request, in an area covered by a disaster declaration
In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor of Texas granted a request from the Public Utility Commission of Texas to suspend several provisions of the Texas Administrative Code in order to allow AEP Texas to provide electric generation service to the community of Holiday Beach and surrounding areas served off the Tatton Substation, until such time that the electric transmission, substation, transformers, and other associated equipment is rebuilt.
NRG said in a PUCT filing, concerning customer assistance provided in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, that its Texas retail electric providers will, "halt disconnect notices through September 30th for customers in affected areas."
In a filing with the New York PSC responding to a motion for sanctions filed by the Public Utility Law Project due to an alleged failure to abide by a discovery order, Robison Energy LLC called PULP's motion, "petty," and sought denial of the motion, reporting that it acted in good faith with respect to PULP's discovery requests and filed a supplemental response on August 25.
In a filing with the New York PSC responding to a motion for sanctions filed by the Public Utility Law Project due to an alleged failure to abide by a discovery order, Agway Energy Services said that it was "confused" by PULP's request and said that it is in full compliance with the relevant PSC order
A settlement signed by numerous parties in AEP Ohio's electric security plan proceeding would affirm AEP Ohio's authorization, from a prior PUCO order, to develop new renewable generation, but would add the ability for AEP Ohio to enter into a contract (known as a reasonable arrangement) with a retail customer for such new generation
The Retail Energy Supply Association issued an analysis finding that many competitive retail electric supply offers listed on the state's Empower RI website are priced below the 53% National Grid default service rate hike which will take effect in October
A lawsuit, seeking class-action status, has been filed in federal court by a low-income ESCO customer against the New York State Public Service Commission concerning the PSC's order prohibiting ESCOs from serving assistance program participant (APP) customers
The workgroup leaders in a Maryland PSC rate design proceeding (PC44) have filed proposals for two pilot programs to offer customers Time of Use rates -- one of which relies on a retail supplier to offer dynamic supply prices, and another designed for SOS customers that would offer TOU rates for delivery service only.
Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson sent a letter to Oncor CEO Robert Shapard inviting Shapard, as well as Oncor's Chairman of the Board, Jim Adams, or another board member, to attend the PUC's August 31 open meeting to discuss various issues related to Oncor's proposed change-in-control and current financial conditions
The Michigan PSC approved one of the options proposed by Consumers Energy under its Voluntary Large Customer Renewable Energy Pilot Program (VLC), which will offer large businesses the opportunity to purchase 100 percent renewable energy.
A regulator has issued for comment several proposed changes to the state's retail electricity shopping website and rate board, and in doing so noted that it has changed the default view of offers listed on the site
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed recommended fees to be allocated to retail electric providers and other companies to cover the cost of broadcasting PUCT meetings online for FY 2018.
Commissioners of the Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday agreed to hold a second workshop, to be held in October, concerning its project examining potential enhancements to improve the efficiency of the ERCOT energy-only market, including price formation issues
AEP Texas, Inc., as the successor in interest to AEP Texas Central Company, would pay $20,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of 16 Tex. Admin. Code (TAC) § 25.214(c), relating to Transmission and Distribution Utility Tariffs, and specifically tariff provisions governing the use of estimated meter reads