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.