The Pennsylvania PUC adopted a motion from Chairman Robert Powelson and Commissioner Gladys Brown to issue a final order concerning the assessment of annual fees on electric generation suppliers and natural gas suppliers (which may include brokers), which maintains the use of a supplier's intrastate revenues in assigning it a share of total costs assessed to suppliers by the PUC.
The Pennsylvania PUC has directed Citizens' Electric Company of Lewisburg, PA and Wellsboro Electric Company to implement their contingency plan for procuring default service, which will continue the "stratified," managed portfolio approach to procurement for one year, after an RFP for a novel load-following product failed to produce competitive results
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a tentative order to develop a "joint" natural gas distribution company–natural gas supplier bill which would require that a supplier's logo be included on a utility consolidated bill, but would not permit the recovery of the cost of a supplier's value-added service on such joint bill.
The Pennsylvania PUC issued an order concluding that the door-to-door sales, enrollment, and verification process proposed by IGS Energy complies with 52 Pa. Code § 111.7 and, "is a significant benefit to suppliers and consumers."
AEP is awaiting further clarity on Ohio's acceptance of purchased power agreements and the outcome and pricing of PJM's capacity performance proposal at FERC before making a decision on the future of its merchant generation business, which includes its competitive retail supplier, executives said during an earnings call.
A retail supplier would make a $7,500 charitable contribution to Operation Fuel under a settlement with Connecticut PURA prosecutorial staff to resolve alleged violations related to the requirement to timely file a gross revenue report.
A retail supplier would refund to customers $262,500 and adhere to remediated sales practices under a settlement with Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Citizens Utility Board to resolve an investigation into the company's marketing practices.
The New York PSC has scheduled for May 12 a technical conference to discuss rules regarding Commission regulation and oversight of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) providers and products, and to discuss and develop proposals for new eligibility criteria for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) providing service in New York State.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that a formal complaint filed by Victoria County against Noble Americas Energy Solutions concerning the imposition of the Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) on certain accounts during the 2005-07 period be referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
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AEP Texas is recruiting a "limited" number of retail electric providers to offer LED lighting products, discounted under various energy efficiency programs, through a new AEP Texas online retail marketplace.
A joint proposal at Consolidated Edison would extend its current rate plan through the end of 2016, without adjudicating several issues raised by Consolidated Edison in seeking new base rates, such as the expansion of mandatory hourly pricing.
A joint proposal in Consolidated Edison's current electric rate case would establish a collaborative to address advanced meter deployment at ConEd, proposing that the PSC rule on ConEd's AMI plan by January 2016
"[A]dverse impacts from recent merger and acquisition activity within the wholesale market," have forced Citizens' Electric Company and Wellsboro Electric Company to petition the Pennsylvania PUC for an amendment to their recently adopted default service plan.
During a discussion of recent customer complaints concerning high bills, Sharyland Utilities, LP reported during Friday's Public Utility Commission of Texas open meeting that it was "looking" at the feasibility of filing a base rate case earlier than July 1, 2016.
Direct Energy has unveiled "Direct Your Energy," a new online experience allowing Texas customers with smart meters to view their energy usage alongside weather patterns, as well as receive alerts when their energy usage spikes for any reason.
Reflecting market pricing, "should not be the primary goal of default service," the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) said in comments to the New Hampshire PUC in an investigation concerning the design of default service.
The Texas Senate earlier this week passed SB 933, which would grant the Public Utility Commission of Texas with authority to review transmission interconnections that enable imports or exports from the ERCOT power grid
The Texas Senate last week passed SB 774 which would extend until September 1, 2019 the ability for distribution service providers to establish rates charged to retail electric providers through non-rate case periodic rate adjustments, meaning alternative ratemaking mechanisms such as the distribution cost recovery factor
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The City of Austin is like a "drug addict" that is "addicted" to some $156 million in annual revenues diverted from Austin Energy to city coffers, Sen. Troy Fraser said during a hearing on SB 1945, which would provide the potential opportunity for certain large customers at Austin Energy to take competitive electric supply.
IDT Energy, Inc. has expanded its service offerings with home warranty, appliance and personal electronics protection plans, customizable home and small business security options, and an array of options to guard against identity theft
FERC rejected the as-filed version of an RMR contract for Exelon's Ginna nuclear reactor, but set the matter for hearing to determine whether the contract is appropriate when certain provisions are eliminated.
Sunvault Energy Inc., a company offering solar and storage solutions, announced today that it has signed a binding letter of intent with the Edison Power Company to retail power within de-regulated power markets.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Lt. Governor Daniel McKee will hold a press conference today to call for, "greater transparency and fair competition in the competitive electricity market" and the elimination of the National Grid default service bill recalculation applicable when the customer leaves default service for competitive supply.
GoCOM Corporation has asked FERC to defer ruling on dueling applications to reflect the acquisition of retail supplier Bluco Energy, LLC by either GoCOM Corporation, or separately, Vantage Commodities Financial Services II, LLC.
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Citing recent electric price spikes and declining participation by wholesale suppliers in electric default service procurements, the Massachusetts DPU has opened an investigation into the provision of basic service, including the potential elimination of full requirements contracts and use of less market-reflective procurements.
The Pennsylvania PUC, in an interlocutory order on a complaint against a retail supplier, has affirmed that it lacks authority to review whether a violation of Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (CPL) and Telemarketer Registration Act (TRA) has occurred.
Dismissing concerns raised about the lack of use of the mechanisms since being implemented in the electric market, the Pennsylvania PUC has proposed in a tentative order requiring natural gas utilities to offer a mechanism to allow a retail natural gas supplier to look-up a customer's account number, to facilitate shopping in situations in which the customer does not have their bill (such as mall kiosks, etc.).
A Texas ALJ has denied imposing a moratorium on the disconnection of service to a customer who has filed a complaint against their former retail electric provider (Ambit), but who has since switched providers and is now also not paying charges to their current REP (TXU), as the customer disputes demand charges from both REPs, though the customer has not filed a formal complaint against the current REP.
Sharyland Utilities, L.P. has petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to revise its Transmission Cost Recovery Factor (TCRF) class allocation factors, to be effective with the TCRF update to take effect September 1, 2015.
A Texas ALJ ultimately has discretion whether to order CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric to continue service pursuant to PURA § 17.157(b)(5) to a complainant who has filed a formal complaint against their former retail electric provider regarding certain demand charges, but who continues to dispute and not pay TDU demand charges (though not in a formal complaint) charged by their current REP, though Staff recommends that the ALJ not exercise such discretion.
Unitil, Staff of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and Office of the Consumer Advocate have filed a settlement which proposes to eliminate the default service bill recalculation at Unitil immediately.
The Connecticut PURA has sought comment on a joint application by retail suppliers and the Office of Consumer Advocate to revise marketing standards and the disclosure statement applicable to electric suppliers as adopted in Docket 14-07-20.
Ambit Energy is "turning on the spigot," for additional commercial and industrial sales, which will include expanding its service beyond small commercial customers, and utilizing a range of sales channels, executives told EnergyChoiceMatters.com.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric has filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas its application for a Distribution Cost Recovery Factor (DCRF), a new rider which will be charged to retail electric providers for certain distribution costs not reflected in base rates.
A Public Utility Law Judge has concluded that sanctions sought by Staff of the Maryland PSC against a supplier are not supported by any evidence, and that the activity to which Staff objects has already been litigated and settled.
As part of its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, the New York PSC has invited the state's six investor-owned electric utilities to participate in a "conversation" about their code of conduct, "in the face of the new business opportunities that may emerge with REV."
Pennsylvania saw another month of declining residential electric shopping during March, as PPL and PECO were the only EDCs among the large 7 utilities to see growth in residential shopping, according to the latest stats on PA Power Switch
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, in adopting a Duke Energy Ohio electric security plan for the three-year period beginning June 2015, approved a continuation of Duke Energy Ohio's electric purchase of receivables program, but ruled that non-commodity costs shall be excluded from both POR and utility consolidated billing.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has adopted an electric security plan for Duke Energy Ohio for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018 which relies on the competitive procurement of load-following full requirements contracts to serve 100% of default service load.
The Connecticut PURA has directed Liberty Power Holdings, LLC to answer several questions regarding, including its legal justification for, Liberty Power's potential imposition of a pass-through charge on certain Connecticut customers.
A Texas ALJ has ruled that a complaint case brought by a customer against Ambit Energy and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric regarding the imposition of demand charges after the customer's rate class was changed shall only address charges during the period the customer was served by Ambit
Summer Energy Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Texas retail electric provider Summer Energy, LLC, announced that for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2014, the company achieved profitability
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric announced today its intent to implement a Distribution Cost Recovery Factor (DCRF), a new rider applicable to retail electric providers, and provided an estimate of the bill impact for residential customers
The Massachusetts DPU has directed the state's four electric utilities to file information regarding their application of the basic service cost recalculation, including the total amount charged over the past year.
FERC has rejected as "premature" PJM's "stop gap" demand response proposal intended to address demand response in the capacity market should the Supreme Court ultimately determine the decision in EPSA that FERC lacks jurisdiction to set compensation for demand response
During the first quarter of 2015, ONEnergy's energy efficiency business began actively marketing services in Connecticut, to existing commercial commodity supply customers of affiliated retail supplier Sunwave Gas & Power, as well as to new customer opportunities, ONEnergy disclosed in reporting 2014 financial results.
Rapid growth in its retail electricity marketing, launched in 2010, has propelled Great Eastern Energy past $400 million in annual gross revenues, CEO Matt Lanfear told EnergyChoiceMatters.com in a recent interview.
The shale gas revolution, and outdated utility tariffs, are challenging retail natural gas suppliers' ability to compete with default service on a cost basis, Great Eastern Energy CEO Matt Lanfear told EnergyChoiceMatters.com in a recent interview.
New York's Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding provides an "unlimited opportunity" for retail energy suppliers, Great Eastern Energy CEO Matt Lanfear told EnergyChoiceMatters.com in a recent interview.
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• Barry Smitherman Joins Law Firm
• Unitil Accused Of "Deceiving" Customers Over Back Charges When Switching to Retail Supplier
Spark Energy's new framework to support M&A activity is intended to support larger acquisitions, though the company remains open to pursuing acquisitions ranging from tuck-ins to books that are the same size as Spark, CEO Nathan Kroeker said during an earnings call.
Spark Energy expects to see its customer count decline during the first quarter of 2015 due to churn in the Southern California natural gas market -- part of a "hard lesson" the company learned regarding the market, but the company expects to return to net customer growth by the second quarter of 2015, CEO Nathan Kroeker said during an earnings call.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC has requested that a Texas ALJ rule on whether the scope of complaint brought by a customer against the TDU and Ambit Energy regarding demand charges should extend to all of the demand charges billed by the CenterPoint TDU passed-through to the customer, including those charged by other REPs after the customer switched away from Ambit.
NRG Energy, Inc. has filed for approval from the Public Utility Commission of Texas of the proposed purchase by NRG to acquire all of the issued and outstanding membership interests in PHR Holdings LLC ("PHR") from BTEC New Albany LL, which currently owns 100% of the membership interests in PHR
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and Acting Consumer Advocate Tanya J. McCloskey announced a proposed settlement with an electric generation supplier, which the AG and OCA had alleged had engaged in deceptive marketing of variable electric rates to Pennsylvania consumers, many of whom filed complaints about spikes in their rates during the winter of 2014.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC has filed a notice with the Public Utility Commission of Texas that it plans to file an application for approval of Distribution Cost Recovery Factor (DCRF), a new rider which would be charged to retail electric providers
Complaints about high bills at Sharyland Utilities, LP implicate how costs are allocated and recovered in distribution rates, and raises questions regarding whether such distribution costs should be recovered on a volumetric or non-volumetric basis, Texas Public Utility Commissioner Kenneth Anderson said during yesterday's open meeting.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission formally announced that certain former customers of People’s Power and Gas, LLC will receive a credit on their electric bills beginning March 30 for an unauthorized service fee the company assessed in November and December of 2013.
Victoria County has newly filed a formal complaint with the Public Utility Commission of Texas seeking a refund of certain charges levied by its then-retail electric provider, which were originally billed from September 2005 through February 2007 (Docket 44562).
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed reports from the Independent Market Monitor and Texas Reliability Entity concerning load shed which occurred in the Lower Rio Grande Valley on October 8, 2014.
Citing an inability to assure customers of savings in the future due to a gas-constrained and potentially volatile ISO New England market, a retail electric supplier returned its customers to default service and is exiting the market
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and several retail electric providers have filed a non-unanimous stipulation regarding the refund of an $11 million over-recovery of CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric transition charges under Rider TC1
Texas Public Utility Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez has requested that the Commission open a project to investigate factors which have led to several recent complaints about high bills in the Sharyland Utilities, LP service area, which transitioned to retail choice a year ago.
An initial decision from a Pennsylvania ALJ would find that an EGS's terms of service contained confusing and "ambiguous" language regarding rate changes, and would therefore find that the terms of service violate Commission regulations that require the use of plain language and would fine the supplier $2,000.
Baltimore Gas & Electric has asked the Maryland PSC to address various issues related to PJM's stop-gap proposal related to reflecting the impact of demand response in the capacity market if courts uphold that demand response cannot be compensated through the capacity market due to a lack of FERC jurisdiction.
Consistent with prior Pennsylvania PUC direction, PECO has filed to begin recovering uncollectible costs through its natural gas purchase of receivables discount, and to create a bypassable Merchant Function Charge to recover uncollectibles from default service customers.
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A working group of competitive retail suppliers said that it was "heartened" by discussions to include a Yelp-like rating system for suppliers on the in-development Massachusetts retail electric shopping website, though the working group did not reach a consensus on the issue.
The Connecticut PURA has issued a draft decision which would re-open a proceeding implementing recent statutory changes in the design and content of residential electric bills to address issues which have arisen in implementation of PURA's January decision
Citing "unforeseen" costs, a retail supplier is passing through the additional costs to non-residential customers, including those on fixed price contracts, invoking contractual change-in-law provisions.
In an address outlining Michigan's energy policy, Gov. Rick Snyder said that the state does not need to eliminate the current provision for retail access, if retail suppliers can demonstrate that they are assuring reliability for their customers.
The District of Columbia PSC opened an investigation into Washington Gas Light Company's default natural gas supply service provided to District of Columbia customers through the Purchase Gas Charge (PGC).
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• Norwich Bulletin Supports Ban on Variable Electric Rates
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The Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel joined several retail suppliers in asking the Connecticut PURA to re-open Docket 14-07-20, relating to new marketing standards for electric suppliers and a new disclosure statement required for advertisements.
Municipal aggregation, as currently structured in several states, "is not real competition," and is dominated by three suppliers currently or formerly affiliated with incumbent utilities, the retail companies of NRG Energy, Inc. said in comments to the New York PSC.
Beginning in December, Unitil in New Hampshire began applying an existing tariff provision retroactively subjecting default customers departing for competitive supply to variable default service rates, prompting customer complaints.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced the launch of a PUC website feature allowing users to search by company for formal complaints filed against regulated utilities and competitive suppliers.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that the Commission expedite its review of Agera Energy's application for a retail electric provider certificate given a February petition from Glacial Energy to convert its bankruptcy proceeding from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7
PJM relied on the filed rate doctrine in opposing Champion Energy's request for a refund of what Champion said were unjust and unreasonable uplift charges during the polar vortex, but now it is retail suppliers who say PJM is ignoring the filed rate doctrine in seeking to impose a capacity performance "transition" mechanism on delivery years for which a base residual capacity auction was already run.
PJM has opposed a refund of uplift charges related to January 2014 sought by Champion Energy Marketing, citing the filed rate doctrine, while Verde Energy USA, Inc. called PJM's current application of uplift, "unjust and unreasonable, and is contrary to the Commission's cost causation principles."
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• Column: End Michigan’s Electricity Monopoly
• ISO-NE Files to Terminate Peak Energy Rent (Capacity Market Clawback)
• New Texas REP Now Listing Offers on Power To Choose
• Customers Upset With Massachusetts Basic Service Recalculation (Fee For Shopping)
• Puget Sound Energy To Participate in CAISO Energy Imbalance Market
Due to the wording of its disclosure statement, the costs, expenses, and billings of Blue Pilot Energy, LLC are relevant to a complaint brought against the supplier by the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate, and therefore are permissible subjects for discovery, a Pennsylvania ALJ said in a procedural order.
The Maryland PSC rejected a contested settlement to set the Standard Offer Service bypassable administrative charges at Pepco and Delmarva, sending the case back for further development, including an analysis of SOS costs included in distribution rates.
Delmarva Power's Delaware procurement of SOS supplies for the period starting June 1, 2015 resulted in residential and small C&I clearing prices lower than the prices from the 2011-12 auction (whose results are being rolled out of the portfolio for mass market customers), while medium and large C&I rates were higher.
Several Ohio universities have filed a complaint at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio against FirstEnergy Solutions regarding FES's imposition of an RTO Expense Surcharge, to recover polar vortex-related ancillaries, on the universities' fixed price contracts.
IGS Solar, LLC, an IGS Energy company, has teamed with Beaumont Solar Co. to deliver comprehensive solar solutions to businesses, residents, communities, and non-profit organizations in the Massachusetts market.
Seasonal forecasts released by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) indicate the region will have sufficient electric generation available to serve expected peak demand requirements in the upcoming spring and summer.
Complaints concerning retail energy suppliers are among the top five categories of consumer complaints, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs said yesterday.
• NJ Lawmaker Envisions "Rating" System For Retail Suppliers, Expects Shopping Bill to Pass
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• Industrials Decry Rate-Setting Process At Salt River Project
• Release: CALMAC Launches Complimentary Energy Bill Analysis Service for Commercial Building Owners
• Repost: Calif. Bill Would Allow Direct Access for All Non-Residential Customers
By the end of 2015, NRG Home Solar expects to have 35,000-40,000 lease customers totaling approximately 245–280 MW, of which 25,000-30,000 are expected to be added during the year 2015, NRG said in reporting earnings.
The Pennsylvania PUC's proposal to base new assessments on retail electric and natural gas suppliers based on a supplier's gross intrastate revenues would, "likely result in suppliers who serve large industrial and commercial customers subsidizing those suppliers whose load consists primarily of residential customers," State Rep. Robert Godshall, Majority Chairman of House Consumer Affairs Committee, said in a letter to the PUC.
The Pennsylvania Electronic Data Exchange Working Group's Web Portal Working Group has filed a proposed solution framework to provide electric generation suppliers with access, when authorized, to customers' smart meter data.
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The New York PSC aims to incubate an online platform and exchange for retail energy that could instill confidence in commodity supply and distributed energy purchases, it directed in its Reforming the Energy Vision Order
The New York PSC will allow utility affiliates to own distributed energy resources (DER) under its Reforming the Energy Vision framework, in which the utility operates as the distributed system service provider.
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In two unsurprising actions, the New York PSC selected the electric utilities as the provider of the Distributed System Platform (DSP), which is the PSC's new regulatory paradigm to encourage distributed energy resources (DERs), and said that, while not pre-determining any final outcomes, it expects initial procurements of DERs to be accomplished through tariffs, not auctions.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved an electric security plan for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018 at AEP Ohio that relies solely on descending clock auctions to procure load-following default service supply, but modified AEP Ohio's proposed procurement schedule to reduce volatility.
The total volume of electric complaints filed by consumers with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in calendar year 2014 increased by approximately 5% from last year's record low volume, Regulatory Compliance Services reported
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• Texas Bill Would Extend TDUs' Ability To Rely on Alternative Ratemaking In Assessing Charges to Retail Providers
• WCVB-Boston: Alternative Utility Providers Don’t Always Equal Savings
• CT, MA, RI To Partner on Procuring Renewable Energy Supply for Utilities
• NRG Home Solar Launches Operations in North Carolina
• New York Schedules Collaborative Meeting on Rules Governing ESCO Service to Low-Income Assistance Customers
• Massachusetts Directs Further Straw Proposals, Technical Session on Shopping Website, Contract Summary Form
• ERCOT Sets Workshop on SSR Study Criteria
The Small Customer Marketer Coalition has petitioned the New York PSC for an investigation and examination of (i) the Annual Reconciliation of Gas Expenses and Gas Cost Recoveries codified at Title 16 NYCRR Section 720.6.5 to assess its impact and efficacy in the current regulatory and economic environment, and (ii) alternative cost recovery mechanisms that would ensure that the monthly gas adjustment clauses are truly reflective of current market costs.
A written order published by the Rhode Island PUC concerning its deferral of a portion of significant default electric service rate hikes at National Grid, which took effect on January 1, contemplates that future default service customers alone will pay for such deferred costs.
Per its docket, the Illinois Commerce Commission is scheduled today to consider opening a formal investigation of Nordic Energy Services, LLC. Nordic Energy Services released the following statement in advance of the ICC's consideration of the matter:
A bill (HB 520) filed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly would ban multi-level marketing for energy supply, prohibit revenue streams used in other forms of direct selling, and require suppliers to assume civil liability for door-to-door and MLM sales
The six investor-owned New York electric distribution companies have petitioned the New York PSC to approve a utility-offered demand response program to the extent the U.S. Supreme Court rules that FERC (via the RTOs) cannot set compensation for demand response.
Alleging that a proposal from CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC would lead to a "windfall" to retail electric providers, the Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities has opposed the utility's as-filed proposal to refund $11 million to retail electric providers.
FERC approved PJM's request to retain 2,000 MW of capacity that would otherwise be released under the RPM incremental project, but denied a separate request from PJM for authorization to enter into contracts for capacity for reliability purposes outside of the centralized capacity market.
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• Energy Costs On The Rise For Residents In Cape Cod Aggregation
New York utilities slammed the proposed mechanics of a pilot municipal aggregation sought by several Westchester, New York communities for seeking to require utilities to absorb many of the responsibilities (and costs) of the community choice aggregation, although the utilities would support a much more limited "demonstration" community choice aggregation.
An initial decision from a Pennsylvania ALJ would fine IDT Energy, Inc. after the initial decision concludes, in a customer complaint case, that IDT Energy charged a customer a rate in excess of the Price to Compare when its sales agent had represented to the customer that the rate would be below the PTC.
Bright Power, Inc., a New York City-based energy management provider, has announced its acquisition of Ecological Partners, LLC, an energy efficiency service provider previously owned by Root9b Technologies, a cybersecurity and regulatory risk mitigation company.
The New Hampshire PUC has rejected a contingency proposal from Liberty Utilities (Granite State Electric) addressing situations in which there is insufficient response to a default service procurement, finding that Liberty Utilities' proposal is inconsistent with statute.
Direct Energy saw its residential energy supply customer count fall in both Texas and the U.S. Northeast from June 30, 2014 to December 31, 2014, parent Centrica said in reporting earnings this morning.
The Massachusetts DPU has formed a working group to address specifically issues associated with the presentation of variable-price competitive supply products on the DPU-run electric price and shopping website that is in development.
Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for medium and large commercial and industrial customers for the three-month period beginning April 1, 2015
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• El Cerrito, Calif. Preparing to Join Community Choice Aggregation
• Retail Theater: Ohio Consumer Counsel Video on Choice
A final Connecticut PURA written order concerning a new standard contract summary form of the material terms and conditions for residential electric contracts still contains a requirement that retail suppliers disclose separately any fee paid to a broker
Crius Energy, which as first reported yesterday is acquiring TriEagle Energy for $22.2 million, has provided details of how the TriEagle acquisition, which will give Crius entry into the Texas market, will diversify its customer book.
Staff of the New York PSC does not agree with PSEG Long Island's proposal to institute a "collaborative" on electric retail choice at the Long Island Power Authority, stating that the issue be more "formally and comprehensively" addressed under a PSC review.
Should the New York PSC determine that municipalities should be permitted to conduct opt-out aggregations, the New York utilities said that the PSC should review and approve "detailed" aggregation plans prior to implementation.
A QSE would pay $20,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve its alleged failure to adhere to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Protocols § 18.104.22.168.2(1)(b), related to Responsive Reserve Service (RRS) energy deployment criteria on January 6, 2014.
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• Citing Analysis, Michigan Industrials Slam Report on Michigan Reliability As "Misleading", "False"
• National Grid Joins Access Northeast Pipeline Project; Project Launches Open Season
• Pa. PUC to Customers: During Arctic Blast, Be Aware of Electric Rate and Know Your Options
The Pennsylvania PUC has denied an application from Citizens' Electric Company and Wellsboro Electric Company to implement a nonbypassable rider to implement Electronic Data Interchange in the utilities service areas, to support electric choice.
The Pennsylvania PUC affirmed that it lacks traditional ratemaking authority over competitive suppliers and therefore cannot address a customer complaint which merely alleges that a retail supplier's rates are "too high," in granting an interlocutory review sought by the supplier
During an earnings call last week, DTE Energy CEO Gerard Anderson said that "nobody" is planning capacity required to fill projected shortfalls which Anderson said aligns with the amount of retail access load.
Sharyland Utilities, L.P. has filed a request at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to issue rebates, to retail electric providers, related to its performance versus reliability metrics, as required in the order approving Sharyland's acquisition of the Cap Rock service areas.
A Texas REP has suggested in comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas that the Commission, "should consider whether an update to the EFL [Electricity Facts Label] content requirements would be beneficial."
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The Pennsylvania PUC has approved a default service plan for Citizens’ Electric Company and Wellsboro Electric Company which ditches the formerly used stratified procurement approach in favor of the bidding of load-following tranches indexed to PJM prices, plus a retail adder.
New Jersey's Basic Generation Service auction generally produced lower or stable supply prices for three-year contracts to serve one-third of Fixed Price (under 500 kW) customers for the period starting June 1, 2015, with the exception of Public Service Electric & Gas, where transmission costs drove prices higher.
Just Energy reported a 44,000 increase in the number of mass market Residential Customer Equivalents (RCEs) from the period September 30, 2014 to December 31, 2014, bringing its mass market customer total to nearly pre-polar vortex levels.
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"CenterPoint Energy" announced that it has begun offering customers at CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric a Power Alert Service which automatically notifies consumers via SMS text, e-mail or phone call whenever a power outage or other power problem is detected at or near their address.
The Pennsylvania PUC's accelerated switching timeline, which allows a switch to be completed within three business days, does not provide customers with sufficient customer protection against variable rates, Pennsylvania State Representative Robert Godshall, Chair of the Consumer Affairs committee, said during a hearing yesterday.
The Pennsylvania PUC recently met with retail energy suppliers to, "lay down the law", in the wake of the polar vortex, and to emphasize the need for peer review in the industry to weed-out bad actors.
The Michigan Public Service Commission has directed Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) to show cause why it should not be prohibited from suspension of operations or retirement of the Presque Isle Power Plant (PIPP).
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• CT Gov. Proposes Utilities Enter 15-Year Contracts to Support Distributed Home Solar Installations
• N.Y. Releases Straw Proposal on Community Net Metering
Think Energy, the retail electricity provider established by GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA to serve residential and small commercial customers, announced a significant step in the company's strategic growth efforts
A PSC has proposed new rules regarding the licensure of retail electric suppliers, which would impose new requirements for suppliers to file sales and marketing materials with the Commission prior to their sales activities.
In what we see as a novel approach to compliance issues, a PSC, as part of proposed new licensing rules for electric suppliers (click here for related story), proposes to require that suppliers complete a compliance education workshop as a condition of licensure.
The New York PSC has issued a written rehearing order concerning the provision of ESCO service to low-income customers participating in utility administered low income discount programs and the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and also provides granular details regarding new third-party verification requirements.
The New York PSC yesterday addressed certain rehearing requests related to its landmark February 2014 retail energy market order which, among other things, limited ESCOs' ability to serve low-income customers to certain situations.
A federal court has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by two power traders against GDF Suez Energy North America, Inc., finding that GDF Suez's behavior is exempted from the Commodities Exchange Act
• Texas Complaint Regarding REPs' Duty To Inform Customer of Rate Changes Won't Be Referred to Arbitration
• Texas Staff Recommend Next Steps for Subsynchronous Oscillation Study
• Southern Energy Group Elected to National Energy Marketers Association Executive Committee
A bill (A04323) has been filed in the New York State Assembly which would require the electric utilities to utilize portfolio management for default service supplies, and would require the PSC to establish rewards available to utilities for reducing customer bills and price volatility.
• Bill Would Ban Variable Rates
• PSE&G Announces More Supply Rate Credits
• GDF SUEZ’s Ecova to Provide Services to Roundy’s Supermarkets
• Direct Energy Announces Expansion of Home Services Franchises
• Texas Governor Abbott Reappoints Tonya Baer To Office Of Public Utility Counsel
FERC-driven changes in Midcontinent ISO practices may require the Public Utility Commission of Texas to consider whether changed circumstances exist such that Entergy Texas' participation in MISO is no longer in the public interest, the PUCT said in a filing at FERC.
After a December that saw more than 40,000 customers leave competitive supply (click here for story), January saw the Pennsylvania retail electric market return to more normal migration patterns, but the state still saw a net decline in residential electric shopping.
• Texas Bill Would Require PUCT To Publish Number of Complaints Against Each REP
• GDF SUEZ Makes Investment in Tendril
• County Officials Warn Of Solicitations From Energy Companies
• Macquarie Unit To Acquire N.J. Power Plant (Plant Has Tolling Agreement with Direct Energy)
IGS Energy has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for an order affirming that its use of a tablet to electronically verify customer consent to door-to-door sales conducted by its Home Energy Consultants complies with the Commission's regulations.
The MarkeTrak Task Force has submitted a proposed ERCOT Retail Market Guide Revision Request (RMGRR 129) to provide additional guidelines regarding specific timing and responsibilities for a Competitive Retailer (CR) to complete a Customer Rescission MarkeTrak issue after completion of a Switch Request.
• City Official: "Every Single" Resident Shopping Outside of Aggregation Has Paid More
• Pennsylvania Bill Would Eliminate Mandate That Default Service Suppliers Offer Time of Use Product
• Exelon and Anbaric Join to Develop N.Y. Microgrids
• WSJ: Energy-Pinching Americans Pose "Threat" to Power Grid
The Maine PUC has disclosed the Standard Offer suppliers at Central Maine Power under the January procurement, and confirmed several changes to default service procurement in a published written order.
• Houston Chronicle Latest to Hit Minimum Usage Fees
• Connecticut Utility's Ad Alleged To Be Deceptive
• Eight Aggregations Likely to Return to ComEd for Supply
• Texas Bill Would Expand Public Utility Commission to 5 Members
FERC has dismissed a complaint from the New England Power Generators Association that had asked FERC to eliminate the Peak Energy Rent (PER) Adjustment in the ISO New England market, and to adjust the mechanism for capacity periods for which auctions have already been run.
• Texas REP, TDU Reach Settlement Regarding Complaint Concerning Inaccurate Settlement Meter Data
• Texas PUC Sets Workshop on System Benefit Fund
• KRI Elected to National Energy Marketers Association Executive Committee