The Pennsylvania PUC denied Duquesne Light's request for an extended waiver to implement accelerated customer switching, as Chairman Robert Powelson and Commissioner Pamela Witmer slammed the utility for being "consistently wrong" in estimating when it would be able to offer a solution permitting customers to complete one off-cycle switch within three business days per billing cycle.
The Maine PUC has ordered that the financial security posted by People's Power and Gas LLC be used to refund customers for an improper monthly fee charged by PP&G, since PP&G, having declared bankruptcy, is in no position to refund the charge.
The rate shocks seen by Upper Peninsula customers in Michigan from a RMR-type contract, which prompted a deal brokered by the state that will see Cliffs Natural Resources end competitive supply service (click here), "is causing a lot of people to question this hybrid market that we have here in Michigan," Consumers Energy CEO John Russell said during an earnings call.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has officially opened an investigation of the need for, and form of, customer authorization required for access by third parties, other than retail electric suppliers (RES), to advanced metering infrastructure interval meter data.
Several affiliated generators would in aggregate pay $109,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of ERCOT Protocols §§ 3.9.1(2), related to current operating plan criteria (COP) and 2.6.2(1), related to generators.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved the results of the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities' January 2015 wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail generation service rates through May 2016.
PPL Corporation and Riverstone Holdings LLC affiliate RJS Power Holdings LLC have accepted additional market power mitigation measures required for FERC approval of the previously reported spinoff of PPL Energy Supply and its combination with competitive generation assets owned by RJS Power Holdings, which will result in a new independent power producer called Talen Energy.
• Texas County Signs With Retail Provider (Rate Disclosed)
• City's Aggregation Consultant "Happy" To Get Customers Out of "Fraudulent" Contracts, Into Aggregation
• NRG Energy Launches Business and Clean Energy Partnership with Miami Heat
• Report: SunShare Lands "Significant" Solar Garden Investment from NRG
The Maryland Office of People's Counsel has requested that the PSC require retail supplier's independent representatives, including individuals engaged in multi-level marketing, to be licensed by the Commission.
• Guttman Energy Talks Growth, New Markets
• Power Trader Seeks FERC Order Finding That Common Ownership Alone Insufficient to Establish Affiliate Relationship
• NRG Energy Launches Business and Clean Energy Partnership with Miami Heat
• Just Energy's TerraPass Launches Sustainability Program With City Of Palo Alto
Filed comments by the Maryland PSC Staff concerning changes to the electric and natural gas customer protection rules (RM54) suggest that Staff is no longer seeking to require suppliers to obtain new customer consent for any rate change (maybe), but also suggest that Staff proposes to cease allowing the use of voice verification, including third-party verification, to show customer consent.
Stream Energy said that it proceeded with the previously reported nationwide launch of its mobile services, "in the face of grossly misrepresented and baseless legal allegations by Solavei made public late Friday afternoon."
Sharyland Utilities has filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to provide full deployment of advanced meters to approximately 55,000 retail electric customers over both its McAllen and former Cap Rock service areas over the period 2015-2016.
• Another: Utility Overcharges Customers in Muni Aggregation
• Daily Caller: Smart Meters: Energy In, Privacy Out
• New York Posts More New Migration Data
• Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners to Merge in $18 Billion Transaction
Duquesne Light on January 12 provided the Pennsylvania PUC with an update on its progress in implementing an interim form of three-day accelerated switching, stating that it plans for the Phase I interim solution to be implemented in the latter part of February 2015.
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PJM's proposal to assign capacity obligations to load based on days other than the summer peak leaves load serving entities, such as retail suppliers, with "no rational way" to develop retail prices for load, retail suppliers said at FERC.
A draft decision establishing a new standard contract summary form of the material terms and conditions for residential electric contracts would require the supplier to list any fee paid to a broker or aggregator.
The disruption of existing capacity procurements and prices (more fully described in our related story today, click here) under PJM's transitional capacity performance proposal, "may have unintended political consequences at the state level," and jeopardize state policymakers' acceptance of competitive wholesale and retail markets, Direct Energy warned in comments at FERC.
Given that no improvement in generator performance is evident from PJM's proposed transition mechanism for its sought new capacity performance capacity market construct, a coalition of retail suppliers, wholesale power markets, cooperatives, industrial customers, and state regulators (the Transition Coalition) can only wonder that the transition is designed to address generator claims of revenue shortfall under existing capacity prices, and caves into "seller's remorse" at the expense of breaking existing capacity supply agreements with load.
The Pennsylvania PUC has levied a simple but brilliant criticism at PJM's proposal for a transition to its capacity performance product which illustrates the futility of paying billions in additional capacity costs for a limited amount of the new capacity performance product alongside existing capacity which does not have to meet the new performance requirements.
• Village May Cease Municipal Aggregation Program
• Claim: Utility Overcharged Municipal Aggregation Customers
• ConEd, NiMo Saw Decline Residential Shoppers During the Summer
• Sunrun Ads Claim Solar Not Just For "Hippies"
FERC has directed Dynegy to submit more information concerning its application for approval of separate transactions under which it would acquire Duke's Midwest merchant generating plants (and retail supply business) and several power plants from Energy Capital Partners
• DMN Watchdog Touts Bills "Regulating" Smart Thermostats, Tweaking Fixed Price Expiration Notices
• Central Texas Adopting Home Solar, But Not Because of That "Global Warming Crap"
• Demand Response Providers to Push for Texas Legislation Supporting Business Model
The Pennsylvania PUC, reversing an ALJ's recommended decision, has approved the expansion of hourly priced default service at PPL, in a final order on PPL's default service plan for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017.
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted a final order governing Duquesne Light's default service for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017 which adopts non-laddered quarterly contracts for medium C&Is, but retains laddered 12-month contracts for small C&Is.
• Texas Co-op Member Says Customers Could Save If Electric Choice Allowed
• National Grid Launches TOU Pricing, Smart Grid Pilot in MA
• Cuomo Appoints Floyd Flake to N.Y. PSC; AARP Praises
• PUCO Reminds Ohioans Of Their Choices As Energy Consumers
A PUC issued a final order adopting revisions to its customer protection rules, and in doing so declined to adopt an earlier proposal that would have required variable rate changes to be "reasonably reflective" of market conditions, and which would have only allowed variable rates if they were based on an index or formula
During an investor day presentation, NRG CEO David Crane presented NRG's vision that it can extract $3,800 in additional value per customer from services beyond its traditional provision of retail system power.
Standard Offer electric rates for customers at Bangor Hydro-Electric (Emera Maine) will decrease starting in March, and the PUC appears to have selected 10-month supply contracts (through December 31, 2015), rather than 12-month contracts.
Standard Offer electric rates for customers at Central Maine Power will decrease starting in March, and the PUC appears to have selected 10-month supply contracts (through December 31, 2015), rather than 12-month contracts.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on behalf of various parties announced a series of agreements meant to address higher electric costs in the Upper Peninsula, and under which Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. would take a "significant majority" of its power supply from Upper Peninsula Power Company (the to-be new owner of the Presque Isle Power Plant), instead of taking competitive supply as Cliffs Natural Resources does currently.
• Houston Chronicle Reporter Seeking Customers Fed Up With REPs' Minimum Usage Fees
• Star Energy Partners Begins Offering Renewable Products
• Energy New England and Tangent Energy Partner to Address Peak Demand Cost Risk
• Starwood and NRG Energy Announce Solar Installation
BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy's delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York.
Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton announced that Angela O'Connor, who formerly managed the PowerOptions retail energy purchasing group, will serve as Chair of the Department of Public Utilities.
• Pennsylvania Utilities Update Prices to Compare to Reflect New STAS
• Update: Complete National Grid SOS Rates for Rhode Island (Including Monthly Variable Rates And Shopping Rate Adjustments)
• Xoom Energy Launches Redesigned Website
The New York PSC has accepted a joint proposal from Consolidated Edison and ESCOs concerning adjustments to cashouts for the first three months of 2014, but directed that the resulting impact on default service customers' commodity costs shall be implemented immediately, rather than through ConEd's next gas reconciliation filing.
• Report: Connecticut PURA Seeks Greater Independence
• "Significant" Spike in Massachusetts Municipal Aggregation Interest
• Calif. Muni Aggregation Sonoma Clean Power Set to Expand This Summer
• PSNH Among Top Contributors To Governor's Inaugural Ball
A supplier has agreed to pay $2.1 million, including $1.85 million in restitution to consumers, and to significantly revise its business practices, in order to resolve a complaint filed by the Acting Attorney General
• Nstar, CL&P, PSNH, WMECO To Be Rebranded As Eversource Energy
• Illinois Report: "May Not Be Sufficient Concern" From Nuclear Closures to Warrant Intrusion Into Market
• Customers' Dissatisfaction With Retail Supplier Service Lead to Suspicion of Smart Meters
• EDP Renewables, Emera Maine and Central Maine Power Advance Northern Maine Wind
A retail supplier has entered into a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General under which it will pay $4 million to address allegations that the supplier or its agents engaged in, "deceptive marketing and sales that promised savings but charged significantly higher rates, entered consumers into agreements without their consent, and charged costly termination fees."
The Retail Energy Supply Association has petitioned the Long Island Power Authority to institute a public examination and review of the existing LI Choice Program, "with the goal of identifying and implementing revisions and enhancements to the Program that will provide consumers with a meaningful and robust retail energy market and competitive choice."
• Sharyland Suspends REP Work Orders, Estimates Certain Meter Reads Due to System Restoration Efforts
• PG&E and BMW Partner to Extract Grid Benefits from Electric Vehicles
• Customers, Businesses Seek Ways Around Electric Supply Price Spikes
• Big Utilities’ Nightmare Begins To Play Out
Stream Energy has set its sights on being a provider of comprehensive home services, and the upcoming official launch of its wireless communications offerings in late January will serve as a platform for that growth, Mark "Bouncer" Schiro, Stream Energy CEO, told EnergyChoiceMatters.com
Several days after the New York PSC issued an order establishing a process to review enabling communities to engage in opt-out municipal aggregation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill which would have allowed Westchester County to operate an opt-out aggregation on a pilot basis, stating that the issue was better addressed at the PSC.
• Electric Rate Shock Spurs "Cottage Industry" (Network Marketing Agents)
• City Reminds Residents, Energy Sales Agents of Soliciting Laws
• Ph.D's Urge Wisconsin to Follow Texas, Offer Electric Choice
• NH's Electricity Woes Force Move To Negotiate on PSNH Plant Ownership
Pepco notified the District of Columbia PSC that it will file for Commission approval of an updated purchase of receivables discount rate, including a proxy rate for late payment revenues, in February 2015.
Proposed revisions to customer protection rules, "would effectively make it impossible for suppliers to retain and renew customers, driving suppliers out of the market, to the detriment of customers," the Retail Energy Supply Association said
The adoption of a "subsidy mechanism" assigning the costs of generators' compliance with any Subsynchronous Oscillation (SSO) standards adopted by ERCOT, "would establish a dangerous precedent for ERCOT's competitive markets," the Retail Electric Provider Group said in comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas
World Energy Solutions, Inc., an energy management technology and services firm, today announced the expiration of the "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced merger agreement dated November 4, 2014, which provides for the acquisition of the company by EnerNOC, Inc.
• TXU Releases New Bill Format
• Retail Supplier Offering "Chop-Cloc" (Devices Briefly Turns Off Heating Without Affecting Temp)
• Connecticut Continues to Consider Community Fuel Cells Selling to Non-Owning Customers
A Texas court on December 22 ordered that property averred to belong to a retail provider, seized on December 19 by a vendor to fulfill an arbitration judgment against the REP's parent, shall be returned.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire asked for a stay of two PUC proceedings related to its generation ownership, stating that Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley intends to lead collaborative settlement discussions and a legislative initiative addressing the issues
• Generators' Hypocrisy on Full Display As They Oppose "Artificial" $1,800 Price Cap (And The VRR Curve Isn't Artificial?)
• Baltimore Gas & Electric Files Updated SOS Rates for Residential and C&I Customers
The "erratic" behavior of FirstEnergy regarding the competitive market makes the health of the current retail market at the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities precarious, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio should not rely on current migration levels as indicative of a sustainable market, IGS Energy said in testimony proposing retail market enhancements as part of the FirstEnergy utilities' electric security plan.
A dispute concerning the control of Jade Energy, LLC d/b/a Bose Power & Electric continues to play out at the Public Utility Commission of Texas as well as the courts as Subhash and Sarojini Bose, who aver to own and control the company, have protested the latest filing purported to have been made on behalf of Jade Energy that seeks a REP certificate amendment to reflect a change in control.
The FirstEnergy Ohio utilities have filed what they termed in a news release a "settlement" in their electric security plan proceeding which would set default service procurement for the period, but has become most notable for FirstEnergy's sought provision that would require ratepayer support for various FirstEnergy Solutions generating plants (with output sold into the market and not used to serve SSO load).
• Pa. State Rep. to Reintroduce Bill to Cap Variable Rates in 2015
• Supplier Agents Allegedly Citing City Letterhead On Registration As Showing "Connection" to City
• Retail Theater: Xoom Energy's Tru Eco Products
Adding a field to allow customers to sort plans based on minimum usage fees, and including variable rate history information, are among suggestions received by Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas for changes to the Power to Choose website.
Requiring DTE Gas (f/k/a Detroit Edison) to release capacity to retail suppliers is the, "only economically reasonable long-term solution," to provide for the equitable allocation of pipeline reservation costs, a Michigan ALJ would find in a proposed decision, but the ALJ would decline to mandate a capacity release program due to unresolved questions, instead directing that a collaborative be established.
The Illinois Commerce Commission rejected the use of full requirements contracts in the 2015 Illinois Power Agency procurement plan for default service, and said that it was "not inclined" to consider the use of full requirements contracts in the future absent a quantification of the benefits of such contracts.
• Andeler Power CEO Talks 100% Growth With KAAM’s Playmakers Show
• CEO of Japan Energy Deregulation Start-Up Steps Down After Accounting Probe
• MISO Latest to Allow Generators to Recover Costs Over $1,000 Price Cap
• UGI Energy Services, LLC Announces Project to Supply Local Markets in Pennsylvania
As part of its natural gas retail market investigation (I-2013-2381742), the Pennsylvania PUC has immediately commenced a review of changes to the natural gas disclosure requirements related to residential and small business customers.
The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a final order establishing the scope of its review of improvement to the retail natural gas market, and has accelerated its consideration of standard offer customer referral programs for natural gas.
The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a tentative order to implement Act 155 of 2014, which allows the PUC to assess annual fees to electric generation suppliers and natural gas suppliers related to the PUC's oversight costs of such suppliers.
FERC has granted a complaint from GDF Suez Energy Resources, NA concerning Consolidated Edison's submission of estimated data to NYISO for billing purposes which grossly overstated the consumption of a Suez customer, and has ordered resettlement of the affected November/December 2012 billing period, which will provide a refund to Suez
• Ecova Names New President and CEO
• California to Allow Utilities to Own Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
• Local Business Turn Power Off to Protest Default Service Rate Hikes
• Uncertain Marketplace Causes Village To Idle Electric Aggregation Program
The Maryland PSC has assigned to the Public Utility Law Judge Division the question of whether three retail suppliers' marketing and pricing practices were "misleading" or otherwise provided inadequate information to allow a customer to make an informed choice regarding the purchase of electricity and natural gas services
The Maine PUC has directed Central Maine Power to proceed with development and implementation of a system that will allow customers to elect to make their interval usage data available to competitive electricity providers, and directed that a workgroup facilitate such development
• Ohio Adopts Rule for Retail Suppliers to Disclose Renewable Compliance Costs to Customers
• SunPower, Sunverge Partner on Solar and Battery Storage Offering
• Sierra Club to Drop Litigation Against Luminant Plants
The New York PSC has taken no action on the natural gas utilities' annual reconciliation filings, meaning that large reconciliation credits for default service customers at Consolidated Edison and Orange & Rockland will take effect.
Duquesne Light has informed the Pennsylvania PUC that it was not able to meet the original December 15, 2014 deadline to implement an interim form of three-day accelerated switching, and has again asked for a waiver until January 16, 2015 to implement the interim solution.
• New FirstEnergy CEO: Company "Remain[s] Committed" to Competitive Business, Despite "Tough Decisions"
• Massachusetts Default Service Rate Hikes Prompt Heightened Interest in Municipalization
• ERCOT Releases Analysis of Impacts of Environmental Regulations
The New York PSC has accepted Staff's modified accelerated switching proposal, which jettisoned an earlier proposal for the use of off-cycle switches, and instead retains the on-cycle meter read for switches.
Dayton Power & Light CEO Derek Porter has filed a letter with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio arguing that ratepayer-backed power purchase agreements, such as those proposed by the FirstEnergy utilities, are a, "key component to allowing reliable coal generation to continue operating and meeting the objectives of long-term reliability and stable prices."
The New York PSC has instituted a proceeding to begin the development and implementation of distribution-level demand response programs and other dynamic load management programs to be implemented prior to the summer of 2015.
The New Hampshire PUC has approved changes to the design of Public Service Company of New Hampshire's alternative default service rate (Rate ADE), and related provisions applicable to customers returning to PSNH from competitive supply.
• Shipley Energy Expands Into Energy Brokerage Business
• SunPower Invests $20 Million in Tendril to Bring Smart Energy Solutions to Market
• Liberty Power CEO Interviewed Regarding Michigan Choice Cap
• Update: Southeast, MA Cities Pursuing Municipal Aggregation
As part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, the Massachusetts DPU will consider changes to the disclosure labels required to be produced by retail electric suppliers.
As part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, the Massachusetts DPU is proposing to eliminate, for residential and small C&I customers, the basic service cost recalculation applicable to customers who leave basic service for competitive supply.
The Massachusetts DPU, as part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, proposes that competitive suppliers who intend to market door-to-door to residential customers be required to provide notice to the Department prior to initiating a door-to-door campaign, and keep the Department apprised of any customer complaints received during the marketing campaign.
As part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, the Massachusetts DPU has proposed new provisions governing the assignment of a retail suppliers' customers to another retail supplier.
• CT Plans Utility-Offered Demand Response Programs If FERC Lack of Jurisdiction Upheld, Also Calls for Long-Term Energy Procurements
• Report: Regulator To Consider Spreading Out Default Service Rate Hike
• Texas Staff File Recommendations on Changes to Distributed Generation Rules
The Massachusetts DPU's position that it may only narrowly review opt-out municipal aggregation plans to determine whether they conform to specific statutory criteria, "creates a substantial void in the regulatory and oversight structure for municipal aggregators, a void that leaves ratepayers and municipalities vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement," the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General said in a letter to the DPU.
The Small Customer Marketer Coalition has asked the New York PSC to resolve the "continuing inability" of KeySpan New York and KeySpan Long Island (collectively referred to as National Grid) to provide, "adequate, consistent and accurate billing services in connection with National Grid's ESCO customer billing program."
• Town Switches Energy Brokers (Commission Fees Disclosed)
• First Solar Enters Residential Solar Market with Strategic Investment
• Lame-Duck Gov. Seeks to Impose New Obligation on Retail Suppliers
• National Grid, Anbaric Seeks to Import Wind, Hydropower into Massachusetts Via Transmission
Similar to a recent protest concerning Consolidated Edison, the Small Customer Marketer Coalition has protested a reconciliation filing by Orange & Rockland under which O&R seeks to apply a GSC refund of $1.370/Mcf to default service customers over the twelve month period commencing January 1, 2015.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire has floated the idea that it retain its generating assets, but that the assets not be used to serve default service customers, with costs or benefits of the units instead applied to all customers via nonbypassable charge.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire raised the specter of a purchaser of its generating plants, should the PUC compel a divestiture, using the purchase to remove the PSNH plants from the ISO New England capacity market to drive up prices, citing the recent controversy over the removal of the Brayton Point plant from the market.
ISO New England has filed at FERC proposed changes to its minimum capitalization requirements, claiming that the changes are needed to protect market participants against, "thinly capitalized," load serving entities which do not own physical assets.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that a complaint filed against Ambit Energy, which implicated the responsibility of retail electric providers to notify customers of changes in TDU charges and when new charges could be collected, be dismissed.
A retail energy supplier recently won a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract to serve power to the vast majority of Federal departments and agencies in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
• Retail Theater: True Natural Gas Commercials
• New York Utilities Say Capacity Market Buyer-Side Mitigation Rules Bar Competitive Plants
• FERC to Appeal Demand Response Jurisdiction, Compensation Ruling
The Pennsylvania PUC has adopted an electric default service plan at PECO for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017 which will lower the cutoff for hourly priced default service, upon deployment of advanced meters.
Pennsylvania electric distribution companies must "carefully consider" including long-term contracts in their default service plans once legacy long-term contracts expire, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown said in a statement regarding the PUC's approval of a new default service plan for PECO.
The Pennsylvania PUC has approved PECO's compliance plan to implement accelerated switching, under which electric customers are to be switched to their chosen EGS within three business days, which includes issuing a new bill to the customer when the customer switches in the middle of a billing cycle.
PJM informed stakeholders that its board has authorized the filing of a capacity performance proposal with FERC, though the Board has made several changes to the PJM Staff's proposal, including revisions to the transition period.
The Small Customer Marketer Coalition has asked the New York PSC to not permit Consolidate Edison to implement a 10¢/therm credit for default service natural gas customers, as calculated under ConEd's annual reconciliation proceeding, because, "allowing the credit to be implemented would materially and improperly shift the competitive market in favor of the incumbent utility."
It appears that the polar vortex has made the trial lawyer community aware of the competitive retail energy supplier industry, and the industry now serves as a perpetual target for class action lawsuits, as the latest development is similar suits filed against multiple retail suppliers over alleged Do Not Call violations.
• EnerNOC Acquires Pulse Energy
• Higher Electric Rates Could Jolt General Assembly
• Connecticut Official Urge "Caution" When Shopping for Energy Supplier
• Salem, MA Seeking to Create Municipal Aggregation
ERCOT has filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a report on the monthly coincident peak (Four Coincident Peak - 4CP) Loads in the ERCOT system for the months of June, July, August and September 2014
• Direct Energy Brands Launch Offering of Free Smart Thermostats Under Texas Low-Income Program
• Gulf Electricity Enhances Rewards Program as It Promotes Service in Wake of SOS Rate Hikes
• Michigan Utilities Tout Report Stating Choice "Handicaps" New Generation, Raises Reliability Risk
• Panoramic Power, Autodesk to Collaborate on Joint Development of Applications for Real-time Facility
An updated proposal under which Texas retail electric providers would be reimbursed for providing low-income customers with programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs) and in-home displays (IHDs) would initially limit how many customers for which each REP would be reimbursed.
FERC on November 28 approved most of PJM's sought revisions to the PJM capacity market variable resource requirement (VRR) curve and related revisions sought under the triennial review process, adopting changes which lead to gold-plating of the reliability target and which load interests have said will cost consumers billions of dollars annually
• Direct Energy Ups Incentive for Nest Plans to Include $100 Gift Card
• Illinois Proposes Authorization Form for Retail Supplier Access to Non-Billing Customer Interval Data
• "Market": Generators Seek to Raise Capacity Prices Through Complaint at FERC
• Retail Supplier Affiliate Agrees to $7 Million Fine
Oncor has filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to reduce the charge for a Priority Move-In for a Self-Contained Meter, for non-AMS meters or AMS meters without remote connect/disconnection functionality
At least two more lawsuits seeking class action status have been filed against retail suppliers whose only allegation is that suppliers' rates were not "market-based" as claimed in various supplier materials.
The District of Columbia PSC issued show cause orders to 10 retail electric suppliers after the PSC alleged that the suppliers failed to respond to a prior directive to confirm the data used in their filed fuel mix reports, while directing numerous other suppliers to file reports or bring their filings into compliance
Staff of a PSC have proposed that the Commission adopt regulations that would require a notice of change in a retail supplier's rate prior to the rate being billed to customers and require what Staff terms a "soft verification" that demonstrates the customer's willingness to maintain the revised agreement with new rates and or fees.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has granted IGS Energy a waiver of the third party verification requirements contained in Ohio Adm. 4901:1-29-06(D)(6)(b) and 4901:1-21-06(D)(1)(h) for in-dwelling sales conducted in accordance with a tablet-reliant process described by IGS Energy.
Capacity markets, Texas policymakers were told, provide a net benefit to customers because they eliminate unpredictable and volatile instances of excessive scarcity pricing in the energy market that customers cannot stomach, and therefore the billions provided in capacity subsidies result in lower total costs.
Direct Energy is seeing improved margins in its commercial and industrial supply business, but saw its residential customer count fall during the third quarter, Centrica said in an interim management statement.
• Update: PowerOne Confirms Retail Energy Provider Acquisition Targets Are LSEs
• TXU Renews Deal with Texas City, Rate Disclosed
• Pepco Files New Bypassable Transmission Rates in D.C.
• Report: Energy Firms Dissatisfied With CFTC Over Rule Changes
Spark Energy will, at this time, acquire a smaller Connecticut customer book from Town Square Energy than originally contemplated, after the Connecticut PURA informed the suppliers that it could not sanction the assignment of certain customers whose contracts PURA interpreted as being expired.
• Dayton Power & Light Files 2015 Generation Rates
• ERCOT Files NPRR for New Ancillary Services Design
• Report: Electric Rates Not Expected To Increase At Massachusetts Municipal Utilities
• Retail Supplier-Commissioned Poll Urges Maryland to Support Solar
Here are the Western Massachusetts Electric Company basic service rates for the first six months of 2015 for residential and small commercial customers, and first three months of 2015 for medium and large customers
Summer Energy Holdings, the parent of Texas REP Summer Energy, LLC, reported a wider loss for the three months ending September 30, 2014, as the company continues to attempt to obtain economies of scale.
• Solar Provider Hires Former Tesla Director
• Connecticut, Massachusetts Utilities Expects Gas Bills to, "Remain Stable and Very Competitive" This Winter
• Connecticut Approves Significant Increases for CL&P, UI Default Service Rates
• ERCOT Posts Analysis of Clean Power Plan Impacts
• SunEdison and TerraForm Power Sign Definitive Agreement To Acquire First Wind
• Release: Direct Energy Maintains Price Protection in CT, MA, PA
• Generators File Complaint to Disqualify Demand Response From ISO-NE Capacity Auction
• Maine PUC Issues Consumer Assistance Bulletin on Electric Choice, Shopping
The Pennsylvania PUC has ruled on whether it can interpret the terms and conditions of a contract between an electric generation supplier (EGS) and a customer to determine whether a breach has occurred, or setting the rates an EGS can charge.
The Pennsylvania PUC has affirmed that it lacks jurisdiction to enforce the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and Telemarketer Registration Act, but that the Commission may determine whether a retail electric supplier's prices conform to its disclosure statement
After receiving more information regarding the impact on customers from the alleged violations, the Pennsylvania PUC accepted without modification a settlement between its Staff and ResCom Energy LLC under which ResCom will pay $59,000 to resolve an investigation into alleged slamming, Do Not Call violations, and other marketing violations.
The Board of Directors of Genie Energy Ltd., the parent of IDT Energy, has initiated payment of a quarterly dividend to holders of its Class A and Class B common stock and declared a dividend of $0.06 per share for the third quarter of 2014.
• Former NRG Exec Joins Andalay Solar as COO
• ConEdison Solutions Officially Announces Massachusetts Market Entry for Individual Residential Customers
• Retail Supplier Launching Fund to Help Veteran Who Have Trouble Paying Utility Bills
Similar to action undertaken at Pepco and Delmarva, the Maryland PSC said that Baltimore Gas & Electric SOS rates should continue to include some form of an Administrative Charge, a bypassable adder reflecting certain costs to serve SOS customers not in energy commodity prices, but directed further proceedings to develop the specific level of the charge.
Nstar said that it has filed new basic service rates with the Massachusetts DPU for the six-month period beginning January 1, 2015, with the new residential basic service rate increasing to nearly 15¢/kWh.
In draft legislative recommendations for the 2015 scope of competition report, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that the legislature explicitly provide the Commission with authority to ban certain companies or individuals from participation in the retail market.
• Dominion Retail Now Selling Residential Natural Gas at PECO
• Oncor Seeks to Ratebase, Socialize Cost of Batteries, Storage
• In Wake Of National Grid Rate Hike, Electric Customers Turning To Alternatives
• Calpine Completes Purchase Exelon Power Plant in New England
• BGE Forecasts 13% Lower Natural Gas Bills This Winter (Provides Estimate of Default Service Rate)
• City Warns That Energy Solicitors Spreading False Information Regarding Aggregation Suspension
• Court: Petroleum Lobby's Site ChooseEnergy.org Doesn't Infringe on Broker Choose Energy's Trademark
• Report: Founder of Lobby Firm McBee Strategic to Join NRG Energy
• ISO New England Cites "Deteriorating Resource Performance" in Announcing 2014 Regional System Plan
The Retail Energy Supply Association requested that the District of Columbia PSC establish a working group of interested stakeholders to hold a series of meetings to discuss modifications to the customer protection rules proposed by the PSC.
The Connecticut PURA has adopted forms and associated requirements to be used for several statutorily required notices to be sent by retail electric suppliers, adopted new product definitions, and clarified several rules, including a finding that sending generic terms and conditions do not meet certain statutory mandates.
Renewable Power Direct, a wholesale power marketer which heretofore has concentrated on providing wholesale renewable power to customers via the customer's existing load serving entity (essentially as a matchmaker), is expanding its service to include serving customers at retail in states with electric choice.
The retail customer base of Genie Energy, parent of IDT Energy and new brand Residents Energy, essentially stabilized during the third quarter, as churn returned to normalized levels after the polar vortex.
The Maryland PSC says that responses from U.S. Gas & Electric and affiliate Energy Service Providers, Inc. to show cause orders issued by the PSC show that the complaints levied against USG&E in the show cause orders should be dismissed — with one exception
• Avoid The Risk Premium? Maine SOS RFP Seeks 10-Month Bids to Supply Non-shoppers
• Ohio Discloses Winning Bidders from FirstEnergy Utilities' Default Service Auction
• CPower Brand Resurrected for New DR Company Formed from Constellation, Comverge
• N.H. Further Directs Exploration Default Service Procurement Issues, Including Alternative Plans
A final Connecticut PURA decision concerning retail supplier customer notice requirements (click here for related story today) does not state any intent by PURA to investigate two suppliers' compliance with the rule governing the use of third-party agents.
Energy Future Holdings reported in a 10-Q that its competitive retail businesses recorded a net loss of residential customers from June 30, 2014 to September 30, 2014, but the loss was less than 1% of its customer base.
Results from recent default service auctions in Pennsylvania and Ohio appear to reflect an increased risk premium, which FirstEnergy Solutions believes is, "associated with volatility and uncertainty in PJM," Leila Vespoli, FirstEnergy Corp.'s Executive Vice President, Markets, said during an earnings call.
• NRG Begins Construction on New Peaking Plant Near Houston
• City Asks PUCO to Bar FES from Terminating Contract While Polar Vortex Dispute Pending
• Retail Supplier South Jersey Energy Debuts Redesigned Website
• Impression Made: NRG Energy TV Ad Cited As Analogy By Local Press
Power Resources, Ltd. would pay $37,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve allegations that Power Resources violated PURA § 39.151(d), and P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.503(f)(2), concerning failure to adhere to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Operating Guide §§ 2.2.5(2), related to automatic voltage regulators, and 2.6.2(1), related to generators.
• Report: Texas Retail Market Vets Acquire 100% Ownership of Minor League Baseball Team
• Rates Rising for Maine Consumer-Owned Utility (With Choice)
• Judge Allows EFH Sale of Oncor to Proceed With Conditions
• Report: Aggregation Implementation Confuses Some Residents
Duquesne Light should maintain the use of laddered 12-month contracts to serve small C&I customers due to the potential for market shock such as the "Polar Vortex", a Pennsylvania ALJ said in a recommended decision on Duquesne Light's default service plan for the period beginning June 1, 2015.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects the region will have sufficient electric supplies this winter, based on a broad range of planning scenarios in the Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) released Friday.
• Massachusetts DPU Plans on Launching Energy Shopping Comparison Site
• Constellation Completes Acquisition of Integrys Energy Services
• National Fuel Gas Distribution Lowers Supply Charge
• Proposed Aggregation Draws Mixed Opinions
FERC approved without modification a series of tariff revisions filed by PJM to revise PJM's rules related to offer price adders ("FMU adders") for generation units that are frequently offer capped, referred to as Frequently Mitigated Units.
FERC announced that on January 7, 2015 it will convene a technical conference concerning the justness and reasonableness of PJM's existing tariff provisions related to the Financial Transmission Rights (FTR) forfeiture rule and uplift allocations as applied to Up-to Congestion (UTC) transactions and virtual (INC/DEC) transactions.