The 2015 Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS) was released yesterday and the accompanying report concludes that municipal aggregation risks becoming an "end point" which stifles a fully competitive market
If TXSU, LLC, an applicant for a Texas aggregator license (click here for prior story), operates or markets its products under the "TXSU" name, "there could be substantial confusion among municipal and political subdivision retail electric customers due to the similarity of the names 'TXSU' and 'TXU,'" TXU Energy said in comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas
An initial decision from a Pennsylvania ALJ concerning a complaint filed against Liberty Power Holdings, LLC would dismiss the complaint because the PUC does not have authority to issue refunds to larger business customers.
TriEagle Energy LP filed a supplemental assurance with the Public Utility Commission of Texas concerning its application to use the trade name Energy Rewards, stating that it would not file suit against other REPs using the term energy rewards generically, but that it reserves its right to pursue remedies against anything which infringes on its "brand."
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A new draft of proposed changes to the electric and natural gas supplier rules in Maryland has dropped an earlier proposal that would have required affirmative consent for any rate change, and would continue to allow the use of voice verification for consent where required by law.
Certain of the Reforming the Energy Vision proposed demonstration projects -- particularly Consolidated Edison's CONnectED Homes Platform -- would provide to selected utility partners, "a distinct and discriminatory competitive advantage," the Retail Energy Supply Association said in comments to the New York PSC
A Connecticut PURA draft would allow electric suppliers to offer a different rate from the rate listed on the customer's bill as the next month's supplier rate, but only where the rate is lower than the previously listed rate.
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Given delays in the adjudication of sought PPAs between AEP's Ohio utilities and its merchant power plants, AEP executives said during an earnings call yesterday that the "main determinant" in AEP's strategic review of its merchant generation business (including its retail supplier) will be PJM capacity prices under the upcoming capacity performance auctions.
The Michigan PSC has opened a new docket to consider cost-shifting to default service (GCR) customers under Consumers Energy's choice program, after acknowledging alternative gas suppliers may not have had proper notice that issues affecting the gas choice and transportation program were to be addressed in a GCR proceeding
The Connecticut PURA issued its preliminary findings and determination regarding each retail supplier's 2013 RPS compliance, including each company’s REC banking and required alternative compliance payments.
From a resource adequacy planning standpoint, Michigan is unlikely to experience outages due to a lack of supply in 2016/2017, the PSC has concluded, though the PSC remains wary about future prospects.
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PJM's correct interpretation of its capacity performance tariff that excludes demand response and other non-generation resources from upcoming capacity auctions during a transition period is nonetheless unjust and unreasonable, FERC ruled yesterday, as the Commission directed PJM to delay the transition auctions as necessary to accommodate the non-generation resources
TXU Energy Retail Company LLC filed comments at the Public Utility Commission of Texas seeking assurances that TriEagle Energy, LP, which is seeking to add the trade name Energy Rewards to its REP certificate, won't take legal action against retail electricity providers that use or include the term "energy rewards" for any customer reward product, program or electricity plan names.
ERCOT is "amenable" to taking on certain data warehouse and management functions of Smart Meter Texas, but said that it should not be charged with any customer-facing aspects of SMT, such as the customer portal, ERCOT said in comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC filed comments at FERC in support of a petition from load interests to require PJM to use an updated load forecast methodology for upcoming capacity auctions, saying it is, "plainly unjust and unreasonable," to require load to pay $625 million in excessive capacity costs if the forecast is not corrected.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio should institute a warm transfer process, but should not move forward with instant connect, seamless moves, or contract portability, PUCO Staff recommended in a retail market improvement report.
Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC and Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC - Equitable Division have filed at the Pennsylvania PUC to merge the Merchant Function Charges ("MFC") and Gas Procurement Charges ("GPC") for both its Peoples Division and Peoples-Equitable Division.
A representative of Central Maine Power, "has been passing incorrect information to the PUC regarding Clearview's marketing practices that is unverified at best, and intentionally misleading at worst," Clearview Energy said in a response to the Maine PUC concerning its marketing practices.
A settlement between Palmco Power CT LLC and the Prosecutorial Unit of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority requires Palmco to make a $141,000 donation to Operation Fuel and changes to its door-to-door marketing practices to resolve an investigation into its marketing activities.
Some 16% of Illinois municipal aggregations have discontinued service, while the Commonwealth Edison residential market remains "moderately concentrated" from a competitive perspective, according to the Illinois Office of Retail Market Development annual report.
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During a recent supplier working group meeting in Connecticut, regulators expressed frustration with a marketing piece from an electric supplier that emphasized months-old rate increases in the default service rate.
A report from Staff of the New York PSC issued last month examining programs for addressing energy affordability for low income utility customers, including alternatives to the current disparate programs at each utility, does not recommend fixed price utility supply pricing, and declined to address limits on ESCO pricing.
The Pennsylvania PUC has granted the FirstEnergy utilities a temporary waiver of the accelerated switching provisions, until August 31, 2015, which require that customers be permitted to complete multiple off-cycle switches within three-business days.
A retail supplier would make a voluntary $2.6 million charitable contribution to Operation Fuel, Inc. as part of a settlement to fully resolve a Connecticut PURA investigation into the company's trade practices.
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The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a tentative order which would conclude that over a dozen retail suppliers and brokers are not in compliance with the security requirements of 52 Pa. Code §54.40(a) and (d) and therefore it is appropriate to cancel the EGS license of each company.
The Pennsylvania PUC has ordered that the large natural gas distribution companies implement natural gas account number look-up tools to facilitate customer shopping in public venues where customers do not have their bill and account number readily available, similar to mechanisms recently introduced in the electric market.
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Victoria County has withdrawn a formal complaint at the Public Utility Commission of Texas that had originally been 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).
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The Connecticut PURA has sought comment on its mandate under the state's recently adopted statutory ban on variable electric rates to develop an appropriate rate structure for residential customers whose fixed price contracts expire and who do not make an affirmative selection in response to such expiration.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas should determine as a threshold matter whether the issue of IGS Energy's sought good cause exception to the enrollment requirements in P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.474(f)(2) and (3), to enable a new enrollment method developed by IGS Energy, is better addressed through a rulemaking rather than a petition for a good cause exception.
New York PSC Staff will convene a further collaborative on July 23 to continue discussions on the following issues concerning the provision of services by ESCOs: defining the standards to be used to determine value added products and services that must be provided to Assistance Program Participants (APP); consider available technologies and mechanisms for implementing point-of-sale confirmation of APP customers; and consider how best to protect existing APP customers.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas invited stakeholders to populate a matrix with stakeholders' positions on the ownership, operation, and funding of the Smart Meter Texas web portal and data warehouse
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Michigan State Senator Mike Nofs, Chair of the Energy and Technology committee, has introduced a bill (SB 0437) which would maintain the 10% electric choice cap but make choice available only to current customers taking competitive supply or on the wait list, and would essentially require a one-time election for new customers to take choice or remain on utility supply.
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Consolidated Edison has filed several Reforming the Energy Vision products, and one of the projects, its CONnectED Homes Platform, envisions the utility bundling and reselling value-added services to customers.
The District of Columbia PSC has scheduled a supplier workshop and technical conference on certain rulemaking related to retail electric suppliers, such as the consumer bill of rights and supplier licensing standards
Millions of dollars are still available for Texas retail electric providers to be reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays to eligible low-income customers.
Attorneys General from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, along with PowerOptions, Freedom Energy Logistics, and several consumer advocates sent a letter to ISO-New England and New England electric transmission owners urging the companies to develop a transparent process that allows all stakeholders the opportunity to review, question and challenge proposed transmission rates.
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The Massachusetts Attorney General has submitted a proposed disclosure label to the DPU for use by retail electric suppliers, and the label notably would require retail suppliers to list default service rates on their disclosure labels.
Pike County Light & Power has filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a default service plan for the period June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2018 which would continue to rely on New York ISO spot market purchases for all default service load.
Texas-New Mexico Power has filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas its six-month report regarding the program under which REPs provide free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers, with costs, up to a cap, reimbursed by the TDU
Dynegy sees its retail electric supply business further strengthening its position in the Southern Illinois (Ameren/MISO) market, growing its business to exceed the share of all other competitive suppliers combined by 2018.
The Connecticut PURA has assigned Docket 15-06-15 for its review of variable rates required by Public Act 15-90, which generally bans variable rates but does delegate to PURA the rate treatment for customers on expiring fixed rate contracts who do not take an affirmative action in response to such expiration.
The Maine PUC has initiated an inquiry to examine current and potential alternative regulatory and rate-setting approaches for natural gas local distribution company (LDC) supply-related decisions and costs (Docket 2015-00155)
The California ISO, citing a lack of benefits, has asked FERC to allow the ISO to retain the current level of aggregation for load aggregation point (LAP) zones, and retail suppliers are supporting the ISO's request due to the "anti-competitive" impacts from any further disaggregation of LAPs.
The ERCOT Retail Market Subcommittee and Wholesale Market Subcommittee are jointly conducting a workshop for exploring potential improvements in third party access to customers’ Smart Meter Texas data and in-home devices.
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The issue of removing capacity costs from base delivery rates at the Long Island Power Authority should be examined in a separated proceeding to be opened concerning retail choice issues at LIPA, New York PSC Staff said in testimony last month concerning LIPA's proposed three-year rate plan.
Electric suppliers should not be permitted to charge customers any rate for a month that varies from the rate listed on the previous month's bill as the rate for the next month, the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel said in comments to PURA
The New York PSC has issued show cause orders to six ESCOs, directing each company to show why its eligibility to act as an ESCO in New York State should not be revoked, or why other consequences as set forth in the Commission's Uniform Business Practices (UBP) should not be imposed, for alleged non-compliance with certain UBPs.
Texas Public Utility Commissioners yesterday discussed next steps regarding its review of the reserve margin, with Chairman Donna Nelson stating that with ERCOT's "healthy" reserve margins, there is no "hurry" to resolve the issue.
In adopting a joint proposal concerning Central Hudson Gas & Electric's current rate cases, the New York PSC affirmed its prior decision to delegate to PSC Staff the review and approval of demonstration projects to be proposed by the utility as part of the Reforming Energy Vision proceeding.
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CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric has filed for approval of interim rates for its proposed new Distribution Cost Recovery Factor (DCRF), which it said are identical to the rates agreed to in a stipulation among the parties in the case (with such stipulation not yet formally filed).
The Connecticut PURA, under a draft decision, would re-open Docket 13-07-18 to re-examine several issues from its November 2014 order in the proceeding, including issues related to: customer notification method requirements; supplier website requirements; cancellation (rescission) methodology requirements; and communication of exact enrollment date requirements
A draft California PUC resolution would deny the application of San Diego Gas and Electric to provide line item billing service for non-tariffed products or services provided by non-utility providers, including utility affiliates
A TDU has reported in a market notice that it has expended 75% of program funds under the low-income smart thermostat and in-home display program under which REPs are reimbursed by the TDU for providing the devices to eligible low-income customers at no cost.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said that a hearing regarding IGS Energy's sought good cause exception to the enrollment requirements in P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.474(f)(2) and (3), to enable a new enrollment method developed by IGS Energy, is necessary because IGS's, "proposed process and the protection from misuse and fraud it offers are still relatively unknown."
An EGS has entered into an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with the Pennsylvania Attorney General to resolve allegations, as stated by the AG, that the company, "misled consumers through its marketing practices."
The practice of certain retail suppliers to charge an enrollment fee to customers, and how this fee should be presented on the Connecticut PURA rate board, has drawn attention from competing suppliers in the market as well as PURA.
The Connecticut PURA has scheduled a hearing regarding Docket 14-07-19RE01, concerning changes to customer bills required by statute, to further consider the issue of presenting a supplier's rate for the next month on the customer's bill.
A final settlement among Public Service of New Hampshire (Eversource), New Hampshire PUC Staff, the Office of Consumer Advocate, the state's Office of Energy and Planning, retail suppliers, and other parties has been reached and filed with the PUC
FERC denied make-whole payments sought by various Duke Energy generators related to their operation during the polar vortex, but opened a section 206 proceeding regarding compensation to generators in such circumstances (Docket EL14-45)
In a dissent from a FERC order largely adopting PJM's capacity performance proposal without modification, FERC Chairman Norman Bay warned that the flawed market design adopted by his colleagues will allow generators to profit despite non-performance.
FERC directed BluCo Energy LLC to provide the Commission with a status and scheduling concerning litigation which is contesting the ownership of the retail supplier, in light of dueling petitions before FERC for transactions to acquire the supplier.
The Connecticut PURA has issued letters to 11 retail suppliers directing the suppliers to comply with a November 2014 order requiring all suppliers to update their contact information with the Authority.
In testimony concerning Northern Utilities' proposal to provide capacity planning for 100% of its load with the exception of dual fuel customers (eliminating the capacity exempt status for other transportation customers), Global Montello Group Corp. and Sprague Operating Resources, LLC expressed that they are, "very concerned with the implementation of Northern's retail access program under Unitil's management."
Pennsylvania saw the number of residential customers on competitive supply decrease by over 10,000 accounts on a statewide basis from late April to late May, according to the latest data on PA Power Switch
Accent Energy Texas, LP d/b/a IGS Energy has asked the Public Utility Commission of Texas that its request for a good cause exception to certain enrollment verification rules not be referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, as requested by Commission Staff.
Two Texas generators would collectively pay $70,000 under settlements with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of ERCOT Protocols § 22.214.171.124 and ERCOT Operating Guide §§ 2.2.8 and 126.96.36.199, relating to primary frequency response
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A Texas complaint which had implicated retail electric providers' obligations to customers prior to assessing a new or modified TDU pass-through charge on customers has been dismissed by an ALJ as, with the customer's REP crediting the customer for the disputed charges, there is no remaining relief which the customer could receive from litigating the case before the PUCT.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric's requested revenue requirement for a new Distribution Cost Recovery Factor be revised downward by about $7 million, resulting in a lower charge applicable to REPs under the fee.
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The "preferred" mechanism for promoting large-scale renewable (LSR) development in New York is an open-source solicitation using a state entity as soliciting entity and the electric distribution companies as the PPA buyer or project owner, a NYSERDA report concludes
A utility has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for a waiver of several requirements related to retail electric supplier billing, including introduction of the joint supplier-utility bill, due to ongoing implementation of its new backoffice and customer billing system
A new stipulation among the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities and several industrial customer groups concerning the utilities' pending electric security plan filing would create a "pilot" program allowing certain industrial customers to opt-out of nonbypassable treatment of various non-market-based PJM charges, with such charges instead assigned to, and collected by, the customer's load-serving entity, rather than the distribution company.
Two proposals have been offered to the District of Columbia PSC to make the residential low-income electric assistance discount portable, or available to customers regardless of their electric supplier.
An initial decision from a Pennsylvania ALJ would conclude that the use of the term "competitive" by a retail supplier sales agent during a sales call to describe rates after an introductory period, when the rates subsequently charged were not found to be competitive by the ALJ, amounts to violation of Sections 62.114 and 111.12 of the Public Utility Code
A revised draft Connecticut PURA decision would find that "incidental" residential accounts -- those meters associated with non-residential customers but assigned a residential rate class -- are not subject to new statutory billing information requirements, removing the concern that such incidental accounts would be prohibited from taking complex rate products.
A Connecticut PURA draft decision would require a retail supplier to provide refunds to certain customers served under a fixed rate contract that the draft would conclude did not receive a notice about a change in their generation price 30-60 days before the end of their contract as required under Connecticut General Statutes §16-245o(g)(1).
The NRG Energy retail suppliers reported that the "shockingly low" success rate seen by retail electric suppliers using PECO's remote account number look-up tool is due to the poor data quality of PECO's customer list, and PECO's insistence on a 100% character-for-character match.
After conducting a second RFP, Nstar has awarded contracts to serve large commercial and industrial customers in the NEMA load zone for the three-month period beginning July 1, 2015, and has filed new basic service rates with the DPU
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has set for hearing the application of Dayton Power & Light to move certain under-recovered costs under the bypassable Competitive Bid True-up (CBT) rider into the nonbypassable reconciliation rider (RR-N).
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The Massachusetts DPU has proposed that the basic service bill recalculation apply to all municipal aggregation electric customers, except in cases where the aggregation is initiated coincident with one of the basic service pricing terms.
A Texas power marketer would pay $10,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve Staff's allegations that the marketer filed "false and misleading information" as part of financial statement submissions to ERCOT.
Duquesne Light has informed the Pennsylvania PUC that, by the end of the month, it intends to seek a waiver of a requirement that it offer, for a limited one-year term, a Time of Use generation rate program that was to be supplied by a single retail supplier.
Massachusetts should impose a fee on competitive retail electric suppliers who seek to use a forthcoming state-administered electricity shopping website and rate board, Nstar and WMECO (Eversource) said in comments to the DPU
Massachusetts should require that retail electric supply plans, which include an automatic renewal, that are posted on the state's forthcoming electric shopping website renew for a term of at least 12 months, the Massachusetts Attorney General told the DPU
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Blue Pilot Energy will drop its Pennsylvania electric customers to default service to the extent they do not choose another supplier in response to a notice from Blue Pilot that it is exiting the market, according to the Office of Consumer Advocate.
Staff of the New Hampshire PUC have invited stakeholders to offer, "written description of [their] preferred solution to address the high winter wholesale electricity prices that have plagued New Hampshire's and the region's electricity markets in recent winters."
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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of Duke Energy Ohio's first wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail electric generation service rates for the period June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2018.
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Spark Energy saw "strong" unit margins during the quarter ending March 31, 2015, and continued to experience attrition due to its withdrawal from the Southern California gas market, consistent with prior expectations.
Just Energy was serving 1.985 million mass market Residential Customer Equivalents (RCEs) as of March 31, 2015, versus 1.991 million mass market RCEs as of December 31, 2014 and 1.945 million mass market RCEs a year ago, the company said in reporting earnings
Western Massachusetts Electric Company has filed basic service rates for the period beginning July 1, 2015, and while lower than the winter rates, residential and small commercial fixed rates will still be nearly 10¢/kWh.
The District of Columbia PSC has commenced an "in-depth" review of Washington Gas Light's default service procurement and design of the Purchased Gas Charge, and has sought comment on its proposed review plan
The District of Columbia PSC has suspended its review of potential dynamic pricing programs, including potentially making SOS a dynamic pricing program (or adding an optional SOS dynamic pricing rate), citing the uncertainty regarding what compensation, if any, will be available in the wholesale market for demand response.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved the results of AEP Ohio's second wholesale auction that will, along with other auctions, ultimately determine its default service retail generation service rates for the period June 1, 2015 through May 2018.
"The duty [of retail electric providers] to disclose the applicability of demand charges is only upon enrollment, not after that time," Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said in a statement of position concerning a complaint case regarding demand charges.
Dynegy sees itself as best suited to be an integrator, "and to look at, probably, expanding our book of business through acquisitions," as opposed to organic growth, Sheree Petrone, Executive Vice President-Retail at Dynegy, said during DNV GL's Retail Energy Executive Forum
NRG reported that the $51 million increase in adjusted EBITDA for its Home Retail business during the quarter ending March 31, 2015, versus the year-ago, was driven by effective margin and risk management combined with colder than normal weather and lower supply costs
After announcing an average rate on Friday, Connecticut Light & Power has filed specific new default service rates for the period beginning July 1, 2015, with the residential rate set to fall by one-third.
WGL Holdings' retail energy marketing segment reported adjusted EBIT of $27.0 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2015, an increase of $34.8 million, over adjusted EBIT of $(7.8) million for the year-ago quarter.
Energy Future Holdings, parent of TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, recorded an increase in both its residential and C&I retail energy customer count during the three months ended March 31, 2015, EFH said in a 10-Q
The reality, despite the advocacy that we've attempted, [is that] we haven't had much success opening up markets," Mark Huston, President of Constellation Retail, said during DNV GL's Retail Energy Executive Forum
Staff of the New Hampshire PUC have recommended that for the residential and small commercial customers, the PUC should use six-month contracts for default service, with 100% of required load being bid at each procurement.
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Genie Retail Energy, the parent of IDT Energy and several other retail energy brands, saw its customer count decline marginally during the three months ended March 31, 2015 on lower gross additions, which customer churn was steady versus the prior sequential quarter.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC and Ambit Energy have jointly petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to dismiss a complaint case as moot concerning the imposition of demand charges on a customer after their delivery rate class was reclassified.
Citizens for Local Power (CLP) has proposed an opt-out municipal aggregation "demonstration" project for Ulster County, New York, as part of a collaborative on Reforming the Energy Visions projects resulting from Central Hudson's rate case.
The Massachusetts DPU approved a revised municipal aggregation plan for the Cape Light Compact, dismissing various concerns raised by the Attorney General, as either irrelevant to the aggregation plan itself, or outside of the DPU's jurisdiction.
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The Massachusetts DPU allowed new purchase of receivables discount rates at three utilities to take effect May 1, 2015, subject to further review and reconciliation similar to other annual reconciliation filings (e.g. basic service reconciliation factors).
The Pennsylvania PUC has informed the electric distribution companies that its Office of Competitive Market Oversight is performing an informal review of the non-market based charges imposed on load serving entities (LSEs) by PJM.
The "promised land" for retail electric choice in Rhode Island is out there, but the PUC needs retail suppliers to fight against the default "paternalistic" attitude of many state policymakers, Rhode Island PUC Commissioner Paul Roberti told the National Energy Marketers Association National Restructuring conference.
Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner James Cawley has again invited retail electric suppliers to compete to act as the single default service supplier at Citizens Electric Company and Wellsboro Electric Company.
The New York PSC issued a discussion document drafted by Staff in advance of a previously reported technical conference on ESCO eligibility requirements (licensing), and one of the considerations is the development of a standard product or products required to be offered by ESCOs
The New York PSC issued a discussion document drafted by Staff in advance of a previously reported technical conference on ESCO eligibility requirements (licensing), and one of the considerations is the licensing of energy brokers, who are currently not licensed by the PSC.
The New York PSC issued a discussion document drafted by Staff in advance of a previously reported technical conference on ESCO eligibility requirements (licensing), and one of the considerations is the introduction of "self-regulation" into the retail energy market.
The New York PSC issued a discussion document drafted by Staff in advance of a previously reported technical conference on ESCO eligibility requirements (licensing), and among the considerations are the introduction of risk management competency and financial fitness requirements, while a licensing fee was also floated.
The New York PSC issued a discussion document drafted by Staff in advance of a previously reported technical conference on ESCO eligibility requirements (licensing), and one of the considerations is the automatic imposition of additional licensing requirements for ESCOs with high complaint rates.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved the results of AEP Ohio's first wholesale auction that will, along with other auctions, ultimately determine its default service retail generation service rates for the period June 1, 2015 through May 2018.
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A Connecticut PURA draft order appears to prohibit retail suppliers from serving residential meters associated with non-residential customers (incidental residential accounts) with any product except a fixed rate, or standard variable-monthly rate, as defined in a prior PURA order concerning residential service.
PECO's time-of-use pricing pilot, which was supplied by an NRG Energy retail supplier, delivered a 6% average load reduction during non-holiday, weekday afternoons from 2 PM to 6 PM in June, July and August 2014, according to a report on the program filed by PECO.
Sustainable Westchester Inc. has sought clarification from the New York PSC regarding the definition of "small commercial customer" as used in the PSC's order approving Sustainable Westchester's plan to implement municipal aggregation "demonstration" programs.
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The Maine PUC has adopted final versions of standardized notice forms setting forth the requirements for the terms of service customer disclosure statement and renewal notices for residential or small non-residential customers which shall be used by retail electric suppliers.
Maryland's April SOS auction, for a portion of residential and Type I supplies for the period beginning October 1, 2015, and Type II supplies for the quarter beginning June 1, 2015, saw a material increase in bidder participation, the PSC's bid monitor reported.
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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• Consumers Energy: Electric Choice Allows Feds to Decide Michigan’s Fate
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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
• BBB Receives "Steady Flow" of Retail Supplier Complaints
• Committee Substitute of Austin Energy Choice Bill Contains No Substantive Changes
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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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• Despite High Winter Electricity Bills, Few In Connecticut Left Standard Rates
• AG Reviewing National Grid Billing Error (Incorrectly Charged Basic Service Cost Adjustment)
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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• Shell Energy Warns of "Overnight" Implementation of PJM Capacity Performance Changes, Seeks Clarity
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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).
• Another Lawsuit Filed Against Retail Supplier Concerning Do Not Call Law
• Norwich Bulletin Supports Ban on Variable Electric Rates
• Infinite Energy Now Listing Offers on Zonesty
• 3/12: Texas Demand Response Bill Filed, Contemplates Non-REP Demand Response Providers
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
• CUB: Efficiency Overtakes Electricity Competition As Most Reliable Way To Cut Power Bills in IL
• 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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• Customers at Muni Utility Without Choice, "Whose Rates Are Lower", Receive Direct Mail From Retail Supplier
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• FERC Sets Technical Conference on Real-Time/Day-Ahead Market Efficiency
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.
• Illinois Bills Would Change Utility Minimum Stay, Retail Supplier RPS Obligations
• Muni Aggregation Greenfield Light & Power Not Off To A Great Start
• 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
• NYISO Files at FERC To Implement Revised Shortage Pricing, Costs May Exceed $3,000/MWh
• 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 § 188.8.131.52.2(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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• RG&E Reaches Agreement To Support Exelon Merchant Nuke With Ratepayer Money
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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.