During a press briefing on actions that the Texas PUC and ERCOT are taking to improve grid reliability as the hottest days of summer approach, PUC Chairman Peter Lake provided the consumer cost, to date, of certain reliability actions the PUC has directed ERCOT to undertake for this summer
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio today announced that, "FirstEnergy Corp. has been charged federally with conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud and has agreed to pay a $230 million monetary penalty. The company signed a deferred prosecution agreement that could potentially result in dismissal of the charge."
The Texas PUC has issued a request seeking briefing on the treatment of offsets and affiliates in determining an entity's eligibility to seek compensation under the financing program established to compensate entities for costs above the system-wide offer cap during the relevant period of the winter weather event.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has filed for discussion a draft for new 16 Texas
Administrative Code (TAC) §25.55 to implement weather emergency preparedness measures
for generation entities and transmission service providers in the Electric Reliability Council of
Texas (ERCOT) power region, as required by Senate Bill 3
Blitz Ventures Inc. d/b/a EnergyBot, the retail electricity plan comparison website owned by Vistra, filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio a notice of material change to its electricity broker license to update its service areas
A retail electric supplier and a manufacturer of wire & cable, tools, components, and assembled solutions announced today that they have entered into a long-term renewable energy certificate (REC) purchase agreement through which ...
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, has announced a partnership with IronHorse Power Services, LLC for both EDI and Billing/CIS.
A clean electrification company which provides renewable energy solutions to customers, and CBRE Acquisition Holdings, Inc. ("CBAH") today announced a definitive agreement for a business combination that would result in ...
A retail energy regulator issued a ruling stating that the 25% rate increase notice ("Form 4") which must be sent by retail electric suppliers to residential customers applies to all contracts, both fixed and variable
The Coalition of Competitive Retail Electric Providers (hereafter "Petitioners") have filed modified language for their petition requesting that the Texas PUC amend PUC Subst. R. §§25.29 and 25.483 concerning disconnection moratorium triggers
Several groups ranging from Public Citizen to R Street Institute and the Energy Choice Coalition have requested that U.S. congressional leaders direct the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) or other
independent organization, "to examine the cost and reliability impacts of wholesale markets."
In reply comments, Staff of a retail energy regulator said that Staff was "surprise[d]" that retail energy suppliers are opposing a vaccination requirement for sales agents as part of the complete end to current moratorium on in-person sales
The affiliate of a retail energy supplier announced that a subsidiary has expanded its offerings to provide customers with, "a complete product suite that now includes onsite solar, in addition to its existing offerings of battery storage, electric vehicle charging, microgrids, and energy management systems."
East Texas Salt Water Disposal Company ("ETSWD") has filed a new petition with the Texas PUC in which ETSWD requests that the PUC initiate a project to "renew" the retail competition pilot project associated with the Southwestern Electric Power Company
("SWEPCO") service territory.
Texas stakeholders filed with the Texas PUC comments on a strawman containing proposed rule changes to implement HB 16, which generally bans wholesale energy market index plans to mass market customers, and relevant portions of SB 3. The strawman also includes new customer protection changes not mandated by statute.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to members of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), "directing them to take immediate action to improve electric reliability across the state," the governor's office announced
The Maryland PSC has adopted an order setting forth its conclusions that led to its approval, last year, of the optional renewable electricity Standard Offer Service – Green (SOS-G) rider offered by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative to its default service customers.
A retail electric supplier has entered into a settlement with the Pennsylvania PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) to resolve alleged telemarketing violations which occurred during a sales call to the PUC's Director Of Oversight, and also several alleged instances of slamming
Leyline Renewable Capital ("Leyline"), a provider of debt and equity capital for renewable energy development and construction, and Starwood Energy Group Global ("Starwood Energy"), a private investment firm that specializes in energy infrastructure investments, today announced a newly formed joint venture
Energy Harbor LLC opposed a proposal from Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission that would allow all forms of in-person marketing to resume, but with the condition that all sales agents be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus
Daryl Metcalfe, Majority Chairman of the Environmental Resources & Energy Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, said in a letter to PJM's Board and CEO that Pennsylvania can leave PJM's capacity construct and pursue a competitive capacity structure if PJM cannot "contain" the impact from state subsidized resources and provide a competitive market
Staff of the Texas PUC have filed a strawman containing proposed rule changes to implement HB 16, which generally bans wholesale energy market index plans to mass market customers, and relevant portions of SB 3. The strawman also includes new customer protection changes not mandated by statute.
In comments to the Texas PUC in a proceeding on weatherization standards, Texas Competitive Power Advocates (TCPA) recommended that the PUC adopt a cost recovery mechanism, perhaps through a non-bypassable charge, for facilities subject to new weatherization mandates for whom cost-of-service ratemaking is unavailable.
The Texas PUC adopted without modification a draft proposal for adoption to modify the value of the low system-wide offer cap (LCAP) in ERCOT by eliminating a provision that ties the value of the LCAP to the natural gas price index, and replacing it with a provision that ensures resource entities are able to recover their actual marginal costs when the LCAP is in effect.
General Motors is collaborating with a retail energy supplier to provide comprehensive energy solutions programs to GM's customers and supply chain partners, including fixed-rate home energy plans backed by 100 percent renewable energy resources.
Energy Monger, LLC has reached a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), and the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) concerning Staff's petition to revoke the REP certificate of Energy Monger
In comments to the Pennsylvania PUC concerning the consideration of ending the current COVID-related prohibition on residential door-to-door retail energy sales, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation (PPL Electric) said that the PUC should ...
AARP Texas petitioned the Texas PUC for an emergency rule to lower the initial payment amount required under a deferred payment plan with a retail electric provider, and to extend the time over which the customer must pay the deferred balance
The Texas PUC has issued a written order rejecting a petition from East Texas Salt Water Disposal Company (ETSWD) for a declaratory order and request for the opening of a pilot retail electric choice implementation project at Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO)
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a secretarial letter in which the PUC said that it will not propose moving forward with electricity supplier consolidated billing (SCB) at this time, and through which the PUC closed its current SCB investigation without further action
In a response to the Independent Market Monitor's state of the market report, PJM said that, "PJM believes that provisions to administratively limit prices under sustained extreme price conditions could be helpful to limit unnecessary risk to market participants and consumers."
Staff of the Texas PUC have filed a draft proposal for adoption to modify the value of the low system-wide offer cap (LCAP) in ERCOT by eliminating a provision that ties the value of the LCAP to the natural gas price index, and replacing it with a provision that ensures resource entities are able to recover their actual marginal costs when the LCAP is in effect.
As part of an updated strategic plan and new corporate objectives for 2025, an IPP announced that it would, "[d]evelop and expand our existing customer base to directly supply electricity-consuming industries interested in reducing their carbon footprint."
During today's open meeting, Texas PUC Staff previewed a strawman to implement HB 16, which includes a ban on wholesale indexed plans for small customers, and which also includes new risk disclosure requirements in order to offer such plans to large customers
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed HB 4492, which provides a financing program available to retail electric providers for ancillary service charges and reliability deployment price adders above the $9,000 cap
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved, without modification, a stipulation among Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L), PUCO Staff, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio and several other large customer groups, IGS Energy, and several environmental groups which authorizes deployment of advanced meters, an upgraded customer information system, and other grid modernization activities (Smart Grid Plan Phase I or SGP I)
Several Texas retail electric providers have requested to participate in the matching process to receive a list of their low-income customers for the next fiscal year (fiscal year beginning on September 1, 2021.)
Staff of a retail energy regulator have filed a motion requesting that the Commission issue an order allowing all forms of in-person retail energy marketing to resume, including to residential customers, subject to several conditions, including a requirement that all sales agents be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus
The New York PSC has scheduled a stakeholder meeting initiating Track II proceedings in its retail energy market review, which will consider whether any further value-added ESCO products are appropriate for mass market customers.
A new Texas REP has requested from the Texas PUC a temporary good cause exception to the provision of 16 TAC § 25.107(e)(2) requiring a physical office located in Texas, "due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic."
During an open meeting work session, Texas PUC Chairman Peter Lake directed Commission Staff to include, as part of a rulemaking to implement HB 16 and its ban on wholesale indexed electricity plans for mass market customers, a review of ancillary service pass-throughs to commercial customers who are permitted to still be enrolled onto such contracts
The Coalition of Competitive Retail Electric Providers (hereafter "Petitioners") requested that the Texas PUC amend PUC Subst. R. §§25.29 and 25.483 so that Governor-declared states of disaster caused by catastrophic events such as tornadoes or hurricanes become events triggering a temporary prohibition on disconnections.
Vistra Corp. commissioned a study by a third-party consultant to determine what ERCOT market-clearing energy prices would have been during February 15-19, 2021 in the absence of the PUC's order setting the price at the $9,000 cap
A Texas PUC Commissioner today filed a memo proposing that the PUC end the disconnection for non-pay moratorium applicable to retail electric providers, which was adopted after the February winter weather event
As reported earlier this month: A California PUC ALJ has issued a proposed decision concerning a review of expanding electricity direct access which would find that, "the Commission concludes that at this time, expansion of Direct Access to all non-residential customers would present an unacceptable risk to the state’s long-term reliability goals."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed HB 16, which prohibits wholesale indexed electricity plans for residential and small
commercial customers, and also requires REPs to serve customers on a default renewal contract if the customer takes no affirmative action at renewal
The Texas Senate has passed on third reading an amended version of HB 4492, which is intended to provide certain relief to retail electric providers concerning certain costs from the winter weather event
The holder of nearly 30% of Common Shares of Just Energy Group Inc. has filed an amended Schedule 13D with the U.S. SEC which reveals that it has engaged advisors to assist in a review and evaluation of strategic alternatives with respect to Just Energy
ERCOT said today that, "As part of ERCOT’s aggressive pre-summer preparation activities, the grid operator will test its automated emergency grid conditions communication system this evening, Wednesday, May 26, beginning at 7 p.m."
The Texas Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, for purposes of advancing the bill as session nears its end, has reported favorably without amendments HB 4492 which would create a mechanism for the Public Utility Commission of Texas to authorize the securitization of ERCOT market default and uplift charges related to the winter weather event, including costs of ancillary services
The Texas House today passed on third reading an amended version of SB 3, which would allow residential and small commercial wholesale index electricity plans to continue to be sold, subject to a price cap and various notice requirements
The Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee has drafted a committee substitute to HB 4492 which would omit ancillary service charges, such as those ultimately charged to retail electric providers, from the costs addressed by the relief provided by the bill
In passing to third reading SB 2154, a bill which would change the composition of the Texas PUC, the Texas House adopted an amendment which would require that, "At least one [PUC] commissioner must be well informed and qualified in the field of public interest advocacy and have a background in representing the interests of customers of utilities."
The Texas House Committee on State Affairs this week reported favorably a substitute version of SB 3, and the substitute would allow residential and small commercial wholesale index electricity plans to continue to be sold, subject to a price cap and various notice requirements
A regulator said that it has recovered more than $9.4 million for customers, "following an investigation that found dozens of electric suppliers failed to abide by existing customer protection regulations."
A California PUC ALJ has issued a proposed decision concerning a review of expanding electricity direct access which would find that, "the
Commission concludes that at this time, expansion of Direct Access to all
non-residential customers would present an unacceptable risk to the state’s long-term
Several New York utilities have entered into a rate case joint proposal which includes an agreement for the LDCs not to implement a proposed green natural gas supply tariff for utility supply customers through March 31, 2023.
In response to a request from District of Columbia PSC Chairman Willie L. Phillips, the PJM Independent Market Monitor analyzed the impacts of the
creation of Fixed Resource Requirement (FRR) entities in the District of Columbia (DC).
FRR entities elect to not participate in the PJM Capacity Market and to use the FRR
option to satisfy their capacity obligations
In a letter to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the CEO of a REP requested that the PUC end the moratorium on disconnections for non-pay which was adopted in the aftermath of the February winter weather event, arguing that the viability of the retail market is threatened by the ongoing moratorium
An Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) is advising small businesses, multi-dwelling residential, and institutional property owners to review and assess their competitive energy service contracts for terms, conditions, requirements, and consumer protections
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, has announced the successful implementation of renewable energy leader Community Energy’s billing and EDI services for its utility clean energy programs.
Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC filed a petition with the Public Utility Commission of Texas requesting that the PUC grant a good-cause exception to the October 2021 deadline under 16 Tex. Admin. Code ("TAC") § 25.247, and a prior Commission order, for Oncor to file its comprehensive base-rate review by October 1, 2021.
The Pennsylvania PUC last week issued an order providing the Commission’s interpretation as well as implementation of Sections 10 and 14 of Act 114 of 2020, which includes geographical limits on energy resources that qualify as Tier II resources under the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act, and the ability of retail suppliers to grandfather existing contracts for RECs
The Pennsylvania PUC last week voted to issue a tentative order that would grant an electric generation supplier license to Enerwise Global Technologies, LLC d/b/a CPower (Enerwise, Company, or Applicant) for the purpose of allowing CPower to obtain utility data concerning its customers to verify customer performance in demand response programs and assist customers in analyzing their usage and capabilities
NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service electricity rates for its Western Massachusetts service territory (WMA), formerly WMECO, for the period beginning July 1, 2021
Octopus Energy US formally announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the residential customer book of Texas retail electric provider Brilliant Energy LLC, which had been exclusively first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com on May 5
Exelon Generation Company, LLC and Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. sought, in Travis County, Texas, district court, judicial review of the Texas PUC's order dated February 21, 2021 which Exelon said, "removed the monthly cap on default amounts that can be uplifted onto ERCOT market participants
in the event of market default (the 'Uplift Rule')"
The Texas House has passed HB 4492 which would create a mechanism for the Public Utility Commission of Texas to authorize the securitization of ERCOT market uplift charges related to the winter weather event
The Pennsylvania PUC today issued a tentative order in which the PUC sought comment on a timeline for further modifying or lifting the PUC's March 16, 2020 Emergency Order which generally prohibits in-person marketing of retail energy, except for certain sales channels as previously reported
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said today that it is anticipating record-breaking electric demand this summer due to expected hot and dry conditions and continued economic and population growth throughout the region.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today voted to issue a proposal for publication that would change the ERCOT scarcity pricing rule to eliminate the 50-times fuel index price provision in the ERCOT market low system-wide offer cap (LCAP), such that the LCAP would be $2,000 per MWh and $2,000 per MW per hour
The Texas Senate has passed a resolution (S.R. No. 342) which, "urge[s] the Public Utility Commission of Texas
to significantly reduce the high system-wide offer cap and
evaluate changes to the market structure."
Last week, the Texas Senate passed a bill which, among other things, includes new disconnection protections for customers of retail electric providers, including expansion of the conditions under which disconnections are prohibited, and other customer rights concerning the disconnection process and related service.
Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed new residential and Type I SOS rates for the period beginning October 1, 2021, new Type II rates for the three-month period beginning June 1, 2021, and new bypassable SOS admin. charges, to be effective June 1, 2021 (impacting the previously set summer 2021 SOS rates)
Talen Energy Corporation ("Talen" or "the company") announced today that, as part of its strategic transformation to a "renewable energy and digital infrastructure growth platform," the company is developing one gigawatt of stand-alone battery storage projects across its U.S. footprint.