Texas State Rep. Jared Patterson has in a letter to the Public Utility Commission of Texas said that an LSE obligation is the "wrong route" for assuring ERCOT reliability and urged the PUC to consider a proposed Dispatchable Energy Credit (DEC) program
An EDC will hold a virtual technical conference regarding the customer information system conversion at issue which has prompted it to seek waiver of certain rules in order to suspend certain services provided to, or applicable to, retail energy suppliers during a CIS cut-over
A Work Group Leader submitted to a PSC a status report on the implementation of a new law which allows a residential customer to maintain their competitive electric supply contract following a change of address to a new service location (also known as Seamless Moves).
As of publication time on January 21, there has not been any public posting by the New York PSC to extend a waiver that allows certain ESCOs to continue providing green natural gas products to certain customers, without being subject to the mass market pricing limits
A Texas customer filed comments with the Texas PUC concerned about a "ploy" by an unnamed retail electric provider for its rates to appear more favorable on the Power to Choose website, but the cited situation is already addressed by PUC rules, and the customer may have encountered a potential instance of non-compliance
An ESCO filed a petition with the New York PSC seeking
a one-year extension of the implementation date for compliance with the retail market reset order that adopted modifications to the renewable energy products that can
be offered to mass-market customers, specifically, the requirement that all Renewable Energy
Certificates ('REC') purchased comply with the locational and delivery requirements of the Clean
Energy Standard ('CES') Tier 1
VertexOne, which recently completed the acquisition of EC Infosystems, today announces that its flagship retail energy event, Driving Growth 2022, will take place February 2-4, 2022, in person at the Four Seasons in Orlando, FL. The customer-focused event will bring together leaders in the deregulated retail energy market to share perspectives, discuss industry trends, and learn best practices to drive the industry forward.
Additional Texas TDUs have notified Texas retail electric providers of new web addresses available to REPs regarding each TDU's procedures for implementing involuntary load shedding initiated by ERCOT, in compliance with recently adopted Subst. R. §25.475(h)(4)
Oncor has notified Texas retail electric providers of a new web address available to REPs regarding the TDU's procedures for implementing involuntary load shedding initiated by ERCOT, in compliance with recently adopted Subst. R. §25.475(h)(4)
Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed a tariff reflecting summer 2022 SOS rates for mass market customers, and updates to previously set mass market SOS rates for periods beginning February 1, 2022 to reflect changes in the bypassable SOS Admin. charge
Sixteen municipalities and one county in New Hampshire which recently joined together to incorporate the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire (CPCNH or The Coalition) have issued an RFI for support services
The Public Utility Commission of Texas adopted Staff's proposal for adoption regarding changes to the retail electric market customer protection rules as filed by Staff, except for one modification related to the definition of a fixed rate, applicable to residential and small commercial customers
An ESCO has filed a petition at the New York PSC seeking an extension of the limited, one-year waiver granted by the Commission that permitted ESCOs previously offering green gas products to mass market customers to continue to do so without being subject to product pricing restrictions adopted as part of the New York PSC's retail market reset order
PPL Electric Utilities Corporation ("PPL Electric" or "the Company") filed comments at the Pennsylvania PUC recommending that the PUC modify two separate settlements between retail suppliers (EGS) and the PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) to add terms to the settlements requiring that the suppliers record all of their telemarketing calls, and that suppliers engage in greater agent training
Just Energy Group Inc. ("Just Energy" or the "Company") announced an update of the expected recovery by Just Energy from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. ("ERCOT") of certain costs incurred during the extreme weather event in Texas in February 2021 (the "Weather Event").
A retail electric provider has informed certain large commercial customers in Texas that it is invoking a "regulatory change" provision in the customers' electricity supply contracts to pass-through the costs of ERCOT's increased procurement of certain ancillary services.
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has filed separate Notices of Violations (NOV) against eight power generation companies for their alleged failure to file winter weather readiness reports by the December 1, 2021 deadline
An Arizona Corporation Commission ALJ has ruled that the application of Green Mountain Energy for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N) to act as a competitive retail electric supplier in Arizona shall be held in abeyance pending the issuance of an opinion from the state's attorney general related to retail electric competition, as requested by the Commission and Commissioners
The Texas PUC approved a settlement under which AEP Texas Inc. (AEP Texas), CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC (CenterPoint Houston), and Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP) will establish and operate load management programs for nonresidential customers during the period of December 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022
A utility has filed a request with a Public Utilities Commission seeking a "limited" 18-month waiver of a new rule which now requires that utilities not discriminate in the billing of non-commodity and other non-jurisdictional services.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have sought direction from the Commission on four topics related to the prior publication of proposed amendments to 16 TAC §25.43, 25.471, 25.475, 25.479, and 25.498 and new TAC §25.499, related to the retail electric market and customer protection rules
SunSea Energy issued the following statement concerning a recent order from the New York PSC which denied the application submitted by SunSea Energy LLC seeking eligibility to serve mass-market customers as an ESCO in the State of New York:
The Maine PUC has approved new Standard Offer electricity rates for the residential/small customer and medium commercial customer classes at Versant Power-Maine Public District (MPD, formerly Maine Public Service)
In the Texas PUC's recently opened generic project (52760) housing stakeholder views on customer choice in non-ERCOT areas, East Texas Salt Water Disposal Company again proposed the Commission renew the retail electric competition pilot project in the service area of the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO)
The New York PSC has scheduled a stakeholder meeting as part of the Track II collaborative, under the PSC's retail market investigation, and the consideration of value-added products and services which may be provided by ESCOs to mass market customers.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) released a third-party audit report finding that no costs for stadium naming rights have been charged to customers of FirstEnergy’s three Ohio electric distribution utilities.
During today's open meeting, the Texas PUC deferred until its December 2nd meeting action on proposals from the TDUs in ERCOT to establish and operate load management programs for nonresidential customers during the period of December 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022
Texas PUC Commissioner Will McAdams has, in a memo in advance of tomorrow's open meeting, proposed that the PUC adopt a Dispatchable Portfolio Standard to address (along with other market reforms) reliability in ERCOT, as an alternative to the LSE obligation (which is essentially a three-year forward "capacity" obligation).
As part of a recently announced education effort to inform customers about various bill payment assistance options and other measures to mitigate the impact of higher energy prices, an Attorney General warned customers to, "[b]eware of competitive suppliers."
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 January 1, 2022
FirstEnergy Corp. said on Nov. 15 in a news release that, "With higher fuel costs expected to influence energy rates this winter, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is encouraging customers of its utility companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland to evaluate electric supply deals that fit their budget and protect against rising energy prices."
Just Energy Group Inc. ('Just Energy' or the 'Company'), along with its affiliates Just Energy Texas LP, Fulcrum Retail Energy LLC, and Hudson Energy Services LLC (the 'Just Energy Parties'), today initiated a lawsuit (the 'Lawsuit') against ...
In reporting earnings for the three months ending September 30, 2021 (second quarter of fiscal year 2022), Just Energy reported net positive mass market RCE additions for the first time since the first quarter of fiscal 2019
A REP affiliate that provides electrical resiliency via microgrids announced today that its customers now have the option to choose Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to achieve net-zero or negative carbon emissions.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, AEP Texas Inc. (AEP Texas), CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC (CenterPoint Houston), and Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP) have entered into a settlement for the settling TDUs to establish and operate load management programs for nonresidential customers during the period of December 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022
Liberty Power Holdings, LLC and related affiliates (Liberty, or Debtors) asked a bankruptcy court to approve an amended customer book purchase agreement with NRG under which NRG agrees that it will no longer acquire any Connecticut customers from Liberty as originally contemplated
During a Texas PUC workshop, Commissioner Jimmy Glotfelty, in questioning a representative from NRG, which has proposed an LSE obligation as a reliability solution, stated he is "disturbed" about the existing retail market concentration among gentailers, and that he is concerned about any market design changes that could only be weathered by such gentailers
In response to a matter on remand from the Ohio Supreme Court, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today vacated its prior order granting Suvon, LLC d/b/a FirstEnergy Advisors certification as an electric broker/aggregator
The Arizona Corporation Commission today formally voted (3-2) to request, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-193(A)(7), an Attorney General Opinion regarding whether it can grant Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N) to competitive retail electric suppliers in light of the Phelps Dodge court case which invalidated several of the ACC's retail choice rules on procedural grounds
VertexOne, a leading provider of enhanced SaaS solutions to the utility industry, announces the completion of their acquisition of EC Infosystems, the largest provider of Customer Information Systems (CIS) , Billing, and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to retail energy companies in North America.
In comments to the Texas PUC, the ERCOT independent market monitor said that an LSE obligation, which has been proposed as a means of attaining reliability, would likely lead to further retail market consolidation.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) that will advance plans to place solar arrays on 47 public schools and several water treatment facilities in New York City and pave the way to a construction start in early 2022.
During a discussion of the impact of the ERCOT uplift LSE securitization program on specific customer complaints against retail electric providers filed at the Texas PUC, PUC Commissioner Lori Cobos reiterated that, "we've got to close the loopholes," on pass-throughs
During today's open meeting, the Texas PUC expanded the recently assigned Control Number 52760, originally styled as, "Investigation into Need for Customer Choice in Areas of Texas Served by Entergy Texas, Southwestern Public Service Company, and Southwestern Electric Power Company," to also include El Paso Electric
The Texas PUC has assigned Control Number 52760 for a proceeding styled as, "Investigation into Need for Customer Choice in Areas of Texas Served by Entergy Texas, Southwestern Public Service Company, and Southwestern Electric Power Company."
Staff of the Texas PUC formally issued for comment questions concerning a proposed LSE obligation as a means to assure reliability in ERCOT, as well as other questions arising from the PUC's recent work session on wholesale market design changes
A new bill has been introduced in the Michigan Senate which would allow some industrial customers to take service from a competitive retail electric supplier, regardless of the status of the 10% choice cap
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, announced their annual user conference has been moved to February 2-4, 2022 and will remain at The Four Seasons Resort and Spa in Orlando, Florida.
Potomac Economics (Potomac), the Independent Market Monitor ("IMM") for the wholesale market in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. ("ERCOT") region, proposed in comments to the Texas PUC the following modifications to the ERCOT market design, which were also discussed at a PUC work session last week.
A retail supplier requested that a federal bankruptcy court extend the periods of time under sections
1121(c)(2) and (3) of the Bankruptcy Code within which only the Debtor may file a plan and solicit
acceptances of the plan
The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) announced today that members today received clearance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for their proposed trading platform as a result of a 2-2 commission vote.
Vistra Corp. (the "Company" or "Vistra") today announced a new $2 billion share repurchase program and the pricing of a private offering (the "Offering") of 1,000,000 shares of its 8% Series A Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock (the "Preferred Stock") to ...
Two energy consultants announced a strategic partnership concerning services to municipalities in New Hampshire, with a focus on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), as well as municipalities' own accounts.
ERCOT said in a market notice today that, due to the resolution of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings between ERCOT and Tenaska Power Services Co., retail electric providers, other than those at-issue in the ADR, will see an increase in their RPS allocation
A REP, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (Staff), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), and the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) have filed a settlement under which GridPlus's retail electric provider certificate would be revoked for defaulting on ERCOT obligations in the aftermath of the February winter weather event.
Google is launching, via a preview to invited customers, Nest Renew, a suite of services connected to Google's latest smart thermostat that includes matching users with RECs and providing a single bill with the customer's utility and Nest charges
A PUC has provided an effective date for the adoption of previously reported new rules which do not allow electric utilities to discriminate in the provision of billing for non-commodity and similar services
A Shell-owned retail supplier, along with other affiliate entities, will now go to market for certain customers in the U.S. as Shell Energy, "in a move demonstrating strong customer focus and signaling the strength of one energy brand dedicated to serving customers’ complete energy transition needs," Shell said
TXU Energy launched a new Texas residential electricity plan -- TXU Energy Freedom Rewards - under which customers may earn 30% in free electricity, called Energy Cash rewards, for every dollar they spend on Energy Charges during the term of the plan
Consultants retained by NRG Energy, Inc. and Exelon Corporation have filed with the Texas PUC a proposal that would impose on retail electric providers a three-year forward "reliability requirement" if certain conditions are triggered
Exelon Corp. today announced the senior leadership of the transmission and distribution utility business and the competitive power generation and retail energy business that will result from the planned separation of the companies.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick has written a letter to Texas PUC Commissioners opposing a partial settlement in a PUC proceeding concerning an "uplift" financing program as directed by HB 4492 due to the settlement not calculating cost exposure during the winter storm on a "net" basis
Arizona Corporation Commission Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson filed a memo stating her intent to place on the October 27 Staff Open Meeting agenda all of the outstanding applications from retail suppliers for Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N) to provide competitive electric generation service in Arizona, as well as further consideration of the ACC seeking an opinion from the state's Attorney General concerning the electricity restructuring statutes and rules, given the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Johnson Utilities
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) announced today that it ordered its third-party auditor to examine utility rates paid by customers of the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities to ensure that such rates do not include charges for stadium naming rights.
A study released by the Pacific Research Institute, which is described as a nonpartisan California-based, free-market think tank, says that states with competitive electricity markets saw cheaper energy prices, more energy infrastructure investment to improve efficiency and reliability, and greater emission reductions compared to monopoly states
ERCOT filed with the Texas PUC a pleading to notify the Commission and the parties of potential issues that may impede ERCOT’s ability to calculate the amount of Uplift Balance bond proceeds due to Load-Serving Entities (LSE) under the methodology agreed to as part of the Docket No. 52322 partial settlement
TransAlta Corporation ("TransAlta" or the "Company") today announced its strategic growth targets, "which strengthen the Company's commitment to being a leader in clean electricity by delivering customer-centered power solutions. "
The Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) today said that updated 2020 data shows continued increases in costs to states with monopoly electricity suppliers, and the savings available under restructuring
Settling parties in a Texas PUC proceeding concerning an "uplift" financing program as directed by HB 4492 have filed a proposed opt-out notice and form that REPs would be required to send to transmission-voltage customers to inform such customers of their right to opt-out of the securitization program
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, has announced that they will be the overall sponsor for the 2021 Energy Marketing Conference in New York City on Thursday, October 7th.
Parties in a Texas proceeding concerning an "uplift" financing program as directed by HB 4492 have filed an unopposed settlement addressing certain issues, including the methodology and process for allocation of securitization proceeds to load serving entities
The affiliate of a retail energy supplier announced today that it has taken additional steps forward in capitalizing and executing its strategic transformation to a renewable energy and digital infrastructure growth platform.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas filed a letter with the PUC, in a proceeding concerning an "uplift" financing program as directed by HB 4492, stating that, "This letter is to notify you that Commission Staff and the parties to the above-styled docket have either agreed in principle or are unopposed to a settlement," that would resolve ...
Just Energy Group Inc. ("Just Energy" or the "Company") announced today that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the "Court") has, among other things, extended the stay period under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) ("CCAA") to December 17, 2021 (the "Stay Extension").
A Texas electric broker has registered the following assumed names with the Texas Secretary of State, and has filed an amendment to its Texas electric broker registration to reflect such assumed names as well: "Tesla Power Texas"; "Tesla Power"; "Tesla Power TX"; and "Tesla Energy."
Alleging an, "apparent misrepresentations with respect to certain information" provided by an ESCO as part of its ESCO eligibility re-application to serve customers in the State of New York, the New York PSC directed ...
A regulator has issued a proposed interim decision to assign specific amounts of costs to retail suppliers for expenses incurred by utilities in implementing a mechanism for suppliers to refund amounts owed to customers under a "next cycle rate" amnesty program.
In reply comments to the Texas PUC in a customer protection rulemaking implementing various recent legislation, a REP said that the PUC should require REPs provide, on a monthly basis, clear notice of the price applicable for the month before that product goes into effect for a customer each month.
A start-up has been formed to, "accelerat[e] the transition to a sustainable future by building a 21st century energy supplier that (1) delivers an amazing customer experience, (2) integrates low-cost renewables and demand flexibility, and (3) delivers products for consumers to decarbonize their homes, businesses, and transportation."
In comments to the Texas PUC in a customer protection rulemaking implementing various recent legislation, a retail electric provider said that the PUC should "clarify" proposed §25.475(e)(3)(A) to require a REP to provide, on a monthly basis, "clear notice of the price applicable to a default renewal product before that product goes into effect for a customer each month."
Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) and AARP Texas alleged that several retail electric providers are offering non-compliant fixed rate products, while alleging others are using terms of service documents to circumvent customer protections in PURA or the PUC rules, in comments filed with the Texas PUC in a customer protection rulemaking proceeding
The following is a news release from the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Of note, the group seeks a moratorium on new municipal aggregations until CCAs are formally subject to a California PUC general order on supplier diversity
A retail energy supplier announced today that an agreement is in place to help PepsiCo, McCormick & Company, Best Buy and ViacomCBS’ KTVT and KTXA TV stations power their operations with energy from ...
During a Department of Public Service stakeholder meeting, a representative of several New York utilities balked at purchasing the receivables of ESCOs for non-supply, energy-related value-added products and services (ERVAS), and said that the issue of POR for ERVAS should be considered in Track II of the PSC's retail market review
In recent comments to the Texas PUC concerning the criteria and related issues for power outage alerts (which are required under new legislation), Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC said that the PUC should consider requiring retail electric providers to share with the TDUs their customers' email addresses, to facilitate communication of the outage alerts to customers
In directing certain preliminary actions with respect to Docket 52322, which is addressing an "uplift" financing program as directed by HB 4492, the Texas PUC at its open meeting today did not rule on the question of whether netting shall be required under the program
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has written a letter to the Texas PUC Chair and Commissioners stating that the Texas Senate would not have passed a bill giving taxpayer
dollars to companies that profited during the winter storm, and said that HB 4492 requires netting
Several Texas retail electric providers have opposed ERCOT's proposal for how ERCOT will calculate charges to recover costs of the uplift financing program under HB 4492. REPs also opposed additional security requirements proposed by ERCOT under the financing program
Staff of the Texas PUC have proposed the amount of costs to be allocated to each retail electric provider for those REPs who 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 the Public Utility Commission of Texas have proposed the fees to be allocated to retail electric providers and other companies to cover the cost of broadcasting PUCT meetings online for FY 2022.
As previously reported, the New York PSC 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.
Twenty Texas State Senators, including Senators Charles Schwertner and Kelly Hancock, have filed a letter with the Texas PUC explaining their position that the legislative intent of HB 4492 is that netting is required in establishing proceeds to be provided to LSEs under the "uplift" financing process
ERCOT issued a market notice stating that it anticipates that it will lift the moratorium on interconnection of Distribution Generation Resources (DGRs) and Distribution Energy Storage Resources (DESRs) beginning ...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has remanded to FERC a complaint concerning the results of the 2015 Midcontinent ISO capacity auction, finding that FERC's conclusion that the outcome of the auction was just and reasonable, because the auction complied with the applicable tariff, lacked adequate explanation, and was therefore arbitrary and capricious.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO) announced upcoming online training in the door-to-door marketing regulations at 52 Pa. Code Chapter 111.
The Illinois Commerce Commission's Office of Retail Market Development has published its annual retail electric market report, which includes a comparison of costs paid by customers served by an alternative retail electric supplier (ARES), including through municipal aggregation, versus the costs that would have been paid under default service
Citing recent court precedent concerning the Arizona Corporation Commission's lack of plenary authority outside of ratemaking, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson in a memo urged the ACC to comply with "paramount" state law, which requires that the ACC direct the electric utilities to open their territories to electric choice, and requires the ACC to adopt rules for electricity competition
Staff of the Texas PUC filed comments with the Commission concluding that HB 4492 -- which creates a program to finance Reliability Deployment Price Adder ("RDPA") charges and Ancillary Service costs above the Commission's system-wide offer cap for the period beginning 12:01 a.m., February 12, 2021, and ending 11:59 p.m., February 20, 2021 (known as "uplift") -- contemplates determining exposure on a net basis inclusive of affiliated entities, a view shared by OPUC and independent REPs, while most gentailers argued that netting is not permitted under the statute.
A retail electric supplier applied at the Arizona Corporation Commission for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N) to
provide competitive electric generation service in Arizona in accordance with the Energy
Texas Representative Chris Paddie sent a letter to the Texas PUC stating his opinion that HB 4492 -- which creates a program to finance Reliability Deployment Price Adder ("RDPA") charges and Ancillary Service costs above the Commission's system-wide offer cap for the period beginning 12:01 a.m., February 12, 2021, and ending 11:59 p.m., February 20, 2021 (known as "uplift") -- does not authorize any "netting" of an LSE's costs under the program against any affiliate or other company
A Superior Court has affirmed a decision which, among other things, limits voluntary renewable electricity supply offers (VRO) from retail electric suppliers to using only RECs sourced from certain RTOs and which meet certain definitions, and which prohibits the use of the term "renewable energy" to market a REC product
Several Texas retail electric providers have filed comments with the Texas PUC stating that a proposal from PUC Staff to implement an opt-out process for transmission-voltage customers from the winter event uplift financing program impermissibly changes the process to an opt-in process
The U.S. Senate "infrastructure" bill (H.R.3684, S.Amdt.2137) would empower the Energy Information Administration to compel LSEs to report to the EIA financial or contractual agreements for power and generation
resource type attributes
As part of a rulemaking to implement recent legislation, the Texas PUC will consider whether to prohibit all index products, and any product with a pass-through of ancillary services, for residential and small commercial customers
Staff of the Texas PUC have filed a draft proposal for publication 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 proposal for publication also includes new customer protection changes not mandated by statute.
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, announced a promotion for their annual user conference that will include a free Disney park ticket for all early bird attendees who register and book their hotel stay before August 15, 2021.
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.