While, "still working out the details of the interim website," the Massachusetts DPU informed retail electric suppliers, for an interim shopping website that will go-live before this winter season as work continues on the more robust final site, that, "we expect that it [the interim site] will allow each participating supplier to list pricing for two fixed-price products (i.e., a six-month product and a twelve-month product) for residential customers."
The Public Utility Commission of Texas approved changes in the allocation factors used in the Transmission Cost Recovery Factors at Sharyland Utilities, LP, which are intended to bring a modicum of rate relief to customers.
A new report, PJM’s "Capacity Performance" Tariff Changes: Estimated Impact on the Cost of Capacity, commissioned by the American Public Power Association (APPA) estimates the cost impact on consumers of PJM’s recent Capacity Performance (CP) package of changes to its Reliability Pricing Model (RPM) capacity construct to be $7.3 billion over the course of the 2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19 delivery years, with likely further impact in later years.
A state's enacted 2016 budget bill contains a provision allowing the Secretary of State to establish an opt-in retail electric affinity program, under which the State would endorse, and potentially market, service from a chosen supplier
With 16 months of operation and citing recent experience, Texas Public Utility Commissioner Kenneth Anderson proposed in a memo in advance of today's open meeting that, "now is the time for the Commission to review the ORDC [Operating Reserve Demand Curve] in order to examine how it has functioned and whether there is a need for minor adjustments to improve its efficiency."
The Madison Square Garden Company and Major Energy announced a renewed and expanded multi-year marketing partnership, naming the New York-based energy supply company the Official Gas and Electricity Partner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, as well as an Official Partner of Madison Square Garden.
Matthew Beaton, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will deliver a keynote address at the National Energy Marketers Association's New England Energy Policy Summit to be held on October 12-14 in Cambridge, MA.
The New Hampshire PUC approved a settlement agreement between Liberty Utilities (EnergyNorth Natural Gas) and the Commission Staff and approved a 20-year contract for long-term, firm natural gas pipeline capacity on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.
The Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) has petitioned the New York PSC for approval of an opt-out electricity municipal aggregation in Sullivan County, New York for a four-year term, as a Reforming the Energy Vision "demonstration" project
The Maryland Public Service Commission announced that it has moved forward to publish in the Maryland Register, for notice and comment, "proposed regulations that will improve Maryland’s electric and gas retail choice supplier market for the benefit of Maryland customers."
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas again opposed a good cause exception of the door-to-door enrollment rules sought by IGS Energy to enable its tablet-based door-to-door marketing, stating that IGS's procedures, "fail to adequately protect the customer from potential confusion and improper influence."
FERC disclosed yesterday that shortly after the conclusion of the 2015/16 Planning Resource Auction (capacity auction) conducted by Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) in April 2015, the Commission’s Office of Enforcement began a non-public informal investigation under Part 1b of the Commission’s regulations, "into whether market manipulation or other potential violations of Commission orders, rules and regulations occurred before or during the Auction."
Duquesne Light has proposed a Time of Use program supplied by retail electric suppliers as a means of complying with the statutory requirement to offer a TOU option to default service customers, but would limit the number of suppliers able to participate in the program
The success seen by Direct Energy during two critical peak events called during this summer under its behavioral demand response program "overwhelmed" the company, Liz Maberry, Senior Director of Innovation at Direct Energy told attendees at the Gulf Coast Power Association fall conference.
There is "no rational reason" for electric choice not to be offered at Entergy Texas, Southwestern Public Service, and the ERCOT municipals and cooperatives (non opt-in entities, or NOIEs), Chris Hendrix, Director of Markets and Compliance for Wal-Mart, told attendees at the Gulf Coast Power Association fall conference.
The Connecticut PURA issued a final decision under which prohibits electric suppliers from serving residential customers on a month-to-month, or variable, rate at the end of a contract term for any contract, regardless of the date of execution.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of Dayton Power & Light's third wholesale auction for default service suppliers. Results will be blended with two previous auctions to determine retail generation service rates through May 2017.
Affiliates of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. have jointly filed an application along with Oncor Electric Delivery Company L.L.C. at the Public Utility Commission of Texas seeking regulatory approval for the sale of Energy Future Holdings' (EFH) current ownership stake in Oncor as part of EFH's ongoing bankruptcy proceeding.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas support changes in the Transmission Cost Recovery Factor allocation methodology proposed by Sharyland Utilities, LP, which would have the effect of mitigating some residential rate burden, but, in their primary recommendation, do not support a date earlier than the standard March 1, 2016 date for any change in the TCRF rates applicable to REPs.
Power Express, a Texas retail provider in the Volterra Energy Holdings family, announced it has launched a "revolutionary" web platform, "to redefine the way Texas residents shop for an electricity provider by removing price confusion and calculating the optimal, low cost electricity plan for their specific needs."
The Public Utility Commission of Texas sought briefs concerning a change in the allocations used to determine the Transmission Cost Recovery Factors (TCRFs) applicable at Sharyland Utilities, LP, and, if adopted, when any changes should take effect, as Commissioners suggested that the unique circumstances at Sharyland Utilities warrant adjustment to the TCRF rates applicable to retail providers outside of the twice-yearly changes which normally occur on March 1 and September 1.
Start-up retail provider National Gas & Electric, LLC applied for FERC market-based rate authority, stating that it is, "seeking to obtain licenses to provide retail electric service in several states that offer electric retail choice."
The Public Utility Commission of Texas granted start-up energy broker Payergy LLC an electric aggregator certificate to serve commercial and industrial customers, municipalities, and political subdivisions.
Non-Advocate Staff of the New Hampshire PUC have opposed the sale of Public Service Company of New Hampshire's generating assets, stating, "Staff’s analysis demonstrates that such a sale would not be in the 'public interest' as referenced in RSA 369-B:3-4 a, II."
New York opt-out municipal aggregation Sustainable Westchester, Inc. informed the New York PSC that certain of its member communities will go "above and beyond" the required opt-out notice mailing to utility bundled service customers, and will also mail information about the aggregation to customers currently on competitive supply, "to ensure that residents currently in contract with ESCO are alerted to their opportunity to opt-in to the program when their current contract terminates."
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio oppose relieving retail suppliers of responsibility for certain PJM charges at the FirstEnergy Ohio distribution companies and recovering such charges in nonbypassable rates applicable to all customers
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opposed proposed 15-year ratepayer backed contracts to support two power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions (as well as its share in a jointly owned plant), but offered modifications to the proposed program to the extent PUCO finds the program to be in the public interest
FERC issued a proposed rule to require any market participants in RTOs, including buyers, to file reports concerning the participant's "connected entities" (a new term broader than current affiliate reporting requirements)
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a tentative order which would extend through October 25, 2018 the shortened five-day waiting period between the time a natural gas customer is informed by the utility of a request submitted by a supplier to switch the customer's account, and the first date on which such switch may be executed.
In testimony in a NYSEG rate case, Staff of the New York PSC have recommended that, with limited exceptions, no non-affiliate entity should be allowed, by NYSEG or Rochester Gas & Electric, to use the NYSEG or RG&E name, trade names, trademarks, service marks or any derivative of the NYSEG or RG&E names
National Grid has filed with the Massachusetts DPU proposed electric basic service rates for the period beginning November 1, 2015 which reflect a 40-47% increase in the basic service rates for residential and commercial customers.
The Massachusetts DPU has denied petition from 35 municipalities to create, under the Hampshire Council of Governments, opt-out municipal aggregation programs, citing, among other reasons, what the DPU termed, "numerous misrepresentations by Hampshire Council to the Municipalities and their citizens regarding the process of municipal aggregation, the status of each Plan, and the various details regarding the implementation and contractual obligations of each Municipality upon approval of and execution of each Plan."
The National Energy Marketers Association will host a New England Energy Policy Summit on October 12-14 in Cambridge, MA, gathering leaders from government, Silicon Valley, ISOs, academia, utilities and energy suppliers and distributed energy resource providers
The Maryland PSC has directed a collaborative to address two issues raised by stakeholders during an annual review of the SOS procurement process: 1) the timing of bids and bid awards on the bid days, and 2) bidder eligibility requirement as it relates to credit rating/guaranty requirement terms or possible pre-bid letter of credit or cash collateral security.
A draft interim Connecticut PURA decision would prohibit electric suppliers from serving residential customers on a month-to-month, or variable, rate at the end of a contract term if such contract was executed after October 1, 2015.
Retail suppliers are facing a 23% increase in capacity prices for the 2017/18 versus the prices established in the base residual auction as a result of the capacity performance transitional auction held this week
While residential customers at Sharyland Utilities, LP have faced higher transmission and distribution charges for a variety of reasons, if customers selected the lowest priced offer from a retail electric provider, they could offset the majority of those T&D increases, reflecting rate competition among REPs, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas noted in a report on the factors and historical background underlying the rates of Sharyland Utilities.
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a final order concerning electric distribution company (EDC) development of a standardized solution for the acquisition of historical interval usage (HIU) and billing quality interval use (BQIU) data by electric generation suppliers via a secure web portal
New York PSC Staff will convene on September 9, 2015 a collaborative meeting with interested parties to investigate and evaluate low-income customer participation in community distributed generation, including removing potential barriers to their participation and devising possible demonstration projects to encourage broad participation.
Several New York municipalities have asked the New York PSC for assistance in allowing municipalities to identify ESCOs operating within a municipality's boundary, so that the municipality can know which ESCOs should be remitting Gross Receipts Tax amounts to the municipality
The Maryland PSC opened Public Conference 40 (PC 40) to investigate the technical and financial barriers to the deployment of small distributed energy resources in the state, and scheduled an initial technical conference for October 20, 2015.
Noting a shift in responsibility regarding proposed rate change notice requirements, the Maryland PSC Office of Staff Counsel has recommended that if suppliers are only required to make rate change information available to customers in advance (as opposed to requiring affirmative consent for any rate change), such rate change information should be required to be in "written" format.
Staff of the New York PSC filed an update concerning discussions of supplier consolidated billing, or consolidated ESCO billing (CEB) as known in New York, as well as efforts to make bills more useful to customers.
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have requested a 45-day delay, until October 15, to file an implementation plan and specific discount rate for the introduction of purchase of receivables at AEP Ohio.
A supplier would contribute $40,000 to Operation Fuel to resolve allegations that it failed to provide proper notice to some of its Connecticut customers regarding the expiration of their fixed price term, and that a price change would be effective after such expiration, in advance of the contract expiration.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects to have sufficient generation available to serve forecasted peak demands in the upcoming fall and winter months, it said in releasing its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for fall and the preliminary outlook for the coming winter.
While retail suppliers have more lead time to account for the higher capacity performance prices under the initial base residual auction featuring the new performance product for the 2018/19 delivery year (click here for recent results), retail suppliers are facing a near doubling of capacity prices for the 2016/17 delivery year (a time period for which many have already entered fixed price retail contracts), as a result of transitional auctions PJM is using to phase-in capacity performance requirements
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in which the IURC had found that it lacked jurisdiction over a customer complaint filed against a retail gas supplier in the NIPSCO choice program.
The Massachusetts DPU should set complaint metrics for retail electric suppliers under which exceeding a certain level of complaints would automatically trigger a DPU review of the supplier's license, the Massachusetts Attorney General said in comments to the DPU
BTG Pactual Commodities (US) LLC requested that the Maryland PSC either: (1) grant it an individual variance from bid eligibility requirements for the utilities SOS RFPs; or (2) revise the RFPs in a similar manner.
The Connecticut PURA adopted a final order under which Direct Energy Services, LLC will contribute $20,000 to Operation Fuel to resolve allegations that it failed to provide proper notice to some of its Connecticut customers regarding the expiration of their fixed price term, and the price that would be effective after such expiration, in advance of the contract expiration.
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Though Pennsylvania recorded a second consecutive month of growth in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply, the August growth was slower than the July growth, and, unlike July, three large EDCs saw a decline in residential shopping during August
FERC has denied a complaint by retail suppliers to require PJM to clear the transitional incremental capacity performance auctions in a manner which minimizes costs, as FERC Chairman Norman Bay said in a dissent that FERC's denial of the complaint, "authorizes PJM to impose costs on consumers with no corresponding benefits."
Although AGL Resources' retail operations were not a focus for Southern Company in its targeting of AGL Resources for acquisition (see yesterday's story), Southern Company did tout the "strong margin contribution from retail markets" as a value driver of the transaction during an investor presentation yesterday.
Several District of Columbia retail suppliers have reached a settlement with Washington Gas Light under which the suppliers would collectively pay to resolve disputes concerning penalties assessed on the suppliers by WGL.
A Maine PUC hearing examiner's report concerning Emera Maine’s proposed Heat Pump Program, under which the utility would offer heat pumps to customers, would conclude that the utility itself may not offer the program, though the program may be offered through an affiliate.
A report from two Maine PUC hearing examiners would deny a CCN sought by Emera Maine for a transmission line to address reliability concerns in the former Maine Public Service area, within the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator, and would open a second phase of the proceeding to further investigate integration of the Northern Maine service area with ISO New England as a solution to reliability concerns.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have concluded it would be "reasonable" to approve a change in the transmission cost recovery factor (TCRF) allocation factors at Sharyland Utilities, L.P.
In announcing its recent ranking on the Inc. 5000 list, Nordic Energy Services attributed its growth to geographic expansion, with newly expanded service offerings for residential and commercial consumers in ...
ERCOT has posted a draft concept paper on distributed energy resources (DERs) in the ERCOT region intended to serve as a catalyst for development of new Protocols and other market rules affecting DERs in the ERCOT region and ERCOT wholesale markets, centered around two primary goals: (1)·Collection of data that ERCOT anticipates it will need, as the Independent System Operator (ISO) for the region, to ensure grid reliability as DER penetration increases in the grid of the future; and (2)·Development of a market framework that can better accommodate DERs and enable effective, efficient market participation.
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As part of smart meter deployment plan filings, several Massachusetts electric utilities have proposed offering default service customers a menu of pricing plans, with the options subsidized by all distribution customers.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority sought briefs regarding Public Act 15-90, which banned variable rates for residential customers, but which directed PURA to develop recommendations for appropriate rate treatment for customers whose fixed prices expire.
The Massachusetts DPU has denied a request from the state's attorney general to assess retail suppliers the costs of retaining expert assistance in the DPU's investigation of the retail market, finding that the DPU lacks authority to require retail suppliers to pay such AG costs.
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During Friday's open meeting, Texas Public Utility Commissioner Kenneth Anderson noted that during the recent heat in Texas, the ERCOT market has seen a significant and repeated reduction of load once certain prices are hit (not emergency curtailments).
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Even as it integrates two recently acquired books of business, Spark Energy is "absolutely" looking at further acquisitions, said Nathan Kroeker, Spark Energy, Inc.'s President and Chief Executive Officer.
In reporting earnings today, Crius Energy provided an update regarding the introduction of its Energy Rewards brand, which is the brand used for energy offers made in conjunction with Comcast, and its networking marketing Viridian brand in Texas
The Connecticut PURA issued a final decision which, among other things, addresses implementation of the requirement that suppliers list a residential customer's rate for the next month on bills (both utility consolidated and dual bills).
Favoring a stakeholder-driven solution over a unilateral board-developed solution, Direct Energy Business has offered to lead discussions about raising the PJM energy market offer cap and presented its own proposal
Duquesne Light sought Pennsylvania PUC approval for a delay in implementation of certain features of its smart meter deployment plan, specifically the ability to offer Time of Use and real-time pricing billing
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have sought guidance from the Commission whether the current 10 MW cap used to define distributed generation should be increased or eliminated from the rules governing distributed generation.
Hunt Consolidated, Inc. announced today that Energy Future Holdings (EFH) has selected the proposal of its consortium (which includes among others, Hunt, Anchorage Capital Group, Arrowgrass Capital Partners, Avenue Capital Group, BlackRock, Centerbridge Partners, GSO, and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas) as the plan to allow EFH and its subsidiaries to emerge from bankruptcy.
A Pennsylvania ALJ would adopt changes to the allocation of the customer-share proceeds of Columbia Gas' off-system sales (OSS) and capacity releases in light of the current mechanism's negative impact on customer choice, though the ALJ would not adopt the solution preferred by natural gas suppliers.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. said in a 10-Q filed Thursday that, "[d]uring the three months ended June 30, 2015, Con Edison initiated a plan to actively market and sell the retail electric supply business of its competitive energy businesses."
"PJM indicated last week that it intends to clear [the capacity performance transition incremental auctions] in a manner that does not minimize the cost of procuring capacity in each Delivery Year when satisfying the new Capacity Performance Resource procurement targets in these years, Direct Energy Business Marketing and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC said in a newly filed complaint at FERC
The Illinois Commerce Commission last month ordered Ameren to cease activity regarding implementation of a small volume transportation (SVT) natural gas program, which would have introduced retail choice for mass market natural gas customers.
An EGS would provide certain Pennsylvania customers with an additional $2.4 million in refunds under a settlement to resolve a complaint concerning IDT's variable rates and trade practices in the wake of the polar vortex.
Genie Energy, the parent of IDT Energy and several exploration and production companies, announced today in reporting earnings that it would suspend the dividend on Genie Energy common stock to preserve cash resources for growth opportunities.
Direct Energy is focused on, "developing a more sustainable business model," for its residential business, Centrica Chief Executive Iain Conn said in presenting earnings and a results of a strategic review last week.
Consolidated Edison's proposed CONnectED Homes Platform, a Reforming the Energy Vision demonstration project which envisions the utility bundling and reselling value-added services to customers, was not among a set of initial demonstration projects which received approval from Staff this week.
As part of its proposed Reforming the Energy Vision demonstration projects in New York, Niagara Mohawk (National Grid) has proposed to bundle distributed energy resource (DER) services and products on customers' energy bills, while offering customers a flat bill per month, for customers residing in Clifton Park, N.Y. (about 15,000 customers).
The New York PSC announced that the following Reforming the Energy Vision demonstration projects have been determined to meet the REV goals and will move forward with implementation plans. All descriptions of the plans are directly quoted from a PSC press release
The Connecticut PURA has sought stakeholder comments as part of its re-examination of several issues from its November 2014 order in Docket 13-07-18, including issues related to: customer notification method requirements; supplier website requirements; cancellation (rescission) methodology requirements; and communication of exact enrollment date requirements
Energy Future Holdings, parent of TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, saw a decline in its residential customer count during the three months ended June 30, 2015, but saw growth in small business customers.
The Small Customer Marketer Coalition filed a complaint at the New York PSC against KeySpan Gas East Corporation (National Grid), alleging that the "retroactive" cash out invoices issued by the utility to ESCOs in July 2015 covering the month of June 2015 are, "unlawful, arbitrary and capricious."
A supplier would contribute $20,000 to Operation Fuel to resolve allegations that it failed to provide proper notice to some of its Connecticut customers regarding the expiration of their fixed price term, and the price that would be effective after such expiration, in advance of the contract expiration.
Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (Eversource Energy) has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for medium and large commercial and industrial customers for the three-month period beginning October 1, 2015
The Public Utility Commission of Texas adopted a preliminary order concerning IGS Energy's request for a waiver of the third party verification requirements for door-to-door sales using its new ipad enrollment process, setting the matter for hearing, as Commissioners considered whether a rulemaking would be a more appropriate approach to the request.
The Pennsylvania PUC has reversed an ALJ's initial decision and dismissed a complaint against Respond Power, LLC, which concerns whether the customer who authorized the contract with Respond Power was authorized to do so.
Due to the various cancellation and enrollment standards that are currently in use in the Connecticut market, "it is difficult for all licensed electric suppliers to uniformly apply Conn. Gen. Stat. §16-245o(h)(8)," regarding automatic renewal of residential customers, a draft Connecticut PURA decision concerning a supplier's compliance with the provisions would find
A draft PURA decision would require Viridian Energy, LLC to refund early termination fees to certain customers who left the supplier after an auto-renewal, as the draft would conclude that Viridian, "failed to uniformly apply the cancellation period set forth in Conn. Gen. Stat. §16-245o(h)(8) regarding automatic renewal of residential customers."
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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