A Maryland proposed order adopting a settlement among Washington Gas Light and several retail suppliers became a final order by operation of law on November 24 after the proposed order was not appealed
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas in a post-hearing brief have urged the Commission to reject the as-filed advanced metering deployment plan of Sharyland Utilities, calling the plan, "flawed," and urging against a, "rush."
A proposed order from a Maryland Public Utility Law Judge would eliminate certain adders to the residential SOS electric rate at Baltimore Gas & Electric, while making adjustments to the level of retained adders.
Oncor has filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to update Rider NDC - Nuclear Decommissioning Charges, which will result in either an increase or decrease in the charge applied to retail electric providers, depending on the service class.
Ovation Acquisition I, L.L.C., Ovation Acquisition II, L.L.C., and Shary Holdings, L.L.C., the Hunt Consolidated companies which are seeking to purchase Oncor, have alleged in a filing with the Public Utility Commission of Texas that Gexa Energy, "is utilizing its standing as an intervenor to access HSPM [highly sensitive protected material] and provide that competitively sensitive information to its parent NextEra."
The Pennsylvania PUC approved without modification a rate case settlement at PPL Electric Utilities which, among other things, addresses the design of the purchase of receivables program and discount rates
Texas Public Utility Commissioner Kenneth Anderson expressed concerns with potential uplift costs under a multi-interval real-time market (MIRTM) in ERCOT, particularly as LSEs such as retail providers cannot hedge such uplift.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a news release yesterday that it, "took another step today to address price formation by directing regional grid operators to submit reports on price formation in their energy and ancillary services markets."
FERC denied a complaint from a coalition of consumer representatives, including the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and Delaware Public Service Commission, which had requested that FERC direct PJM to update its 2015 PJM Region Peak Load Forecast values, for purposes of the Capacity Performance Transition Incremental Auctions (TAs) and 2015 Base Residual Auction (which have since been held), to reflect the impact of recent enhancements to PJM's load forecasting model that result in an updated load forecast
FERC, in an order on remand, ruled that virtual marketers should be required to repay refunds, with interest, that FERC had previously granted to the marketers but which FERC later rescinded, in order to put the parties back in the positions in which they would have found themselves if the Commission had not "erred" in requiring refunds to the marketers in the first place.
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In a procedural ruling, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ruled that it has authority to review a complaint concerning FirstEnergy Solutions' polar vortex surcharge filed by Power4Schools, denying a motion to dismiss from FES which had argued PUCO lacked jurisdiction over what it deems a contractual dispute
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio intends to open an investigation to determine whether third-party agents or contractors who bill tenants for electricity, where the utility customer of record is a multi-family property owner, are operating as public utilities, as well as whether the scope of the Commission's jurisdiction extends to submetering arrangements, after denying motions to intervene from several parties in a complaint proceeding.
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio approved results from Duke Energy Ohio's November Standard Service Offer auction for a portion of default service suppliers for the delivery period June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2018.
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The Public Utility Commission of Ohio is to consider today results from Duke Energy Ohio's November Standard Service Offer auction for a portion of default service suppliers for the delivery period June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2018.
The "legacy" retail supply businesses of Aspirity Holdings LLC -- namely Town Square Energy, LLC and Town Square Energy East, LLC (f/k/a Discount Energy Group) -- saw 139% growth in their customer count during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015, Aspirity said in reporting quarterly earnings
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A Texas PUC Staffer leading a workshop on adopting new eligibility criteria to identify low-income customers eligible for late payment fee waivers and deposit installments in light of the existing criteria, eligibility for the SBF, being rendered inapplicable with the expiration of the SBF questioned arguments from certain retail electric providers that the late payment fee waivers and deposit installments should no longer be mandatory.
Energy 95, LLC d/b/a Quake Energy, LLC responded to a Notice of Material Default issued to the supplier by Dominion East Ohio (DEO), saying that the allegations as described in the notice have been inflated and in one case amounted to a, "sweeping and deceptive assertion," and that Dominion East Ohio is improperly denying Quake access to DEO's eligible customer list.
Astral Energy LLC submitted an additional response to a show cause order issued by the New York PSC, arguing that revocation of its licenses would be, "overly and unnecessarily prescriptive," in light of the PSC's recent suspension of Astral's ability to market to and enroll customers, and proposing a program to phase-in resumption of commercial marketing.
The joint staffs of the Delaware PSC and Delaware Public Advocate recommended in a Staff report that the state's Electricity Affordability Committee should move forward with an opt-in affinity electricity savings program, and that purchase of receivables should also be implemented
Noble Group Ltd. provided load and customer data for Noble Americas Energy Solutions in its third quarter earnings report, the first time that the company has recently disclosed such data in such reports
Summer Energy Holdings, Inc., the parent of Texas retail provider Summer Energy, LLC, said that it recorded its seventh consecutive quarter of customer growth in announcing earnings for the quarter ending September 30, 2015
For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, Spark Energy, Inc. reported Adjusted EBITDA of $5.6 million on $91.3 million of revenue compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $(4.4) million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.
Just Energy, in releasing earnings this morning, reported a net increase in its customer count during the three months ended September 30, 2015, reversing the net decline it witnessed during the three months ended June 30, 2015 as it focused on per-customer profitability.
A retail supplier has petitioned a PUC for an advisory ruling that the Commission would not classify a service contract for a fixed term composed of two identified segments, each with different pre-determined fixed rates as falling within the definition of a variable rate
Several retail suppliers have appealed a hearing examiner's ruling which the suppliers said denied in part the motions for protective orders requested by various suppliers addressing market-sensitive information the suppliers provided to Staff for use by Staff in market monitoring
FERC has granted a request to convene a technical conference and to postpone the comment deadline on new proposed reporting rules to be imposed on all RTO market participants that have been said by retail suppliers to, "impose a substantial new reporting burden," on such participants.
The four Ohio investor-owned electric distribution companies jointly asked the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to set a comment period for a Staff report on retail electric market improvements which recommended that EDCs implement a Warm Transfer process, which is the ability of the EDU to complete a three-way call with the CRES provider and customer to initiate CRES enrollment
Dayton Power & Light has filed for a distribution rate case in Ohio, and Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has directed the utility to address several issues related to AMI as part of the case
A PSC-managed opt-out aggregation and the use of reference price levels are two proposals put forth by a collaborative report on implementing New York PSC directives concerning ESCO service to low-income customers participating in utility administered low income discount programs and the Home Energy Assistance Program (assistance program participants or APP)
An EGS would pay a civil penalty of $1,000 under a settlement issued for comment by the Pennsylvania PUC to resolve an investigation of the EGS in which it was alleged that a door-to-door sales agent employed by a third party marketing vendor, conducting sales calls on behalf of the EGS, stole a wallet from a potential residential customer.
In comments in an Illinois rulemaking concerning retail supplier sales and marketing (click here for background), the Citizens Utility Board proposed that the ICC open a proceeding to limit the receivables purchased from suppliers under the POR programs
In discussing when it would be appropriate to require Sharyland Utilities to file a rate case during yesterday's open meeting, Texas Public Utility Commissioners mused whether the Oncor change-in-control proceeding should impact such timing.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of AEP Ohio’s third wholesale auction that will ultimately determine retail generation service rates for its Standard Service Offer through May 2018.
PA utilities have proposed adding a "clawback" to their purchase of receivables program in seeking approval of a default service procurement plan for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2017, citing "predatory pricing" practices by certain retail suppliers which is driving up the amount of uncollectibles.
NRG in reporting earnings today said that it has begun implementation of a company-wide cost reduction program of $150 million across its general and administrative, marketing and development expenses.
Energy Future Holdings, parent of TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, saw a marginal decline in its residential customer count during the three months ended September 30, 2015, but saw marginal growth in its business customers
Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power have filed for approval of a default service procurement plan for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019 which for residential and commercial customers would feature a mix of 12- and 24-month fixed price contracts for default service, with no expansion of the customers subject to hourly pricing
Two Texas ALJs have denied a motion from certain parties, including Staff of the Texas PUC, to abate consideration of an advanced metering deployment plan from Sharyland Utilities pending resolution of the Oncor change-in-control proceeding.
Think Energy, the retail electricity provider established by GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA to serve residential and small commercial customers, announced that the company is now supplying residential electric service to consumers in Texas.
A group of Texas retail electric providers have questioned, in light of strawman rule amendments given the forthcoming expiration of the System Benefit Fund low-income discount, whether two other benefits extended to customers qualifying for the discount should be continued.
The Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel urged the Connecticut PURA to impose a price cap on legacy variable rate products in the state such that suppliers may not charge variable rate customers in excess of the Standard Service rate
A diverse group of entities, including retail suppliers, generators, and end users, pressed FERC to hold a technical conference on new reporting rules to be imposed on all RTO market participants that, "impose a substantial new reporting burden," on such participants
Efforts to introduce retail choice in Indiana were killed by the actions of certain retail suppliers which passed-through unexpected polar vortex costs to customers, Graham Leith, Vice President of Sales for GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, told attendees at The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) annual conference in Dallas.
Asset Risk Management, a company engaged in offering various energy services including marketing natural gas to C&I customers through its ARM Energy Management subsidiary, announced that it has hired three senior executives and promoted another.
During an earnings call yesterday, NextEra Energy executives discussed their thoughts on their strategic review of merchant power plants in Texas, and more broadly across its entire portfolio, including potential divestiture
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Office of the Public Utility Counsel (OPUC), the St. Lawrence Cotton Growers' Association, and the Texas Energy Association for Marketers (joint parties) asked that a proceeding examining the deployment of advanced meters at Sharyland Utilities be abated given that Oncor may potentially become affiliated with Sharyland, which could allow Sharyland to leverage Oncor's AMS system
During a workshop on barriers to and potential improvements in Delaware's retail electric market, Delaware State Colin R. J. Bonini slammed the status quo of marginal residential electric choice, and accused various stakeholders of impeding progress
Duke Energy has reached an $81 million settlement agreement to end a 2008 lawsuit related to contracts between former Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Retail Sales and certain large electric customers located within the utility service area of Duke Energy Ohio.
A recently proposed supplemental winter supply and balancing program (Managed Supply Service, MSS) to be offered by Consolidated Edison to natural gas ESCOs was welcomed by Great Eastern Energy as a, "small step towards improving [ConEd's] retail access program, albeit a very small step," the ESCO said in comments to the PSC
The Connecticut PURA "suggests" that retail electric suppliers make various changes to PURA-approved customer notice forms, similar to revisions sanctioned by PURA proposed by two retail suppliers, in light of certain statutory changes, such as the prohibition of renewing a customer onto a fixed rate
PowerOptions, the Massachusetts aggregation serving government entities and nonprofits, is seeking developers to supply wholesale renewable energy to individual members of its 500-member consortium, particularly larger institutions such as area hospitals, universities and municipalities.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed winning bidders from Dayton Power & Light's September wholesale auction for default service suppliers for the period January 2016 through May 2017.
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Citing the success of a REP-provided program at CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, a report from the Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification collaborative on Texas' energy efficiency programs funded by the state's investor-owned electric utilities said that ERCOT utilities should consider the feasibility of programs where retail electric providers interface with the customer to offer the TDU-funded efficiency services
WGL Energy Services, Inc. has raised concerns about the prospect for utility-owned generation and related services under conditions proposed in a merger settlement agreement among various District of Columbia government agencies and Exelon and Pepco
Noting changes in and uncertainty with demand response compensation in the PJM wholesale markets, the District of Columbia raised, "concern," with respect to Pepco's Direct Load Control Program, under which the utility compensates customers for cycling their A/C units, "considering the amount of resources being utilized to sustain customer participation," in the program
Millions of dollars are still available for Texas retail electric providers to be reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays to eligible low-income customers.
Solect Energy, a commercial solar development and installation company in Massachusetts, and IGS Solar have partnered to offer no-cost solar energy solutions to businesses and organizations in Massachusetts, Solect Energy said
Sustainable Westchester, New York's only authorized municipal aggregation to date, will provide customers in member communities with a 20-day opt-out period prior to the initiation of aggregation service.
National Grid has filed an adjustment to its Massachusetts electric basic service prices for the period November 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016 to reflect a revision to the Smart Grid Customer Cost Adjustment Factors
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have requested a further 30-day delay, until November 16, to file an implementation plan and specific discount rate for the introduction of purchase of receivables at AEP Ohio.
Eligo Energy announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Village of Stickney, Illinois to provide residential and small business customers with electricity through the community’s municipal aggregation program.
Sharyland Utilities, LP is conducting cancels and rebills for customers who were erroneously subject to a demand ratchet due to a lack of kW data for customers and language in the tariff concerning treatment of customers without kW data.
Texas-New Mexico Power Company reported that as of October 1, 2015, it has exhausted 100% of the funds designated for the low-income smart thermostat and in-home display program under which REPs are reimbursed by the TDU for providing the devices to eligible low-income customers at no cost.
Similar to its recommendation at the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities, Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opposed the as-filed proposed AEP Ohio ratepayer backed contracts to support 2,700 MW of generation owned by AEP's merchant generating arm (plus the utility's share in OVEC), but offered modifications to the proposed program to the extent PUCO finds the program to be in the public interest
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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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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