Just Energy U.S. Electric Margin Lifts Adjusted EBITDA

Just Energy Income Fund reported higher Adjusted EBITDA of $39.4 million, versus $36.6 million a year ago (all figures Canadian), on higher gross margin from U.S. electric sales.

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Commerce Energy Georgia Re-entry May Be Delayed By One Month

Commence Energy has submitted an updated status report to the Georgia PSC on its re-entry into the Atlanta Gas Light market, and now says that it anticipates that it will begin marketing to potential new customers no later than February 28, 2011

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U.S. Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Suit Against Stream Energy

The Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Stream Energy and affiliated companies (collectively, Stream), finding that the contract which the plaintiff, Perry Betts, had with Stream's marketing arm Ignite was not unenforceable merely because of an illusory promise of arbitration

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Smitherman Cites Cost Concerns on SPP Transmission

PUCT Chairman Barry Smitherman has proposed that the Commission open a project to receive comments from interested parties on how the Commission or Southwest Power Pool rules should address limiting the burden on Texas ratepayers

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Sempra Records Charge of $139 Million for Write-Down of RBS Sempra Commodities

Sempra Energy's commodity operations recorded a loss of $134 million in the third quarter of 2010, compared with earnings of $75 million in the third quarter of 2009.

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November 8
Maryland PSC Opens Investigation of Licensing Independent Contractors, Other Channels

The Maryland PSC will consider whether persons selling electricity or gas on behalf of electricity and gas brokers or suppliers licensed in Maryland, but not directly employed by the licensed brokers or suppliers, should be licensed.

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Briefly: ComEd Reports Weighted POR Uncollectibles Factor

• Dynegy Narrows Loss on Lower Impairment Charges
• Acclaim Energy Advisors Opening Ohio, New Jersey Offices

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Lateef to Place Ownership of dPi Energy in Trust

Zahed "Ed" Lateef, owner of dPi Energy, LLC, intends to divest 100% of the ownership of dPi held by members of the Lateef family so that dPi Energy can receive an amendment to its REP certificate which is currently being contested by Staff ...

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November 8
Dominion Retail, Stream Energy, Verde Energy Launch PECO Residential Offers

Dominion Retail, Stream Energy, and Verde Energy USA Inc. have announced pricing for residential electric supply at PECO.  Stream also released pricing at PPL.

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Champion Energy to Start Offering Residential Service at ComEd in January

Champion Energy, LLC said that it intends to start offering residential electric service to customers at Commonwealth Edison starting in January 2011

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IDT to Pursue Spin-Off of Retail Energy Supplier with Other Energy Businesses

IDT Corporation's Board of Directors has directed management to pursue a spin-off of its Genie Energy division, which includes competitive retail supplier IDT Energy.

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DPUC Issues Notice of Violation to Starion, Intends to Assess $70,000 Fine

The Connecticut DPUC issued a Notice of Violation and Assessment of Civil Penalty against Starion Energy for what the Department said were violations of Connecticut General Statutes §§ 16-245o(e) ...

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Brighten Energy, TXU Affiliate, Receives Pennsylvania Electric License

The Pennsylvania PUC granted Brighten Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings and affiliate of TXU Energy, an electric supplier license

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Hess Small Business Services Expanding to Upstate New York, Additional New Jersey Territories

Hess Small Business Services is expanding its electric and natural gas marketing to small commercial customers in upstate New York and additional parts of New Jersey

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License Briefs

• TES Energy Services Seeks Pa. Broker License

• Capital Energy Seeks Pa. Broker License

• KOREnergy Seeks Pa. Broker License

• Winstar Solutions Seeks Pa. Broker License

• Lantern Properties Seeks Texas Aggregation License

• Option One Energy Seeks Illinois ABC License

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Briefly (for 11/10)

• FirstEnergy Solutions Not Signing Opt-Out Aggregation Agreements Until PUC Matter Resolved

• Gateway Enrolls 10,000 in Military Discount Plan

• World Energy Transacts 1.5 Billion kWh in Pa.

• MXenergy Launches New Website

• Bolton, Conn. Enters Marketing Agreement with Direct Energy

• Shelk: Lack of Penalty in FERC Audit of Entergy Disturbing in Light of Other Cases

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November 9
South Jersey Energy Company Reports Higher Adjusted Earnings

South Jersey Energy Company reported adjusted earnings of $400,000 for the third quarter of 2010, versus break-even results in the year-ago quarter.

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TXU, OPC Oppose Redesign of TNMP Customer Charge

TXU Energy and the Office of Public Utility Counsel separately opposed Texas-New Mexico Power's proposal to cover 50% of the revenue requirement for residential and Secondary < 5 kW customers through a fixed customer charge

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IURC Approves NIPSCO Settlement, NIPSCO to Maintain Current Market Practices Pending Code of Conduct

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved without modification a unanimous settlement in the gas rate case of Northern Indiana Public Service Company which requires NIPSCO to not alter its current market practices and policies in connection with its competitive products ...

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November 8
Pa. PUC Still Looking at Whether Third Party Contractors Require License

The Pennsylvania PUC has extended the period for its consideration of whether third party contractors who conduct marketing and sales activities on behalf of licensed electric generation suppliers (EGSs) and natural gas suppliers (NGSs) should also be licensed

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BGE Files New Type II SOS Rates

Baltimore Gas & Electric filed with the Maryland PSC new Type II SOS rates for the three-moth period beginning December 1, 2010

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Briefly (for 11/8)

• Oasis Energy Seeking Pennsylvania Gas License

• GearyEnergy Seeking Maine, Ohio Electric Licenses
• Meadville “Blindsided” by Declaratory Order Petitions Filed by Retail Suppliers
• Texas ALJ Won’t Act on Dallas REP Certificate Rehearing Request

• MXenergy Advertising Via Cable VOD

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November 5

Pa. PUC Approves PECO Gas POR, Leaves Uncollectibles in Base Rates

The Pennsylvania PUC has approved PECO's natural gas Purchase of Receivables program as recommended by an ALJ, with uncollectibles associated with both competitive supply and sales service remaining in base rates

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Pa. PUC Approves Supplier Marketing Guidelines, Allows Door-to-Door Sales

The Pennsylvania PUC said that it has approved interim guidelines for marketing and sales practices for electric generation suppliers and natural gas suppliers

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Pa. PUC Approves POR at T. W. Phillips Gas, Upon Supplier Request

The Pennsylvania PUC approved a settlement in T. W. Phillips Gas and Oil Co.'s rate case under which T. W. Phillips will institute a Purchase of Receivables program upon the request of competitive suppliers

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