Pennsylvania PUC Orders EDCs, Suppliers Not to Switch Any Customers Pursuant to Opt-Out Aggregations Until Further Notice

FirstEnergy Solutions seeks order that PUC approval not required for opt-out aggregations

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PUCT Discusses Path for Cities to Act as REPs

The PUCT affirmed the dismissal of the City of Dallas' application for an Option 2 REP certificate, but discussed a path under which the city could still act as a REP

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Briefly: U.S. Gas & Electric Seeks Maryland Electric License

• Interstate Gas Marketing Seeks Pa. Electric Broker License

• Nelson, Anderson Say PUCT Has Authority to Implement DCRF

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BGE Confirms Type I, Residential Price Comparisons for June 1, 2011

Baltimore Gas & Electric confirmed that prices posted on its website are actual rates which will be used in its electric supply price comparison information, minus the Energy Cost Adjustment (Rider 8), for residential and Type I SOS customers for the period June 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011.

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November 10
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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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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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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Infinite Energy Begins Marketing at Oncor, Will Expand to Additional ERCOT Areas Later This Year

After two years of preparing its market entry, Infinite Energy, Inc. has begun offering electric service in ERCOT, initially to residential and commercial customers in the Oncor service area.

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PUCO Denies Protests in Licensing Docket of IGS Energy's Use of Columbia Retail Energy Name

PUCO dismisses motions to intervene, finds issues not appropriate in certification proceeding

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Nelson Reminds REPs of Prohibition of Nodal Pass-Throughs on Fixed Rate Products

PUCT Commissioner Donna Nelson reminded REPs yesterday that the PUCT has previously said that new charges under the nodal market, such as unanticipated congestion costs, may not be passed-through to customers on fixed price contracts

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November 10

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

• 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

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November 5

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

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