Pa. PUC Would Maintain Current Treatment of Uncollectibles in PPL POR Under Non-Binding Poll
In a non-binding poll, Pennsylvania PUC Commissioners unanimously endorsed an ALJ's recommendation regarding the treatment of uncollectibles under PPL Electric's Purchase of Receivables program, including rejecting RESA’s  proposal to institute a nonbypassable surcharge to recover uncollectible costs

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ConEdison Solutions PECO Residential Market Entry Includes Affinity Program with Make-A-Wish Foundation
ConEdison Solutions entered the PECO residential market by offering a fixed-rate product with no termination fee, and an affinity program which includes donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Mich. PSC Directs Utilities to Design Tariff for Retail Customer Participation in RTOs, Once FERC Proceedings End
The Michigan PSC has directed the electric distribution utilities to file specific tariffs governing the participation of retail customers in RTO markets, but delayed the filing of such tariffs until further orders from FERC ...

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PUCT Commissioners Discuss Areas in Need of Legislative Clarity
PUCT Commissioners discussed at yesterday's open meeting several areas in which they may seek additional legislative guidance or authority through recommendations in the scope of competition report

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December 2

Maryland PSC Likely to Open Additional Proceedings on Supplier Regulations
The Maryland PSC is likely to open additional proceedings regarding rules governing the marketing of electric and natural gas suppliers and associated consumer protections, PSC Chairman Douglas Nazarian said during yesterday's administrative meeting
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FirstEnergy-Allegheny File Non-Unanimous Stipulation in Maryland Merger Proceeding
FirstEnergy Corp., Allegheny Energy, and several intervenors have filed a non-unanimous stipulation that would provide for the approval of the merger of FirstEnergy and Allegheny with several conditions
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Md. PSC Fines Peninsula Energy Services for Supplying Interstate Pipeline Customer Without License, Grants Broker License
The Maryland PSC fined Peninsula Energy Services Company, Inc. $1,826.22 for acting as a gas supplier without the requisite license, and granted Peninsula Energy Services a license to operate as a gas supplier and broker serving non-residential customers
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Gexa Energy Tops J.D. Power Rankings for Texas Business Customers
Gexa Energy topped J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Texas Business Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Study, with a score of 681 out of 1,000
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December 1

PUCO Staff to Support Merger of AEP Ohio Companies Under SEET Stipulation
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, along with several end users, will support AEP Ohio's application to merge Columbus Southern Power and Ohio Power into a single operating company under a non-unanimous stipulation concerning the companies' significantly excessive earnings test
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Entergy Texas Seeks to Sever Competitive Generation Service from Current Rate Proceeding
Entergy Texas, Inc. filed an unopposed motion to sever issues related to Competitive Generation Service (CGS) from the remaining settled issues in Docket 37744
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Briefly (for 12/1)
• Illinois House Passes Tenaska Sourcing Agreement Bill
• ERCOT Files 4CP Information
• FirstEnergy Solutions Extends ChamberChoice Program to West Penn Power
• Dawn Diaz Joins APPI Energy
• Schriber to Retire from PUCO
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November 30
Illinois Committee Sends Tenaska Sourcing Agreement Bill to House Floor

The Illinois House Electric Generation & Commerce Committee reported out with a favorable recommendation SB2485, the Tenaska Taylorville Energy Center sourcing agreement bill, by a vote of 7-4
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Maryland PSC Posts October Migration Statistics
The Maryland PSC has posted electric migration statistics as of October 31, 2010.
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ICC Chairman Manuel Flores Stresses Need for Robust Residential Choice During POR Oral Arguments
Illinois Commerce Commission Acting Chairman Manuel Flores pressed intervenors yesterday during oral arguments regarding ComEd's Purchase of Receivables tariff regarding what form of cost recovery would lead to more robust residential choice

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License Briefs
• Aero Energy Receives Pa. Gas License
• Mint Energy Receives Pa. Electric License
• WGES Receives Expanded Pa. Supplier Licenses
• NetGain Energy Advisors Receives Pa. Broker License

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Pa. PUC Accepts PPL TOU Tariff, Directs PPL to Include Future Programs as Part of Default Service Filing
The Pennsylvania PUC approved PPL Electric's optional Time of Use (TOU) generation tariff as filed for the period January 1, 2011 through May 31, 2013.

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• Nelson Suggests Price Comparison Tool for Texas Power to Choose
• N.Y. Restaurant Association Endorses Hess as Supplier
• Michigan PSC Approves Detroit Edison Prepay Pilot

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December 2
Top Briefs

• RetailOPCO of Texas, led by Australian Power Market Veterans, Receives Texas REP License

• ConEdison Solutions Enters PECO Residential Market
• Utility Choice International Receives Maryland Broker Licenses
• Illinois Senate Delays Vote on Tenaska Sourcing Agreement Bill

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ICC Staff, Utilities, Suppliers Call ALJ Treatment of RECs in Procurement Plan Inconsistent with Statute
A proposed order from an Illinois ALJ which would find that the Illinois Power Agency is compelled to purchase physical renewable energy under the Illinois Power Agency Act contravenes definitions in the statute itself as well as Illinois Commerce Commission precedent ...
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• Md. PSC to Further Examine Columbia RM 35 Costs, Implementation

• PUCT Severs Competitive Generation Service Issues at Entergy
• Nodal Implementation Runs Smoothly
• PUCT Sets Interest Rates
• Virtual Energy LLC Changes Name to Smart Grid Solutions LLC

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December 1

NYISO Files Updated ICAP Demand Curves
The New York ISO has filed with FERC an application to set the ICAP demand curves for the Capability Years of 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.
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RESA Opposes West Penn Power $6 Charge Per Utility Consolidated Bill
West Penn Power's proposed consolidated billing charge of $6 per bill per month, which is part of its proposed Purchase of Receivables program, "will result in an excessive and unworkable effective discount rate."
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License Briefs (for 12/1)
• Md. PSC Fines Affinity Energy Management, Grants Broker License

• Better Cost Control Receives Maryland Broker License
• Glacial Natural Gas Licensed in Five Additional States
• North Shore Energy Consulting Seeks Illinois ABC License
• SourceOne Energy Seeks Pa. Broker License

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November 30

License Briefs (for 11/30)
• U.S. Gas & Electric Seeks Pa. Electric License
• NetGain Energy Advisors Seeks Ohio Broker Licenses
• Patriot Energy Group Seeks Ohio Broker License
• Affiliated Power Purchasers International Seeks Maryland Gas Broker License
• Power Management Co. Seeks Maine Broker License
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Clean Currents Says Independent Contractors Enrolling Customers Should be Licensed in Maryland
"If a person is an independent contractor and is actively engaged in enrolling customers with a licensed energy supplier, he/she should be required to have a broker license" ...
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November 29
TNMP Says Retail Product Design Won't Change due to Higher Fixed Distribution Charge

Increasing the costs of distribution service which are recovered through a fixed customer charge, rather than a volumetric charge, at Texas-New Mexico Power will not have a material impact on the design or structure of the products that REPs offer customers   
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