Texas ALJs Recommend Rejecting CenterPoint Alternative Customer Charge Proposal
Two Texas ALJs have recommended that the PUCT deny CenterPoint Energy's alternative cost recovery mechanism which would have significantly raised the fixed customer charge for residential customers.

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PPL Electric Files Proposed Transmission, Generation Supply Rates
PPL Electric Utilities has filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a proposed calculation of its 2011 Transmission Service Charge for the period January 1, 2011 through May 31, 2011.

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PPL Electric Seeks Approval for 50 MW Long-Term Contracts Procurement
PPL Electric Utilities filed a petition with the Pennsylvania PUC requesting approval of the procurement of a 50 MW block of fixed price default supply for residential customers through a 10-year unit contingent procurement, as provided in its default service settlement

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• Fireside Natural Gas Receives Waivers to Offer Prepaid Product in Georgia
• Constellation Energy Endorsed by Tech Collective

• Ohio Attorney Examiner Extends Schedule for Review of AEP Ohio SEET Stipulation
• PUCT Assigns Docket for Entergy Competitive Generation Service Issues

• ConEd Files Revised GTOP
• Epsom Investment to Acquire Nearly 30% Interest in Duquesne Light Parent
• Mirant, RRI Complete Merger

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December 3

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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ABACCUS Residential Rankings Shift As Load Size Added to Criteria
Texas retained its top spot in the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS) reported by Distributed Energy Financial Group, but the addition of several new criteria jumbled the rankings after the top three

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Viridian Energy Seeks Ohio License, Anticipates Q1 2011 Entry in New York
Viridian Energy PA LLC applied for an Ohio electric supplier license to serve all customer classes, including residential customers, in all service areas.  

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License Briefs
• Md. PSC Fines The Energy Link, Grants Broker Licenses
• Reliable Power Alternatives Corp. Receives D.C. Broker License

• Power Management Co. Receives Maine Broker License
• Single Source Energy Solutions Seeks Maine Broker License

• Paul H Myer Consulting Seeks Ohio Broker License

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PJM Seeks to Add Two Demand Response Products to RPM Auction
PJM has petitioned FERC for approval of two new demand response products for the Reliability Pricing Model capacity auction...

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December 3

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

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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

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