Staff of a retail energy regulator sought clarification regarding suppliers’ use of entities to facilitate customer enrollments, as Staff said that third-party websites may not enroll customers unless such website is a certified aggregator or is a listed agent of a supplier
The Texas PUC voted to "adopt", without immediate implementation, a performance credit mechanism (PCM) for the retail market, which will require REPs to procure, through a centrally cleared mechanism, performance credits (PC)
During a discussion at today's Texas PUC open meeting concerning ERCOT market design, including a proposed Performance Credit Mechanism (PCM), several Commissioners raised the issue of affiliate restrictions when discussing market power concerns
As part of a "2030 Roadmap for Equitable Transition to Cleaner Energy", Commonwealth Edison said that its vision is to, "enabl[e]
our customers to make carbon-free energy choices
simply, easily and intuitively, bringing trust and
security into low-carbon energy transactions".
A Public Utilities Commission said that it is investigating whether
directing electricity distribution utilities to implement certain default service auction modifications would help
significantly reduce prices
Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) would pay $100,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve and conclude Commission Staff’s investigation of Oncor for alleged violations of ...
An EDC filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a report on its Standard Offer customer referral program (SOP), including actions taken by residential customers at the end of the initial 12-month SOP term, and rates paid by customers after the end of the term
VertexOne, the leading provider of cloud-based, customer experience, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for the utility and energy industry, recently announced its partnership with Ameripro Energy Corp., an energy supplier that’s entering the New York and PJM markets. Ameripro Energy Corp. has chosen VertexOne’s VXexchange to oversee electronic data interchange (EDI) transaction management and customer information system (CIS) platform VXretail to handle customer service, billing and market exceptions.
PPL Electric Utilities Corporation (PPL or PPL Electric) urged the Pennsylvania PUC to deny a petition from the Retail Energy Supply Association and NRG Energy, Inc. that had asked the PUC for a declaratory order finding that certain communications sent by PPL Electric to supply customers of electric generation suppliers (EGSs) about their electric supply prices and contracts with EGSs are unlawful
McDonald's Corporation and all five members of the restaurant chain's North American Logistics Council (NALC) -- Armada, Earp Distribution, Martin Brower, Mile Hi Foods and The Anderson-DuBose Company -- have signed agreements with ...
A group of independent Texas retail electric providers are among the members of the Coalition for Dispatchable Reliability Reserve Service, a group that is proposing a Dispatchable Reliability Reserve Service (DRRS)
(built on the Uncertainty Product advocated by the ERCOT IMM) as the best mechanism to ensure the
supply of reliable and affordable electricity to support continued economic growth in the Lone Star State.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority denied a motion from the Retail Energy Advancement League ('REAL') which had asked that PURA close PURA's current investigation into whether retail supplier offers are just and reasonable, as REAL had said that, "the current market confirms that there can be no proof that electric supplier products are overpriced or harmful to residential customers."
The Pennsylvania PUC approved a petition from PECO for PECO to continue to restrict customers enrolled in its Customer Assistance Program (CAP) from shopping for retail electric generation supply until after the Commission issues its final Policy Statement on Electric Customer Assistance Program Participant Shopping
ERCOT said in a market notice that, "Due to the anticipated interconnection of an increasing number of large flexible Loads in the ERCOT Region, ERCOT is establishing an interim, voluntary curtailment program that would allow these Loads to assist ERCOT in ensuring reliability during periods of high system demand."
Nine Texas state Senators, including Charles Schwertner and Robert Nichols, Chair and Vice Chair (respectively) of the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, sent a letter to the PUC Chair and Commissioners ...
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication to establish new 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §25.219 relating to Terms and Conditions of Access by a Competitive Retailer to the Delivery System of a Municipally Owned Utility or Electric Cooperative that Implements Customer Choice after May 1, 2023.
The Office of Education, Outreach, and Enforcement (EOE) of the Connecticut PURA requested that PURA issue a Notice of Violation and Assessment of a Civil Penalty (NOV), in the amount of $124,000, against ...
Enel North America, which describes itself as, "a subsidiary of the world’s largest retail energy provider, the Enel Group," today announced the launch of its retail energy business in select deregulated U.S. states, starting with ...
A power trader petitioned the Texas PUC for a rulemaking to amend and clarify 16 Tex. Admin. Code (TAC) § 25.365
related to the role, duty, and authority of the Independent Market Monitor (IMM) for ERCOT.
A retail energy supplier affiliate announced that it will develop a framework and marketing platform for sourcing measured Sequestrated Carbon in establishing a new class of differentiated technology-based Carbon Credits
During yesterday's open meeting, Commissioner Jimmy Glotfelty said that, in response to the PUC providing a forum for customers to express support for retail electric choice in service areas not open to competition, the PUC received only one response favoring electric choice in the Entergy Texas service area
The New York ISO sought at FERC a prospective tariff waiver that would allow it to delay posting
the December Monthly Auction ICAP results for up to two more business days, i.e. until November 15,
During discussion of the PCM, Chairman Peter Lake, describing the PCM in broad strokes, said that the PCM would require sellers of power to customers (REPs) to "guarantee" that such power is, "from a reliable source"
The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has proposed that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio adopt rules allowing natural gas customers to place a "switch block" on their accounts, and to require natural gas utilities to include shadow billed default service amounts on shopping customers' bills
In reporting earnings for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022, Genie Energy, Ltd. said that its Genie Retail Energy (GRE) segment posted record third quarter gross profit, income from operations, and Adjusted EBITDA
During a Q&A as part of Vistra's third quarter earnings call, Jim Burke, president and CEO of Vistra, said that he thinks new brands such as Tesla, Shell, and bp entering the retail energy markets can help efforts to change market designs to allow retail suppliers to offer innovative products to customers
VertexOne, the leading provider of enhanced software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for the utility and energy industry, today announced its partnership with SmartestEnergy, a national energy retail provider and wholesale commodity trader in the U.S., to provide its VXretail and VXexchange products for the company’s billing/customer information system (CIS) and electronic data interchange (EDI).
Several Maryland utilities have filed new small customer SOS rates for the period June 2023 through September 2023 (Pepco, Delmarva), while all four IOUs have filed new Type II SOS Rates for the period beginning December 1, 2022
The Secretary of the New York PSC has granted, to several additional ESCOs, an extension of the deadline to comply with the PSC's prior order which had terminated the limited waiver allowing ESCOs to serve existing mass market customers under green gas products without being subject to the otherwise applicable mass market pricing limits
Lubbock Power & Light has posted its RFP to select a default retail electric provider (DREP) for customers not making an affirmative selection prior to the introduction of retail electric choice, and for Providers of Last Resort (POLRs and voluntary POLRs, or VREPs)
A REP would, among other terms, agree to voluntarily relinquish its Option 1 Texas retail electric provider certificate under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve ...
In an appeal to a PSC of a decision from the PSC's Consumer Affairs Division (CAD), a retail energy supplier alleged that, "CAD continues to produce more and more convoluted interpretations of Commission
regulations in an attempt to incorrectly invalidate supplier contracts."
Dynegy Marketing and Trade, LLC moved to voluntarily dismiss, without prejudice, its previously filed complaint against the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) in light of a separate show cause proceeding instituted by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, with respect to NOPEC's certification
General Motors today announced the introduction of Ultium Home and Ultium Commercial, which in combination with the existing Ultium Charge 360, "create a holistic ecosystem of energy management products and services that will be housed under a new business unit called GM Energy."
The Texas Public Utility Commission has designated retail electric providers as the non-volunteer POLRs (Large Service Providers or LSPs) for the 2023-24 term, by service area and customer class, while also approving volunteer POLRs (VREPs)
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) filed a response to a prior show cause order issued by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, while also moving to dismiss a complaint filed against NOPEC by Dynegy Marketing and Trade, LLC
Hertz and bp announced today the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of a national network of EV charging stations powered by bp pulse, bp's global electrification and charging solution brand.
Two retail energy suppliers said in joint comments to the New York PSC that they envision deploying on-site and off-site renewable energy resources in conjunction with their retail power supply offerings, aided by the availability of an integrated energy data resource, but said that Department of Public Service Staff guidance and/or a PSC rulemaking may be needed to achieve such goals
FERC has issued a notice proposing to revoke the electricity market-based rate authority of over 100 entities -- including numerous retail suppliers and marketers -- for their alleged failure to file an updated baseline tariff and relational database due to new reporting requirements concerning affiliates
A state's Attorney General has requested that the state's utility regulator consider "reforms" to the procurement of electricity supplies for default service, and to consider ways to lessen the impact of the winter SOS rates
Staff of the Texas PUC have filed a final list of non-volunteer POLRs (large service providers, or LSPs), by service area and customer class, as well as volunteer POLRs (VREPs), for the 2023-2024 two-year term
At a September 20 Electric Utility Board meeting of Lubbock Power & Light, the Board is scheduled to consider a resolution approving and establishing the procedures and criteria for designating the
Provider of Last Resort, Voluntary Retail Electric Providers, and Default Retail Electric Providers,
upon the initiation of retail competition in Lubbock Power & Light’s certificated area
A state's resident, described in a filing as, "an acknowledged leader in the movement toward retail
Competition and deregulation of the electric utility industry," has filed a petition with the state's PUC for a determination of whether residential customers benefited from electricity deregulationDeregulation
An New York utility is advising customers, "to prepare for elevated energy supply prices as a number of external factors, including extended periods of heat in August, have driven electric and natural gas prices higher."
The New York State Public Service Commission said today that it directed utilities to file implementation plans regarding the automation of Community Distributed Generation (CDG) billing and initiated a process for the development of CDG billing performance metrics.
The Texas PUC formally issued for comment a proposal for publication that would revise the the formula used to set provider of last resort (POLR) rates for non-volunteer POLR service (service from Large Service Providers, or LSPs)
VertexOne, the leading provider of cloud-based customer experience software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for the utility and energy industry, today announced its partnership with Crypto Power, a newly-formed division of Pumpjack Power, a Texas-based wholesale electricity provider.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication for revisions to the formula used to set provider of last resort (POLR) rates for non-volunteer POLR service (service from Large Service Providers, or LSPs)
A Texas REP has launched a new residential offering which, after a customer selects and enrolls onto a plan, analyzes their usage and, if eligible based on their usage characteristics, offers the customer within 48 hours a lower rate than the original rate.
An EDC petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for approval to continue to restrict customers enrolled in its Customer Assistance Program (CAP) from shopping for retail electric generation supply until after the Commission issues its final Policy Statement on Electric Customer Assistance Program Participant Shopping
Staff of the Texas PUC has filed an initial preliminary list of non-volunteer POLRs (large service providers, or LSPs), by service area and customer class, as well as volunteer POLRs (VREPs), for the 2023-2024 two-year term
A default service supplier petitioned the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to order a stay of 550,000 Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) electric customers to default service, and to investigate NOPEC's intended actions
ERCOT's Retail Market Subcommittee (RMS) announced the formation of the Lubbock Retail Integration Task Force (LRITF) to assist in facilitating the transition of Lubbock Power & Light (LP&L) customers to retail competition in the ERCOT market.
An ESCO has renewed a request for the New York PSC to extend the deadline for ESCOs offering legacy mass market green gas products to either (1) modify the products such that they comply with the pricing limits applicable to mass market products, or (2) return mass market green gas customers to default service
Priority Power Management, Inc. ('Priority
Power' or the 'Company')
announced that it successfully completed its acquisition of the energy procurement,
consulting and solar development business of Affordable Gas & Electric Company, LLC
Just Energy Group Inc. ('Just Energy' or the 'Company') announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the 'Court') has granted an Order (the 'SISP Order'), among other things ...
An ESCO filed a petition for rehearing, clarification, and stay of the New York PSC's July 15 order which declined to extend the waivers, from the otherwise applicable mass market pricing limits, for green gas products, which had previously been provided to certain ESCOs for legacy customers
In reporting second quarter earnings today, Vistra Corp. said that its Retail segment, "achieved strong margins and customer counts with the best retail residential customer growth quarter for TXU Energy in nearly 15 years."
A Texas electricity procurement consultant has filed for Option 2 Texas retail electric provider certificates to assist customers in being self-supplier REPs, as part of a new Large Load Services offering
The Alliance for Electrical Restructuring in Oklahoma (AERO) recently announced that it will advocate for reforms during the 2023 legislative session that would restructure Oklahoma’s electricity market to allow for choice and competition for non-residential customers.
A Massachusetts conference committee has reached a compromise on a broad-reaching climate bill, with the conference version of the bill, which has been passed by both houses and sent to the Governor, omitting language from a Senate version which would have prohibited individual retail electric choice for residential customers
VertexOne, the leading provider of enhanced SaaS solutions for the EC Infosystems, a VertexOne Company, led this critical implementation project from start to finish, completing it on time and on budget.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today urged Pennsylvania consumers, "to be alert for potential energy marketing scams, especially unsolicited telemarketing calls requesting immediate action and promising far-reaching savings on energy bills."
Written order confirms the process ESCOs must follow if they wish to retain their green gas product customers with a product compliant with the mass market price limits, and also addresses the treatment of customers on existing term contracts
With extreme hot weather driving record power demand across Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on July 10 issued a Conservation Appeal, asking Texans and Texas businesses to voluntarily conserve electricity, Monday, July 11 between 2-8 p.m.
An NRG Energy, Inc.'s retail brand today announced a strategic partnership, "to deploy a real-time grid services program in Texas to bolster grid flexibility," and provide a, "dynamic load reduction program," focused on C&I customers
An agency has issued a request for stakeholder feedback in advance of creation of its next draft electricity default service procurement plan, "in light of recent extreme energy market volatility that has had an impact on the results of the Agency’s procurement and the resulting prices available to eligible retail customers."
Several Texas retail electric providers have requested to participate in the matching process to receive a list of their low-income customers for the next fiscal year (fiscal year beginning on September 1, 2022.)
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a memo concerning the line-term that should be used to the extent a retail electric provider, if permissible, passes through ERCOT nonbypassable uplift charges related to the winter storm Uri securitization
In a statement concerning its opposition to pending legislation in Massachusetts that would ban new and renewed competitive residential retail electric contracts (excluding municipal aggregation), a retail energy supplier reported its Massachusetts customer count
During today's open meeting, the Texas PUC clarified retail electric providers' ability to access and use their proceeds under the winter storm Uri securitization to pay third parties and offset their own internal costs
Reliant has launched in Texas a new residential electricity plan called the Reliant Seasonal Savings plan, which Reliant said is designed for customers who would like to balance out seasonal bill spikes and lessen the impact of increased summer usage
In comments on a Texas PUC project addressing distributed energy resources, Google LLC called the requirement for load's participation in the ERCOT market to be conducted under the same QSE as the load's LSE (essentially requiring aggregation of load to occur through a REP), "[t]he biggest limitation to widespread participation of DERs in the ERCOT wholesale market."
In a memo in advance of tomorrow's Texas PUC open meeting, a Commissioner said that CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric may recover costs of temporary mobile generation in a distribution cost recovery factor (DCRF) proceeding, but only as a separate rider and not part of the DCRF rider
Staff of the Texas PUC filed a memo outlining, among other things, how retail electric providers shall distribute proceeds from the winter storm Uri bond securitization, including treatment for former customers, and requirements for compliance reporting (Docket 52710)
NextEra Energy announced a zero carbon blueprint called "Real Zero" that includes an emphasis on its competitive arm, NextEra Energy Resources, providing energy supply and other zero carbon-related services to customers
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued reminders and guidance to all Electric Generation Suppliers and Natural Gas Suppliers concerning the Marketing and Sales Practices for the Retail Residential Energy Market regulations at 52 Pa. Code Chapter 111 and other related marketing rules.
The Retail Energy Supply Association announced the launch of its new website (resausa.org), "aimed at providing critical information and data for legislators, commissioners and consumers about retail energy choice."
A retail energy regulator has adopted a decision to move forward with proposed revised RPS rules which include a new requirement that retail electric suppliers must maintain separate security specific to their RPS obligations
Talen Energy Corporation ("TEC") announced that subsidiary Talen Energy Supply ("TES" or "the Company"), "has achieved two significant milestones outlined within its restructuring support agreement ("RSA"), which was initially announced on May 9."
VertexOne, the leading provider of enhanced SaaS solutions for the utility and energy industry, will lead two speaking events at this year’s CHARGE Energy Branding North America conference, held June 1-2 at The Royal Sonesta in Houston, Texas.
A REP, which received its initial Option 1 Texas retail electric provider certificate last year, has received an amendment to its Texas REP certificate to, among other things, include authority for collecting deposits
The General Counsel of the New York Department of Public Service has informed seven ESCOs of an extension of enforcement discretion concerning the ESCOs' offering of mass market green natural gas plans without being subject to the pricing limits otherwise applicable to such plans
In testimony filed in Consolidated Edison's current electric and natural gas rate cases, New York Department of Public Service Staff recommended a short delay in the expansion of mandatory hourly pricing (MHP), but not the specific delay sought by ConEd
Two Illinois Commerce Commission ALJs today issued a proposed second notice order which includes proposed revisions to marketing and related rules applicable to alternative retail electric suppliers and alternative gas suppliers
Just Energy Group Inc. ('Just Energy' or the 'Company') announced that it has entered into a Support Agreement and a Backstop Commitment Letter (each as defined below) with certain of its principal stakeholders, which provides for a comprehensive restructuring and recapitalization transaction that will be implemented pursuant to a plan of compromise and arrangement (the 'Plan') under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the 'CCAA').
The Public Utility Commission of Texas re-adopted without modification the Chapter 25 - Substantive Rules Applicable to Electric Service Providers, which include the substantive rules governing the competitive retail electric market
Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed new SOS electricity rates for the period October 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023, as well as updates to the summer 2022 SOS rates to reflect changes in the bypassable transmission rate and SOS Admin. charge.
In comments filed with the Texas PUC concerning a PUC Staff discussion draft (strawman) which would generally increase the financial and other market entry requirements for retail electric providers, the Coalition of Competitive Retail Electric Providers (CCR) alleged that the proposed changes, "are unneeded and anti-competitive," and would, "chill entry into the marketplace."
OhmConnect, which operates a retail electric supplier in Texas in addition to its various other services in other markets, launched a new program (OhmPlus) that offers members a payment every month for saving energy using smart devices.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued a news release offering consumer tips on door-to-door and other in-person sales and marketing activities by agents of competitive electric and natural gas suppliers, reminding consumers of their rights as well as their options when it comes to shopping for and selecting a competitive supplier for natural gas or electric service.
Several parties have filed a settlement concerning the proposed default service plan of the FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities ("the Companies") which would govern default service for the period June 1, 2023 and ending May 31, 2027 (DSP VI)
The Pennsylvania PUC denied reconsideration of its recent order that had found that the use of "on-bill billing" by the FirstEnergy Pennsylvania electric utilities (the EDCs) for their own non-commodity goods and services, while not offering the same on-bill billing service for the non-commodity goods and services offered by retail suppliers, is not unreasonably discriminatory in violation of the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa. C.S. §§ 101, et seq.
New York Department of Public Service Staff have filed a straw proposal that would establish terms for allowing municipal aggregations (CCAs) to provide community distributed generation (CDG) to customers on an opt-out basis
A REP, which received its initial Option 1 Texas retail electric provider certificate last year, applied for an amendment to its Texas REP certificate to, among other things, include authority for collecting deposits
ERCOT said in a market notice that it has established an interim process, "to ensure compliance with existing NERC requirements and for the reliable interconnection of large loads to the ERCOT system."
For Texas customers, Octopus Energy today announced the launch of Intelligent Octopus, described as, "its first-ever integrated demand response, fixed-rate plan that rewards customers with a specialized rate for helping to balance the grid when demand for energy is high."
Shell Energy North America (US) L.P. has joined the Retail Energy Advancement League (REAL), which, as previously reported, is a new national advocacy organization, "dedicated to the modernization of retail energy markets and consumer choice."
In comments regarding a proposed Firm Fuel
Supply Service (FFSS) in ERCOT, the Texas Energy Association for Marketers (TEAM) requested that the PUC issue a finding that an existing retail fixed price contract may be modified due to new FFSS costs imposed on REPs
Several customers have alleged on social media that Value Based Brands LLC, a unit of Vistra doing business as 4Change Energy, is moving such customers to a higher, variable rate as a result of acquiring such customers from Windrose Energy
The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today took action regarding four energy service companies, or ESCOs, operating in New York for that the PSC stated in a news release was, "failing to abide by New York’s strict rules and regulations to protect energy consumers"
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. has filed at the New York PSC for emergency approval of electricity tariff amendments that, "provide for an electric supply cost recovery mechanism that
will more closely align supply prices with the Company’s hedging positions, reducing the
likelihood of significant customer bill volatility."
Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., the Retail Energy Supply Association, and Interstate Gas Supply, Inc. jointly moved for a PUC to issue an order setting a procedural schedule so that the parties may file comments regarding a PUC Staff report on supplier consolidated billing filed in November 2021
Approved Energy announced the launch of a dedicated indirect sales division, expanding its C&I sales organization, and has hired several industry veterans who will develop and accelerate the company's channel sales capabilities.
A retail energy supplier announced today it is collaborating with Microsoft on the development of a 24/7/365 energy matching technology solution, in what was described as a five-year strategic collaboration
The staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas will hold an informal, technical workshop regarding implementation of 16 TAC § 25.53, adopted by the commission at the February 25, 2022 open meeting, relating to new rules and obligations for Emergency Operations Plans required to be developed and filed by various entities, including retail electric providers
Via Renewables, Inc. ("Via Renewables" or the "Company", formerly known as Spark Energy) provided an update on the purchase price for a book acquisition which occurred in 2021, as the Company reported fiscal results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021
Consolidated Edison (Con Edison or ConEd) has submitted its response to New York PSC Chair Rory Christian detailing measures it has undertaken to mitigate the immediate default service supply price spike, and to reduce the risk of severe price volatility in the future
A TDU petitioned the Public Utility Commission
of Texas ("Commission") to approve a new Wholesale Distribution
Service Distributed Generation ("WDS DG') Energy Storage Tariff pursuant to 16 Tex. Admin.
Code ("TAC") § 25.191.
The City Council of Lubbock, Texas formally adopted a resolution providing that, "retail electric customer choice shall be initiated [for city utility Lubbock Power & Light] on the completion of
all conditions provided herein."