The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has adjudicated default service rate treatment at Dayton Power & Light in light of DP&L withdrawal of its current electric security plan (ESP II), which resulted from an Ohio Supreme Court decision
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a preliminary list of retail electric providers that are eligible to be required to serve as Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for 2017-18
Direct Energy has petitioned the Virginia State Corporation Commission for a declaratory judgment concerning several aspects of retail electric suppliers' ability to serve customers with a 100% renewable electricity product.
In comments concerning a review of electricity SOS in the District of Columbia, Pepco detailed impacts on SOS resulting from D.C.'s Community Renewables Energy Act, which assigns to Pepco as SOS Administrator the output from Community Renewable Energy Facilities
A draft Texas PUC order has been posted which would include revised conditions meant to protect ERCOT ratepayers from costs arising from the City of Garland's Rusk-to-Panola Double-Circuit 345-kV line, which is to facilitate the export, via DC Tie, of ERCOT power via the Southern Cross Transmission line (Docket 45624)
HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative has sought Michigan PSC approval for changes in its distribution rates for under the Primary Service Rate and Large Power Service Rate applicable to customers who elect choice.
A New York ALJ has ruled that certain aggregate ESCO cost data must be produced by National Fuel Gas Distribution in response to discovery requests by consumer advocates in a current NFGD rate case (Case 16-G-0257).
Customers ability to shop and find true differences in the competitive market are compromised under SFV [straight-fixed variable rate design]," and the Public Utility Commission of Texas should decline to adopt or recommend its use, the Office of Public Utility Counsel said in reply comments on a consultant report concerning alternative ratemaking
Direct Energy has applied for a Virginia electric competitive service provider license, and told EnergyChoiceMatters.com that it intends to seek a declaratory judgment from the State Corporation Commission concerning permissible service by retail suppliers to customers under certain of the limited carve-outs for electric choice in Virginia
The Retail Energy Supply Association has proposed that the District of Columbia move to a retail model for electricity SOS, with a retail supplier-provided Transitional SOS for two years beginning on June 1, 2019.
While the District of Columbia Office of People's Counsel continues to support a portfolio management approach to electricity SOS, to the extent the current wholesale load following model is maintained, OPC does support a shorter duration of contracts versus the current contracts
In unsurprising comments, given comments filed earlier in the proceeding, Exelon Generation Company, LLC wants to maintain the current wholesale electricity SOS model in the District of Columbia, including the use of three-year contracts for mass market customers
NYSEG & Rochester Gas & Electric have filed a draft letter to assistance program participant (APP) customers notifying them of the New York PSC's moratorium on ESCO service to APP customers, and attendant transition to default service, as has (separately) National Fuel Gas Distribution
An audit of Entrust Energy's compliance with the Lite-Up Texas discount program shows that Entrust Energy is using the correct discount rate and effectively addresses rate changes in accordance with PUC substantive rules.
Niagara Mohawk, KeySpan New York, and KeySpan long Island sought an extension of time to comply with certain of the requirements stated in the New York PSC's July 15 order prohibiting ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers in the manner prescribed by the PSC, but proposed to implement the moratorium manually in the interim.
Implementing an opt-out municipal aggregation is one of 10 "High Impact Actions" that New York communities may undertake to be eligible for grants up to $250,000 under NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities program
NYSERDA's toolkit for opt-out aggregations in New York includes an opt-out letter template that touts the purely theoretical customer savings verses a fictitious average of default service rates -- which obviously has no bearing on whether the customer will save money with the aggregation.
The Retail Energy Supply Association said that it will be filing comments with the District of Columbia PSC by August 23, 2016 in which RESA will present a proposal that would reshape the current structure of SOS in D.C. and replace it with, "a retail SOS model."
As part of its review of the proposed merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, the Public Utility Commission of Texas must determine whether the merged AEP Utilities is authorized under the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) to retain AEP Texas North Company's ownership interest in the Oklaunion generating facilities and certain mothballed power plants, PUC Staff said in a statement of position.
A company announced a program under which it will offer wind RECs equal to 50% of the customer's usage at no cost when customers enroll in the company's program under which the company acts as the customer's agent in paying the customer's utility (or REP) bill
Direct Energy is making affinity donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware for enrollments under Direct's status as the "Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware" under the state-approved opt-in affinity program
The Texas PUC moved to protect customers in ERCOT from paying higher costs from the City of Garland's Rusk-to-Panola Double-Circuit 345-kV line, which is to facilitate the export, via DC Tie, of ERCOT power via the Southern Cross Transmission line
The City of McAllen sought bill credits for customers as a result of the proposed merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, and also said that the intent of the AEP companies is "clear" that the companies will later seek to implement uniform, system-wide distribution rates
A recommended decision from a Pennsylvania ALJ in PPL Electric's default service plan proceeding would prohibit retail suppliers from serving Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers generally, and would only allow electric generation suppliers (EGSs) to serve CAP customers through a new Standard Offer customer referral program specific to CAP customers (CAP-SOP), whose rate would be capped and regulated by the PUC.
Connecticut Light & Power (Eversource) said that business and residential customers across Connecticut continue to report receiving unsolicited phone calls and home visits from individuals selling "discounted power" and claiming to be "representatives" or "partners" of Eversource.
The Retail Energy Supply Association has objected to the draft text of a letter to be sent to New York Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers submitted by Central Hudson Gas & Electric for PSC Staff review, with the letter informing customers of the prohibition on ESCO service to such customers.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has vacated the Massachusetts DPU's order allowing electric utilities to procure, via ratepayer-backed, long-term contracts, natural gas pipeline capacity to ease pipeline constraints and support power generators' access to gas supplies
Nevada utility NV Energy said that it will remain "neutral" on a November ballot initiative to introduce retail choice to Nevada (click here for story), and releases what it called Nevada's Energy Future: Key Principles, "a document developed to promote positive discussion between stakeholders pertaining to the 'Energy Choice' initiative and what it might mean for Nevada's future."
Several New York utilities have sought a minimal one-week extension for compliance with one of the ordering paragraphs of the New York PSC's July 15 order which prohibits ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers.
Stating that a requested 90-day extension for ESCO compliance is unnecessary, the Secretary of New York PSC has extended, by only 30 days, the deadline by which ESCOs must drop to default service customers initially identified by the utilities as no longer being eligible for ESCO service, due to their status as Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers.
Commenting on proposed distributed generation interconnection agreement rules before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, TXU Energy sought assurances that any rule will not infringe on retail electric providers' disconnection rights, and that the rule preserves the requirement that all retail electric service occur through REPs
Energy Marketing Conferences announced that Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, will give a second keynote speech at the 6th Energy Marketing Conference on September 20th in New York City
The Pennsylvania PUC is to issue a tentative order considering potential measures to mitigate a surprise increase in the non-solar Tier I obligations of retail suppliers and other LSEs, including the assignment of the increase to EDCs on behalf of all load, with costs recovered on a nonbypassable basis, or an extended compliance period for the increase
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have proposed that, as a condition of approving the merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, the PUCT impose a performance standard on the merged TDU, with rebates required for failure to meet this performance standard required to be rebated through retail electric providers to end-use customers.
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted without modification a settlement among certain parties approving the purchase of Pike County Light & Power (PCL&P) by Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation that requires the utility to study the use of bilateral contracts and other alternative options for default service supply
The Pennsylvania PUC approved as filed a settlement under which Respond Power LLC will issue $4.1 million in customer refunds to resolve a complaint filed by the Office of Consumer Advocate and Attorney General regarding Respond Power's marketing practices
"I think we're going to continue to see consolidation in the retail market; we'll have an opportunity to capitalize on that" Joe Nigro, Chief Executive Officer of Constellation, said during an Exelon analyst day.
Moving to straight-fixed variable (SFV) rates or other alternative TDU ratemaking designs would carry a, "significant price tag" for the retail market, Steve Davis, representing the REP Coalition, said at a public hearing on a consultant report concerning alternative ratemaking prepared for the Public Utility Commission of Texas
The Retail Energy Supply Association sought clarification and rehearing of the New York PSC's order imposing a moratorium on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, noting several logistical problems.
In reporting earnings yesterday, Just Energy disclosed that it lost a net of 134,000 Residential Customer Equivalents from March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016, due to competitive market conditions in the mass market, and pricing discipline in the C&I market
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a secretarial letter yesterday informing retail suppliers and EDCs of a limited extension of the period for true-ups of a portion of the non-solar Tier I obligations (and only such tier) for the 2016 compliance year from September 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016, in light of a surprise increase in the obligations placed on LSEs due to the PUC's correction of prior increases in the tier which were not implemented.
Maryland Office of People's Counsel has asked the Maryland PSC to require the utilities to file information regarding retail supplier pricing applicable to customers participating in the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), citing New York's recent moratorium on low-income assistance program customer shopping, as OPC stated that the data would aid consideration of whether, "similar reforms," are needed in Maryland
With declining electric reserve margins expected by 2018 in the state and region, the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) asked the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the regional transmission operator for most of the state, to conduct a study to help the state of Michigan better understand the effects of plant closures on overall reliability.
Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (Eversource Energy) has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for medium and large commercial and industrial customers for the three-month period beginning October 1, 2016
As a result of a court remand, FERC has directed ISO New England to request that 2013-2014 winter reliability program generation and demand response providers file information to justify their bids for the program
A group of ESCOs have petitioned the New York PSC for an extension to comply with the PSC's recent ordering which prohibits ESCO service to customers participating in utility low-income assistance programs (Assistance Program Participant, or APP)
The National Energy Marketers Association announced that Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, will keynote NEM's Fall Leadership Roundtable, to be held October 26 to October 28, 2016 in Austin, Texas
A settlement among certain parties in PECO's default service procurement plan proceeding for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would drop an earlier proposal to use a five-year contract for a slice of residential supply, and would adopt the use of 24 month contracts for half of the small C&I portfolio.
Genie Retail Energy (GRE), the parent of IDT Energy and several other retail energy companies, reported higher earnings for the quarter ending June 30, 2016 on the strength of improved margins, higher commodity volumes sold, and reduced SG&A expense
AES Corp. disclosed in announcing earnings today that in the second quarter of 2016, DPL recorded a $235 million, or $0.25 per share, asset impairment charge largely related to the Killen generating station.
The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) announced changes to their Northeast Board, including the appointment of Jeff Lenetsky, Sales Director at EnerNOC, as the incoming president of TEPA’s Northeast Board.
Energy Future Holdings, parent of TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, saw a marginal decline in its residential competitive retail customer count from March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016, with the decline in-line with the declines seen in recent quarters
Centrica, parent of Direct Energy, plans to launch not only its own smart thermostat, but its, "entire suite of Connected Home products," in the United States around the end of the year, executives said in a discussion of interim results.
ERCOT has proposed Nodal Protocol Revision Request 795 to require that capital expenditures funded by ERCOT under a Reliability Must Run (RMR) agreement are refunded if the RMR later returns to service outside of an RMR agreement.
The New York PSC adopted an order requiring ESCOs and other LSEs to pay a compliance cost associated with administratively determined subsidies provided to allegedly at-risk "merchant" nuclear plants, and also instituted a new renewable energy standard with the compliance obligation imposed on ESCOs and other LSEs
A final version of the Massachusetts long-term hydropower and offshore wind bill now sent to Governor Charlie Baker reverts to earlier language that gives electric distribution companies discretion on how to dispose of products procured under the contracts.
Dayton Power & Light has filed proposed tariffs with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that would implement Standard Service Offer (SSO) tariffs from 2013, as a result of a Supreme Court of Ohio order vacating a 2013 PUCO order adopting an electric security plan (ESP II) at DP&L.
Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) is moving forward with building a competitive retail supply business as a "defensive" play, and said that it is focused on organic growth for the retail effort
"We will look at every option that's available to us that is positive from a cash and credit perspective to move out of [the merchant] business over time, and that's our goal," FirstEnergy Corp. CEO Chuck Jones said during an earnings call on Friday
The following is a media statement from Phil Van Horne, President and CEO of BlueRock Energy. EnergyChoiceMatters.com disclaims any responsibility for the content of the statement below, and makes no averment as to its accuracy or statements
Calpine is continuing to "double down" on using its generation to directly serve customers, whether via retail or wholesale supply agreements, rather than using financial hedges, Calpine CEO Thad Hill said on Friday.
ERCOT has posted its responses to the questions received related to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Must-Run Alternatives (MRA) to the existing Reliability-Must Run (RMR) Agreement with NRG Texas Power LLC's Greens Bayou Unit 5
The Retail Energy Supply Association filed exceptions to an initial decision in a complaint case against Blue Pilot Energy which is before the PUC, as RESA opposed an initial decision's finding that failing to obtain a customer signature on a written contract after a cold call telesale would violate the state's Telemarketer Registration Act (TRA) and therefore also violate the PUC's regulations
Dayton Power & Light has filed at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to implement Standard Service Offer (SSO) rates that are consistent with the rates that were in effect before a September 4, 2013 PUCO order on DP&L's electric security plan under Case 12-426-EL-SSO (which is DP&L's current ESP used for rates), due to the Supreme Court of Ohio's recent decision reversing PUCO's ESP approval order
Oncor filed a further update concerning the program under which Texas retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers.
A retail supplier today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with ConEdison Solutions, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., to acquire its retail electricity and natural gas business
New York Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman issued the following statement yesterday concerning a court's decision to vacate Ordering Clauses #1-3 of the PSC's February retail market "reset" order.
Noting a recent email to ESCOs from New York PSC Staff concerning the prohibition on the use of pass-throughs for costs not identified in an ESCO's disclosure statement, the National Energy Marketers Association said that there is, "significant risk," that ESCOs may not be able to recover new compliance costs arising from a new nuclear procurement standard proposed to be imposed on LSEs
"Make no mistake, we are putting an end to deceptive ESCO practices that harm electric and gas customers," New York PSC Public Information Officer James Denn said as a New York court vacated Ordering Clauses #1-3 of the PSC's February retail market reset order, but affirmed the PSC's jurisdiction over ESCO "rates."
Texas retail electric providers have opposed a proposal contained in a strawman filed by Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas that would require retail electric providers to obtain a second data point for account access verification for door-to-door enrollments conducted via electronic device.
Texas consumer advocates have pressed for greater disclosure of fees charged by retail electric providers, in submitting comments on strawman proposals concerning door-to-door enrollments completed via electronic device.
The Michigan PSC issued an analysis in which the PSC said that, while Michigan's near-term electric supply outlook for the summer of 2017 in the Lower Peninsula has improved slightly, the five-year review again shows, "the tightening of capacity supplies overall, in both the state and the Midwest"
Citing the "inherent bias" in cases where a decision-maker performs both investigatory and adjudicatory functions, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts said the "de novo" review of a FERC penalty against Maxim Power shall proceed as an ordinary civil action governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that culminates, if necessary, in a jury trial
FERC has withdrawn a previously proposed rule that would have required any market participant in an RTO, including buyers, to file reports concerning the participant's "connected entities" (a new term broader than current affiliate reporting requirements)
The following is a media statement from Phil Van Horne, President and CEO of BlueRock Energy. EnergyChoiceMatters.com disclaims any responsibility for the content of the statement below, and makes no averment as to its accuracy or statements
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a final order adopting a waiver to allow for a change in when the EDC switch confirmation letter is sent in situations of an instant connect (day one shopping), but will not require all EDCs to adopt such a change.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric filed a further update concerning the program under which Texas retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers.
During yesterday's open meeting, Public Utility Commission of Texas Chairman Donna Nelson took the opportunity to clarify comments concerning the retail market that have been "misconstrued" by the Chairman of the New York PSC (click here for story)
During yesterday's open meeting, Public Utility Commission of Texas Chairman Donna Nelson said that she had been contacted by Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative as well as Lone Star Transmission concerning a project proposed to move the small portion of Rayburn that is currently within SPP to ERCOT
Oncor Electric Delivery Company would pay $130,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of PURA § 39.151(d) and 16 Tex. Admin. Code § 25.503(f)(8) (TAC), relating to the provision of information to ERCOT, arising from an incorrect line rating, which contributed in part to certain price spikes
An uncontested settlement in PPL Electric's default service proceeding for the period June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2021 would decrease the utility's reliance on six-month contracts to serve residential default service customers
The New York PSC's written order adopting a moratorium which prohibits ESCOs from serving Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers cited Direct Energy as proposing a moratorium, but in adopting a moratorium departed significantly from Direct Energy's proposal, which was an alternative offered after the PSC sought to essentially shut down the market as a whole (via its reset order), and after an APP collaborative expressed an unwillingness to adopt Direct's preferred solutions which maintain choice for all customers, and in response to proposals in the collaborative that would negatively impact the entire market, Chris Kallaher, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Direct Energy told EnergyChoiceMatters.com
Customers formerly on a "day-night" rate at NYSEG were enrolled into the Sustainable Westchester opt-out municipal aggregation (which has a flat rate) have been asking SW to institute a day-night rate, as SW asked the PSC to require NYSEG to share data concerning day-night customers
Noting that other loads may seek to join ERCOT as Lubbock Power & Light is seeking to do, Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said in a memo in advance of today's open meeting that the Commission should open a rulemaking addressing issues related to such transitions, to the extent current rules do not adequately apply
The FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities have filed new tariffed PTCDefault rates with the PUC for the three-month period starting September 1, 2016, with residential rates at Met-Ed, Penelec, and Penn Power increasing anywhere from 16% to 28%.
A settlement concerning the allocation of PJM transmission cost responsibility would inexplicably make rate changes effective back to January 1, 2016, imperiling retail suppliers who have already served load for such earlier periods.
The New York PSC has issued a written order imposing a moratorium on ESCO service to low-income customers, which explains how treatment of existing low-income ESCO customers, or ESCO customers who later become eligible for low-income protections, are to be treated.
ERCOT informed market participants that, as part of ongoing litigation relating to the development of the Panda Sherman and Panda Temple plants, ERCOT has received discovery requests from plaintiffs seeking a variety of information relating to the development of generation in ERCOT.
The New York's PSC's new moratorium on ESCOs serving customers participating in utility low-income assistance programs (Assistance Program Participant, or APP) bizarrely does not apply to opt-out municipal aggregations, the PSC's written order confirms
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday (click here), the New York PSC has adopted a moratorium on low-income customer participation in the retail electric and natural gas markets, in an action that PSC Staff said they believe (though not familiar with every state) to be the first of its kind in the country.
• Sharyland To Hold Meeting With Texas Retail Providers on Operational Issues Related To Introduction of System-Wide Distribution Rates For Service Areas
• Pennsylvania PUC Issues Final Order Adopting Settlement Regarding Retail Supplier Pricing, Trade Practices
ERCOT has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to procure one or more resources as a Must-Run Alternative (MRA) to the existing Reliability-Must Run (RMR) Agreement with NRG Texas Power LLC's Greens Bayou Unit 5.
Global Montello Group Corp. and Sprague Operating Resources LLC asked the Maine PUC to order Northern Utilities, Inc. (Unitil) to expeditiously provide information allowing suppliers to determine the total number of customers eligible to be Capacity Exempt under recent changes adopted by the PUC, as the suppliers also sought clarification of the PUC's order.
PPL continues to see an acceleration in the decline of residential customers on competitive electric supply, while Pennsylvania statewide residential customer shopping increased during June after a decline in May
A draft preliminary order filed by Texas PUC Commission Advising would find that, consistent with the PUC's recent findings in the Oncor merger proceeding, PURA does not allow the Commission to treat the Sharyland company owning T&D assets and a separate Sharyland entity operating such assets as one utility for ratemaking and regulatory purposes.
Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC (TCEH), a unit of Energy Future Holdings and the parent of TXU Energy and Luminant, is conducting meetings with prospective lenders in connection with the syndication of its $4.25 billion senior secured credit facilities
For advocates seeking to expand retail choice, the Entergy Texas service area remains one of the lowest hanging fruits, which oddly has not drawn much attention despite seemingly lower barriers to choice versus other favorite targets such as Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan (full choice), and California (full choice) which have not seen any success (apart from a likely marginal increase in California allowable retail choice)
Staff of the New York PSC have informed Niagara Mohawk that NiMo's proposed update to its Clifton Park, NY Reforming the Energy Vision demonstration project, which includes what is essentially a utility-directed opt-out municipal aggregation program coordinated with the town which has about 15,000 customers, complies with the REV goals and may proceed to the next stage.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have confirmed that Jade Energy, LLC has complied with the terms of a settlement concerning the company's REP certificate, and that the company will maintain its certificate.
AEP Texas Central filed a further interim report concerning the program under which Texas retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers.
Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PPL should only be permitted to shop through a new Standard Offer Program (SOP) exclusive to CAP customers, Pennsylvania PUC Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Staff said in a brief in PPL's default service proceeding.
Staff of the New York PSC have issued a revised zero emission credit (ZEC) program, designed to provide out-of-market subsidies to nuclear power plants, which would require ESCOs and other LSEs to purchase ZECs.
An initial decision from two Pennsylvania ALJs concerning a complaint brought by the Office of Consumer Advocate and Attorney General against Blue Pilot Energy would find that failing to obtain a customer signature on a written contract after a cold call telesale would violate the state's Telemarketer Registration Act and therefore also violate the PUC's regulations (New Stricter Standard?)
Eversource in Massachusetts is seeking to merge its Nstar Electric operating unit with its Western Massachusetts Electric Co. operating unit to form a single legal entity, and petitioned the DPU for an advisory opinion
A PUC issued a secretarial letter directing all retail suppliers serving residential and small business customers to submit to the PUC draft sample contract summaries they intend to use to comply with the PUC's recent order adopting a contract summary form.
Texas stakeholders have submitted a strawman concerning retail electric providers' enrollment of customers solicited through door-to-door marketing via an electronic device, without a requirement for verification via TPV or telephonic recording
Delmarva filed a correction to its Maryland SOS electric rates, stating that the previously filed tariffs for the period beginning October 1, 2016 inadvertently switched the rates for the Type I Small General Services SGS-S and Type I Space Heating SGS-S classes.
The dangers of opt-out municipal aggregation to workably competitive retail electric markets become more apparent as municipal aggregations move to take the next step, transitioning from mere brokers (though ones with a huge competitive advantage in their opt-out authority) to generation developers -- ones that use essentially captive customers to finance power projects that retail suppliers would need to take on risk to develop
The New Hampshire PUC has approved, without modification, a settlement among various parties requiring Public Service Company of New Hampshire (Eversource) to divest its power plants and adopt a competitive procurement for default service
The Massachusetts Senate passed an amended version of S.2372, which is generally designed to require the procurement of Canadian hydropower under long-term contracts, but an adopted amendment to the bill changes the treatment of such power with respect to default service
The number of residential customers on competitive electric supply at Commonwealth Edison has fallen from a peak of 70% in March 2014 to only 40% as of May 2016, primarily due the termination of various municipal aggregations and their return of customers to default service, an annual report from the Illinois Commerce Commission's Office of Retail Market Development illustrates
The Pennsylvania PUC approved compliance plans to implement remote natural gas account look-up mechanisms at eight natural gas utilities, rejected one LDC's compliance plan, and approved cost recovery from retail suppliers, via the purchase of receivables discount, at one of the utilities.
The Pennsylvania PUC approved the technical implementation standards proposed by Electronic Data Exchange Working Group's (EDEWG) Web Portal Working Group (WPWG) for a standardized solution for the acquisition of historical interval usage (HIU) and billing quality interval use (BQIU) smart meter electricity data via a secure web portal.
Oncor and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric filed updates concerning the program under which Texas retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers.
In an initial step, the Public Utility Commission of Texas has changed the default view of the Power to Choose website such that products with minimum usage fees or credits do not appear in the product list.
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have filed testimony opposing the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities' modified Retail Rate Stability Rider (RRS), and have instead proposed that the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities be authorized to collect a new Distribution Modernization Rider
The New Hampshire PUC approved an extension of the Alternate Default Energy Service Rate (Rate ADE) tariff at Public Service of New Hampshire (Eversource) in its present form for a period of: either 12 months from July 1, 2016, or if divestiture of PSNH's plants is ordered, until such time as PSNH has transitioned to a competitive solicitation for its default service needs
A TPS has agreed to pay $5.28 million, including up to $4.5 million in consumer restitution, and to significantly revise its business practices, in order to resolve allegations from the New Jersey Attorney General, BPU, and Division of Consumer Affairs that the TPS, as described by the state agencies, "engaged in aggressive and deceptive marketing practices, and failed to provide promised energy rates that were competitive, lower than the utility companies, or consistent with the pricing mechanisms in [the TPS's] contracts."
The Secretary of the New York PSC has denied an appeal from several ESCO groups concerning a Records Access Officer (RAO) ruling which had held that the release of ESCOs' historic pricing was not subject to confidential protection.
Texas retail electric providers, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel all opposed, in separate comments, Sharyland Utilities' petition to unabate its AMS deployment docket, and to move forward with its deployment plan and non-AMS surcharge issues, with the AMS surcharge issue deferred and adjudicated in a separate proceeding.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has approved HB 57, which terminates the use of the migration rider in the natural gas market, and allows imposition of a nonbypassable surcharge for recovery of gas cost reconciliations if they exceed a certain threshold.
A review by the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) finds competitive retail energy suppliers in New Hampshire actively posting more than 70 different residential product offerings via the New Hampshire PUC's shopping website, "at prices highly competitive with default rates offered by the state’s utility distribution companies."
A report on alternative ratemaking by a consultant retained by the Public Utility Commission of Texas expresses a "preference" for a movement to Straight Fixed-Variable (SFV) rate design for the recovery of transmission and distribution costs, which are paid by retail electric providers who then recover such costs from their customers
In filing comments at the Texas PUC concerning Lubbock Power & Light's proposal to join ERCOT, the Retail Electric Provider Coalition, "encourages the Commission to consider the inclusion of retail competition for the LP&L service territory as part of any further studies or public interest findings in this or subsequent proceedings regarding LP&L's interconnection with the ERCOT grid."
A state is to formally announce today the selection of a retail supplier for an opt-in affinity program, under which the Secretary of State will officially name the supplier as the "Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State."
Staff of the New York PSC recently issued an email to all ESCOs warning ESCOs that, to the extent ESCOs are charging a pass-through not listed in the customer disclosure statement, then Staff will insist such customers be, "rerated."
TransCanada Power Marketing Ltd. asked the Massachusetts DPU to introduce zonal default service pricing for residential and small C&I customers at Nstar and National Grid, starting with the next basic service price period (November 2016 and January 2017, respectively), in order to address cross-subsidization among customers in different zones that would otherwise occur as capacity prices in ISO-NE have diverged
Sharyland Utilities has petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to reinstate a proceeding reviewing the utility's proposed advanced metering deployment plan, with such reinstatement limited to issues other than the AMS surcharge, with the AMS surcharge severed into a separate docket
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a strawman that would allow retail electric providers to enroll customers solicited through door-to-door marketing via an electronic device, without a requirement for verification via TPV or telephonic recording
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a strawman that would allow retail electric providers to enroll customers solicited through door-to-door marketing via an electronic device, without a requirement for verification via TPV or telephonic recording
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council submitted the names of four finalists to be considered by Gov. John Kasich for the position of commissioner of the PUCO to fill an unexpired term ending April 10, 2020.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric (CEHE), Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, certain cities with original jurisdiction and other parties have reached an unopposed settlement to establish new charges under CEHE's Distribution Cost Recover Factor charged to retail electric providers, effective September 1, 2016
The New York PSC adopted a joint proposal in NYSEG and Rochester Gas & Electric's current rate cases which, among other things, includes revisions to the utilities' code of conduct with respect to the use of the utilities' names by non-affiliates.
Dynegy Inc. announced today its intent to acquire Energy Capital Partners’ (ECP) 35% interest in the Atlas joint venture (JV), which the two companies formed in February 2016 to purchase ENGIE’s 9,058 megawatt U.S. fossil portfolio in ERCOT, PJM, and ISO-New England.
Exelon said in a filing with the New York PSC yesterday that it will close the Nine Mile Unit 1 and Ginna nuclear plants if the PSC does not provide certainty approving a nuclear carve-out under the "clean energy standard" (CES) by September 2016
"[T]he competitive electricity markets -- particularly the organized wholesale markets -- continue to underachieve," when it comes to addressing the changing electricity industry, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) wrote in a letter to FERC Chairman Norman Bay in a letter initiating a review of the markets in light of industry changes.
The Organization of MISO States (OMS) and MISO released the results of their annual resource adequacy survey, and the groups said that results indicate that the MISO region has adequate capacity for 2017 with potential shortages in 2018 and beyond.
Texas Public Utility Commission Chair Donna Nelson yesterday tasked Staff with reviewing ultra-low priced offers in the market, such as rates listed at an average of 1.5¢/kWh at 1,000 kWh consumption, as Nelson stated, "I think they're deceptive on the face."
A start-up broker has petitioned a regulator for a declaratory ruling to determine if Utiliz LLC's business is subject to the regulations, rules, and licensing of an electricity broker or an electricity aggregator
In adopting a settlement between Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric regarding the removal of switch-holds, Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson, in a view equally applicable to retail electric providers, said that compliance with the switch-hold rules has to be 100%.
During a discussion on the Power to Choose website at yesterday's open meeting (see related story today), Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson noted that, since he has been shopping, he has used the site to obtain an electric rate for his home located in the Oncor service area that is well-below the last regulated rate at Oncor
MP2 Energy announced that it has been awarded a five-year retail electricity contract with Toyota Motor North America to provide 100 percent renewable energy solutions to Toyota’s new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.
FERC Staff have directed that Atlas Power, the joint venture between Dynegy and Energy Capital Partners, provide additional information concerning its application to acquire various plants from GDF SUEZ Energy North America
Oncor has filed to refund to retail electric providers an over-collection of transition charges collected under the Rider TC2 - Transition Charge, which the company recently ceased billing as the company made the final scheduled payment on the related bonds
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric (CEHE) announced in a market notice that the automated Historical Usage / LOA function on CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric’s Competitive Retailer Information (CRIP) system is now available for IDR accounts.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas should evaluate policies and programs that create incentives for loads to reduce consumption for reasons unrelated to real-time energy prices, including: (a) the need for and structure of Emergency Response Service (ERS) and (b) the allocation of transmission costs, the ERCOT Independent Market Monitor recommended in a 2015 State of the Market report
The New York PSC would be "remiss" to not address the "larger and larger" share of the customer's electricity price made up of broker fees, Big Apple Energy said in comments to the PSC on a price benchmarking whitepaper
The introduction of a reference benchmark price to which all mass market ESCO fixed rates would be subject create a market where ESCOs are forced to focus on, "jockeying around an administratively set benchmark," for a commodity-only product, rather than creating energy-related value-added products and services beyond the commodity, which has been the stated desire of the PSC, the Retail Energy Supply Association said in comments on the whitepaper
Among other deficiencies with a proposed reference price benchmark (or price cap) to which all mass market New York fixed ESCO rates would be subject, Direct Energy said in comments on a PSC Staff whitepaper that the proposed timeline for the release and application of the benchmarks is logistically problematic, and would harm customers
AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North reported updated data concerning the program under which Texas retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said that staff, ERCOT, the Joint TDUs, the REP Coalition, and the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) have reached an agreement on the future of the Smart Meter Texas (SMT) portal
Staff of the Maryland PSC said that it has not been convinced that utility ownership of microgrids is appropriate, and recommended that a pilot sought by Baltimore Gas & Electric to own two microgrid facilities be denied without prejudice in favor of a generic proceeding examining microgrids and related issues
Dynegy today announced plans to file legislation in the Illinois General Assembly which would move Ameren from the Midcontinent ISO to the PJM market, in order to provide more compensation to downstate generation capacity, such as Dynegy's power plants
Despite declines versus the near-record prices seen in the PJM 2018-19 Base Residual Auction, the 2019-20 Base Residual Auction will still burden load with capacity prices at or in excess of $100/MW-day
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation sought rehearing of the New York PSC's generic order authorizing municipal aggregation on an opt-put basis statewide, as Distribution said that, "the benefits of a state-wide Opt-out enrollment model have not been demonstrated and are, accordingly, a matter of speculation and conjecture."
AEP Texas Central reported that it has exhausted 75% of funds designated to reimburse retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
PECO has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for authority to conduct a community microgrid pilot, which would include the utility constructing, owning, and operating several distributed energy resource (DER) technologies to power the proposed microgrid, including natural gas engines.
Staff of the New York PSC have recommended doubling certain under-delivery penalties for ESCOs at KeySpan New York and KeySpan Long Island (National Grid), in testimony on the KeySpan LDCs' current rate case
Direct Energy has sought to phase-in "exorbitant" increases in the consolidated billing charge at KeySpan New York and KeySpan Long Island (National Grid), in testimony on the KeySpan LDCs' current rate case
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted without modification at settlement in the FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities' default service proceedings for the period June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2021 which, among other things, introduces, on a pilot basis, a clawback mechanism to the purchase of receivables program, and lowers the cutoff for hourly priced default service
The Pennsylvania PUC issued an order adopting a previously reported settlement between Public Power LLC and the PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement under which Public Power will pay a civil penalty of $72,500 and issue certain customer refunds to resolve the charging of an incorrect rate to some 50 customers due to a billing error
Just Energy reported a dip in its customer count for the quarter ending March 31, 2016, which was in-line with the net decline during the quarter ending December 31, 2015, as the company continues to focus on margin discipline
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio has disclosed winning bidders from the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities' April 26 default service auction which procured a portion of SSO supplies for 12, 24, and 36 month terms for the period beginning June 1, 2016
Various Hunt Consolidated companies that had received approval, subject to conditions, from the Public Utility Commission of Texas to acquire Oncor have asked the PUCT to vacate the approval order, stating that the contemplated transaction will not close.
A review by the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) finds nearly 30 competitive retail energy suppliers in Massachusetts actively posting more than 200 different product offerings, "at prices highly competitive with default rates offered by the state’s utility companies."
FirstEnergy Corp. named Leila Vespoli as executive vice president, Corporate Strategy, Regulatory Affairs, and chief legal officer, "a move that reflects the company's focus on more customer-centered, regulated growth," the company said
In a proposed order concerning an investigation of Blue Pilot Energy, LLC (click here for related story today), a Maryland Public Utility Law Judge made a conclusion with broader market implications, concerning how retail suppliers charging variable rates set and market their rates.
A proposed order from a Maryland Public Utility Law Judge would impose a $140,000 civil penalty on Blue Pilot Energy, LLC, and suspend the supplier's license for what the PULJ would find are violations of Maryland marketing and solicitation regulations..
AEP Ohio has sought to extend its electric security plan through May 31, 2024, and would continue to rely on descending-clock auctions procuring a portfolio of 12, 24, and 36-month load following contracts to serve Standard Service Offer customers
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas filed an update regarding the status of funds designated to reimburse retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs) and in-home displays (IHDs) to low-income customers
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Brokers are among the competitors retail energy suppliers will need to deal with in the future, Daniel Verbanac, Senior Vice President for Retail at Constellation, said during DNV GL's Energy Executive Forum
Retail energy suppliers risk extinction if they view value-added services and disruptive technologies as, "other products and services," rather than using such services as new means to deliver price risk management to customers, Sayun Sukduang, Chief Executive Officer at ENGIE Resources Inc. (f/k/a GDF Suez), said during DNV GL's Energy Executive Forum
With the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently denying a Pennsylvania PUC petition for allocatur on the issue, the PUC issued a secretarial letter to implement a prior Commonwealth Court ruling which directed the PUC to adopt a prohibition on early termination fees for Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers to take competitive electric supply
In yet another example of federal overreach, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a proposed amendment to a final order the CFTC issued on March 28, 2013 that exempted certain specified transactions of six Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RTO-ISO Order), including ERCOT, from certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC regulations.
New York's Public Service Law (PSL) does not confer to the PSC ratemaking authority over ESCOs, and the PSC has not cited any case law supporting its reset order which the PSC has attempted to justify in part based upon its PSL obligation to ensure just and reasonable rates, the National Energy Marketers Association and ESCOs said in a reply brief in support of an injunction against enforcement of parts of the PSC's reset order.
Energy Future Holdings, parent of TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, saw a marginal decline in its residential competitive retail customer count from December 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016, with the decline in-line with the decline experienced from September 30, 2015 to December 31, 2015
Duquesne Light said in its petition for a new default service plan (click here for recent story) that it would support the extension of shopping to Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers under certain customer protections and conditions
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio has disclosed winning bidders from the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities' April 13 default service auction which procured a portion of SSO supplies for 12, 24, and 36 month terms for the period beginning June 1, 2016
NRG Energy reported that its Retail mass market segment recorded first quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $151 million, $15 million lower than the $166 million recorded in the first quarter 2015, due to milder weather, partially offset by lower supply costs and operating cost efficiencies.
Staff of the New York PSC have issued a whitepaper that would establish a formula for determining an appropriate not to exceed benchmark "reference price" for a 12-month fixed price offering, thereby allowing ESCOs, contingent on a further PSC order, to offer such a product as an additional complaint product under the retail market reset
Spark Energy, Inc. reported "record" first quarter results, as the company continued to achieve enhanced margins in both its retail electricity and retail natural gas segments while producing improvements in attrition.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the results of RFPs to award to the load of Percentage of Income Payment Plan customers to a retail supplier at the FirstEnergy utilities and Duke Energy Ohio
Duquesne Light has filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a proposed default service plan (DSP VIII) for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 that would rely on contracts with longer terms to serve residential and small C&I customers.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric (CEHE) reported that it expects it will have soon exhausted 75% of funds designated to reimburse retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
The FirstEnergy Ohio utilities have petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to modify their recently adopted Retail Rate Stability Rider (RRS) such that the rider is no longer based on PPAs between the utilities and affiliate FirstEnergy Solutions
Pennsylvania marked six consecutive months of statewide growth in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply, but the amount of growth was significantly less than growth in recent months
North American Power has officially launched its Understandabill tool, a monthly energy report that provides its customers with electricity usage predictions, a categorized breakdown of how the electricity is used, and personalized recommendations on how to use less.
Asked about additional retail supplier acquisitions during an earnings call, Calpine would not specifically discuss future M&A activity but told investors that it likes the retail business and would like to see it grow
The Massachusetts DPU approved new purchase of receivables discount rates (standard complete billing percentages), effective May 1, 2016, at Nstar, National Grid, and Western Massachusetts Electric Co.
Sharyland Utilities has filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a rate case that would implement uniform, system-wide distribution rates across its Sharyland Utilities, LP (former Cap Rock) and Sharyland-McAllen service areas.
AEP will seek re-regulation of the Ohio market thanks to FERC's decision -- prompted by so-called merchant generators -- to review PUCO-approved PPAs between AEP Ohio and affiliated non-regulated generation under the Edgar standard.
The Maryland PSC has directed the RM 54 working group to meet on the issue of whether recently adopted electric and natural gas customer protections under COMAR 20.53.08 and COMAR 20.59.08 apply to non-residential customers
The Maryland PSC granted retail electric and natural gas suppliers a waiver from recently adopted sales agent background check requirements, contingent on suppliers complying with a consensus interim proposal for changes in the process during an interim period while the PSC considers changes to the rules.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC would pay $60,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve an investigation of the TDU for alleged violations of 16 TAC § 25.480(m)(2), related to placement and removal of switch-holds.
Under the auspices of the Public Utility Regulatory Authority, the State of Connecticut has established EnergizeCT, a robust, well-designed and consumer-friendly electricity shopping website that routinely posts competitive generation supply products offered by licensed retail electricity suppliers, the Retail Energy Supply Association said yesterday in announcing a review of the savings and value-added services available to customers
Granting complaints filed by EPSA, the Retail Energy Supply Association, and other parties, FERC in separate orders rescinded affiliate waivers previously granted to various FirstEnergy and AEP companies, and will evaluate PPAs between FirstEnergy's and AEP's Ohio utilities and their merchant generation under the Edgar and Allegheny standards