Ten commercial and industrial customers have filed a lawsuit against FirstEnergy Solutions in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas seeking relief from FES's imposition of the polar vortex pass-through charge on the customers.
A segment of Ohio industrial customers has voiced support for Duke Energy Ohio's proposed Price Stabilization Rider, while at the same time proposing that very large customers (and only those customers) be permitted to make an election to avoid the rider.
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The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved the results of the September 2014 default service procurement for a portion of block energy to supply Commonwealth Edison and Ameren for the period November 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015
The Public Utility Commission of Texas intends to tackle issues related to subsynchronous oscillation (SSO) on parallel tracks, agreeing to further study technical issues, while intending to make progress on cost allocation (to the extent possible) while such studies are ongoing.
The Connecticut PURA has requested that the utilities, consumer counsel, and procurement manager consult and submit written comments or a joint recommendation to the Authority for approval regarding the process to be implemented for the utilities to comply with new legislation which requires that customers be notified of Standard Service rate changes.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority sought comments regarding the current practice employed by Connecticut electric and gas utilities to assign Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) and Sales and Use Taxes (SUT) to customer bills.
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The Connecticut PURA has waived $5,000 penalties originally sought against South Jersey Energy Company and North American Power and Gas, LLC after PURA initially alleged that each company failed to submit a report on intrastate gross receipts.
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Retail suppliers were highly critical of a New York PSC Staff straw proposal regarding the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) industry structure, with one ESCO proclaiming that the proposal, "threatens to roll back two decades of competitive restructuring in New York altogether."
A group consisting of retail suppliers, end users, and state regulators have raised concerns that PJM is ignoring the costs and other issues associated with the transition to a modified capacity market that includes PJM's new capacity performance product.
In its comments to the New York PSC on a straw proposal in the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, Direct Energy offered several novel interpretations of the impact of a Court's order which vacated FERC Order 745, as the Court said that FERC lacked authority to set compensation for demand response, since demand response concerns retail ratemaking.
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Texas retail electric providers would be reimbursed for providing low-income customers with programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs) and in-home displays (IHDs) under a proposal from a working group addressing the requirement that TDUs provide in-home monitors to low-income customers under their smart meter deployment plans.
Load in PJM is paying $433 million in additional costs due to PJM's load forecast used in the capacity market undercounting the impact of energy efficiency, a report by Brattle prepared for the Sustainable FERC Project concludes.
Texas-New Mexico Power has petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas for an amendment to its advanced metering system deployment plan to remediate its second generation ("2G") wireless telecom network and upgrade to a third generation ("3G") or later equivalent technology wireless network.
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The Public Utility Commission of Texas should deny a request for resettlement sought by Champion Energy Services due to the reliance on inaccurate meter data from Texas-New Mexico Power, ERCOT and TNMP said in separate replies to a complaint.
The New Hampshire PUC has opened Docket 14-238 in response to HB 1602, which requires the PUC to, "commence and expedite a proceeding to determine whether all or some of PSNH's generation assets should be divested."
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"[I]n response to input from parties stating the need for additional discussions regarding accelerated switching of energy providers," Staff of the New York PSC will convene a second technical conference to discuss whether and how to effectuate accelerated switching on ...
A Texas QSE would pay $28,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of PURA § 39.151 (d) and (j); P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.503(f)(2), related to oversight of wholesale market participants; and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Protocols §§ 3.9(7) and 126.96.36.199, related to current operating plans and energy offer curves for RUC-committed resources, respectively
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By taking no action on the filing of the results from ISO New England's capacity auction for the 2017-18 delivery period by September 15, FERC allowed ISO-NE's tariff filing containing the results of the auction to become effective by operation of law.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire has proposed changes to its Rate ADE - Alternative Default Energy Service which would eliminate the ability for certain large customers to return to traditional fixed price default service (Rate DE) after having migrated to competitive supply.
The multi-step transaction that would essentially see PPL Energy Supply, LLC and RJS Power Holdings LLC combine to form Talen Energy, "would have an anticompetitive impact on several local energy markets," even with the companies' proposed mitigation measures, the PJM Independent Market Monitor said in comments to FERC seeking additional mitigation measures.
A Texas REP would pay $42,500 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve allegations that E-Now failed to maintain funds, in the appropriate instruments and accounts, to cover 100% of customer deposits and advance payments.
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A partial settlement in PPL Electric Utilities' default service proceeding for the period beginning June 1, 2015 would depart from the current quarterly price changes for residential and small commercial default service, in favor of six-month fixed pricing.
The Connecticut PURA has issued its preliminary findings and determination regarding each retail supplier's RPS compliance, RECs banking, and the alternative compliance payments to be required from each supplier, for 2012 RPS compliance.
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Citing reliability concerns, the Massachusetts natural gas LDCs have requested authorization to include up to 30 percent of the Winter 2014/15 design day and design winter gas-supply requirements of capacity-exempt transportation customers in the planning and procurement process for Default Service for the period November 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
An Ohio utility has told a group of industrial customers that it intends to reimburse them for charges paid on utility consolidated bills related to FirstEnergy Solutions' RTO Expense Surcharge, and will cease billing amounts related to the charge on utility consolidated bills, the industrial customers disclosed in a complaint regarding FES's surcharge filed at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a final proposed list of retail electric providers designated to serve as Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for the 2015-16 term, for each customer class and TDU area.
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The Pennsylvania PUC approved a settlement under which PPL Electric Utilities will meet its statutory obligation to offer a Time of Use rate to customers by relying on electric generation suppliers under an open process.
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Direct Energy in late September will launch a series of roadshow-type events, called the Innovation to Inspiration Tour, highlighting innovative products and services for residential and business customers.
The Pennsylvania PUC via secretarial letter directed retail electric suppliers to conduct a review of their internal procedures, including any used by a vendor, to ensure they will be in compliance with the newly adopted "accelerated switching" regulations by December 15, 2014.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has issued notices of civil penalties against eight retail suppliers concerning alleged failure to pay RPS alternative compliance payments, alleged failure to submit required receipts for such payments, or alleged failure to file annual reports on their intrastate gross revenues.
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ERCOT has petitioned a federal bankruptcy court to compel Glacial Energy to assume, or reject, various "executory contracts" with ERCOT, including the Standard Form Market Participant Agreement, in order to preserve ERCOT's standard remedies to protect the market against uplift should a market participant fail to meet additional collateral requirements or fail to perform, including the transition of customers to Providers of Last Resort.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a revised preliminary determination of retail electric providers that are to be designated Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for the 2015-16 term
The Connecticut PURA has sought comments on implementing Public Act No. 14-94, which requires PURA to study, "the feasibility of allowing a nonprofit entity to aggregate electric meters that are billable to such entity. "
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