Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed testimony stating that NextEra Energy's proposed acquisition of Oncor is, "not in the public interest without making substantive changes and additions to the applicants' proposed commitments," as Staff cited concerns regarding the risks from NextEra's non-regulated businesses as well as the large amount of debt NextEra proposes to use to fund the transaction.
Nstar and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (Eversource) have filed a rate case with the Massachusetts DPU that proposes to consolidate the operating companies into a single entity, along with certain rate consolidation, and which seeks authority to invest in storage and other new energy technologies
Start-up broker-consultant Benchmark Services, Inc. is "actively targeting" potential broker business acquisitions while also priming itself for organic growth, Benchmark Services, Inc. President Mark Tackley told EnergyChoiceMatters.com
Three New York ESCOs have filed separate petitions with the New York PSC for a waiver of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers in order to be able to offer a guaranteed savings product to APP customers.
The New York PSC has extended the deadline by which ESCOs must file for a request for a waiver of the PSC's prohibition on service to low-income customers, under which ESCOs must offer a guaranteed savings product to such customers.
A group of commenters including several NRG retail providers, Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, Austin Energy, and CPS Energy said in comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas that a calculation in the ERCOT 4CP report created a "false" peak interval on July 14, 2016
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has provided to legislators a final report on alternative ratemaking mechanisms, that generally finds that major revision is not needed to the rate-setting and design process used for the utilities located within ERCOT
The Michigan PSC has issued a customer annual order requiring retail electric suppliers and other LSEs to submit a self-assessment of their ability to meet their customers’ expected electric requirements and associated reserves during the five-year period of 2017 through 2021
In a statement of position to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the NRG Companies have recommended that the PUC should require NextEra to divest its Texas retail electric providers as a condition of acquiring Oncor
Texas Industrial Energy Consumers have proposed that Oncor be required to provide millions of dollars in rate credits as a condition of its acquisition by NextEra, with retail electric providers required to pass through the credits to customers
With funding exhausted, Oncor reported the total number of in-home devices provided to customers by REPs under the program which reimbursed retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
Gabel Associates, which was retained by the Maryland PSC to review the potential for an opt-in electricity affordability program (state-endorsed opt-in aggregation similar to the program in Delaware, see Delaware program details here) told the PSC that such a program would be inappropriate for Maryland, but proposed a pilot program targeted to a specific group of low-income customers, based on either a specific program, or geographic area.
Gabel Associates, which was retained by the Maryland PSC to review the potential for an opt-in electricity affordability program (state-endorsed opt-in aggregation similar to the program in Delaware, see Delaware program details here) told the PSC that such a program would be inappropriate for Maryland, noting Maryland's relative market maturity versus Delaware.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a supplemental response in their complaint against Current Utilities, Inc., in which Staff lists three specific instances in which Staff allege Current Utilities' activity amounted to aggregation, per the definition previously set forth by an ALJ.
Citing new analyses prepared by PJM, the Advanced Energy Management Alliance said that the transition to a 100% capacity performance procurement as scheduled in the May 2017 PJM Base Residual Auction is not just and reasonable, as the Alliance filed a complaint at FERC requesting that FERC order that PJM allow base capacity resources to continue to participate in the market until a seasonal capacity standard is developed.
In response to an inquiry, the Connecticut PURA has informed Public Power, LLC that the "Form 2" notice of contract expiration and rate change is not required to be sent to residential customers in instances where customers have already renewed with the supplier, or the customer has already dropped from the supplier's service.
Geothermal and renewable energy developer Ormat Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the business and assets of Viridity Energy, Inc., a privately held company specializing in demand response, energy management and energy storage, in a cash transaction
The Connecticut PURA has sought further comment concerning the treatment of incidental residential meters for purposes of compliance with various retail supplier summary information which must be included on bills, and other requirements.
Oncor reported that all of the funds have been exhausted under the program through which retail electric providers were reimbursed for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
Sharyland Utilities has filed an amended rate filing package with the Public Utility Commission of Texas that would, in addition to new levels for base rates, impose new riders on retail electric providers.
The New York PSC has changed the date for the procedural conference concerning Track I of the PSC's recently initiated evidentiary process reviewing the retail energy markets, including a potential total ban on mass market ESCO service
The New Hampshire PUC has scheduled a hearing for January 19, 2017 to consider proposed changes to electric supplier marketing rules, including a proposed ban on door-to-door electric sales and restrictions on telemarketing.
The Connecticut PURA issued a final order addressing, on an interim basis, obligations of retail suppliers and utilities with respect to net metered customers, which defers to a working group certain retail supplier obligations.
FERC has set for hearing proposed changes to capacity obligations in the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator, Inc., stating that the sought changes have not been shown to be just and reasonable
Warning that acceptance of a proposed settlement between Connecticut Light & Power (Eversource) and the Prosecutorial Unit (PRO) of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority concerning RPS compliance would be discriminatory, Clearview Electric, Inc. filed an objection to the settlement, given that PURA has severely penalized retail suppliers for actions similar to the administrative RPS compliance errors resulting in the settlement in question.
The Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority has requested that the Pennsylvania PUC implement PPL's prior Time of Use default service program, which relied on administratively determined rates, given a court order finding that reliance on retail suppliers to fulfill PPL's TOU obligation did not comply with statute, with the Development Authority seeking "retroactive" reinstatement of the prior TOU option.
A utility filed tariff revisions to implement a type of customer referral program and a bill ready solution meant to allow retail suppliers to offer customers the opportunity to prepay the commodity portion of the bill.
A New York Supreme Court judge erred when the judge said that the New York PSC has jurisdiction over the "rates" charged by ESCOs, the National Energy Marketers Association and several ESCOs said in a brief appealing the judge's decision.
The lack of substantial evidence supporting the lack of long-term contracts in an unopposed settlement (with respect to procurements) to establish default service at Duquesne Light for the period beginning June 1, 2017 prompted Pennsylvania PUC Chairman Gladys Brown and Commissioner David Sweet to dissent from an order approving the settlement
FERC issued an order finding that a transaction under which Dynegy would acquire 8,731 megawatts of generation capacity from Engie (f/k/a GDF Suez) raises competitive concerns in certain capacity market local deliverability areas, and conditioned approval of the acquisition on mitigation
The Connecticut PURA has issued an order terminating the Connecticut Clean Energy Options (CCEO) Program, effective December 31, 2016, but said that, "the Authority will develop and implement a new program, pursuant to §16-244c(b) of the General Statutes of Connecticut, to advance Connecticut's voluntary renewable market."
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed winning bidders from Duke Energy Ohio's fourth wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail electric generation service rates through May 2018.
The Connecticut PURA reiterated that the acquisition of Noble Americas Energy Solutions, LLC by a Calpine subsidiary, under which the acquired retail supplier was renamed Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC, constituted a transfer of a supplier license and required prior approval of the Authority, but PURA withdrew its earlier directive that Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC, not enroll any new customers while PURA reviews the license transfer.
Proposed rules contained in an Illinois Commerce Commission first notice order requiring retail electric suppliers to call customers to inform them of contract renewals may result in suppliers running afoul of FCC rules, ICC Staff said in comments on the first notice order
The Michigan Public Service Commission opened a proceeding to seek additional information on Consumers Energy's announcement that it intends to terminate early its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Entergy Nuclear Palisades, LLC (ENP) for the purchase of electricity from the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.
The New York PSC has approved a deferral of certain supply costs that would have otherwise been required to be reflected in default service rates at KeySpan New York (The Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/b/a National Grid NY) starting on January 1, 2017, citing, in part, the need to temper the bills of full service customers due to the simultaneous impact of a reconciliation-driven supply rate increase and a separate delivery rate increase.
Liberty Power Holdings LLC ("Liberty") has sought clarification and/or rehearing on the New York PSC's Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC) order with respect to implementation of the calculation of ZEC obligations to individual LSEs, saying a "material" drop in Liberty Power Holdings LLC's load in New York will result in the company subsidizing the compliance obligations of its competitors.
The New York PSC has given ESCOs only 30 days from the effective date of the PSC's December 16 order prohibiting ESCO service to low-income customers to seek a waiver of the prohibition through the offering of a guaranteed savings product
As noted in our related story today, the PSC is permitting ESCOs to seek a waiver of the low-income prohibition for guaranteed savings products, and the PSC said in such order that it would potentially reconsider any other products identified in the larger mass market review that are found to offer savings
As a result of the "economic fiasco" related to the Greens Bayou RMR agreement, "I've become convinced that we need to go ahead and bite the bullet, and at the very least I think we need to co-optimize the real-time market," Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson said at Friday's meeting, echoing his recent comments from September
The Michigan Senate and House have passed a revised version of SB 437, which Gov. Snyder has indicated he will sign, that permits the PSC to reduce the electric choice cap to below 10% under certain circumstances, and revises the previously proposed capacity obligations to be imposed on retail suppliers
As of December 15, Oncor had $1.01 million of available funds remaining to cover future reimbursement requests for devices distributed pursuant to the program under which retail electric providers are reimbursed for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
The New England chapter of the Retail Energy Supply Association named Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Commissioner Michael Caron as the 2016 recipient of its Champion of Choice Award.
AEP Texas North reported that, as of October 31, 2016, it had $120,000 in funds available under the program which reimbursed retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
In a Texas PUC rulemaking addressing the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) for customer enrollment during door-to-door sales, TXU Energy has suggested that, in addition to the proposed use of electronic signatures, the two-step verification process required for use of a PED-based enrollment allow other uniquely identifiable inputs from the applicant, such as a thumbprint.
A proposed Texas process for door-to-door customers enrolled via portable electronic device (PED) described as a, "three-step enrollment process," by retail electric providers would be confusing to customers, the Retail Electric Provider Coalition said.
The purchase of receivables program that has been mandated at AEP Ohio should be put "on hold" or be subject to further workgroup discussions due to the introduction of a supplier consolidated billing (SCB) pilot, and the impact that the SCB pilot may have on POR program participation (and therefore, cost recovery), AEP Ohio said in comments to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has filed an updated draft of the electric scope of competition report, which, for the first time publicly, includes a discussion of draft recommendations that the Legislature may wish to consider.
Texas PUC Staff have filed an updated draft proposal for adoption concerning the distributed generation interconnection rulemaking, which addresses the ability for non-customer third parties to sign IAs
In celebrating the 20th anniversary of the introduction of electric choice in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania PUC yesterday shared some highlights of a recent survey conducted by the PUC concerning electric choice.
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted an order on PECO's electricity default service plan for the period beginning January 1, 2017 that declines to address in the default service plan any changes or restrictions on the ability of Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers to shop for competitive supply.
A TDU has informed the Texas PUC that it has exhausted all of the funds available under the program which reimbursed retail electric providers for providing free programmable communicating thermostats and in-home displays (collectively, in-home devices) to low-income customers
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed SB2814, the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill, which also requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider imposing a new tax on retail electric and gas suppliers, in the form of an assessment to contribute to the state's Public Utility Fund (which helps fund ICC operations)
For 2017, Stream is working to design plans that allow customers to "mix and match" energy supply along with additional products or recurring services, moving beyond bundling simply one product with its energy plans or offering services separately a la carte.
Citing the "misleading" impact large prior period reconciliations have on customers' purchasing decisions and comparison of ESCO and utility supply rates, the National Energy Marketers Association said that the New York PSC's utility gas cost reconciliation process as set forth in the Commission’s regulations at 16 NYCRR 720-6.5(g) must be reviewed and revised.
The enrolled text of the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill has been posted, which confirms that, as expected, the enrolled version of the bill requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider imposing a new tax on retail electric and gas suppliers, in the form of an assessment to contribute to the state's Public Utility Fund (which helps fund ICC operations)
Apparently addressing a dispute concerning whether alleged misrepresentations by a retail supplier to informal inquires from Illinois Commerce Commission Staff violated statute, the enrolled version of the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill (SB2814) provides that any response to the ICC, including Staff, from an entity subject to the ICC's regulation is subject to applicable fines for misrepresentation.
Oncor informed retail electric providers that 90% 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 are expected to be exhausted once Oncor pays invoices related to November (paid in December)
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a secretarial letter setting forth a proposed mechanism for PPL, and more broadly other EDCs, to comply with their obligation, as default service provider, to offer a Time of Use generation rate option to default service customers which would still rely on a retail supplier to supply the default service TOU plan
A final version of Exelon's nuclear subsidy bill, passed by both the Illinois House and Illinois Senate, apparently includes a mandate that the Illinois Commerce Commission shall consider whether to subject retail electric and natural gas suppliers to an assessment to contribute to the state's Public Utility Fund (which helps fund ICC operations)
Staff of the New York PSC have issued a Staff Assessment Report on Niagara Mohawk's Clifton Park Demand Reduction Reforming the Energy Vision Demonstration Project, which includes NiMo's proposal for what is essentially a utility-directed opt-out municipal aggregation program coordinated with the town which has about 15,000 customers.
The Maryland PSC adopted in total a May 13 proposed order from a Public Utility Law Judge (PULJ) which imposes a $140,000 civil penalty on Blue Pilot Energy, LLC, and suspends the supplier's license for what the PULJ found are violations of Maryland marketing and solicitation regulations.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas ordered that AEP Texas file a study concerning the potential introduction of consolidated rates for its AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North divisions, which, as adopted by the PUCT yesterday, will be merged into a single entity
The National Energy Marketers Association is seeking a court order to conduct discovery on data filed by the New York PSC in support of its order imposing a moratorium on ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant customers, alleging that the data is, "deeply flawed." The PSC opposed discovery as adding an, "unnecessary delay," as the PSC called the data accurate
Dealing with customer frustration due to actual experience with distributed generation departing from dubious claims made in advertisements is a "real issue" the Public Utility Commission of Texas will likely need to face, Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez said during yesterday's open meeting, as the PUC discussed a rule addressing whether parties other than end use customers may sign interconnection agreements
A late amendment offered to the Exelon nuclear subsidy bill (SB2814) would direct the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider making alternative retail electric suppliers and alternative gas suppliers subject to assessments under the Public Utility Fund
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of Duke Energy Ohio’s fourth wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail electric generation service rates through May 2018.
FERC has approved a temporary waiver sought by the Midcontinent ISO to allow resources with incremental energy costs above the current $1,000/MWh offer cap to include those costs in the No Load component of their supply offers during the December 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017 period
A U.S. PUC has issued a set of proposed revisions to the retail electric supplier rules that would prohibit suppliers from soliciting residential customers in person at the customer's residence, except in cases of a pre-scheduled meeting.
A PUC is proposing to revise its retail electric supplier marketing rules to include new variable rate disclosures, including a requirement to notify customers in advance of a variable rate change exceeding 10%.
A PUC has proposed revisions to its retail electric supplier rules that would, among other things, include mandatory public posting of retail supplier prices, a longer rescission period, and the requirement for suppliers to offer customers the opportunity to cancel contracts via the supplier's website.
AEP Ohio has sought PUCO approval of an extension of its electric security plan that would include the use of its entitlements in the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) generation to serve Standard Service Offer (SSO) customers (Case 16-1852-EL-SSO)
As part of its requested extension of its electric security plan, AEP Ohio has sought changes to its tariffs governing retail suppliers to, "prevent suppliers from billing customers for prior-period energy usage amounts not settled in the PJM market, and for which there is no path for resettlement."
The "forcible de-enrollment" of New York low-income customers from ESCO service in New York, as ordered by the New York PSC (with such order subject to a temporary court injunction), will deprive low-income customers of savings available versus utility supply rates, compels low-income customers, "to be subject to the monopoly whims of the local utilities just because of those residents’ economic status.," the National Energy Marketers Association said in comments to the PSC
The Michigan PSC has adopted dual natural gas pipeline reservation charges at DTE Gas, with a unique (reduced) reservation charge applicable to gas customer choice (GCC) customers of retail suppliers, and another reservation charge amount applicable to default service (GCR) customers.
The Michigan PSC, in an order concerning changes to the natural gas reservation charge at DTE Gas has ruled on whether retail supplier volumes and average customer rate data is entitled to trade secret status
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and affiliate Texas Retail Energy (TRE), LLC moved to intervene in a CCN proceeding before the Texas PUC concerning Entergy Texas' sought approval for a new 1,000 MW ratebased power plant, the Montgomery County Power Station
Several retail electric providers would collectively pay a $900,000 civil penalty, and make a $600,000 contribution to their bill payment assistance program, under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of
An analysis by New York PSC Staff filed with the Supreme Court for the County of Albany indicates that low-income customers served by ESCOs in aggregate paid $96 million more than what the cost would have been under default service for the period January 2014 through June 2016.
FERC has adopted a hard cap of $2,000/MWh for the energy markets in all the FERC-jurisdictional RTOs, with offers up to $2,000/MWh permitted to set LMP, and offers in excess of $2,000/MWh also permitted but with offers in excess of $2,000/MWh not setting LMP and addressed instead through make-whole payments and uplift
Consolidated Edison has issued a request for information for parties to propose one or more demonstration projects, "that will test innovative approaches to helping low- and moderate-income [LMI] Con Edison customers."
The "unprecedented" action of the Pennsylvania PUC to restrict Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers at PPL Electric Utilities to shopping only through a new Standard Offer Program specific to CAP customers (CAP-SOP), under which the EGS must serve the customer at a 7% discount off the Price To Compare at the time of enrollment, with such EGS price fixed for 12 months, threatens to undermine Pennsylvania's nationally recognized work to create a workably competitive retail market, and cannot withstand court scrutiny, the Retail Energy Supply Association said in a petition for reconsideration
The Delaware PSC recently moved to publish a final proposal for changes to retail electric market and consumer protection rules, addressing non-consensus items including the rescission period and customer lists (Regulation Docket 49).
In announcing quarterly earnings, Crius Energy Trust highlighted the transformation from its solar business, through the previously reported acquisition of assets from SunEdison and Verengo, from a reseller to a vertically integrated solar business with margins expected to potentially quadruple as a result
Fitchburg Gas & Electric (Unitil) has petitioned the Massachusetts DPU for approval to offer customers via demonstration products a storage system for customers with solar and other demand response offerings.
Oncor informed retail electric providers that 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 have been exhausted
The Public Utility Commission of Texas will consider further at its next open meeting a proposal for adoption which would permit non-end users to be parties to distributed generation interconnection agreements (IAs), as Chairman Donna Nelson reiterated concerns about customer expectations regarding redress which may arise if the PUC sanctions IAs signed by third parties, but lacks jurisdiction to address any disputes between the third-party DG providers and the customer.
Consistent with its previously reported strategy of focusing on higher margin customers, Just Energy saw a decline of 75,000 Residential Customer Equivalents from July 1, 201 to September 30, 2016, but increased its gross margin and Base EBITDA for the quarter.
The Pennsylvania PUC at its meeting yesterday ratified a prior one-commissioner emergency order which granted certain relief requested by Respond Power in a dispute concerning a POR clawback charge at the FirstEnergy EDCs
Nevada voters approved, with "Yes" winning with 72%, Question 3, which had asked whether Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution shall be amended to require the Legislature to provide by law for the establishment of an open, competitive retail electric energy market that prohibits the granting of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity?
Asked about the "ideal" outcome for FirstEnergy Solutions' generating assets, which the company announced last week are under a strategic review which could include asset sales, FirstEnergy Corp. CEO Chuck Jones told analysts at an EEI conference that ...
EnergyChoiceMatters.com exclusively reported last week that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, in a rehearing order on AEP Ohio's electric security plan, had directed that implementation of a purchase of receivables program at AEP Ohio move forward, with PUCO directing that a procedural schedule be set to consider a Staff report from a POR workshop process. An attorney examiner has now set such procedural schedule
The FirstEnergy utilities have filed an answer opposing Respond Power's petition at the Pennsylvania PUC which was filed to prevent the EDCs from withholding nearly $500,000 of Respond receivables as an offset against a POR clawback charge.
The Michigan PSC adopted a settlement concerning the natural gas customer choice (GCC) program design at Consumers Energy which provides that retail suppliers shall not be subject to a capacity reservation charge at this time
During October, PECO surpassed half a million residential electric accounts on competitive supply, while Pennsylvania saw statewide residential shopping increase by the highest number of accounts in a month since March 2016
John Schultz, President of Direct Energy Business, LLC, wrote in a letter to the PJM Board of Managers that PJM's decision to adopt an "aggregation" proposal to address concerns about demand response's ability to participate in the 2020-21 capacity auction (which will only procure capacity performance resources), rather than retaining an amount of the base capacity product for an additional year as seasonal capacity issues are addressed, "will have negative impacts on resource diversity, reliability and achieving a least cost approach to maintaining reliability -- in short, unjust and unreasonable prices for capacity."
FirstEnergy disclosed in reporting earnings today that it is engaged in a "strategic review" of its competitive business and is posturing options to "thoughtfully and expeditiously move away from competitive markets."o.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas would consider the impact on the implementation of customer choice at Entergy Texas in considering Entergy Texas's request for a CCN to build a new 1,000 MW ratebased power plant, under a draft preliminary order and list of issues
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio approved a revised nonbypassable PPA rider at AEP Ohio, which is now limited to the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC), in light of FERC jurisdictional issues with PPAs with AEP Ohio-affiliated generation.
Direct Energy has filed to withdraw its petition before the Pennsylvania PUC in which Direct Energy had sought to restart the retail opt-in electricity referral/aggregation programs, which had been previously approved by the PUC, but which the PUC suspended prior to implementation.
The competitive retail electric suppliers formerly owned by Energy Future Holdings, including TXU Energy and 4Change Energy, saw no net change in their customer count from June 30, 2016 to September 30, 2016, according to an EFH 10-Q.
The Ohio Supreme Court has remanded to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio a PUCO order which had authorized Duke Energy Ohio, Inc. to amend its corporate separation plan to allow Duke to engage in a new line of business: the offering of various nonelectric products and services to its customers.
NYSERDA has posted the amount of 2017 Tier 1 RECs to be offered for sale by NYSERDA, the Tier I REC price, and 2017 Alternative Compliance Payment amounts, under New York's new LSE-imposed renewable energy compliance obligation.
Alleging an, "Imminent Reliability Risk In Retail Choice Areas," the Midcontinent ISO filed at FERC for approval of its proposed capacity market changes that would impose a three-year forward capacity obligation on retail suppliers in Zone 4 (Illinois) and Zone 7 (Michigan Lower Peninsula).
NextEra Energy, Inc. and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC have filed an application at the Public Utility Commission of Texas for approval for NextEra to acquire Oncor, which touts NextEra's smaller retail market share, compared to TXU, in addressing affiliate concerns
AEP in reporting earnings this morning said that it took a pre-tax impairment charge of $2.3 billion in third-quarter 2016 largely to write-down AEP's remaining competitive generation assets in Ohio to their estimated fair value.
NYSERDA and NY PSC Staff submitted a Phase I implementation plan for New York's new Renewable Energy Standard (RES) obligation imposed on LSEs including ESCOs and the nuclear procurement obligation (ZECs), which among other things discusses compliance requirements and banking rules for ESCOs.
From 2011 to 2014, "statewide average annual retail electricity rates to residential shopping customers were higher than utility default service rates," a report from Christina Simeone and John Hanger, published by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, says
FirstEnergy Solutions has exercised an option to cancel its contract to serve the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council electricity aggregation, which serves 500,000 customers, effective January 1, NOPEC said.
With its pending acquisition of Noble Americas Energy Solutions (NAES), Calpine executives said that it is emphasizing organic growth in its retail business, though further "bolt-on" acquisitions are possible.
In addressing a rulemaking that would permit non-end users to be parties to distributed generation interconnection agreements (IAs), Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, expressed concern with the implications from having entities, over which the PUC lacks jurisdiction, sign the agreements
NextEra Energy, Inc. today announced it has reached an agreement for an affiliate to merge with Texas Transmission Holdings Corporation ("TTHC"), including TTHC's approximately 20 percent indirect interest in Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC ("Oncor"), for merger consideration of approximately $2.4 billion, subject to adjustment.
In response to a draft Texas PUC 2016 Summary of Customer Complaints and Enforcement Activities proposed to be published, several retail electric providers recommended that the graphs entitled "% of Complaints Resulting in Customer Refunds - FY 2016" and "Average Refund - FY 2016" be eliminated from the proposed data for publication.
The Pennsylvania PUC, in addressing default service at PPL Electric Utilities for the period beginning June 1, 2017, has adopted restrictions on the ability of Customer Assistance Program customers to shop for a competitive supplier.
The idea of transitioning Entergy Texas to retail competition, "is something that is always worthy of consideration," although, "we haven't given a lot of additional thought to that," Donna Nelson, Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said in response to a question at the National Energy Marketers Association's 2016 Policy Leadership Roundtable in Austin
PECO, joined by several parties, requested to withdraw its petition at the Pennsylvania PUC for approval of a microgrid pilot, which would have included utility ownership of microgrids and distributed generation, to instead allow for a collaborative stakeholder process to consider microgrid deployment in PECO's service territory.
Granting, in part, relief requested by Respond Power, LLC, the Pennsylvania PUC Vice Chairman Andrew Place issued an emergency order requiring Penelec and West Penn to cease and desist from implementing a POR Clawback charge until Penelec and West Penn have filed the appropriate tariff supplements and obtained the Commission's approval thereof, or November 27, 2016
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted, without modification, a partial settlement addressing the design and procurement of PPL Electric Utilities default service for the period June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2021, barring any petition for a mid-course adjustment, and also addressed the issue of PPL's obligation to offer a Time of Use generation rate as part of the default service plan.
The Connecticut PURA issued a final order to re-open proceeding Docket 14-07-19 to consider whether summary information required to be listed on residential customer bills should apply to business customer bills.
The Pennsylvania PUC approved a revised compliance plan governing Philadelphia Gas Works' implementation of a remote account number look-up mechanism, which now does not recover costs through PGW's purchase of receivables discount rate, and which instead recovers implementation costs through a delivery charge.
Respond Power LLC has petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC to issue an ex parte Emergency Order to prohibit Penelec and West Penn Power from, "unilaterally withholding from Respond Power Purchase of Receivables ('POR') payments as an offset for a nearly one-half million dollar POR Clawback Charge assessed by the Companies on Respond Power on September 30, 2016, which Respond Power disputes on the basis of fundamental principles of due process and impermissible retroactive ratemaking."
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has disclosed the winning bidders from the FirstEnergy EDCs' October wholesale auction that, when blended with other supplies, will ultimately determine its Standard Service Offer through May 2018.
PSC Staff and the Retail Energy Supply Association and Delaware Public Advocate have reached consensus on all but two items for retail electric marketing and licensing rule changes under Reg. Docket 49.
A broker said that it was named 2016 TEPA ABC (Aggregator/Broker/Consultant) of the Year by The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA) during the organization's 11th Annual Conference on October 13, 2016 in Houston, Texas.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in an order that it lacks authority to review deadlocked FERC decisions, in finding that it cannot review a deadlocked FERC which allowed the results of the 2014 ISO New England Forward Capacity Auction (FCA 8, for 2017/18 delivery year) to stand
In addressing motions for summary disposition in a case involving Current Utilities, Inc, a Texas ALJ has reached certain conclusions regarding the definition of an aggregator, which is required to be certificated by the Public Utility Commission, but found that the case lacks specific evidence to be resolved through summary disposition at this time
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, in a proposed list of issues in AEP Texas's application to install two grid-scale batteries to address distribution system reliability (click here for story), said that parties should first brief whether a generic project, versus a contested case, is the appropriate forum for addressing issues concerning whether a Distribution Service Provider (DSP) can and should own utility-scale battery facilities
Staff of the Public Utility of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication to allow retail electric providers to enroll customers solicited through door-to-door marketing through a portable electronic device that would include a new provision that, for such sales, the rescission period shall not begin until the REP receives the customer's confirmation of a notice regarding enrollment
Staff of the Delaware PSC have filed comments on proposed revisions to the retail electric supplier marketing rules jointly proposed by the Delaware Public Advocate and Retail Energy Supply Association, under Reg. Docket 49
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a draft proposal for publication that would authorize retail electric providers to use a portable electronic device (PED) for door-to-door enrollments.
A complaint filed at FERC by the New England Power Generators Association, Inc. seeking to terminate the Peak Energy Rent (PER) rebate, a key feature of the ISO-NE capacity market, effective September 30, 2016 would harm retail suppliers, the Retail Energy Supply Association said in comments at FERC.
In a further response to a New York show cause order, Marathon Power LLC d/b/a Marathon Energy Corporation said, that "Marathon is not responsible for the actions of its independent contractor, Atlantis [Atlantis Business Consulting, LLC]."
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said that it approved a final order in response to a petition from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) and has exempted certain specified transactions of SPP from the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC regulations, with the exception of the CFTC’s general anti-fraud and anti-manipulation authority, and scienter-based prohibitions.
Auction advisor J.P. Morgan has recommended to the New Hampshire PUC that the PUC slightly delay the timeline for the auction process for Public Service Company of New Hampshire to divest it utility-owned generation.
"The National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) is pleased to hold its 2016 Policy Leadership Roundtable in Austin, Texas to honor the industry leaders who have set a national standard of excellence in electricity market structure, as well as, competitively offered consumer energy and technology products and services. From the starting point of SB7, Texas has become recognized as the leading electric retail choice market in the country," said Craig Goodman, President of NEM and former high ranking energy policy official under three presidential administrations of both parties.
New York natural gas utilities filed annual cost of gas reconciliations with the PSC that in some cases would result in a surcharge of up to $0.50/Mcf to recover under-collected supply costs during the 12 months ending August 31, 2016, with the surcharges (or refunds) effective January 1, 2017.
Virginia customers with loads in excess of 5 MW, while permitted to take competitive retail electric supply, may not purchase 100% renewable energy from a retail supplier if the customer's incumbent utility offers a 100% renewable energy tariff approved by the State Corporation Commission, Appalachian Power said in response to a petition for declaratory judgment from Direct Energy
Residential electric customers served by ESCOs at Central Hudson Gas & Electric in aggregate paid $3.8 million more for supply during the first six months of 2016 versus the default service cost, according to data filed by Central Hudson with the PSC
The National Energy Marketers Association announced that Robert Hall III, Texas State Senator for District 2, will provide a keynote address at NEM's Fall Leadership Roundtable, to be held October 26 to October 28, 2016 in Austin, Texas
On rehearing, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has reversed its earlier finding and has withdrawn its prior direction that the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities propose to unbundle from distribution rates the costs that the FirstEnergy EDCs incur to support Standard Service Offer (SSO) service and to reflect those costs in the SSO price
Connecticut Light and Power (Eversource) informed the Connecticut PURA that, due to EDI problems, it had erroneously informed PURA that for certain customer accounts, retail suppliers were not providing information regarding early termination fees which must be provided to the EDCs for inclusion on bills, when, in fact, suppliers had been sending the information, but the information was not appearing in CL&P's system.
In a rehearing order approved today, the New York PSC, answering a concern raised by the City of New York, clarified that it will allow municipalities to implement opt-out aggregations on a phased basis, such that municipalities are not required to place all customers in the aggregation at the same time
Dayton Power & Light has filed a revised electric security plan for the period beginning January, 1, 2017, which would now govern the procurement and pricing of the Standard Service Offer (SSO) through December 31, 2023 (rather than 2026 as proposed earlier this year).
The Connecticut PURA issued a draft order that would re-open proceeding Docket 14-07-19 to consider whether summary information required to be listed on residential customer bills should apply to business customer bills.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rejected a nonbypassable Retail Rate Stability (RRS) at the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities, but adopted a nonbypassable Distribution Modernization Rider (DMR) instead.
The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, in comments on proposed guidelines governing retail supplier enforcement proceedings, asked that the Massachusetts DPU establish a "code of conduct" for retail suppliers, which would include standards for categories of behavior that could lead to licensure action or civil penalties.
The Cape Light Compact, in comments on proposed guidelines governing retail supplier enforcement proceedings, asked that the Massachusetts DPU make information concerning retail supplier complaints and enforcement actions public
FERC issued an order requiring refunds resulting from the prior payment to Midwest Generation, LLC for reactive service from generating units which had been deactivated and therefore did not provide such service despite being paid for such service
ERCOT said in a market notice that it is deferring its final determination on the need for certain of Calpine's Clear Lake units until the ERCOT Board’s consideration of NPRR788, which would modify the studies used for ERCOT's evaluation of RMR determinations
Alleging that the requirement that ESCO agents engaged in door-to-door sales wear ID badges with their full names has resulted in cases where such agents have been, "stalked," Green Mountain Energy Company petitioned the New York State PSC to amend the Uniform Business Practices to remove the requirement for the agent's full name to be used on such IDs, replaced instead with the agent's first name and unique employee ID number
In a final order, the Pennsylvania PUC rejected a proposal to assign surprise RPS increases applicable to load serving entities, such as retail electric suppliers, to the electric distribution companies on behalf of all customers
With a bidder confidentiality period now expired, the Maine PUC has released an order setting Standard Offer rates for residential and medium non-residential customers at Maine Public Service (Emera Maine – Maine Public District).
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accepted the results of the FirstEnergy EDCs' October wholesale auction that, when blended with other supplies, will ultimately determine its Standard Service Offer through May 2018.
A Pennsylvania ALJ has issued a recommended decision concerning PECO's electric default service plan for the period beginning June 1, 2017 that would adopt, without modification, a settlement filed in the case, and which would dispose of contested issues including shopping by Customer Assistance Program (CAP), and nonbypassable recovery of certain non-market-based PJM charges
Utility Rate Analysis Consultants (URAC) has filed comments with the New York PSC opposing the request of KeySpan New York (The Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/b/a National Grid NY) to suspend collection of the annual reconciliation of gas costs surcharge/refund mechanism in its Gas Adjustment Clause (GAC).
In an initial response to a show cause order, ABC Energy, LLC alleged that as it received complaints about a program bundling LED lighting with ESCO service (complaints which eventually led to the show cause order), ABC Energy requested a meeting with New York Department of Public Service Staff, but that such meeting request, "went unanswered."
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC reported that all of its funds under the low-income smart device program (under which Texas REPs are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers) have been exhausted
In its initial response to a New York PSC show cause order, ABC Energy, LLC alleged that the majority of customers who complained about a new service bundling LED lighting with energy supply, "understood what was going on but complained anyway because the utiility [sic] told them ABC Energy was overcharging them."
TCEH Corp. today announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries, including operating businesses Luminant and TXU Energy, have emerged from Chapter 11 as a standalone company effected through a tax-free spinoff from Energy Future Holdings Corp.
In its initial response to a New York PSC show cause order, Marathon Energy Corporation said that it is ceasing enrollments under a program combing LED lighting with ESCO service, and alleged that certain complaints may have been fraudulently filed by a disgruntled former agent.
PECO has filed at the Pennsylvania PUC to increase its natural gas purchase of receivables (POR) discount rate, to reflect the PUC's approval of recovering 50% of the costs of implementing a natural gas remote account number look-up mechanism through the discount.
A New York utility has petitioned the New York PSC for temporary waiver of certain tariff provisions and Section 720-6.5(g) of 16 NYCRR to allow the utility to suspend collection of certain reconciled supply costs
The New York PSC and ESCOs have issued statements concerning an Albany County Supreme Court judge's order granting a temporary restraining order against implementation of the New York PSC's July 15 order and September order on clarification which adopted a moratorium on the ability of ESCOs to serve assistance program participant (APP) customers
An Albany County Supreme Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order against implementation of the New York PSC's July 15 order which adopted a moratorium on the ability of ESCOs to serve assistance program participant (APP) customers
Stream recently began participating in the Texas program that reimburses retail electric providers for providing, free of charge, a programmable communicating thermostat (PCT) and/or in-home-display (IHD) to eligible low-income customers
In response to a petition from the Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA), an Albany County Supreme Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order against implementation of the New York PSC's July 15 order which adopted a moratorium on the ability of ESCOs to serve assistance program participant (APP) customers
As part of its first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules, the Illinois Commerce Commission is proposing to require a "side by side" comparison of current and new rates when a customer is provided a renewal offer or notice.
The Illinois Commerce Commission's first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules would require that supplier agents complete a uniform training regimen that is to be developed by stakeholders.
The Illinois Power Agency has filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission its 2017 proposed default service procurement plan for Commonwealth Edison, Ameren, and the portion of MidAmerican Energy load not served by utility-owned generation.
Under a non-unanimous settlement in Duquesne Light's default service proceeding, the utility would remove the uncollectibles component of the purchase of receivables (POR) discount, and instead collect such amounts through a nonbypassable delivery service surcharge on all customers.
A settlement in Duquesne Light's default service plan proceeding (DSP VIII) for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would adopt the use of contracts with longer terms to serve residential and small C&I customers.
A settlement in Duquesne Light's default service plan proceeding (DSP VIII) for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would require the utility to "unbundle" certain costs from distribution rates, with recovery moved to bypassable default service rates.
A settlement in Duquesne Light's default service plan proceeding (DSP VIII) for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021 would delay the introduction of shopping for Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers
The Illinois Commerce Commission's first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules would apply the same set of rules to all in-person sales, including door-to-door sales, multi-level marketing sales, and sales conducted outside the customer's home (such as at kiosks).
In a first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules, the Illinois Commerce Commission is proposing to prohibit the use of utility logos and names by retail electric suppliers, including utility affiliates
There are several reports that the Illinois Commerce Commission, under its first notice order concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules, is proposing to require that retail electric suppliers post their residential offers on the ICC’s PlugInIllinois.org website
In its response to a show cause order, Smart One Energy, LLC informed the New York PSC that it has voluntarily ceased enrolling new customers and agrees not to begin enrolling new customers until the proceeding has been resolved
The New Jersey BPU has approved lower Basic Gas Supply Service (BGSS) rates at Elizabethtown Gas (ETG), New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and South Jersey Gas (SJG)
EnergyChoiceMatters.com was first to report last week that the Illinois Commerce Commission is proposing in a first notice order that retail electric suppliers notify customers, via a separate notice, of an increase in a variable rate that is in excess of 20%. The written first notice is now available, and specifics concerning variable rate disclosure are detailed below.
Dayton Power and Light has withdrawn its proposed Reliable Electricity Rider (RER), and replaced it with a request for an alternative to the RER, which has been named the Distribution Modernization Rider (DMR).
Crius Energy Trust today announced the formation of a newly-created special purpose vehicle, Crius Solar Fulfillment, LLC ("Newco"), to serve as the debtor-in-possession ("DIP") lender and bidder for the purchase of certain residential solar installation assets (the "Solar Installation Assets") from Verengo, Inc. ("Verengo"), in a bankruptcy proceeding under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Crius Energy Trust today announced the formation of a newly-created special purpose vehicle, Crius Solar Fulfillment, LLC ("Newco"), to serve as the debtor-in-possession ("DIP") lender and bidder for the purchase of certain residential solar installation assets (the "Solar Installation Assets") from Verengo, Inc. ("Verengo"), in a bankruptcy proceeding under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
The Illinois Commerce Commission voted to adopt a first notice concerning retail electric supplier marketing rules that would require retail electric suppliers to notify customers of rate changes in excess of 20%
Texas Public Utility Commissioners have expressed competitive concerns regarding NextEra Energy's proposed acquisition of Oncor, particularly in light of the structure of termination fees payable by Oncor parent Energy Future Holdings if the deal is not consummated for certain reasons (NextEra has not yet formally filed at the PUC for a change in control).
The Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday moved forward to drop use of the target 1-in-10 Loss of Load Expectation (LOLE) reliability standard, and potentially replace the target with four new metrics
Energy Marketing Conferences LLC announced North American Power was selected as the winner of the "Excellence in Customer Service Award" at the September Retail Energy Marketing Conference in New York City
In addressing recent customer complaints, a regulator is strongly encouraging retail suppliers to proactively inform the regulator of administrative or billing errors that the supplier is aware of, before complaints are received by the regulator
A utility has intervened in at least two recent applications by retail suppliers for electric supplier licenses, making note of the suppliers' financial positions and, in one case, noting a supplier's regulatory history
The New York PSC has adopted tariff changes at KeySpan New York and KeySpan Long Island (National Grid) to improve capacity release for ESCOs, and other previously adopted retail market enhancements may now be implemented on a permanent basis as KeySpan's new Gas Transportation Information System (GTIS) has gone live
The Michigan Governor's office has provided more details concerning an agreement between the state and Midcontinent ISO concerning the use of the state compensation mechanism to address resource adequacy in the state.
The New York PSC has issued a written order clarifying certain provisions of its moratorium on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, most notably clarifying that ESCOs may continue service to certain variable and month-to-month customers until contract expiration.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a proposed final list of retail electric providers that will be designated to serve as Large Service Providers (non-volunteer POLRs) for 2017-18
ERCOT said that it will not award any contracts for Must-Run Alternative (MRA) Resources that had been sought to eliminate the need for the Greens Bayou Unit 5 RMR contract, as ERCOT said that the proposals contained in the MRA responses did not provide an acceptable solution to the reliability concern which prompted the need for the Greens Bayou RMR agreement
Staff of the Delaware PSC recommend denying a petition from Direct Energy to include information related to Direct Energy's status as the, "Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware," in Delmarva Power bills, but recommended that Delmarva be required to include generic choice education materials, and that the PSC develop an online retail supplier price listing to which customers will be directed
The New York PSC denied rehearing requests of its July order prohibiting ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers (see details here), and also established a process for considering the duration of the moratorium, and conditions for lifting the moratorium
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.
The New York PSC denied rehearing requests of its July order prohibiting ESCO service to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers (see details here), and also established a process for considering the duration of the moratorium, and conditions for lifting the moratorium
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad has written in a letter to U.S. Senator John Boozman that Massad plans to recommend to his colleagues that the CFTC, "exempt RTOs and ISOs from all private rights of action under Section 22 of the Commodity Exchange Act ('CEA")," and that the CFTC reflect such exemption in a final order.
In compliance with a Pennsylvania PUC directive, Philadelphia Gas Works has filed an updated plan to implement a remote account number look-up mechanism which does not recover costs through its purchase of receivables discount rate, as PGW proposed to recover implementation costs through a delivery charge.
A ruling on a motion to dismiss issued by an Illinois ALJ in a proceeding adjudicating allegations made by Illinois Commerce Commission Staff against Sperian Energy Corp. results, the Illinois Attorney General alleges in a motion for interlocutory review, in, "the illogical and disturbing conclusion ... that lying to the Staff of the Commission as they conduct investigations of any kind on behalf of the Commission is not prohibited by law."
Washing Gas Light told the District of Columbia PSC that, "implementation of a POR program in the District of Columbia can be more easily accommodated," in its new billing system, but said that a current docket reviewing the impacts of the new billing system on retail suppliers should not consider implementation of POR.
The New Hampshire PUC has adjudicated several legal questions transferred to it by a Superior Court, concerning a complaint brought by PNE Energy Supply and Resident Power against Public Service of New Hampshire concerning PSNH's transfer of certain customers to default service in 2013 when PNE defaulted at ISO-NE
A trader has submitted an application to the United States Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States (including from ERCOT) to Mexico
A change to the treatment of imports in ISO New England's capacity market could expose an "inefficiency" in the New York ISO capacity market that could raise capacity prices for load by $340 million, the New York ISO and New York PSC warned in separately filed comments at FERC.
The Maine PUC has initiated an inquiry to receive comment and collect information regarding the collection and allocation of customer deposits for electricity supply service by electric transmission and distribution utilities
The Coalition of MISO Transmission Customers (CMTC) has filed a complaint at FERC alleging that MISO used the incorrect import limit for on the maximum quantity of capacity resources that could be exported from Zones 8-10 into Zones 2-7 for the 2016-17 capacity auction, which inflated capacity prices by $50/MW-day
During yesterday's open meeting, Texas PUC Chair Donna Nelson and Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez were generally cool to a major overhaul of the Emergency Response Service (ERS) program, but said that certain tweaks should be studied, including the use of ERS for resolving local congestion, and issues related to the interplay of ERS and Reliability Must Run designations.
Stipulations in the AEP Texas Central's and AEP Texas North's energy efficiency cost recovery factor proceedings would require that the Energy Connection Pilot Market Transformation Program not be offered in 2017 if the program is not cost-effective in 2016.
Proposed changes from Delaware PSC Staff to a consensus proposal (from the Retail Energy Supply Association and the Delaware Public Advocate) to revise the retail electric marketing rules in Delaware are "market killers" that will keep suppliers out of Delaware, Brian Greene, counsel for RESA, said during a PSC meeting yesterday.
The Retail Energy Supply Association has asked the District of Columbia PSC to include the accommodation of purchase of receivables as part of the PSC's review of billing system upgrades at Washington Gas Light, and such upgrades' impact on retail suppliers
The Public Utility Commission of Texas should consider requiring the merged AEP Texas utilities to seek from FERC an order disclaiming jurisdiction over the merged AEP Utilities' wholesale transmission rates for service wholly within ERCOT as a condition of approving the merger of AEP Texas Central and AEP Texas North, PUC Staff said in a post-hearing brief
The Pennsylvania PUC approved National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.'s amended compliance plan to implement a remote natural gas account look-up mechanism, with initial costs no longer recovered from retail suppliers
ERCOT expects to have enough generation available to meet the region’s electricity demands this fall and winter, it said in releasing its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for fall (October-November) and the preliminary outlook for winter (December-February).
ERCOT has issued an initial determination stating that Calpine's units CTL_GT_102, CTL_GT_103, CTL_GT_104, CTL_ST_101, CTL_ST_102 (Clear Lake) are needed to support ERCOT transmission system reliability.
Consistent with PUCO's recent order setting new rates at Dayton Power & Light, DP&L has eliminated the bypassable Competitive Bid True-Up Rider (G30) approved under ESP II, which is about 5.5 mills/kWh.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Current Utilities, Inc. have each filed a motion for summary judgment in a contested Notice of Violation proceeding, in which Staff alleged Current Utilities has acted as an aggregator without a certificate, and Current Utilities argued that its business model does not meet the definition of an aggregator
A consultant report that recommends moving nearly 50% of Delmarva (Delaware) small customer SOS to 10-year long-term contracts is not supported by any significant stakeholder filing comments on the report -- and is opposed by the Delaware Public Advocate (DPA), Delmarva, the Retail Energy Supply Association, and Exelon Generation
Retail suppliers expressed concerns with a request from Direct Energy to require Delmarva Power in Delaware to send a bill insert informing customers of Direct's offers under its designation as the Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware, but were open to such promotion to the extent inserts were also used to promote other suppliers' offers and choice education
Niagara Mohawk, KeySpan New York, and KeySpan Long Island have received from the Secretary of the New York PSC an extension of time to comply with certain of the automated mechanisms included 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.
The "vast majority" of low income customers obtaining their supply from an ESCO at National Fuel Gas Distribution in New York paid more than they would have if they had purchased it from the utility, the Public Utility Law Project of New York claimed in testimony in an NFGD rate case, citing average ESCO cost data made public by the utility under discovery.
ERCOT has submitted Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR 800), Revisions to Credit Exposure Calculations to Use Electricity Futures Market Prices, which would use futures prices in certain credit exposure calculations
The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate, Office of Small Business Advocate, and industrial customers, in separately filed comments, have opposed a proposal to relieve Pennsylvania retail electric suppliers from complying with a surprise 7% increase in the non-solar Tier I AEPS (Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards) obligations, arguing that such relief interferes with customers' retail supply contracts
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric (CEHE) has notified Texas retail electric providers that it anticipates 90% of its designated funds under the low-income smart device program (under which Texas REPs are reimbursed for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers) will be reimbursed once the invoices received in August 2016 for devices deployed in July 2016 are paid.
Parties have reached agreement on a joint proposal addressing certain threshold legal issues, mostly concerning corporate structure and associated treatment, in Sharyland Utilities' current rate case which is to implement uniform, territory-wide distribution rates for the ex-Cap Rock and McAllen service areas
Two retail electric market veterans have launched what is described as a first-of-its-kind electric shopping concierge service in Texas which, for no customer fee, automatically finds for customers the best rate plan based on their usage and other factors unique to the customer
Duquesne Light has opposed a proposal to relieve Pennsylvania retail electric suppliers from complying with a surprise 7% increase in the non-solar Tier I AEPS (Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards) obligations
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.