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PUC Commissioners Slam Utility Over Non-Compliance With Choice Enhancement

The Pennsylvania PUC denied Duquesne Light's request for an extended waiver to implement accelerated customer switching, as Chairman Robert Powelson and Commissioner Pamela Witmer slammed the utility for being "consistently wrong" in estimating when it would be able to offer a solution permitting customers to complete one off-cycle switch within three business days per billing cycle.

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PUC Orders That Retail Supplier's Financial Security Be Used to Refund Improper Customer Charges

The Maine PUC has ordered that the financial security posted by People's Power and Gas LLC be used to refund customers for an improper monthly fee charged by PP&G, since PP&G, having declared bankruptcy, is in no position to refund the charge.

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Retail Suppliers Offer Proposal for Massachusetts Shopping Website

A group of retail suppliers presented a proposal for the electric shopping website to be developed by the Massachusetts DPU.

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Consumers Energy CEO: Upper Peninsula Shocks Leading to Questioning of "Hybrid" Michigan Electric Market

The rate shocks seen by Upper Peninsula customers in Michigan from a RMR-type contract, which prompted a deal brokered by the state that will see Cliffs Natural Resources end competitive supply service (click here), "is causing a lot of people to question this hybrid market that we have here in Michigan," Consumers Energy CEO John Russell said during an earnings call.

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RetailEnergyX: Mayor Urges Residents to "Ignore" Retail Supplier's Solicitations

 

Illinois Opens Review of Access to Smart Meter Data By Non-Supplier Third Parties

The Illinois Commerce Commission has officially opened an investigation of the need for, and form of, customer authorization required for access by third parties, other than retail electric suppliers (RES), to advanced metering infrastructure interval meter data.

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Texas Generators to Pay $109,000 Under Settlement With PUCT Staff

Several affiliated generators would in aggregate pay $109,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of ERCOT Protocols §§ 3.9.1(2), related to current operating plan criteria (COP) and 2.6.2(1), related to generators.

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• Competitors Are Going After WMECo Customers
• Lighting Up CL&P Rebranding Effort
• DTE Electric Issues RFP For Capacity

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January 29

Retail Supplier Launches New Home Automation, Energy Management, And Security Suite

A retail supplier has launched the offering of an alarm, energy management, and home automation suite

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Retail Supplier Discloses Leadership Changes

A retail supplier has disclosed several changes in its management.

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Prepaid Brand of Texas REP Now Listing on Power to Choose

A Texas REP has begun marketing its prepaid brand on Power to Choose

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PUCO Approves Results of FirstEnergy Ohio Default Service Auction

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved the results of the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities' January 2015 wholesale auction that will ultimately determine its retail generation service rates through May 2016.

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RetailEnergyX: Texas Legislation Would Prohibit Capacity Market

 

License Briefs

• Delaware Valley Energy Solutions Receives License in New State
• Option One Energy Receives License in New State
• MSI Utilities Receives Licenses in New State

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Update: PUCO has approved the results of the auction and $1.29/Mcf RPA

PUCO approved the results of an auction to determine the Retail Price Adjustment (RPA) for the Standard Choice Offer at Columbia Gas

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First in EnergyChoiceMatters.com (Dec. 4): NRG-Comcast Retail Supplier Ceases Enrolling New Customers

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• N.Y. Bill Would Require Study of Consumer Energy Prices
• County Commissioner Has "Philosophical" Issues With Opt-Out Aggregation
• New York PSC Updates Natural Gas Migration Data

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January 28

Large European Online Comparison Site to Enter U.S. Retail Energy Market

A European energy and home services comparison website is expanding to the United States, with a planned launch in May 2015.

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NEW! -- Digital Marketing Manager -- Retail Supplier
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Columbia Gas Default Service Retail Adder to Decrease

An auction to determine the Retail Price Adjustment (RPA) for the Standard Choice Offer at Columbia Gas in Ohio resulted in an RPA of ...

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Texas REP Launches Plans With No Monthly Minimum Usage Fee

A Texas REP announced that it has launched in Texas several residential electric products with no monthly fee, named the Value Plus plans.

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RetailEnergyX: N.Y. Gov. Directs PSC to Review NYISO Market Design, Governance

 

New Broker Launched By Veteran of Texas Retail Market

A retail market veteran recently formed a new energy broker/consultant.

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PPL, Riverstone Agree to FERC's Additional Mitigation Measures for Talen Energy

PPL Corporation and Riverstone Holdings LLC affiliate RJS Power Holdings LLC have accepted additional market power mitigation measures required for FERC approval of the previously reported spinoff of PPL Energy Supply and its combination with competitive generation assets owned by RJS Power Holdings, which will result in a new independent power producer called Talen Energy.

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Maryland PSC Launches Redesigned Electric Supplier Price Chart

The Maryland PSC has launched a redesigned electric supplier price comparison website for residential customers

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Mothballed Texas Generator to Return to Service

ERCOT notified market participants that on January 6, 2015, it received a Notification of Change of Generation Resource Designation for ...

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• Texas County Signs With Retail Provider (Rate Disclosed)
• City's Aggregation Consultant "Happy" To Get Customers Out of "Fraudulent" Contracts, Into Aggregation
• NRG Energy Launches Business and Clean Energy Partnership with Miami Heat
• Report: SunShare Lands "Significant" Solar Garden Investment from NRG

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January 27

Ambit Energy To Enter Six New Territories This Spring, Announces Solar Partnership

Ambit Energy will enter six new territories this spring, and also announces a partnership to offer solar installations to customers.

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Texas REP Launches New Brand

A Texas REP has launched a new brand

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Texas REP to Pay $60,000 to Settle Alleged Violations Resulting from Differing Interpretation of Rules

A Texas REP would pay $60,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of

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RetailEnergyX: CUB Reviews Highest Electric Rates in Illinois Market

 

BlueRock Energy Launches Service in New State

BlueRock Energy has begun offering service in ...

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People's Counsel Seeks to Require Individual Door-to-Door, MLM Agents To Be Licensed by PSC

The Maryland Office of People's Counsel has requested that the PSC require retail supplier's independent representatives, including individuals engaged in multi-level marketing, to be licensed by the Commission.

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• Guttman Energy Talks Growth, New Markets
• Power Trader Seeks FERC Order Finding That Common Ownership Alone Insufficient to Establish Affiliate Relationship
• NRG Energy Launches Business and Clean Energy Partnership with Miami Heat
• Just Energy's TerraPass Launches Sustainability Program With City Of Palo Alto

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January 26

Maryland Staff Drops Proposal for New Customer Consent for Any Rate Change; But Eliminates Use of TPV, Voice Verification For Contracting?

Filed comments by the Maryland PSC Staff concerning changes to the electric and natural gas customer protection rules (RM54) suggest that Staff is no longer seeking to require suppliers to obtain new customer consent for any rate change (maybe), but also suggest that Staff proposes to cease allowing the use of voice verification, including third-party verification, to show customer consent.

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Stream Proceeds with Nationwide Mobile Launch in Face of Lawsuit

Stream Energy said that it proceeded with the previously reported nationwide launch of its mobile services, "in the face of grossly misrepresented and baseless legal allegations by Solavei made public late Friday afternoon."

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Pepco SOS Rates to Increase

Pepco has filed with the District of Columbia PSC new SOS electric rates for the period of June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.

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Sharyland Files to Deploy Advanced Meters Territory-Wide, Proposes Monthly AMS Fee Applicable to REPs

Sharyland Utilities has filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to provide full deployment of advanced meters to approximately 55,000 retail electric customers over both its McAllen and former Cap Rock service areas over the period 2015-2016.

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RetailEnergyX: Mass. Official Cautions Customers Thinking of Shopping: "Prices Are Going To Come Down Again"

 

Town Square Energy Launches Service in New State

Town Square Energy has begun offering residential electric service in ...

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• Another: Utility Overcharges Customers in Muni Aggregation
• Daily Caller: Smart Meters: Energy In, Privacy Out
• New York Posts More New Migration Data
• Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners to Merge in $18 Billion Transaction

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January 23

Utility Recommends Fixed Price Default Service Be Eliminated for Medium, Large C&I Customers

Unitil (Fitchburg Gas & Electric) has recommended that the Massachusetts DPU eliminate the fixed price default electric service option for medium and large C&I customers.

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New Supplier Offering Service at PECO

An NGS is now offering residential natural gas supply at PECO.

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Duquesne Light Provides Update on Implementing Accelerated Switching

Duquesne Light on January 12 provided the Pennsylvania PUC with an update on its progress in implementing an interim form of three-day accelerated switching, stating that it plans for the Phase I interim solution to be implemented in the latter part of February 2015.

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RetailEnergyX: Bill Introduced To Eliminate Migration Rider

 

License Briefs

• SaltHouse Energy Advisors Receives Licenses in New State
• Convenient Ventures Receives Licenses in New State

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ERCOT Files Reserve Margin Report

ERCOT has filed a report on simulations used to identify target reserve margin levels (Planning Reserve Margin) at which specific physical reliability standards would be satisfied

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ERCOT: Peak Demand Fell By 1.2% in 2014

ERCOT peak demand decreased by 1.2% in 2014 versus 2013, ERCOT reported yesterday.

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• ERM Power Completes Purchase of Source Power & Gas
• Residents Told To Ignore FirstEnergy Notices
• WGL Energy (WGES) Launches New Website

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January 22

TrailStone Acquires Stake in Retail Supplier

TrailStone NA Asset Holdings LLC, a member of the TrailStone Group of companies, has entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement pursuant to which it has acquired a strategic equity interest in ...

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Final Decision Maintains Ban on Retail Suppliers Offering Residential Rates Which Vary By Day or Week

A final Connecticut PURA decision on new requirements for customer bills prohibits retail suppliers from offering to residential customers rates which vary by day or week.

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Retail Suppliers: "No Rational Way" To Develop Retail Rates Under PJM's New Capacity Allocation Design

PJM's proposal to assign capacity obligations to load based on days other than the summer peak leaves load serving entities, such as retail suppliers, with "no rational way" to develop retail prices for load, retail suppliers said at FERC.

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NRG Home Solar Launches Strategic Partnership with Upromise by Sallie Mae

NRG Home Solar announced a new partnership with Upromise by Sallie Mae, a service that helps families pay for college by earning cash back on everyday purchases.

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RetailEnergyX: Report: Maine to Change Default Service Bidding Schedule to Avoid Risk Premiums

 

Bargain Energy Receives License in New State

• EnergyConnect Seeks License in New State
• H.P. Technologies Receives New Licenses

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Texas Generator to Pay $10,000 Under Settlement

A generator would pay $10,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of ...

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• Ethical Electric Co-Founder Interviewed On The Union Edge
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January 21

Draft Contract Summary Statement Would Require Retail Suppliers to List Fee Paid to Broker

A draft decision establishing a new standard contract summary form of the material terms and conditions for residential electric contracts would require the supplier to list any fee paid to a broker or aggregator.

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Direct Energy Warns of "Political Consequences" From PJM Transitional Capacity Performance Mechanism (State Lawmaker Retreat from Markets)

The disruption of existing capacity procurements and prices (more fully described in our related story today, click here) under PJM's transitional capacity performance proposal, "may have unintended political consequences at the state level," and jeopardize state policymakers' acceptance of competitive wholesale and retail markets, Direct Energy warned in comments at FERC.

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Load Coalition: PJM's Capacity Performance Transition Essentially a Bailout for Generators Who Have "Seller's Remorse" Over Existing Capacity Prices

Given that no improvement in generator performance is evident from PJM's proposed transition mechanism for its sought new capacity performance capacity market construct, a coalition of retail suppliers, wholesale power markets, cooperatives, industrial customers, and state regulators (the Transition Coalition) can only wonder that the transition is designed to address generator claims of revenue shortfall under existing capacity prices, and caves into "seller's remorse" at the expense of breaking existing capacity supply agreements with load.

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RetailEnergyX: N.Y. Legislation Round-Up: Slamming, Aggregation, NYISO

 

Brilliantly Simple: Pa. PUC Shows Fatal Flaw to PJM Transitional Capacity Performance Proposal

The Pennsylvania PUC has levied a simple but brilliant criticism at PJM's proposal for a transition to its capacity performance product which illustrates the futility of paying billions in additional capacity costs for a limited amount of the new capacity performance product alongside existing capacity which does not have to meet the new performance requirements.

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Texas Generator to Pay $70,000 Under Settlement With PUCT Staff

A generator would pay $70,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of ...

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• Village May Cease Municipal Aggregation Program
• Claim: Utility Overcharged Municipal Aggregation Customers
• ConEd, NiMo Saw Decline Residential Shoppers During the Summer
• Sunrun Ads Claim Solar Not Just For "Hippies"

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January 20

New Retail Supplier Enters PPL Market With Lowest Rate

An EGS has begun offering residential electric service at PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania, and has the lowest rate posted on PA Power Switch.

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RetailEnergyX: Constellation Expands Into CNG Market with Acquisition of Seven Fueling Stations in Midwest

 

Smart Energy Launches Service in New State

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New Retail Supplier Licensed in California

• Convenient Ventures Receives New License
• Asset Energy Receives New License

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NRG to Expand eVgo to 20 Markets Over Next Two Years

NRG Energy is to expand its eVgo electric charging infrastructure and services to 21 markets during the 2015-16 period, it said in an investor presentation last week.

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Connecticut PURA Issues Draft Determination of RPS Compliance, Assigns Compliance Payments to Retail Suppliers

The Connecticut PURA has issued a draft decision regarding retail supplier RPS compliance for 2012, and which would assign alternative compliance payments to various suppliers.

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FERC Directs Dynegy to Submit More Info on Duke Merchant (Retail) and ECP Transactions

FERC has directed Dynegy to submit more information concerning its application for approval of separate transactions under which it would acquire Duke's Midwest merchant generating plants (and retail supply business) and several power plants from Energy Capital Partners

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• Report: Door-to-Door Energy Deals Most Likely A Scam
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January 19

Direct Energy Expands Rewards Program to New States

Direct Energy has expanded its rewards program outside of Texas, and now offers the program to residential customers in all of its U.S. energy markets.

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RetailEnergyX: DMN Watchdog Wants to Raise Everyone's Electric Rates By Regulating Minimum Usage, Other Fees

 

N.H. Bill Would Require Suppliers to List Rate Changes in Advance on Customer's Bill

A bill (SB 0170) has been filed in the New Hampshire General Court which would require that a customer's electric bill list any rate change which is applicable for the next month of service.

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FERC Makes Capacity Commitments Meaningless, Says PJM Offer Cap Unjust And Unreasonable For "Winter Months" in Adopting Higher Cap

Ignoring capacity owners' forward commitments to provide energy under the current $1,000 offer cap, FERC has ruled that PJM's current offer cap is unjust and unreasonable for the, "winter months."

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Maine Sets February Standard Offer Rates

The Maine PUC has set the Standard Offer rates for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric for the month of February 2015.

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Texas QSE to Pay $50,000 Under Settlement

A QSE would pay $50,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve

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Another Texas QSE to Pay $50,000 Under Settlement

Another QSE would pay $50,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve

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FERC Asks Whether Offer Caps Should "Float" With Gas Prices, Whether Shortages Pricing Should Be More Locational

FERC has issued a series of questions for stakeholder comment stemming from its various organized market price formation workshops.

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January 16

PUC Approves Expansion of Hourly Priced Default Service at PPL

The Pennsylvania PUC, reversing an ALJ's recommended decision, has approved the expansion of hourly priced default service at PPL, in a final order on PPL's default service plan for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017.

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RetailEnergyX: NRG Chasing Millennials As "Most Important Constituency" -- SMH

 

Washington Gas Energy Services Adopting New Brand To Reflect Forthcoming Additional Services

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State Proposes Suppliers Pay $100 to Slammed Customers, in Addition to Refunds; Proposes New Standard for Suppliers

The Connecticut PURA has issued new draft standards for electric suppliers and a draft disclosure statement, stemming from Section 4 of Public Act 14-75.

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PUC Approves Quarterly Contracts for Medium C&Is at Duquesne Light; But No Expansion of Hourly Pricing

The Pennsylvania PUC adopted a final order governing Duquesne Light's default service for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017 which adopts non-laddered quarterly contracts for medium C&Is, but retains laddered 12-month contracts for small C&Is.

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Eligo Energy Receives Licenses in New State

• KWH Savings Receives License in New State

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Briefly

• PUC Denies PSNH Motion to Stay Divestiture Review
• Customized Energy Solutions Joins NEM

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• Texas Co-op Member Says Customers Could Save If Electric Choice Allowed
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• PUCO Reminds Ohioans Of Their Choices As Energy Consumers

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January 15

PUC Drops Proposal That Variable Rates Be "Reasonably Reflective" of Market Conditions, And Only Based on Index or Formula

A PUC issued a final order adopting revisions to its customer protection rules, and in doing so declined to adopt an earlier proposal that would have required variable rate changes to be "reasonably reflective" of market conditions, and which would have only allowed variable rates if they were based on an index or formula

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NRG's David Crane: We Have "Significant Advantage" Over Apple, Google, Comcast in Battle For Home

NRG Energy has "significant advantages" over players such as Apple, Google, and Comcast in the battle to offer home services, NRG CEO David Crane said during an investor day presentation yesterday.

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NRG Sees $3,800 in Added Value Per Customer From Additional Services Beyond System Power

During an investor day presentation, NRG CEO David Crane presented NRG's vision that it can extract $3,800 in additional value per customer from services beyond its traditional provision of retail system power.

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RetailEnergyX: Here Are the Competitive Market Conditions Placed on Exelon-Pepco Merger Under NJ Settlement

 

New Texas REP Seeks Retail Certificate

• Greenavise Receives Brokers Licenses in New State

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Viridian Launches Service in New State, Expands 3Dom Line to Include "Flex Auto Lock"

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BHE Default Service Rates to Decrease for Small, Medium Customers

Standard Offer electric rates for customers at Bangor Hydro-Electric (Emera Maine) will decrease starting in March, and the PUC appears to have selected 10-month supply contracts (through December 31, 2015), rather than 12-month contracts.

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Update: PUCO Adopts Higher SCO RPA at Vectren

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January 14

Retail Supplier Terminates Network Marketing Arm

A retail supplier has terminated use of its network marketing arm

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Maine Small, Medium Customer Standard Offer Rates to Fall, As PUC Apparently Selects 10-Month Product

Standard Offer electric rates for customers at Central Maine Power will decrease starting in March, and the PUC appears to have selected 10-month supply contracts (through December 31, 2015), rather than 12-month contracts.

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Retail Price Adjustment for Standard Choice Offer Customers at Vectren to Increase

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Dillon Energy Services Subsidiary Receives Electric Supplier License

• Diamond Energy Receives License in New State

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"Solution" to Upper Michigan Power Costs Would See Large Customer Currently Shopping Instead Take "Significant Majority" of Supply From Utility

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on behalf of various parties announced a series of agreements meant to address higher electric costs in the Upper Peninsula, and under which Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. would take a "significant majority" of its power supply from Upper Peninsula Power Company (the to-be new owner of the Presque Isle Power Plant), instead of taking competitive supply as Cliffs Natural Resources does currently.

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University of California to Act as Retail Electric Supplier

The University of California will begin directly supplying electricity to its campuses and medical centers this month.

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January 13

Satori Energy Acquires Broker/Consultant

Satori Energy announced today that it has acquired broker/consultant ...

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RetailEnergyX: TIEC: Texas Generators Seeking to Use SSO Rule to Shift Operational Risks to Customers

 

Just Energy To Begin Offering Residential Solar Solutions

Just Energy Group Inc. announced that it has entered into a comprehensive, long-term agreement to offer residential solar solutions

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BlueRock Energy, ReEnergy Team to Provide Supply to Fort Drum

BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy's delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York.

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Former Manager of PowerOptions Competitive Energy Purchasing Group To Lead Massachusetts DPU

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton announced that Angela O'Connor, who formerly managed the PowerOptions retail energy purchasing group, will serve as Chair of the Department of Public Utilities.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA To Supply MetroNational Properties

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA announced that it has been selected to provide electricity to all of MetroNational's facilities over a multi-year period

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January 12

New York Orders Interim Adjustment to Consolidated Edison Supply Rate to Reflect Reduced Cashout Payments From ESCOs

The New York PSC has accepted a joint proposal from Consolidated Edison and ESCOs concerning adjustments to cashouts for the first three months of 2014, but directed that the resulting impact on default service customers' commodity costs shall be implemented immediately, rather than through ConEd's next gas reconciliation filing.

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Massachusetts Directs Suppliers Circulate Straw Proposal On Shopping Website/Rate Board

The Massachusetts DPU has directed retail electric suppliers to circulate a straw proposal regarding the electric shopping website/rate board the Department is developing.

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PSC Fines Retail Supplier $5,000

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Mega Energy Seeks License in New State

• Century Energy Solutions Receives License in New State

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NRG Residential to Mail Conn. Residential Customers Concerning Rebranding as NRG Home

Reliant Energy Northeast LLC will mail its Connecticut customers a brochure describing the company's rebranding as NRG Home.

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Texas TDUs Report Number of Smart Meter Opt-Outs

Several Texas TDUs have reported the number of customers electing to opt-out of having a smart meter.

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N.Y. Schedules Collaborative on Accelerating Gas Switching

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January 9

Retail Supplier to Pay $2.1 Million Under Settlement with AG, Regulators

A supplier has agreed to pay $2.1 million, including $1.85 million in restitution to consumers, and to significantly revise its business practices, in order to resolve a complaint filed by the Acting Attorney General

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Titan Gas and Power Offering Electric Service in New Service Areas

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Bargain Energy Seeks to Serve New Territories

Agera Energy Receives New License

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Connecticut Send Meter Aggregation Issue Back to Legislature

Connecticut has referred back to the General Assembly the question of allowing nonprofit entities to aggregate electric meters that are billable to such entity.

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First in EnergyChoiceMatters.com (Dec. 4): NRG-Comcast Retail Supplier Ceases Enrolling New Customers

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January 8

Former President of Amerex Brokers Named President of Start-up Broker

A start-up has named a former president of Amerex Brokers as its President

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RetailEnergyX: Florida Ballot Petition Would Allow Solar Generators to Directly Sell To Other Customers

 

Texas REP Offering Service in New Territories

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Clearview Energy Now Offering DirecTV Service

Clearview Energy is now referring customers to receive affinity discounts for DirecTV.

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Texas Staff Recommend Dismissal of Latest Jade Energy REP Certificate Amendment Application

• Texas REP Granted Amendment to Reflect New Legal Name
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Retail Supplier Says Hold Message Branding Which Led to Removal From Rate Board Was Oversight

Public Power informed the Connecticut PURA that a hold message for customers calling Public Power that continued to reference Levco Energy was an oversight, and was promptly corrected.

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January 7

MP2 Energy Enjoys Strong Growth in 2014, Discusses What's On The Drawing Board

MP2 Energy saw significant growth in its retail power business during 2014, both in ERCOT and in PJM, the latter of which it entered in earnest last year.

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RetailEnergyX: Report: National Grid Hedging More N.Y. Electric Supplies, Default Service Rate More Stable

 

PSC Staff Recommends Retail Supplier Be Ordered to Cease Serving Customers, In Part Due To Pricing

Staff of the Maryland PSC have filed testimony recommending that a retail supplier, "be ordered to cease serving customers in the State."

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Retail Supplier To Pay $4 Million Under Settlement With State Attorney General To Address Marketing, Pricing Allegations

A retail supplier has entered into a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General under which it will pay $4 million to address allegations that the supplier or its agents engaged in, "deceptive marketing and sales that promised savings but charged significantly higher rates, entered consumers into agreements without their consent, and charged costly termination fees."

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AEP Confirms Review of Potential Sales on Non-Regulated Business

AEP confirmed that it has retained Goldman Sachs for an anticipated review of the potential sale of its merchant generation business.

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Draft Order Would Ban Residential Products With Prices Which Vary By Day or Week

A draft Connecticut PURA decision would prohibit residential electric products whose rates change on a daily or weekly basis.

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January 6

Regulator Removes Retail Supplier From Rate Board

A regulator has removed a retail supplier from the state's rate board

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Dominion Energy Solutions Offering Service in New Territory

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RESA Petitions Long Island Power Authority to Review, Enhance Electric Choice Program

The Retail Energy Supply Association has petitioned the Long Island Power Authority to institute a public examination and review of the existing LI Choice Program, "with the goal of identifying and implementing revisions and enhancements to the Program that will provide consumers with a meaningful and robust retail energy market and competitive choice."

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Retail Energy Supply Association Elects 2015 Officers and State Chairs

The Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) has elected a new slate of officers and state chairs for 2015, with Brenda Crockett of Champion Energy Services being elected President.

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January 5

Stream Energy CEO: "We're Going After The Home," As Company Beta Tests New Services, Launches Mobile

Stream Energy has set its sights on being a provider of comprehensive home services, and the upcoming official launch of its wireless communications offerings in late January will serve as a platform for that growth, Mark "Bouncer" Schiro, Stream Energy CEO, told EnergyChoiceMatters.com

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N.Y. Gov. Vetoes Municipal Aggregation Pilot Bill, But "Supports Intent"

Several days after the New York PSC issued an order establishing a process to review enabling communities to engage in opt-out municipal aggregation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill which would have allowed Westchester County to operate an opt-out aggregation on a pilot basis, stating that the issue was better addressed at the PSC.

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January 2

Town Square Energy Offering Service in New State, Entry Set for Two More

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Happy New Year: Pennsylvania Residential Shopping Craters in December; Loss of 44,000 Accounts

Pennsylvania saw the number of residential electric shoppers plummet during December 2014 according to stats recently posted on PA Power Switch.

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RetailEnergyX: Texas REP Again Offering $0/kWh Power

 

PSNH Forecasts Migration Up To 58% in 2015

Public Service Company of New Hampshire forecasts that monthly migration to competitive electric supply will reach 58% in 2015.

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December 31

Pepco To File To Include Late Payment Revenues As Offset To POR Discount Rate In February

Pepco notified the District of Columbia PSC that it will file for Commission approval of an updated purchase of receivables discount rate, including a proxy rate for late payment revenues, in February 2015.

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Power Marketer to Pay $2.5 Million in FERC Settlement

A power marketer has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $2.5 million, and disgorge nearly $1 million, to settle an investigation into alleged market manipulation.

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CenterPoint Energy To Refund $10 Million to Retail Providers

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric has filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to refund to retail electric providers $10 million from an over-recovery of transition charges under TC1.

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December 30

RESA: Proposed Rules Would, "Drive Suppliers Out Of The Market," Make It "Impossible" to Retain/Renew Customers

Proposed revisions to customer protection rules, "would effectively make it impossible for suppliers to retain and renew customers, driving suppliers out of the market, to the detriment of customers," the Retail Energy Supply Association said

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Texas Retail Providers: "Subsidy" for Generation-Related Capital Costs Would Set "Dangerous Precedent" For Market

The adoption of a "subsidy mechanism" assigning the costs of generators' compliance with any Subsynchronous Oscillation (SSO) standards adopted by ERCOT, "would establish a dangerous precedent for ERCOT's competitive markets," the Retail Electric Provider Group said in comments to the Public Utility Commission of Texas

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PUC Approves Increase in PSNH Default Service Rate

The New Hampshire PUC approved an increase in the Public Service Company of New Hampshire default service rate effective January 1

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RetailEnergyX: AARP's Legislative Goals: Ban Variable Rates

 

World Energy Solutions Announces Expiration of the 'Go-Shop' Period

World Energy Solutions, Inc., an energy management technology and services firm, today announced the expiration of the "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced merger agreement dated November 4, 2014, which provides for the acquisition of the company by EnerNOC, Inc.

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December 29

Retail Provider Has Property Seized By Vendor; Court Orders Return

A Texas court on December 22 ordered that property averred to belong to a retail provider, seized on December 19 by a vendor to fulfill an arbitration judgment against the REP's parent, shall be returned.

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Retail Supplier Would Be Fined $10,000 For Agent's "False and Misleading Statements" Under Initial Decision

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PSNH Says Senator Majority Leader to Convene Collaborative to Address Power Plant Ownership

Public Service Company of New Hampshire asked for a stay of two PUC proceedings related to its generation ownership, stating that Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley intends to lead collaborative settlement discussions and a legislative initiative addressing the issues

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December 24

Welcome to 2006: PUC Defers Default Service Rate Increase

A PUC has deferred a Standard Offer Service electric rate increase for residential and commercial customers.

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RetailEnergyX: Warning of Rate Shock, Harm to Retail Market, Pennsylvania PUC Slams Proposal to Increase PJM Price Cap This Winter

 

Texas Power Reserve Seeks Retail Electric Provider Certificate

Texas Power Reserve, LLC applied for a Texas retail electric provider certificate

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State Proposes Changes to Municipal Aggregation Rules: New Disclosure Requirements, Permanent Opt-Out

Staff of the New Jersey BPU have issued potential changes to Government Energy Aggregation (GEA) Program Rules under consideration as the Staff reviews the current rules in Docket Number EX14111343

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Maryland PSC Denies Broker License With Prejudice

• Northeast Energy Advisors Seeks New License

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New York Further Delays Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Proceeding

The New York PSC has further extended the schedule for consideration of its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, specifically, the Track 2 proceeding.

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December 23

Texas ALJ Allows Complaint Implicating REP Obligations to Communicate TDU Charges to Continue, Refers to Mediation

A Texas ALJ has declined to wholly dismiss a formal customer complaint against Ambit Energy concerning demand charges, and referred the matter for potential mediation.

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RetailEnergyX: Municipal Aggregation Pitched As Means to Jumpstart State’s Economy

 

IGS Energy: "Erratic" Behavior of FirstEnergy Regarding Competitive Market Should Make PUCO Concerned With State of Retail Market

The "erratic" behavior of FirstEnergy regarding the competitive market makes the health of the current retail market at the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities precarious, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio should not rely on current migration levels as indicative of a sustainable market, IGS Energy said in testimony proposing retail market enhancements as part of the FirstEnergy utilities' electric security plan.

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PSC Issues Show Cause Orders to Retail Suppliers

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Averred Owners of Texas REP Say They Have Restraining Order Against Individuals from Taking Action on Behalf of Company (Such as Filing for REP Certificate Amendment)

A dispute concerning the control of Jade Energy, LLC d/b/a Bose Power & Electric continues to play out at the Public Utility Commission of Texas as well as the courts as Subhash and Sarojini Bose, who aver to own and control the company, have protested the latest filing purported to have been made on behalf of Jade Energy that seeks a REP certificate amendment to reflect a change in control.

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Eligo Energy Seeks License in New State

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FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities File 'Settlement' in Electric Security Plan Case Seeking Ratepayer Support for Affiliate FES Plants

The FirstEnergy Ohio utilities have filed what they termed in a news release a "settlement" in their electric security plan proceeding which would set default service procurement for the period, but has become most notable for FirstEnergy's sought provision that would require ratepayer support for various FirstEnergy Solutions generating plants (with output sold into the market and not used to serve SSO load).

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December 22

Retail Supplier No Longer Affiliated With EDF Trading

A retail supplier has informed FERC that it is no longer affiliated with EDF Trading North America, LLC.

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TXU Energy Wins $53 Million Contract

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Adding Field for Minimum Usage Fees; Providing Variable Rate History; Creating Small Business Site Among Recommendations for Texas Power to Choose Changes

Adding a field to allow customers to sort plans based on minimum usage fees, and including variable rate history information, are among suggestions received by Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas for changes to the Power to Choose website.

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Proposed Decision Finds Requiring Capacity Release at Detroit Edison Is, "Reasonable," But Would Defer Issue to Collaborative

Requiring DTE Gas (f/k/a Detroit Edison) to release capacity to retail suppliers is the, "only economically reasonable long-term solution," to provide for the equitable allocation of pipeline reservation costs, a Michigan ALJ would find in a proposed decision, but the ALJ would decline to mandate a capacity release program due to unresolved questions, instead directing that a collaborative be established.

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Illinois Commerce Commission "Not Inclined" to Consider Full Requirements Contracts Absent Quantification of Benefits

The Illinois Commerce Commission rejected the use of full requirements contracts in the 2015 Illinois Power Agency procurement plan for default service, and said that it was "not inclined" to consider the use of full requirements contracts in the future absent a quantification of the benefits of such contracts.

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Supplier Residents Energy Receives New License

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December 19

Pennsylvania Initiates Review of Changes to Natural Gas Disclosure Requirements, Contract Renewals

As part of its natural gas retail market investigation (I-2013-2381742), the Pennsylvania PUC has immediately commenced a review of changes to the natural gas disclosure requirements related to residential and small business customers.

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RetailEnergyX: Illinois Commerce Commission Approves IPA Plan for Purchase of Default Service Requirements

 

Pennsylvania Moves Up Review of Natural Gas Customer Referral Programs, in Final Order Setting Retail Market Investigation Priorities

The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a final order establishing the scope of its review of improvement to the retail natural gas market, and has accelerated its consideration of standard offer customer referral programs for natural gas.

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PUC Proposes Setting New Annual Fee for Retail Suppliers Based on Intrastate Revenues

The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a tentative order to implement Act 155 of 2014, which allows the PUC to assess annual fees to electric generation suppliers and natural gas suppliers related to the PUC's oversight costs of such suppliers.

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FERC Orders Resettlement of NYISO Billings for Nov/Dec 2012, Grants GDF Suez Refund

FERC has granted a complaint from GDF Suez Energy Resources, NA concerning Consolidated Edison's submission of estimated data to NYISO for billing purposes which grossly overstated the consumption of a Suez customer, and has ordered resettlement of the affected November/December 2012 billing period, which will provide a refund to Suez

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FERC Orders Additional Mitigation Measures for PPL Energy Supply-Riverstone Combination

FERC has ordered additional mitigation in approving a multi-step transaction under which PPL Energy Supply, LLC and RJS Power Holdings LLC are to combine to form Talen Energy

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Retail Supplier Named Official Preferred Energy Provider of NHL

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December 18

Update: REP Energy Cures ISO-NE Suspension

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RetailEnergyX: "Deception Used To Sell Electricity," Residents Warned

 

The Energy Co-op Launches Service in New Territory

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National Grid Files New Default Service Rates

National Grid has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new default service rates for industrial customers for the period February through April 2015.

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Maryland Sets For Hearing Question of Whether Suppliers' Provided "Misleading" Pricing Information

The Maryland PSC has assigned to the Public Utility Law Judge Division the question of whether three retail suppliers' marketing and pricing practices were "misleading" or otherwise provided inadequate information to allow a customer to make an informed choice regarding the purchase of electricity and natural gas services

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FERC Proposes $30 Million In Penalties Against Power Traders For Alleged Manipulation

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RetailEnergyX: New York ISO Stakeholders Approve Shortage Pricing In Excess of $3,000/MWh to "Enhance Grid Reliability"

 

WGES Wins Contract to Supply State of Delaware Facilities

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Texas Retail Providers to Relinquish REP Certificates?

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Maine Directs Development of Portal to Allow Retail Suppliers to Access Customer Data

The Maine PUC has directed Central Maine Power to proceed with development and implementation of a system that will allow customers to elect to make their interval usage data available to competitive electricity providers, and directed that a workgroup facilitate such development

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December 17

Updated: Suspension Cured. Earlier: ISO Suspends Retail Supplier From Supplying Customers; Customers Transferred to Default Service

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Large Credits to N.Y. Default Service Customers Allowed to Take Effect

The New York PSC has taken no action on the natural gas utilities' annual reconciliation filings, meaning that large reconciliation credits for default service customers at Consolidated Edison and Orange & Rockland will take effect.

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Regulator Terminates Utility-Offered Green Supply Program As "Unsustainable", Customers Encouraged to Review Competitive Market

The Massachusetts DPU has ordered the termination of Nstar's Green supply program, citing its "unsustainable" design (Docket D.P.U. 13-80).

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Duquesne Light Does Not Meet December 15 Accelerated Switching Deadline, Seeks New Waiver

Duquesne Light has informed the Pennsylvania PUC that it was not able to meet the original December 15, 2014 deadline to implement an interim form of three-day accelerated switching, and has again asked for a waiver until January 16, 2015 to implement the interim solution.

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Maine Sets New Standard Offer Rates

The Maine PUC has set the Standard Offer rates for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro Electric for the month of January 2015.

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December 16

SFE Energy Offering Service in New State

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N.Y. PSC: "Serious Consideration" of Municipal Aggregation Warranted, As Proceeding Opened

The New York PSC has opened a formal proceeding to consider enabling opt-out municipal aggregation programs (community choice aggregation) in New York.

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Surprise! PSNH Seeks Increase to Default Service Rate on January 1

Public Service Company of New Hampshire has filed to increase its default service rate on January 1.

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New York Approves Gutted Accelerated Switching Proposal

The New York PSC has accepted Staff's modified accelerated switching proposal, which jettisoned an earlier proposal for the use of off-cycle switches, and instead retains the on-cycle meter read for switches.

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Dayton Power & Light CEO: Ratepayer-Backed PPAs "Key Component" in Maintaining "Reliable" Ohio Generation

Dayton Power & Light CEO Derek Porter has filed a letter with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio arguing that ratepayer-backed power purchase agreements, such as those proposed by the FirstEnergy utilities, are a, "key component to allowing reliable coal generation to continue operating and meeting the objectives of long-term reliability and stable prices."

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N.Y. Orders Immediate Development of Distribution-Level Demand Response Programs

The New York PSC has instituted a proceeding to begin the development and implementation of distribution-level demand response programs and other dynamic load management programs to be implemented prior to the summer of 2015.

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Texas QSE to Pay $45,000 To Resolve Alleged Under-performance

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December 15

Direct Energy Offering Free Electric Supply As Part of New TOU Plan for Small C&Is

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N.Y. Gov. Touts PSC "Milestone" on Development of Municipal Aggregation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced "milestone" steps taken in New York State's comprehensive "Reforming the Energy Vision," including steps concerning municipal aggregation.

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NRG Home Now Offering "Ongoing" Goal Zero Product Rewards for Customers ($340 Value)

NRG Home is now offering to customers in its Northeast markets an electricity plan offering "ongoing" Goal Zero products during the term of the plan.

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PUC Approves New Utility Minimum Stay Provisions for Customers Returning to Default Service

The New Hampshire PUC has approved changes to the design of Public Service Company of New Hampshire's alternative default service rate (Rate ADE), and related provisions applicable to customers returning to PSNH from competitive supply.

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PJM Proposes Changes to the Load Serving Entity Capacity Obligation Allocation As Part of Performance Proposal

PJM is seeking to modify how it allocates the responsibility for capacity charges to load serving entities as part of its capacity performance proposal

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N.Y. "Encourages" Utilities, Third Parties to Develop REV Demonstration Projects

The New York PSC is "encourag[ing]" utilities and third parties to begin working together to develop potential demonstration projects as part of the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding.

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December 12

State May Require Retail Suppliers to Provide Pricing "Benchmarks" Under New Disclosure Label Rules

As part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, the Massachusetts DPU will consider changes to the disclosure labels required to be produced by retail electric suppliers.

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State Proposes to End Default Service Cost "Recalculation" (Bill Adjustment) Required When Customers Shop

As part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, the Massachusetts DPU is proposing to eliminate, for residential and small C&I customers, the basic service cost recalculation applicable to customers who leave basic service for competitive supply.

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Regulator Proposes to Require Background Checks for Door-to-Door Agents; Suppliers Must File Door-to-Door Marketing Plans, Weekly Complaint Reports

The Massachusetts DPU, as part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, proposes that competitive suppliers who intend to market door-to-door to residential customers be required to provide notice to the Department prior to initiating a door-to-door campaign, and keep the Department apprised of any customer complaints received during the marketing campaign.

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State Proposes New Rules Governing Assignment of Customers to Another Retail Supplier, Prohibition on Termination Fees

As part of a wide-ranging proceeding to update a host of retail electric market provisions, the Massachusetts DPU has proposed new provisions governing the assignment of a retail suppliers' customers to another retail supplier.

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State to Launch Retail Electric Shopping Price Website

The Massachusetts DPU intends to launch a website providing customers with retail electric supplier rates and other information.

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Ohio Discloses Winning Bidders from AEP Ohio Default Service Auction

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has disclosed winning bidders from AEP Ohio’s fourth energy-only auction that will ultimately determine its retail generation service rates through May 2015.

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Texas Staff File Reserve Margin Analysis

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December 11

Texas-based Retail Provider Acquired by Australian Supplier

A Texas-based REP has been acquired by an Australian electricity retail specialist

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Retail Supplier Now Marketing Healthcare Services

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State's Inspector General: Lack of Muni Aggregation Oversight Leaves Customers Vulnerable to, "Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Mismanagement"

The Massachusetts DPU's position that it may only narrowly review opt-out municipal aggregation plans to determine whether they conform to specific statutory criteria, "creates a substantial void in the regulatory and oversight structure for municipal aggregators, a void that leaves ratepayers and municipalities vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement," the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General said in a letter to the DPU.

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December 10

Direct Energy to Cease Marketing Under One of Its Texas Brands

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ESCOs: New York Utility's "Systemic" Billing Problems Have Led to "Chaos", Require PSC Action

The Small Customer Marketer Coalition has asked the New York PSC to resolve the "continuing inability" of KeySpan New York and KeySpan Long Island (collectively referred to as National Grid) to provide, "adequate, consistent and accurate billing services in connection with National Grid's ESCO customer billing program."

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Regulator to Hold Technical Meeting on Retail Supplier's Use of Trade Names

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PJM Seeks to Raise Offer Cap to $1,800; Allow Additional Cost Recovery Via Uplift

PJM said that its board has authorized a filing at FERC to increase the offer cap to $1,800/MWh, and allow generators to seek additional cost recovery via uplift, for this winter season.

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Plymouth Rock Energy Expands Service to New Territories

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Just Energy Co-CEO to Keynote Energy Marketing Conference

Energy Marketing Conferences announced that Deborah Merril, Co-CEO of Just Energy, will be the keynote speaker of the 3rd Energy Marketing Conference on March 3, 2015 in New York City.

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December 9

Champion Energy Offering Service in New State

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Reliant's New Plan? Get More, Save More

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ESCOs Protest Another Refund in Excess of $1/Mcf On Supply Rate at N.Y. Utility

Similar to a recent protest concerning Consolidated Edison, the Small Customer Marketer Coalition has protested a reconciliation filing by Orange & Rockland under which O&R seeks to apply a GSC refund of $1.370/Mcf to default service customers over the twelve month period commencing January 1, 2015.

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Utility-Owned Generation Would Not Be Used for Default Service Pricing Under One PSNH Proposal

Public Service Company of New Hampshire has floated the idea that it retain its generating assets, but that the assets not be used to serve default service customers, with costs or benefits of the units instead applied to all customers via nonbypassable charge.

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PSNH: Compelling Divestiture of Utility-Owned Plants May Allow Purchaser to Withhold Such Generation from Capacity Market

Public Service Company of New Hampshire raised the specter of a purchaser of its generating plants, should the PUC compel a divestiture, using the purchase to remove the PSNH plants from the ISO New England capacity market to drive up prices, citing the recent controversy over the removal of the Brayton Point plant from the market.

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December 8

ISO New England Seeks Changes to Market Participant Financial Requirements to Protect Against "Thinly Capitalized" Retail Suppliers

ISO New England has filed at FERC proposed changes to its minimum capitalization requirements, claiming that the changes are needed to protect market participants against, "thinly capitalized," load serving entities which do not own physical assets.

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Texas Staff Recommend Dismissal of Complaint That Implicated REPs' Responsibility to Communicate Changes in TDU Charges

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that a complaint filed against Ambit Energy, which implicated the responsibility of retail electric providers to notify customers of changes in TDU charges and when new charges could be collected, be dismissed.

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Maryland Opens Rulemaking on Retail Supplier Marketing Rules

The Maryland PSC formally opened a rulemaking, RM 54, to address changes to electric and natural gas supplier marketing and customer protection regulations at COMAR 20.32, 20.51, 20.53 and 20.59.

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General Services Administration Awards Contract to Retail Supplier

A retail energy supplier recently won a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract to serve power to the vast majority of Federal departments and agencies in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

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December 5

Pennsylvania Expands Hourly Priced Default Service at PECO

The Pennsylvania PUC has adopted an electric default service plan at PECO for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017 which will lower the cutoff for hourly priced default service, upon deployment of advanced meters.

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PUC Commish: Utilities Must "Carefully Consider" New Long-Term Contracts for Default Service

Pennsylvania electric distribution companies must "carefully consider" including long-term contracts in their default service plans once legacy long-term contracts expire, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown said in a statement regarding the PUC's approval of a new default service plan for PECO.

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Pennsylvania Approves PECO's Multiple Bills Per Month Solution to Accelerated Switching, Grants Waivers to Other EDCs

The Pennsylvania PUC has approved PECO's compliance plan to implement accelerated switching, under which electric customers are to be switched to their chosen EGS within three business days, which includes issuing a new bill to the customer when the customer switches in the middle of a billing cycle.

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Bottled Water, Coffee Delivery Business Receives Broker License

• Comverge Receives Broker License
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Michigan PSC Expands Retail Supplier, Utility Resource Adequacy Horizon Due To "Expected Shortfall"

The Michigan PSC has directed the state's utilities and retail suppliers to file assessments of their abilities to meet their customers' expected electric requirements for the years 2015 through 2019.

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December 4

Verde Energy Acquires Texas Retail Provider

Verde Energy USA Texas, LLC has acquired ...

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RetailEnergyX: New Jersey Bill Would Eliminate Voice, Electronic Authorization for Contracts, Require Written Signature

 

NRG-Comcast Retail Supplier Ceases Enrolling New Customers

Energy Rewards, the retail supplier NRG Energy uses for its affinity partnership to offer service to Comcast subscribers in western Pennsylvania, has ceased accepting new customers.

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Retail Supplier Launches Energy Efficiency Services Company

The parent of an ESCO has launched a new company to offer energy efficiency and other turnkey energy services

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Retail Supplier Announces Affinity Partnership With AAA Chapter

A retail supplier has announced that it is the new energy partner for AAA Ohio Member Discounts.

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PJM Revises Transition Period in Final Capacity Performance Design To Be Filed With FERC, Will Rely on RMR-Type Contracts in Short-Term

PJM informed stakeholders that its board has authorized the filing of a capacity performance proposal with FERC, though the Board has made several changes to the PJM Staff's proposal, including revisions to the transition period.

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U.S. Dept. of Justice Issues Civil Investigative Demand to PJM

The U.S Department of Justice has issued a Civil Investigative Demand, which is similar to a subpoena, to PJM.

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December 3

Retail Suppliers: 10¢/Therm ConEd Default Service Credit Would Improperly Shift The Market In Favor Of The Incumbent Utility

The Small Customer Marketer Coalition has asked the New York PSC to not permit Consolidate Edison to implement a 10¢/therm credit for default service natural gas customers, as calculated under ConEd's annual reconciliation proceeding, because, "allowing the credit to be implemented would materially and improperly shift the competitive market in favor of the incumbent utility."

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Sitting Ducks: Now Class Action Suits Targeting Retail Suppliers Over Alleged Do Not Call Violations

It appears that the polar vortex has made the trial lawyer community aware of the competitive retail energy supplier industry, and the industry now serves as a perpetual target for class action lawsuits, as the latest development is similar suits filed against multiple retail suppliers over alleged Do Not Call violations.

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Retail Supplier Announces Affinity Program With Georgia Tech Alumni Association

A retail provider announced a partnership with the Georgia Tech Alumni Association to offer discounted commodity supply rates to alumni.

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December 2

Supreme Energy Acquires Retail Supplier

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RetailEnergyX.com: FERC Approves Acquisition of Retail Supplier

 

ERCOT CDR Shows Sufficient Reserve Margin Through 2018

ERCOT's latest Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) report shows that reserve margins are expected to exceed 15 percent through 2018.

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Maryland Does Not Approve Supplier's Request to Expand Residential Service to New Areas, Invites Supplier to Re-apply in Six Months

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Update: Here Are The Complete National Grid Rhode Island Rates for 2015

Here are the complete National Grid Rhode Island SOS electric rates for the first six months of 2015 for residential and commercial customers, and first three months of 2015 for industrial customers.

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ERCOT Reports 4CP Dates for 2014

ERCOT has filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a report on the monthly coincident peak (Four Coincident Peak - 4CP) Loads in the ERCOT system for the months of June, July, August and September 2014

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Pennsylvania Statewide Residential Shopping Grows During November

Pennsylvania saw the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply increase during the month of November, with four of the seven large EDCs seeing an increase in residential shopping.

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December 1

Updated Plan To Reimburse Texas Retail Providers for Provision of Smart Thermostats, In-Home Monitors to Low-Income Customers Would Initially Cap Each REP's Participation; Limit Marketing to Existing Customers

An updated proposal under which Texas retail electric providers would be reimbursed for providing low-income customers with programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs) and in-home displays (IHDs) would initially limit how many customers for which each REP would be reimbursed.

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Trash Day: FERC Dumps Capacity Order Raising Costs for PJM Load by $2 Billion Annually on Black Friday

FERC on November 28 approved most of PJM's sought revisions to the PJM capacity market variable resource requirement (VRR) curve and related revisions sought under the triennial review process, adopting changes which lead to gold-plating of the reliability target and which load interests have said will cost consumers billions of dollars annually

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Illinois ALJ Questions If Information on Benefits of Full Requirements Default Service Contracts Is Attainable

A proposed order from an Illinois ALJ would reject the use of full requirements contracts as part of the Illinois Power Agency's default service procurements (Docket 14-0588).

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Viridian Energy Expands 3DOM Longer-Term Fixed Contracts to New Service Area

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Retail Supplier Agrees to Cease Marketing to Low-Volume Residential Customers, Pay $20,000 Under Settlement With Regulator

A retail supplier has committed to refrain from marketing to new low-volume residential consumers in ...

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PURA Seeking to Improve Rate Board, Take Best Practices From Other States

The Connecticut PURA intends to improve the state's electric supplier rate board, at EnergizeCT.com, with the effort to be informed by "best practices" used in other states.

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November 26

Another: AG Asks PUC to Mitigate Default Service Rate Hikes, Defer Costs for Future Collection

An Attorney General has asked a PUC to mitigate an electric default service rate hike.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Electric Rate for Cape Light Compact Aggregation to Increase 70%, Exceed Nstar Rate

 

PUC to Examine Relying on Longer-Term Default Service Contacts, Whether Utilities Should Offer "Price Stability"

A PUC has officially noticed a new docket to review the design of the electric utilities' default service procurements.

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ESCO Announces Three-Year Sponsorship Agreement with Brooklyn Nets

An ESCO has announced a new three-year partnership with the Brooklyn Nets.

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FERC Orders Report on Potential Changes to NYISO Zone K Capacity Modeling, Rules

FERC has ordered the New York ISO to conduct a stakeholder process to review whether Zone K should be modeled as an export-constrained zone in its capacity market.

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Oncor to Lower Priority Move-In Fee

Oncor has filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to reduce the charge for a Priority Move-In for a Self-Contained Meter, for non-AMS meters or AMS meters without remote connect/disconnection functionality

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November 25

More Class Action Suits Filed Against Retail Suppliers Solely Over Whether Pricing Was "Market-Based"

At least two more lawsuits seeking class action status have been filed against retail suppliers whose only allegation is that suppliers' rates were not "market-based" as claimed in various supplier materials.

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PSC Issues Show Cause Order to 10 Retail Suppliers

The District of Columbia PSC issued show cause orders to 10 retail electric suppliers after the PSC alleged that the suppliers failed to respond to a prior directive to confirm the data used in their filed fuel mix reports, while directing numerous other suppliers to file reports or bring their filings into compliance

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Ambit Receives License in New State

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Texas PUC to Suggest That Legislature Grant Commission Authority to Issue Advisory Opinions (REP Compliance Questions A Driver)

The Public Utility Commission of Texas will suggest to the legislature that lawmakers grant the Commission explicit authority to issue informal guidance in the form of advisory opinions.

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November 24

PPL Residential, Small Commercial Price to Compare to Increase on December 1

PPL Electric's Price to Compare for residential and small commercial customers will increase on December 1.

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State Proposes Requiring Retail Suppliers to Obtain New Customer Consent for Any Rate Change

Staff of a PSC have proposed that the Commission adopt regulations that would require a notice of change in a retail supplier's rate prior to the rate being billed to customers and require what Staff terms a "soft verification" that demonstrates the customer's willingness to maintain the revised agreement with new rates and or fees.

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New Jersey to Allow Default Service Supplier to Pass-Through New PJM Capacity Costs to Protect "Integrity" of BGS Auction

The New Jersey BPU will allow Basic Generation Service (BGS) suppliers to pass-through incremental costs associated with PJM's enhanced capacity proposal.

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Ziphany, Glacial Affiliate, Soliciting Bids for Sale

Ziphany, LLC, an affiliate of Glacial Energy included in Glacial's Chapter 11 proceedings, is soliciting bids for its demand response technology platform.

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RetailEnergyX.com: RechargeTexas.com Warns of "Evil" Variable Rate Deals in New Video on Electric Shopping

 

Here's What Supplier Logos on Ohio Utility Bills Will Look Like

Ohio electric utilities have filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sample bills which incorporate the logo of the customer's retail electric supplier.

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FERC Denies Retail Supplier's Sought Penalty Waivers

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November 21

Retail Market Veteran Joins Texas REP as VP of Sales

Held positions with Just Energy, Hudson

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Ohio Grants Retail Supplier Waiver of TPV Requirement for In-Dwelling Tablet Sales

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has granted IGS Energy a waiver of the third party verification requirements contained in Ohio Adm. 4901:1-29-06(D)(6)(b) and 4901:1-21-06(D)(1)(h) for in-dwelling sales conducted in accordance with a tablet-reliant process described by IGS Energy.

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Former Calpine Manager Leading New Broker

Start-up NOVA Ohio LLC, d/b/a NOVA Energy Partners applied for an Ohio electric broker license to serve all customer classes in all service areas.

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PUCO Accepts Results from AEP Ohio Default Service Auction

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved the results of AEP Ohio’s fourth energy-only auction that will ultimately determine its retail generation service rates through May 2015.

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FERC "Encourage[s]" RTOs to Examine Energy Market Rule Changes (Greater Scarcity Pricing) to Provide Fuel Assurance

Capacity markets, Texas policymakers were told, provide a net benefit to customers because they eliminate unpredictable and volatile instances of excessive scarcity pricing in the energy market that customers cannot stomach, and therefore the billions provided in capacity subsidies result in lower total costs.

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FERC Opens Investigation into PJM Continuing to Pay Deactivated Power Plants for Reactive Power; Refers Behavior to Enforcement

FERC has opened a section 206 investigation into whether PJM's current tariff allows deactivated power plants to continue to receive compensation for reactive power.

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November 20

Regulator Issues Cease and Desist Order to Retail Supplier Over Use of Marketer's Brand

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Retail Supplier Affiliate Offering Distributed Generation, Efficiency Services to Pay $2.5 Million Under Agreement with Department of Justice

An affiliate of a retail supplier has agreed to pay more than $2.5 million in fines and monetary penalties for ...

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Duquesne Light Commercial Price to Compare to Increase December 1

Duquesne Light has posted new Prices to Compare for the period beginning December 1, with several commercial PTCs increasing nearly 10%

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National Grid Rhode Island Residential SOS Rate to Increase 50%

National Grid's Rhode Island residential Standard Offer Service rate is to increase about 50% to ...

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Direct Energy Sees 50% Higher C&I Unit Margins, Residential Customer Count Drops

Direct Energy is seeing improved margins in its commercial and industrial supply business, but saw its residential customer count fall during the third quarter, Centrica said in an interim management statement.

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PECO Price to Compare Inches Even Higher on December 1 From New Transmission Charge

PECO has posted updated Prices to Compare for the period beginning December 1 due to a revision in the bypassable transmission charge.

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November 19

Parent of Retail Supplier Acquires Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation Firm, Expands to Massachusetts Retail Market

Acquisition expands supplier's ability to offer customers a suite of energy products and services including solar PV

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NRG Names New Managing Director for NRG Retail Northeast

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Spark Revises Customer Book Acquisition in Response to Regulator Concerns

Spark Energy will, at this time, acquire a smaller Connecticut customer book from Town Square Energy than originally contemplated, after the Connecticut PURA informed the suppliers that it could not sanction the assignment of certain customers whose contracts PURA interpreted as being expired.

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Maine Standard Offer Rates Double

Standard Offer energy prices for the large non-residential classes at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric will essentially double for the month of December 2014.

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Star Energy Partners Seeks New License

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November 18

State Proposes Prohibiting Suppliers from Soliciting In Elderly Housing Complexes, Other New Marketing Rules

A state regulator has proposed that electric suppliers be prohibited from conducting door-to-door solicitations in elderly housing complexes under proposed new marketing standards.

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Retail Supplier Names Former Direct Energy VP As New COO

New hire a 15-year vet of retail energy markets

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State Proposes to Prohibit Assignment of Customer Contracts to Another Supplier "Without The Customer's Consent"

A state regulator has proposed prohibiting electric suppliers from assigning a customer's contract to another supplier, "without the customer's consent."

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Update: Complete WMECO Default Service Rates for First Six Months of 2015

Here are the Western Massachusetts Electric Company basic service rates for the first six months of 2015 for residential and small commercial customers, and first three months of 2015 for medium and large customers

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Rushmore Energy Receives Supplier License in New State

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Texas REP Reports Wider Loss

Summer Energy Holdings, the parent of Texas REP Summer Energy, LLC, reported a wider loss for the three months ending September 30, 2014, as the company continues to attempt to obtain economies of scale.

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Texas Schedules Forum on Power to Choose Site

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has scheduled a forum on the Power to Choose website

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November 17

Retail Energy Provider Launches Mobile Phone Service Offerings

A retail energy provider has begun offering mobile phone plans.

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New Retail Provider Launches Service in Texas

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WMECO Residential Default Service Rate to Exceed 14¢/kWh

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Crius Energy Reports Reduced Churn, But Customer Base Still Declines By 3%

Crius Energy reported reduced levels of churn in the third quarter of 2014, but the company still saw a 3% decline in its customer base.

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NRG Expands Electric Vehicle Charging Offerings to Chicago

NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging offerings to the Chicago market.

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Shipley Choice Receives Authority to Serve New Territories

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November 14

PUC Rules on Whether It Can Interpret Terms & Conditions of Retail Supplier Contract, Set Rate (FirstEnergy Solutions Polar Vortex Pass-Through)

The Pennsylvania PUC has ruled on whether it can interpret the terms and conditions of a contract between an electric generation supplier (EGS) and a customer to determine whether a breach has occurred, or setting the rates an EGS can charge.

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RetailEnergyX.com: $50 Million Class Action Suit Filed Against Retail Supplier

 

State Puts Retail Suppliers on Notice Regarding Compliance With New Requirements

The Connecticut PURA has put retail electric suppliers on notice regarding new requirements for rate disclosures.

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PUC Addresses Authority to Enforce General Consumer Protection Laws, Whether EGS Prices Conform to Disclosures

The Pennsylvania PUC has affirmed that it lacks jurisdiction to enforce the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and Telemarketer Registration Act, but that the Commission may determine whether a retail electric supplier's prices conform to its disclosure statement

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Just Energy Sees Return to Mass Market Customer Growth

After two quarters of declining mass market customer count, Just Energy saw net growth in its mass market customer book for the three months ended September 30, 2014.

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New IDT Energy Brand Receives License in New State
• EDF Energy Services Receives License in New State

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• Nordic Energy Services Now Listing Offers on Apples to Apples
• Report: NY Regulators Order RG&E Customers to Subsidize Merchant Exelon Nuclear Plant

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PUC Accepts $59,000 Settlement With Retail Supplier

After receiving more information regarding the impact on customers from the alleged violations, the Pennsylvania PUC accepted without modification a settlement between its Staff and ResCom Energy LLC under which ResCom will pay $59,000 to resolve an investigation into alleged slamming, Do Not Call violations, and other marketing violations.

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PUC Affirms Authority to Order Retail Suppliers to Issue Refunds

The Pennsylvania PUC affirmed yesterday its authority to require retail electric suppliers to provide refunds to customers under certain circumstances

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• Texas Assigns Docket for Suggestions on Power To Choose Website
• Energy Technology Savings Elected to NEM Executive Committee

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November 13

PURA Says Supplier May Assign Customers to Competitor at "Own Risk"

The Connecticut PURA said that it is, "unable to sanction," the transfer of a portion of the customer book that ...

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RetailEnergyX.com: Report: One Lawyer May Have Just Killed Part Of The Internet of Things

 

Spark Energy Discloses Purchase Price for Two Recent Customer Book Acquisitions, Sees More M&A Opportunities

In announcing quarterly earnings, Spark Energy has disclosed the purchase price for Connecticut books of customers it has agreed to acquire from Discount Power, Inc. and Town Square Energy, LLC.

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NRG Energy Names President and CEO of NRG Home

NRG Energy announced that ...

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Energy Transfer Partners Affiliate Seeks Retail Supplier License in New State

• MSI Utilities Receives New License

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Dominion Retail Reports Lower Customer Count in Remaining Business Lines

Dominion Retail reported a lower average customer count in its natural gas and products & services business lines during the third quarter, versus the average during the second quarter of 2014.

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• Utilities With Retail Choice Seek to Offer Insurance Products to Customers
• Direct Energy President and CEO Talks Innovations in Energy

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November 12

IGS Energy Opens Location At Mall For Holiday Season

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RetailEnergyX.com: Retail Supplier Pitching Offer by Promoting $1,200 in Savings

 

Report: 20% of Municipal Aggregation Deals Have Rates Higher Than Utility

Nearly 20% of municipal aggregation programs in Illinois have rates in excess of the "average" utility supply rate, the Citizens Utility Board said in a report on aggregation.

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Petroleum Marketer to Expand to Natural Gas Marketing, Seeks Retail Supplier License

Ohio-based petroleum marketer expanding to retail natural gas

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Sprague Resources Reports Higher Margins in Natural Gas Retail Supply Business

In announcing earnings this morning, Sprague Resources LP announced "marginally higher" unit margins.

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Retail Supplier Parent Credits "Rapid Recovery" From Polar Vortex in Announcing Dividend

The Board of Directors of Genie Energy Ltd., the parent of IDT Energy, has initiated payment of a quarterly dividend to holders of its Class A and Class B common stock and declared a dividend of $0.06 per share for the third quarter of 2014.

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• Former NRG Exec Joins Andalay Solar as COO
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• Retail Supplier Launching Fund to Help Veteran Who Have Trouble Paying Utility Bills

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November 11

United Illuminating Residential Default Service Rate to Exceed 13¢; Last Resort Rate Hits 25¢

United Illuminating has filed new default service rates for the six-month period beginning January 1, 2015, and the new residential Standard Service rate exceeds 15¢/kWh

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RetailEnergyX.com: AARP Blames Retail Suppliers for "Hugging" Default Service Rate (But Opposes Elimination of Default Service)

 

Update: Complete Nstar Default Service Rates for First Six Months of 2015

Here are the Nstar basic service rates for the first six months of 2015 for residential and commercial customers, and first three months of 2015 for industrial customers

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Maryland PSC Rejects Proposed Order Eliminating SOS Adder at BGE; Sends Case Back to ALJ

Similar to action undertaken at Pepco and Delmarva, the Maryland PSC said that Baltimore Gas & Electric SOS rates should continue to include some form of an Administrative Charge, a bypassable adder reflecting certain costs to serve SOS customers not in energy commodity prices, but directed further proceedings to develop the specific level of the charge.

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Texas REP Announces Prepaid Product, Complimentary Electricity

A Texas REP announced that the company is now offering a prepaid electricity plan that offers customers a way to earn complimentary electricity every month.

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Update: Bounce Energy Rebrands Critical Peak Rebate Program, Direct Will Pay $5 for Completing Survey

Direct Energy formally announced its offering of a new critical peak rebate program in Texas, which was first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com last week

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RetailEnergyX.com: Still Using Faxed Ads to Promote Retail Energy Offers? This FCC Ruling Will Be of Interest

 

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• Utility DTE Energy Plans to Purchase Natural Gas Power Plant
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November 10

Nstar Residential Default Service Rate to Increase 60% to 15¢

Nstar said that it has filed new basic service rates with the Massachusetts DPU for the six-month period beginning January 1, 2015, with the new residential basic service rate increasing to nearly 15¢/kWh.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Report Says Retail Supplier Stalked By Controversy Over Sales, Accounting; Supplier Calls Report "Unbalanced And Incomplete"

 

Connecticut Light & Power Residential Default Service Rate to Exceed 12¢; Last Resort Rates Hit 20¢

Connecticut Light & Power has filed to increase its residential Standard Service rate to over 12.6¢/kWh, and to increase Last Resort Service rates to 20¢/kWh.

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Star Energy Partners Seeks License in New State

• Pro-Star Energy Services Seeks Licenses in New State
• Option One Energy Seeks License in New State

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Texas Staff Recommend Legislature Explicitly Provide Commission With Authority to Ban Companies, Individuals from Retail Market

In draft legislative recommendations for the 2015 scope of competition report, Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that the legislature explicitly provide the Commission with authority to ban certain companies or individuals from participation in the retail market.

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Texas Staff File Draft Proposal for Publication Addressing Subsynchronous Oscillation; Would Make Generators Solely Responsible for Their Compliance Costs

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a recommended proposal for publication to address Subsynchronous Oscillation (SSO) risk in ERCOT.

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Texas Staff Provide Status Report on Future Ownership of Smart Meter Texas Portal

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed a status report regarding future ownership of the advanced metering system portal Smart Meter Texas

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November 7

Massachusetts Won't Defer or Cap National Grid Default Service Rate Increase (16¢ Rate Allowed to Take Effect)

The Massachusetts DPU will not defer or cap National Grid's new basic service rates which took effect November 1, which include a doubling of the residential rate to 16 cents per kWh.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Utility Spokesperson: "People Who Don't Shop Are Probably Paying Too Much For Their Electricity"

 

State to Open Investigation on "Improving Access" to Retail Electric Market

A state regulator said that it, "plans to open an investigation in the near future into improving access to the competitive supply market, particularly for residential and small C&I customers."

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Direct Energy Introduces Critical Peak Rebate Program

Direct Energy has formally introduced a critical peak rebate program called Reduce Your Use Rewards

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Broker Names Former Cable Executive, CMO As CEO

Former Time Warner Cable CMO

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Retail Supplier Parent Names VP to Lead Expansion of Home Services Unit

Will lead expansion into select US residential markets

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• BGE Forecasts 13% Lower Natural Gas Bills This Winter (Provides Estimate of Default Service Rate)
• City Warns That Energy Solicitors Spreading False Information Regarding Aggregation Suspension
• Court: Petroleum Lobby's Site ChooseEnergy.org Doesn't Infringe on Broker Choose Energy's Trademark
• Report: Founder of Lobby Firm McBee Strategic to Join NRG Energy
• ISO New England Cites "Deteriorating Resource Performance" in Announcing 2014 Regional System Plan

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State Revives Retail Supplier Working Group, Sets Meeting on Rate Board

The Connecticut PURA has revived the retail electric supplier working group to address issues relating to the evolving Connecticut competitive electric market

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Retail Suppliers Seek Workgroup On Proposed Changes to Customer Protection Regulations (Changes Would Require Signed Contract For All But Internet Sales)

The Retail Energy Supply Association requested that the District of Columbia PSC establish a working group of interested stakeholders to hold a series of meetings to discuss modifications to the customer protection rules proposed by the PSC.

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November 6

Connecticut Adopts New Customer Notice Requirements, Forms for Suppliers, Says Generic T&Cs Not Compliant

The Connecticut PURA has adopted forms and associated requirements to be used for several statutorily required notices to be sent by retail electric suppliers, adopted new product definitions, and clarified several rules, including a finding that sending generic terms and conditions do not meet certain statutory mandates.

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RetailEnergyX.com: TXU Enters Partnership to Offer Enhanced Information on "Energy Signatures", Usage to Customers

 

Wholesale Power Marketer Renewable Power Direct Expanding to Retail Market

Renewable Power Direct, a wholesale power marketer which heretofore has concentrated on providing wholesale renewable power to customers via the customer's existing load serving entity (essentially as a matchmaker), is expanding its service to include serving customers at retail in states with electric choice.

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IDT Energy Customer Count Stabilizes As Churn Returns to Normal Levels; Will Roll Out New Green Brand

The retail customer base of Genie Energy, parent of IDT Energy and new brand Residents Energy, essentially stabilized during the third quarter, as churn returned to normalized levels after the polar vortex.

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NRG Reports Higher Retail Margins, But Challenging C&I Space Prompts "Repositioning"

NRG Energy saw higher margins in its retail business which led to improved adjusted EBITDA, but margins for non-residential customers remain challenging.

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Another Utility to Self-Manage Default Service Load

United Illuminating will self-manage 100% of Last Resort Service load for the first quarter of 2015, it disclosed in a report on its recent procurement.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Spark Energy To Offer SunPower Solar Systems to Customers

 

PSC Dismisses Nearly All Complaints Against Retail Supplier in Show Cause Proceeding

The Maryland PSC says that responses from U.S. Gas & Electric and affiliate Energy Service Providers, Inc. to show cause orders issued by the PSC show that the complaints levied against USG&E in the show cause orders should be dismissed — with one exception

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Final PURA Decision Drops Declaration That Authority Will Investigate Two Suppliers

A final Connecticut PURA decision concerning retail supplier customer notice requirements (click here for related story today) does not state any intent by PURA to investigate two suppliers' compliance with the rule governing the use of third-party agents.

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State Gives Default Service Customers Choice of Time of Use Options; Default Rate for Non-Shopping Customers Will Be TOU With Critical Peak Pricing, Once AMI Deployed

The Massachusetts DPU has issued a final order establishing a policy framework for time-varying basic service electric rates, which will provide non-shopping customers two pricing options.

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Texas REP to Change Legal Name
• BlueRock Energy Receives License in New State

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November 5

NRG Energy: 20% of Texas Customers Buy More Than One Product from NRG

At the end of the third quarter, 20% of NRG Energy's Texas customers were buying more than one product from NRG, COO Mauricio Gutierrez said during an earnings call this morning.

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RetailEnergyX.com: NRG's Crane: "Texas Will Never Be In a Multi-Year Scarcity of Generation"

 

TXU Parent Reports Less Than 1% Decline in Residential Customer Count

Energy Future Holdings reported in a 10-Q that its competitive retail businesses recorded a net loss of residential customers from June 30, 2014 to September 30, 2014, but the loss was less than 1% of its customer base.

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World Energy Solutions Acquired By Energy Intelligence Software Provider

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FES: Pennsylvania Default Service Auction Sees Higher Risk Premium, Driven by PJM Volatility, Uncertainty

Results from recent default service auctions in Pennsylvania and Ohio appear to reflect an increased risk premium, which FirstEnergy Solutions believes is, "associated with volatility and uncertainty in PJM," Leila Vespoli, FirstEnergy Corp.'s Executive Vice President, Markets, said during an earnings call.

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Direct Energy Introduces Rewards Program

Direct Energy has announced a new rewards program for Texas customers which will provide various rewards for each time the customer makes 6 consecutive on-time bill payments

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Connecticut to Open Review of Code of Conduct for Utilities, Affiliates

The Connecticut PURA has assigned a docket to review the current code of conduct regulations for electric and natural gas utilities.

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Texas Generator to Pay $37,000 Under Settlement with PUCT Staff

Power Resources, Ltd. would pay $37,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve allegations that Power Resources violated PURA § 39.151(d), and P.U.C. SUBST. R. 25.503(f)(2), concerning failure to adhere to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Operating Guide §§ 2.2.5(2), related to automatic voltage regulators, and 2.6.2(1), related to generators.

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November 4

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Baltimore Gas & Electric Posts New Weighted Average SOS Rate, Summer 2015 Residential Rate to Increase

Baltimore Gas & Electric has posted on its website a new weighted average SOS rate for the period Oct. 1, 2014 through Sep. 30, 2015, which includes the summer SOS rate for 2015.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Reuters Interview with ConEdison Solutions CEO Discloses Customer Count, Load

 

Parent of Competitive Supplier Announces Elimination of 450 Positions, Primarily in Competitive Businesses

The parent of a competitive supplier announced this morning that the company expects about 450 positions to be eliminated ...

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New Texas Retail Provider Receives REP Certificate

The Public Utility Commission of Texas granted ...

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Santanna Energy Services Launches Service in More New Territories

Santanna Energy Services announced that it is expanding its service territory in ...

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FERC Issues Formal Notice of Investigation into New England Generator Over Capacity Payments, Make-Whole Payments

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Pennsylvania Sees Statewide Residential Shopping Decline During October

Pennsylvania saw the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply decrease during the month of October, with five of the seven large EDCs seeing a decline in residential shopping.

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November 3

Spark Energy to Acquire Another Book of Customers

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RetailEnergyX.com: PUC to Hold Hearing on Future of Philadelphia Gas Works

 

Pa. ALJ Cites "Polar Vortex" in Recommending Laddered Contracts for Non-Residential Default Service

Duquesne Light should maintain the use of laddered 12-month contracts to serve small C&I customers due to the potential for market shock such as the "Polar Vortex", a Pennsylvania ALJ said in a recommended decision on Duquesne Light's default service plan for the period beginning June 1, 2015.

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Texas REP Offering 100% Green Free Saturdays Product

A Texas REP has begun offering a 100% wind product that provides an energy charge of 0¢/kWh on Saturdays

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AEP Energy Seeks to Serve Natural Gas Customers Outside of Ohio

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ERCOT Expects Sufficient Electricity For Upcoming Winter, Spring

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects the region will have sufficient electric supplies this winter, based on a broad range of planning scenarios in the Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) released Friday.

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After Seven Years, FERC Eliminates "Windfall" Adder Payments to Mitigated Units (Adder Reflects Costs Already Paid in Capacity Market)

FERC approved without modification a series of tariff revisions filed by PJM to revise PJM's rules related to offer price adders ("FMU adders") for generation units that are frequently offer capped, referred to as Frequently Mitigated Units.

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FERC to Hold Technical Conference on FTR Rules Applying to Up-to Congestion Transactions and INCs/DECs

FERC announced that on January 7, 2015 it will convene a technical conference concerning the justness and reasonableness of PJM's existing tariff provisions related to the Financial Transmission Rights (FTR) forfeiture rule and uplift allocations as applied to Up-to Congestion (UTC) transactions and virtual (INC/DEC) transactions.

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