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Holiday "Treat": PSC Staff Proposes Prohibiting Use of Verbal Authorization for Contracts, Would Require Written/Electronic Consent

Staff of a PSC have proposed eliminating the ability for retail electric and natural gas suppliers to obtain customer consent for a switch via a verbal authorization, such as a TPV, and would instead require that all authorizations be in the form of written or electronic consent.

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RetailEnergyX.com: PSC Seeks Consultant To Study Whether To Implement Municipal Aggregation

 

Draft Order Would Deny Retail Supplier's License Application, Prohibit Re-filing for 5 Years

A draft Connecticut PURA decision would deny the application of ...

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Texas' First Retail Electric Provider Files to Relinquish Certificate

Texas' first REP filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to relinquish its REP certificate.

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NEW! -- Executive Director -- Retail Provider
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Reliant Receives Approval for New Trade Names

• It's Electric & Water Receives Licenses in New State
• Allegra's Energy Seeks New License

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Turnaround? Five Pennsylvania Utilities Now Seeing Weekly Residential Shopping Growth

Five Pennsylvania electric utilities saw an increase in the number of residential customers on competitive supply, and a sixth barely lost any residential shoppers, according to the most recent weekly stats from the PUC

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• New Jersey Utility Reports Reduction in Default Service Rate
• Direct Energy Business Launches New Integrated Website
• Obama Appoints New FERC Commissioner

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August 28

Broker-Consultant 5 Increases Presence in PJM with Addition of Two Industry Veterans

Energy advisory firm 5 recently expanded the company’s presence in the Northeast with the addition of ...

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RetailEnergyX.com: Retail Supplier: Municipal Aggregation Review, "May Be A Smart Move For Delaware"

 

Amerex Energy Services Hires Three Retail Market Veterans

Amerex Energy Services has hired three new energy consultants who are veterans of the retail market

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EDF Energy Services Seeks Retail Supplier License in New State

• Navigate Power Receives License in New State
• NRG Kiosk Receives License in New State

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Texas REP Enters Settlement with Staff Over REC Compliance Shortfall

A Texas REP would pay ...

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NEW! -- Manager of Sales and Marketing -- Retail Provider
NEW! -- Executive Director -- Retail Provider
NEW! -- Manager, Business Analytics and Development -- Retail Provider
NEW! -- Energy Sales -- DFW
NEW! -- Manager of Billing -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Manager, Billing -- Retail Provider
NEW! -- Contract and Data Specialist -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Billing Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Energy Sales Executive -- DFW
NEW! -- Senior Supply Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- Houston

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Ohio Maintains That Utilities Should Be Able to Offer Alternative Retail Generation Rates, Tweaks Other Default Service Rules

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio affirmed in a rulemaking relating to the filing requirements for electric security plans that electric distribution companies should be permitted to offer alternative retail generation rates, such dynamic pricing or time-based generation rates, as part of default service

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• Midland TXU Customer Feels She Was Overcharged
• OneRoof Energy Announces Residential Solar Financing Fund to Support Installation in MA, NY
• NV Energy Receives Approval to Join Western Energy Imbalance Market

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August 27

Premier Holding Corp. Makes Move to Become LSE By Buying 85% Stake in Retail Supplier

Premier Holding Corp. is making its anticipated move to become a load serving entity in the retail market by buying an 85% stake in a retail supplier.

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RetailEnergyX.com: President of Supply Management Departs Texas Retail Provider

 

Another Class Action Suit Brought Against Different Retail Supplier

In the wake of the polar vortex, answering class action lawsuits may become akin to whack-a-mole for retail suppliers.

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Direct Energy Receives Authority to Serve Residential Customers in New State

• EnergyWize Receives New License
• Torus Energy Company Receives License in New State

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NEW! -- Executive Director -- Retail Provider
NEW! -- Manager, Business Analytics and Development -- Retail Provider
NEW! -- Energy Sales -- DFW
NEW! -- Manager of Billing -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Manager, Billing -- Retail Provider
NEW! -- Contract and Data Specialist -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Billing Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Energy Sales Executive -- DFW
NEW! -- Senior Supply Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- Houston

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Regulator Grants Waiver to Retail Supplier to Allow Email Delivery of Enrollment Materials

The Georgia PSC recently issued a written order granting Infinite Energy, Inc. a limited rule waiver to allow Infinite to provide enrollment materials via email for customers who voluntarily request electronic service.

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PPL Receives Approval to Extend Default Service Contracts

The Pennsylvania PUC recently granted a petition from PPL Electric Utilities to extend the contract terms for the final default service procurements for the residential and small commercial and industrial customer classes under its current default service plan, to be procured in October 2014, by an additional six months.

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Citing Higher Retainage Rate, Pa. PUC Commish Urges Parties to Be Mindful Of "Competitive Fairness"

In a statement regarding a recent order concerning the purchased gas cost filing of Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC - Equitable Division, Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner James Cawley expressed concern with the retainage rate as contained in a settlement agreement, noting its impact on retail suppliers, and urging parties to be mindful of "competitive fairness," even when retail suppliers do not actively participate in the PGC proceedings.

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• PJM Seeks to Correct "Windfall" Adder Payments to Mitigated Units -- Costs Already Paid in RPM!
• EFH Delays Bankruptcy Auction of Oncor Unit Coveted by NextEra, Hunt Consolidated
• Al Gore's Investment Fund Invests in Retail Supplier

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August 26

Texas TDUs Seek to Draw on REP's Letter of Credit to Cover Non-Payment

Five Texas transmission and distribution utilities petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to distribute proceeds from the letter of credit provided by a REP, stating that they are collectively owed more than $450,000.

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RetailEnergyX.com: GDF SUEZ: Lawsuit Plaintiffs, "Don’t Like The Rules," of the ERCOT Market, Want Court to Intervene in Market

 

State Requires Notice to Customers of Assigned Contracts to Include Specific New Variable Rate, Notice of 25% Limit on Rate Increases

The Connecticut PURA has approved a customer notice to be sent to customers of HOP Energy who will be transferred to Viridian Energy after Viridian agreed to purchase the HOP Energy book, and the notice is notable for requiring the disclosure of the customer's new rate after assignment for variable rate customers.

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Elimination of POR in Favor of Pro Rata Billing Seen As Solution to Polar Vortex Pricing

Maryland should consider implementing pro-rata utility consolidated billing, instead of purchase of receivables, to address the variable rate pricing issues which were revealed during this year's polar vortex, the Maryland Office of People's Counsel said in comments on a working group report.

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Retail Supplier Receives Authority to Offer Supplier Consolidated Billing in Illinois

• 5 Receives New License
• Global Vision Energy Seeks License in New State

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NEW! -- Manager, Business Analytics and Development -- Retail Provider
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NEW! -- Manager of Billing -- Retail Supplier -- New York
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NEW! -- Contract and Data Specialist -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Billing Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- New York
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NEW! -- Senior Supply Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- Houston
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FERC Staff Issues Notice of Violation Alleging Manipulation by Power Marketing

FERC issued a notice yesterday alleging that its Office of Enforcement has, "preliminarily determined," that ...

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Pennsylvania Sees Statewide Growth in Residential Electric Shopping

After two weeks of declining aggregate residential electric shopping levels, Pennsylvania has again seen statewide residential electric migration increase.

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• Texas REP Promoting Flat Bill Plan with "Unpredictable Sweepstakes"
• FERC Opens 206 Investigation of Calculation of Market Seller Offer Caps in PJM Capacity Market

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August 25

PUC Staff Seeks Revocation of Retail Supplier's License, $639,000 Fine

A PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement has filed a formal complaint against ...

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RetailEnergyX.com: Reaping What You Sow: How Generators’ Push to Kill Demand Response Is Backfiring

 

Regulator Directs Retail Supplier to Respond to Allegations Concerning Pricing

A state regulator has directed a supplier to respond to allegations made against the company by a broker concerning rates charged to customers.

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Direct Energy Launches Nest Bundle Natural Gas Offers, Expands Nest Electricity Offers to More Areas

Direct Energy is now offering natural gas supply bundled with a Nest learning thermostat, and also announced the expansion of its Nest electricity bundles.

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RetailEnergyX.com: New Jersey Issues "Discussion Document" on New Retail Supplier Marketing, Disclosure Rules

 

New York Staff "May Make" Municipal Aggregation Proposal in Future

In the New York PSC Staff straw proposal concerning Track One of the Reforming the Energy Visions proceeding (click here for related story), Staff said that they, "may make a proposal," concerning opt-out municipal aggregation, or community choice aggregation, in the future.

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N.Y. Staff Propose Consolidated Utility Billing Improvements, Granting Access to Customer Data, in REV Straw Proposal

Staff of the New York PSC has issued a straw proposal for Track One of New York's Reforming the Energy Visions Proceeding, which, among other things, recommends enhancements to consolidated utility billing, and would grant distributed energy resource (DER) providers with customers information, unless the customer opts out.

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License Briefs

• Gabel Associates Receives New License
• InSource Power Seeks License in New State
• Results Energy Consulting Receives New License
• Avalon Energy Services Receives New License

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• Calpine to Acquire Generating Station in New England from Exelon
• Retail Supplier Names New CFO
• Poll: Ohioans Consider Regulated Compensation for Merchant Power Plants a "Bailout"

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August 22

Dynegy Acquires Another Retail Supplier, Two Sets of Merchant Power Plants

Dynegy Inc. announced that it will acquire ...

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RetailEnergyX.com: Texas REP Offering $40 Incentive If It Can’t Beat Commercial Rate

 

ERCOT Moves Customers to POLRs After Texas Revokes Retail Provider's Certificate

ERCOT yesterday began moving the customers of Proton Energy to Providers of Last Resort, after the Public Utility Commission of Texas entered a consent order which revoked Proton's REP certificate.

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Off The Table: Pennsylvania Retail Gas Market Investigation Won't Address Default Supplier Role, Rate Unbundling, Other Issues Under Tentative Order

The Pennsylvania PUC yesterday issued a tentative order proposing to open the next phase of its investigation into whether the retail natural gas market is workably competitive, proposing to direct the Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO) to study specific issues, and the tentative order is notable for what would not be considered in the retail market investigation.

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NEW! -- Manager of Billing -- Retail Supplier -- New York
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NEW! -- Contract and Data Specialist -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Billing Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- New York
NEW! -- Energy Sales Executive -- DFW
NEW! -- Senior Supply Analyst -- Retail Supplier -- Houston
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Texas REP Files Complaint Against Utility Over Inaccurate Settlement Data, Seeks ERCOT Resettlement

Champion Energy Services, LLC has filed a complaint at the Public Utility Commission of Texas against Texas-New Mexico Power Company and ERCOT, relating to alleged inaccurate settlement meter data from TNMP, and ERCOT's ultimate reliance on the inaccurate data for wholesale settlement purposes.

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Washington Gas Energy Services Receives Authority to Serve New Territories

• T&M Associates Receives New License
• Skyline Innovations Receives New License
• Trusted Energy Receives New License

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New York Delays Deadline for Implementation of Utility-Versus-ESCO Bill Calculators

The New York PSC has delayed, for all utilities, the deadline for implementing online bill calculators comparing ESCO and default service prices, for residential and small non-residential customers

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• N.Y. Survey: ESCO Customers Less Satisfied Than Utility Customers
• CenStar Energy Launches Service in New Territories
• Plymouth Rock Energy Giving Away Amazon Gift Cards for Trivia Knowledge

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August 21

PPL Price to Compare to Decrease for Residential, Small Business Customers on September 1

The PPL Electric Price to Compare will decrease for residential and small business customers on September 1.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Bloomberg: Direct Energy to Look At Acquisitions to Bring Value-Added Services to Customers

 

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Retail Supplier Over Pricing

A lawsuit, which seeks class action status, has been filed against a retail supplier and various affiliates in the United States District Court for the District Of New Jersey, alleging that its rates charged to customers are not "competitive" nor based on prevailing market conditions.

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Three Retail Suppliers Rank in Top 100 of Inc. 500 List

Three retail energy suppliers have ranked in the top 100 list of the 2014 Inc. Magazine 500/5000 rankings of revenue growth at private companies from 2010 to 2013.

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ALJs: PUC Cannot Regulate Retail Supplier "Pricing," But Does Have Authority to Order Refunds, Compare Pricing to Disclosure Statement

Two Pennsylvania ALJs, in orders on preliminary objections to complaints filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and Office of Consumer Advocate against several retail suppliers, would affirm that the PUC lacks jurisdiction to regulate electric generation supplier "pricing," but does have the authority to compel refunds, and, implicitly, may judge pricing against a supplier's disclosure statement.

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• Update: Here Are the Specific Allegations Against Major Energy
• New Jersey City Drops Muni Aggregation Proposal After Resident Opposition
• PJM’s Solution to Capacity Non-Performance: Create New Product

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August 20

Pennsylvania Retail Supplier Returns Customers to Utility Default Service

Pennsylvania customers served by a retail supplier were recently returned to default service unless they affirmatively enrolled onto a new fixed product.

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RetailEnergyX.com: State Opens Investigation of Retail Supplier

 

New Retail Supplier Offering Service in Massachusetts

A new retail supplier has begun offering service in Massachusetts.

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Retail Supplier to Pay $600,000 to Settle RPS Compliance Dispute

Settlement with Connecticut PURA would resolve RPS compliance disputes related to 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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License Briefs

• Start-up SearchForEnergy Seeks License in New State
• Navigate Power Seeks License in New State

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Loss of Residential Customers on Competitive Supply at ComEd Accelerates for Third Straight Month

Commonwealth Edison has seen an acceleration in the return of residential customers to default service for the third consecutive month, according to migration data as of June 30, 2014 now posted on PlugIn Illinois

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• EnerNOC Invests in Behavior-Tracking Service Provider WeSpire
• Local Pol Says Muni Aggregation Needed Due to Poor Customer Experiences in Retail Market
• Illinois Village Agrees to Three-Year Aggregation Contract

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August 19

Start-Up Texas REP Launches Service

A start-up Texas retail electric provider has begun offering service.

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• Bounce Energy Launches New Bundled Products, Offerings
• Infinite Energy Launches Service in New Territory
• Retail Supplier to Undergo Rebranding
• Compete: OCC Analysis Shows Price Declines in States with Retail Choice

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Retail Supplier Names Market Veteran As New COO

Veteran with over 15 years of energy experience named COO

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Texas Staff Seeks Entry of Consent Order Revoking REP's Certificate

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have requested that Commission effectuate a consent order that was previously adopted as part of a settlement between Staff and Proton Energy that requires the revocation of Proton's REP certificate if certain milestones are not met.

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Retail Supplier Launches Military Discount Program, Said To Be First in Market

Program offers 3-cent discount

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License Briefs

• Electricity Club to Expand From Texas, Seeks License in New State
• Save Money On Your Electric Bill, Inc. Seeks License in New State

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Maine PUC 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 September 2014.

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August 18

North American Power Announces Date for Texas Market Entry

North American Power announced that its official launch date for serving retail electricity customers in Texas is ...

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RetailEnergyX.com: Claim: FirstEnergy Solutions "Ruined" Retail Market; "Everybody is Dancing on FES’s Grave"

 

Retail Supplier to Launch "Thrive" Smart Home Offerings

A retail supplier, in partnership with Vivint, will soon begin offering home automation, security, and related services under "thrive" Home.

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Retail Supplier to Pay $6.5 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit

A retail supplier would pay $6.5 million under a proposed settlement with plaintiffs filed in federal court to resolve a class action lawsuit related to its variable price plans.

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• Editorial: FES’s Market Exit Shows "Dubious" Value of Retail Choice, Failure of Promise
• Retail Energy Ad Roundup: What We’re Seeing
• Ameresco Acquires Energy Manager-Consulting Business of Energyexcel

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Utility Files to Reduce Flat Per-Bill Charge Under POR

Commonwealth Edison has filed at the Illinois Commerce Commission to lower the flat per-bill charge applicable to retail suppliers under purchase of receivables.

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Connecticut Light & Power Files New Default Service Rates

Connecticut Light & Power has filed new Last Resort Service Rates for the three-month period beginning October 1, 2014.

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United Illuminating Files New Default Service Rates

United Illuminating has filed new default service rates for the three-month period beginning October 1.

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PECO Sees First Growth in Residential Shopping Since May

PECO saw its first increase in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply since May, but Pennsylvania statewide saw another weekly decline in residential shopping

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August 15

NRG "Realigning" Compassion Energy Brand After Acquiring Cirro, Compassion Brand Not Accepting New Customers

NRG Energy's retail brand Compassion Energy, focused on affinity charity donations, is not accepting new customers at this time, as NRG is "realigning" some of its retail brands in the wake of acquiring Cirro Energy, which had its own charity affinity program.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Pennsylvania Pol "Not Gonna Go Away" in Quest for Variable Rate Caps

 

Acquisitions Offset Organic Customer Losses At Crius Energy

Crius Energy, in releasing earnings yesterday, reported that as of June 30, 2014 it was serving 600,000 electricity and natural gas customers (on an RCE basis).

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Utility Files to Set POR Discount Rate to 0%

... for both residential and non-residential customers

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• NYT: Traders Profit as Power Grid Is Overworked
• Texas Chair Nelson Sees Legislature Looking At Capacity Issue
• FERC Posts Staff Paper on Uplift
• AEP Texas Announces REP Workshop

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Bank of America Subsidiary Receives Texas Retail Provider License
• Buyer of Proton Energy Withdraws Texas Application

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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 June 30, 2014, as the company continues to attempt to obtain economies of scale.

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August 14

NRG Energy to Acquire Provider of Solar Powered Personal/Consumer Products

NRG Energy, Inc. and Goal Zero, described as a leader in providing personal solar products, have reached an agreement that will bring the "rapidly growing consumer products company" into the NRG family of companies.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Report: Regulator Calls Company "Worst Alternative Electric Supplier", Considers Investigation

 

Nstar Files Initial POR Discount Rates

Nstar has filed with the Massachusetts DPU initial discount rates for its purchase of receivables program, to be effective September 28

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Pennsylvania PUC Allowing Utilities to Delay Implementation of Switch-At-Connect, Seamless Moves

The Pennsylvania PUC is allowing the electric distribution companies to delay the implementation of instant connects (switch-at-connect, or day-one switching) and seamless moves, in order to allow the EDCs to focus on implementation of a 3-business day switching timeframe.

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Inspire Energy Launches Retail Electric Service in New State

Inspire Energy Holdings has launched electric service in ...

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Spark Energy Reports Geographic Distribution of Customers to Investors

Spark Energy yesterday filed an 8-K providing a geographic breakdown of its retail customer distribution on a Residential Customer Equivalent basis, as of June 30, 2014

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• Retail Supplier CEO Shares How Big Data Lowers Acquisition Costs
• ERCOT Reports on Price Responsive Load, Estimates Potential Size of Load Drop
• Texas REP Bumps Up Referral Bonus to $75

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State Allows for Utilities to Combine/Drop Default Service Procurement, Engage in Greater Self-Managed Load

A Connecticut PURA final decision has granted the electric distribution companies, upon the consent of the state's procurement manager, greater flexibility to drop, add, or combine Standard Service procurement dates, and to increase the amount of default load self-managed by the utilities.

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Connecticut Light & Power Discloses Default Service Supplier

Connecticut Light & Power disclosed that ...

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RESA Announces Speakers For 3rd Annual Retail Energy Markets Symposium

The Retail Energy Supply Association announced a slate of speakers for its 2014 Energy Competition Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 2

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August 13

Texas Staff Recommend Denial of Proton Energy Sale-Driven Certificate Amendment, Allege Sale Not Bona Fide

Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have recommended that the Commission deny Proton Energy's application for an amended REP certificate to reflect a change in control.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Competitor: FirstEnergy Solutions’ Exit from Certain Markets A "Win for Customers"

 

New Retail Provider Ranks Highest in Texas Customer Satisfaction, J.D. Power Rankings for 8 Other States Released

A new REP has earned the top spot from Texas customers in J.D. Power's 2014 Retail Electric Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, as ranking for 8 other states were also released

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Texas REP Receives Approval to Use Trade Name Now Power, Two Additional D/B/A's

• Alternative Utility Services Receives New License
• Infinity Power Partners Receives Licenses in New State

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Nstar Files New Default Service Rates

Nstar has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for ...

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Retail Supplier Requests Waiver of ISO Penalties for Untimely Submission of Meter Data

A retail supplier has requested at FERC a waiver of a section of an ISO tariff which imposes financial penalties on scheduling coordinators that submit untimely meter data.

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WMECO Files New Default Service Rates

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service rates for ...

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• FirstEnergy Solutions to Shed 70 Positions in Retail Retrenchment
• Texas REP Launches Redesigned Website

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August 12

Large Retail Supplier Names Market Veteran As New CEO

A large retail supplier has named a retail vet as CEO

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RetailEnergyX.com: Report: FirstEnergy Solutions To Limit Muni Aggregation Sales to Ohio, Withdraw from Illinois

 

GDF Suez Brand Launches Residential Service

Think Energy, the mass market brand of GDF Suez, has expanded from small business service and is now offering residential electricity supply in ...

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Direct Energy Launches Partnership to Bring "Smart Home" to Energy Customers

Direct Energy has launched a partnership with SmartThings to bring a "smarter" and connected home to energy customers in Texas.

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Direct Energy to Pay Fine, Disgorgement Under FERC Settlement

FERC approved a settlement with Direct Energy LLC under which Direct will ...

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GDF Suez Files Complaint at FERC Over Inaccurate ConEd Meter Data, Seeks Resettlement

GDF Suez Energy Resources, NA filed a complaint at FERC concerning ConEd's submission of estimated data to NYISO for billing purposes which grossly overstated the consumption of a Suez customer, and which was not corrected until after the close of the NYISO settlement deadline

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All But One Pennsylvania Utility See Loss of Residential Customers on Competitive Supply in Most Recent Week

Pennsylvania saw a statewide decrease in residential electric shopping in the most recent week, departing from the general trend of growth (driven by the FirstEnergy EDCs) over the summer, but one which may settle in for some time as Prices to Compare become more competitive at a number of utilities on September 1.

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• Retail Supplier Offering Rewards Program with myPoints
• New Warnings for Choosing Electricity Supplier
• GDF Suez To Bring Additional LNG to New England Under New Deal

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August 11

Texas REP Offering "Membership" Plans That Offer Lower Rate, Benefits In Exchange for Membership Fee

A Texas REP has begun offering residential customers two electricity plans that offer customers discounted rates and other benefits in exchange for paying a "membership" fee to access the plans.

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North American Power Launches Service in New Territory

North American Power has begun offering natural gas service at ...

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Star Energy Partners Launches Residential Offers in New Territories

Star Energy Partners has begun offering electric service at ...

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Ethical Electric Seeks to Serve Customers in New Territory

• Patriot Energy Group Seeks New License

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Plymouth Rock Energy Launches Service In New Territories

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• Texas' Anderson Posts New Presentation on Operational Reliability, Success of Texas Market-Based System
• Utility Warns Customers of Scam Artists Going Door-to-Door
• Columnist: PUC Losing Luster, Clout

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August 8

Comcast/NRG Retail Brand Launches Natural Gas Service

Energy Rewards, the retail supply brand jointly offered by NRG Energy and Comcast, has begun offering natural gas service in ...

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With Another Quarter of Vortex-Driven Churn, Retail Supplier's Customer Base Decreases to 25% of Year-Ago Level

Although IDT Energy saw its net loss of customer accounts slow during the three months ended June 30, 2014, it still saw an elevated level of churn, and its customer base as of June 30, 2014 is 25% lower than its total as of June 30, 2013

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Just Energy Mass Market Net Churn Slows, But Continues, Offset by Accelerated C&I Growth

Just Energy saw its mass market customer base decline for a second consecutive quarter, but the marginal decrease was more than offset by accelerated growth in its commercial customer base

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• NRG: We Want to Be Your Energy Supplier, "Wherever You Are, Whatever You Are Doing, For However How Long You Are Doing It"
• San Diego Pols Considering Community Choice Aggregation
• City Clerk Warns on Electricity Supplier Calls

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NRG Retail Adjusted EBITDA Up on "Sustained" Margins

NRG Energy reported an increase in retail segment Adjusted EBITDA on "sustained" margins and customer growth.

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New York Utilities Seek Extension to Implement ESCO Vs. Default Service Bill Calculators

Several New York utilities have sought extensions from New York PSC of the deadline for implementation of online historical bill calculators, which are to allow shopping customers to compare actual ESCO costs to shadow-billed default service

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August 7

Reliant Files to Use Trade Name "NRG Home" in Texas, NRG Home to "Expand Nationally"

Reliant Energy Retail Services, LLC applied to use the trade name "NRG Home" in an application for an amended Texas retail electric provider certificate

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RetailEnergyX.com: Retail Supplier’s Polar Vortex Rebates Now Total $4.7 Million

 

Retail Supplier Sees Nearly 50% Jump in Net Electric Customer Churn During Quarter Ending June 30

Net customer churn in a supplier's electric customer base spiked by nearly 50% during the three months ended June 30, 2014.

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Start-up Infuse Energy LLC Receives Texas REP Certificate
• Northeast Retail Supplier Receives Texas REP Certificate

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• Retail Supplier Says Sought License Revocation Unwarranted
• Retail Supplier to Ring NASDAQ Closing Bell
• Massachusetts Disclaims Jurisdiction Over Electric Vehicle Charging Service Providers
• State Issues Final Report on Supplier Consolidated Billing

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Draft Would Allow for Utilities to Combine/Drop Default Service Procurement, Engage in Greater Self-Managed Load

A Connecticut PURA draft decision would grant the electric distribution companies, upon the consent of the state's procurement manager, greater flexibility to drop, add, or combine Standard Service procurement dates, and to increase the amount of default load self-managed by the utilities.

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OPC Files Complaint Against Utility for "Unlawful" Compensation Provided to Retail Suppliers

The District of Columbia Office of the People's Counsel has filed a complaint against Washington Gas Light alleging that WGL engaged in, "unauthorized and unlawful cash compensation of Competitive Service Providers (CSP) who over-delivered natural gas supplies to WGL's city gate during the 2008-2009 winter heating season."

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United Illuminating Discloses Winning Default Service Supplier

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August 6

Dominant Retail Supplier Drops Customers to POLR, Exiting Mass Market, Mid-Merit Retail Sales

Citing a, "fundamental change in the markets," a supplier told investors yesterday that it is exiting the retail market for mass market and mid-sized commercial and industrial customers, reporting that it already has returned "select" customers to POLR service.

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Retail Supplier Surpasses 100,000 Customer Threshold

A retail supplier announced that it reached the 100,000 customer threshold this month.

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RESA: State's Draft Order Could "Collapse" Retail Market

A draft decision, first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com (click here), regarding new electric customer protections and rules for retail suppliers, "could stifle and ultimately collapse the retail electric supply market," the Retail Energy Supply Association said in a motion to extend the deadline for exceptions to the draft order.

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• TXU: Customer App Downloads Surpass Quarter Million
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FERC Formally Alleges Manipulation of Up-To Congestion Transactions by Traders

FERC yesterday issued a formal Staff notice of alleged violations, "that in a nonpublic investigation pursuant to 18 C.F.R. Part 1b, the staff of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has preliminarily determined that Houlian (Alan) Chen, HEEP Fund Inc., and CU Fund Inc., and Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC, violated the Commission’s Anti-Manipulation Rule, 18 C.F.R. § 1c.2 (2014) by engaging in manipulative Up To Congestion trading in the PJM Regional Transmission Organization between June and August 2010."

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New REP Seeks Texas Certificate

• Energy Solutions USA Receives Licenses in New State
• Premier Marketing Receives License in New State

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PPL Sees First Growth in Residential Shopping Since Polar Vortex

PPL has seen its first weekly growth in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply since shortly after customers began feeling the impacts of the polar vortex, according to the June 30 shopping statistics from the Pennsylvania PUC.

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August 5

Glacial Energy Book to Be Acquired By Another Retail Supplier Via Second Sale

Glacial Energy's retail energy book will ultimately be acquired by ...

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Integrys Energy Services Listing Residential Offers in New State

Integrys Energy Services has begun offering ...

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New Retail Supplier Promoting Residential Electric Offer at PECO

A supplier has begun publicly promoting a residential electric offer for the PECO territory on PA Power Switch

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Utilities Propose 36-Month Contracts Be Used for Default Service, Will Include More Charges in Nonbypassable Rider

The FirstEnergy Ohio utilities would continue to rely on a mix of 12, 24, and 36-month contracts to serve all default service classes under an electric security plan covering the period June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019

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Retail Market "Enhancements" Included in FirstEnergy EDCs' Default Service Plan

The FirstEnergy Ohio electric distribution companies included several retail market "enhancements" as part of their electric security plan filing covering the period beginning June 1, 2016, but most of the enhancements are required under PUCO's retail market investigation order, and those which were not previously ordered to be implemented are underwhelming.

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FirstEnergy Utilities Propose Ratepayer Backed 15-Year Contracts to Support Affiliated Plants

As part of their electric security plan for the period beginning June 1, 2016, the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities have proposed implementing 15-year ratepayer backed contracts to support two power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions (as well as its share in a jointly owned plant) under an "Economic Stability Program"

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August 4

Surprise! TXU Parent Gains Retail Customers During Bankruptcy

Not only have forecasts of accelerated churn at TXU during Energy Future Holdings' bankruptcy not yet come to fruition, EFH actually saw its retail customer count increase during the three months ended June 30, 2014, according to a 10-Q filed Friday.

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Is Calpine Thinking of Starting a Retail Supplier? Here's What CEO Thad Hill Said

With one of its largest pure-play generation rivals Dynegy entering the retail electric supply business last year, Calpine is increasingly unique among merchant generators in not owning a retail book as a hedge for its generation to counter the cyclical nature of the business.

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Draft Would Prohibit Use of Consolidated Billing for Variable Plans, Require Advance Notice of Rate Changes Under Any Plan, Limit All Contracts to One Year Maximum Duration

A draft decision from a state regulator would prohibit the use of utility consolidated billing for "variable plan" electric products

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Draft Decision Would Effectively Preclude Sale of Electric Supplier Customer Books

A draft order from a state regulator would effectively preclude the sale of electric supplier customer books via contract assignment, by requiring affirmative consent of the customer for any such assignment.

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FERC Staff Seek to Subpoena Information From Marketers for Investigation

FERC Enforcement Staff has petitioned an ALJ to issue subpoenas duces tecum to several natural gas marketers ...

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Admit: Current PJM Capacity Market Performance Standards Do Not "Ensure Operational Reliability"

Events of last winter have made obvious what critics of capacity markets have long-stated, and have forced PJM, in a problem statement published Friday, to concede that, "the current set of performance incentives and penalties for Capacity Resources does not sufficiently address all that is required to ensure that operational reliability will be maintained through all seasons."

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Proposal Seeks to Shorten Small Customers SOS Contracts at Pepco

A proposal has been made to shorten the duration of residential and small commercial SOS contracts at Pepco in the District of Columbia.

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August 1

Constellation Sees Expanding Retail Margins

Constellation saw expanding retail power margins during the second quarter of 2014, Exelon reported in announcing earnings yesterday.

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RetailEnergyX.com: PAPowerSwitch Posts Official Sept. 1 Prices to Compare for FirstEnergy Utilities

 

Direct Energy Seeing Higher C&I Margins

With competitors pricing in additional risk into C&I contracts, Direct Energy has seen a "material increase" in sold unit margins for both gas and power C&I contracts during the first half of the year, Centrica said yesterday.

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With Some Trepidation, Maryland ALJ Recommends Adopting Settlement to Set Adder to SOS Rates

A Maryland Public Utility Law Judge would approve, without modification, a contested settlement which would establish adders to the Standard Offer Service rates at Pepco and Delmarva.

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RetailEnergyX.com: New Jersey Muni Aggregation Guaranteed Savings Rate Not Charged due to Billing Errors

 

State Orders Utility to Refund Charges to Retail Suppliers

A PUC directed a utility to refund to retail electric suppliers the difference between temporary charges for certain services provided by the utility, and new charges adopted by the PUC yesterday.

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Retail Supplier Responds to PURA Opening Docket Reviewing Guaranteed Savings Product

A supplier submitted the following letter to the Connecticut PURA concerning a review of its marketing and billing practices in Connecticut, and specifically the terms of its guaranteed savings product.

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Craig Goodman to Keynote New York Energy Marketing Conference

Craig Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Energy Marketers Association, will deliver the keynote address at the September 8th New York Retail Energy Marketing Conference, organizer Energy Marketing Conferences announced yesterday.

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July 31

Retail Supplier Open to "Opportunistic" Acquisitions, But Focused on Organic Growth

AGL Resources said during an earnings call this week that it remains open to "opportunistic" acquisitions to augment its competitive retail energy business, but it is currently focused on organic growth after acquiring several books recently.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Charge: Exelon’s Deal to Acquire Integrys Energy Services Raises Retail Market Anti-Competitive Concerns

 

Dominion Retail *Natural Gas* Customer Count Drops by One-Third

Dominion Retail has lost one-third of the natural gas customers it was serving during the first quarter of 2014, according to Dominion's second quarter earnings report.

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Flash: Direct Energy Customer Count up 3%

Direct Energy grew its residential energy customer base by 3% during the first half of 2014, parent Centrica reported this morning in an interim results update.

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State Approves Process for Allocating Non-Shopping Customers Among Choice, SCO Suppliers

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved, as designed by Staff, an allocation methodology to assign non-shopping non-residential customers at Columbia Gas of Ohio to a competitive supplier should an exit from the merchant function for non-residential service be triggered.

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New York Delays Decision on Reforming Energy Vision Policy Questions

The New York PSC has delayed when it expects to issue a decision on policy questions under Track 1 of its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding.

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Citing Return of Customers to BGS, PSEG Power Ups Forecast of Default Load Served

Noting an uptick in New Jersey customers returning to basic generation service, PSEG Power has increased its forecast of BGS volumes for 2015.

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National Energy Marketers Association to Address Illinois Policymakers

The National Energy Marketers Association has released an agenda and list of speakers for its Summer Policy Leadership Roundtable to be held August 6-7 in Chicago, Illinois.

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July 30

Buyer Announced for Integrys Energy Services Book

Integrys Energy Group, Inc. announced that ...

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RetailEnergyX.com: Aggressive ESCO Sales Reps "Harass" Manhattan Neighborhood

 

Utility Suggests Bankrupt Retail Suppliers Should Have Conditions Placed on Licenses

Ohio retail suppliers which are engaged in bankruptcy proceedings which have their supplier licenses expire and due for renewal during the pendency of the bankruptcy protection should have conditions placed on any license renewal, AEP Ohio suggested to PUCO.

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RESA Seeks Changes to Massachusetts Default Service, Removal of EDC from POLR Role

Prompted by utilities' filing of contingency procurement plans for electric default service, the Retail Energy Supply Association has asked the Massachusetts DPU to consider changes in the pricing or the load-following default service product, or potentially the removal of the utility from the default supplier role.

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PJM, IMM Inform Traders That Certain External Interchange Scheduling Practices Will Be Referred to FERC Enforcement

PJM issued a notice to market participants that, "certain external interchange scheduling practices could result in notification of such transactions by PJM, and/or referral by the Independent Market Monitor (IMM), to the FERC Office of Enforcement for investigation."

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RetailEnergyX.com: Parent of Amerex Brokers Announces Strategic Transactions with CME Group

 

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July 29

Direct Energy Buys Residential Solar Installer

Centrica announced that its North American subsidiary, Direct Energy, has acquired the US residential solar business ...

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RetailEnergyX.com: How Many Customers Have Shopped with Pennsylvania’s Standard Offer Program?

 

Retail Energy Shopping Website Allowing Customers to "Name Their Own Price"

A broker is launching an online retail energy shopping website which will allow residential customers to "Name Their Own Price"

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Another Texas REP Launches Critical Peak Rebate (With Automation), Promotes With $3,000 Challenge

A Texas REP has launched a critical peak rebate program that includes, for certain customers, an automated response, and which is being promoted through a $3,000 grand prize challenge.

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Texas REP Signs Definitive Funding Agreement To Expand Nationally, Support Organic Growth

A Texas REP has announced that it has entered into an agreement with a Dallas-based investment banking advisory firm and plans to initiate a capital raise to fund its organic growth strategy which includes expansion into other deregulated utility markets nationwide.

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RetailEnergyX.com: Retail Suppliers Protest "Retroactive" Waiver of Market Rules Sought by Generators

 

New York Staff Proposes Acceleration in Switching Timeline

Staff of the New York PSC have proposed that the customer switching timeline for retail electric and natural gas customers be accelerated to ...

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Exelon, Bloom Energy Partner to Provide Distributed Power to Commercial Customers

First step in long-term strategic partnership announced

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Retail Supplier Seeks Authority to Offer Supplier Consolidated Billing in Illinois

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July 28

New Texas REP Offering Critical Peak Rebate Program, Pays $1/kWh

A new Texas REP has officially launched a critical peak rebate program ...

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Marathon Energy Seeks License in New State

• Ft. Worth LED Provider Expanding to Brokering

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State Defers Permanent Action on Accelerated Switching Timeline

A PSC has deferred adopting on a permanent basis an acceleration in the customer switching timeline, finding that the matter should be addressed in the Commission's generic review of retail market customer protections.

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AEP Talks Future of Unregulated Generation on Earnings Call

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Starion, OPC File Status Report on D.C. Settlement

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July 25

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A PUC has proposed in a rulemaking that variable rates offered by retail electric suppliers shall be specified in terms of an index or formula and, "must be reasonably reflective of electricity market conditions."

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Pennsylvania Approves Use of 24-Month Contracts For Default Service Through 2017, Retains NITS as Retail Supplier Responsibility

The Pennsylvania PUC yesterday approved a default service plan for the FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities covering the period June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017.

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Pennsylvania Lowers Security Required from Retail Suppliers

The Pennsylvania PUC has lowered the security required from electric generation suppliers after their initial year of service.

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Ohio Staff Recommend Denial of AEP Ohio's Power Purchase Agreement Rider

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The Texas Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to conduct an investigation into the policies and practices of a REP in offering residential consumers a prepaid electric service, alleging that the product, "violates certain PUC customer service protection rules, uses deceptive marketing, and discriminates against customers on the basis of income."

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Official June 1 Price to Compare Posted for Duquesne Light, Confirms 22% Increase

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New Retail Supplier Offering Service at Penelec

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May 19

SHOCK: Connecticut PURA to Return Supplier's Customers to Default Service Over License Non-Renewal

The Connecticut PURA has stated an intention to return the customers of a retail supplier to default service, after the company's supplier license lapsed for over a year.

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North American Power Launches Service in Two New Territories

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New York Direct ESCOs to Begin Using Standard Renewal Notices

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New York Utility Seeks 'Discretion' in Collection of Default Service Reconciliations

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