As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday, the New York PSC adopted several customer protections and rules governing the marketing and sale of distributed energy resources (DER), via a set of uniform business practices, and a final order posted by the PSC provides further details regarding the new rules
The PSC adopted the draft orders discussed below without modification with respect to Just Energy New York Corporation, National Fuel Resources, Inc., and Zone One Energy, LLC, granting these ESCOs a waiver to serve APP customers with a GSP product under the terms described below
The PSC adopted an order to "clarif[y]" that the prohibition on ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, except where the customer is guaranteed savings versus default service, extends to opt-out municipal aggregations
The Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement of the Pennsylvania PUC has urged, in a brief, the PUC to reject PECO's proposed prepaid electricity (and dual fuel) program, with I&E stating that the proposed pilot is inconsistent with certain statutory customer protections
The National Energy Marketers Association next week will host Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison, Nevada Assemblyman Chris Brooks, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, and a variety of other policymakers and retail energy thought leaders as NEM hosts an examination and symposium on opening western retail energy markets
A Texas ALJ in a proposal for decision would conclude that AEP Texas' application to install two battery storage facilities on its distribution grid would not constitute a competitive service nor would it constitute utility ownership of generation, and the ALJ recommends approval of AEP Texas' application. However, while the ALJ found, "no insurmountable statutory or regulatory prohibitions," that would foreclose approval of the application, the ALJ said that many of the issues are one of policy, and the Commission may itself determine that policy considerations do not favor approval of the application as proposed.
A study performed by the Brattle Group, sponsored by First Solar Inc., Vistra Energy Corp., and the Wind Coalition, says that implementing marginal losses in ERCOT would result in only 0.13% in production cost savings, while reducing generator net revenues
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) formally opened Docket No. 17-10001 to investigate issues of public importance regarding the pending Energy Choice Initiative and the possible restructuring of Nevada's energy industry.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has accepted the results of FirstEnergy EDCs’ wholesale default service auction that will ultimately determine its standard service offer through May 2021.
The Michigan PSC issued an order in Case No. U-18444 opening a contested case proceeding for determining the process and requirements for a forward locational requirement for generation resources used to meet electric capacity obligations under Section 6w of 2016 PA 341 (Act 341).
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today adopted final orders which approve an asset swap among Oncor and Sharyland Utilities that will see the Sharyland Utilities distribution assets (and retail customers) become part of Oncor, and under which a system-wide tariff will apply at Oncor, including to customers in the territories acquired from Sharyland
FirstEnergy Service Company ("Service Company"), filed a petition at FERC requesting that the Commission waive specified portions of 18 C.F.R. §§ 35.39 and any other rules and regulations as may be necessary, to allow Service Company to establish a centralized RTO interface services group to provide services to certain franchised public utilities and market-regulated power sales affiliates within the FirstEnergy Corp. holding company system ("FirstEnergy")
In comments on the Illinois Power Agency's 2018 default service procurement plan, Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission have recommended granting the IPA additional flexibility to procure more than the targeted amount of capacity at Ameren in a spring procurement event if lower prices would make such additional purchases beneficial
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's evidentiary proceeding reviewing the retail energy mass markets have further pushed back the dates for the hearings in the case, as a result of granting parties more time to file rebuttal testimony
In Sempra Energy's application before the Texas PUC to acquire Oncor, Sempra has offered several regulatory commitments related to the retail market, including proposed bill credits resulting from certain savings.
Several Texas low-income and other consumer groups petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to adopt enhanced customer protections for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and to require REPs to offer such protections, to be in place for one year after adoption of the rule.
Sempra Energy announced a revised agreement to acquire Energy Future Holdings, and thus Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, which includes a new financing structure, under which Sempra Energy proposes to now acquire 100 percent of EFH at the close of the transaction with no third-party equity investors or EFH debt.
Calpine Corporation announced the expiration of the 45-day "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced definitive agreement under which Energy Capital Partners (ECP) along with a consortium of investors led by Access Industries and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will acquire Calpine.
The New York PSC has granted Consolidated Edison and Orange and Rockland Utilities a further extension of time to implement EDI changes necessary to accommodate ESCO bill credits to Assistance Program Participant (APP) customers
In comments on the Hogan-Pope whitepaper on price formation issues in ERCOT's energy market, the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) again advocated for allowing demand response providers in ERCOT to be able to participate in the market without taking on the obligation of being a QSE for a customer's entire load (e.g. their REP or LSE)
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on September 28 submitted a directive to FERC to consider adopting rules which would provide non-market compensation to certain generating units, such as coal and nuclear plants.
In comments on the Hogan-Pope whitepaper on price formation issues in ERCOT's energy market, South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. said that, to the extent marginal loss pricing is adopted, retail electric providers should be compelled to pass-through any marginal loss surplus to their customers
Commenting on a whitepaper on price formation issues in the ERCOT market commissioned by NRG and Calpine, Vistra Energy said that rather than addressing the drivers of low energy prices in ERCOT, the proposals from the NRG/Calpine whitepaper would not address such drivers and instead the proposals champion, "significant market changes," to the, "benefit of generators in and around Houston."
The Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday adopted an order extending the requirement for Retail Electric Providers (REPs) to offer deferred payment plans to customers upon request in areas covered by Governor Abbott's disaster declarations as contemplated by P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.480(j)(1)(B)
During a discussion concerning a stipulation and proposed order in an Oncor rate case, which is linked to a global stipulation for Oncor to acquire the Sharyland Utilities distribution service areas, Commissioners of the Public Utility Commission of Texas agreed to include a provision which will require retail electric providers to pass-through the savings from the lower Oncor rates (as Sharyland customers will be served under system-wide Oncor rates) to retail customers.
A Texas REP would would pay $40,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve its alleged violation of 16 Tex. Admin. Code§§ 25.480(m) and (j)(8) (TAC), concerning removal of switch-holds
A PUC issued an order staying its prior guidance that all residential electric contracts shall be labeled as a "fixed", "variable", or "introductory" rate, as the PUC said that the issue should be addressed in a rulemaking rather than through piecemeal orders.
In a memo concerning a stipulation and proposed order governing Oncor's proposed acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, DeAnn Walker, the new chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, stated that she had "questions" concerning the PUCT's ability to issue a requirement that retail electric providers pass-through to their retail customers any savings from the movement of Sharyland customers to the Oncor tariff
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has prepared, for the PUCT's consideration, a draft order which would extend the requirement for Retail Electric Providers (REPs) to offer deferred payment plans to customers upon request in areas covered by Governor Abbott's disaster declarations as contemplated by P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.480(j)(1)(B)
In a memo concerning a stipulation and proposed order governing Oncor's proposed acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, DeAnn Walker, the new chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, stated that she has questions whether current Oncor customers should be required to pay for the deployment of advanced meters at the former Sharyland Utilities service areas proposed to be acquired by Oncor
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued an order granting AEP Ohio interim relief for the company to procure a portion of default service supplies for the period beginning June 1, 2018, in the manner proposed in a pending electric security plan stipulation, prior to a final order on the overall ESP proceeding
The Maryland PSC granted a petition filed by Direct Energy Business Marketing LLC and clarified that environmental notice disclosure reports that are required to be provided to customers under Commission Order No. 76241 in Case No. 87381 can be satisfied by use of electronic mail.
Texas ROSE (Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy) and Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) filed comments with the Texas PUC opposing the elimination of several customer protections currently in the substantive rules for customers who were eligible for the prior Lite-Up Texas discount program (funded by the defunct System Benefit Fund)
The New York PSC moved to dismiss which had been filed in federal court by a low-income ESCO customer against the PSC concerning the PSC's order prohibiting ESCOs from serving assistance program participant (APP) customers, as the PSC said that the federal court lacks jurisdiction, and that collateral estoppel bars the suit's claims
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) moved to stay the Maryland PSC's consideration of a proposed prepay pilot program at Baltimore Gas & Electric pending a review of a petition from several suppliers to implement supplier consolidated billing (SCB)
Facebook has switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s (PCE) ECO100 option, which is an option 100% renewable energy product for participants in the PCE community choice aggregation
In a list of issues filed in the Texas PUC docket reviewing Lubbock Power & Light's petition to join ERCOT, the Alliance for Retail Markets included the following issues as issues to be considered in the case:
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, The O.E. Group asked the New York PSC to authorize a model under which brokers could enter into contracts with customers under which the brokers could select, on the customer's behalf, an ESCO, and be able to switch the customer to such ESCO without requiring additional customer consent (apart from the earlier broker-customer contract) to the specific ESCO product
ERCOT will host a third informational workshop on the proposed Mass Transition of Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) ESI IDs from Sharyland Utilities to Oncor Electric Delivery Company.
The Maryland PSC is seeking comments on a petition from NRG Energy, Inc., Interstate Gas Supply, Inc., Just Energy Group, Inc., Direct Energy Services, LLC, and ENGIE Resources LLC to institute supplier consolidated billing for electricity and natural gas
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Direct Energy, through its witness John Hanger (former Pa. PUC Commissioner), proposed several retail energy market changes. While not the company's preferred solution, Direct Energy said that if the PSC feels intervention in the market is necessary with respect to variable rates, the Commission could impose, for a trial period, "guardrails" that limit how much a variable rate can increase in any one month.
As part of a series of proposed market reforms contained in its testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, a witness for the Retail Energy Supply Association proposed that New York implement a purchase of receivables (POR) "clawback" to prevent against, " distasteful business practices."
Ambit Energy announced a new free nights plan for Texas residential customers, plus a new plan providing a bill credit for higher usage customers and a new plan with tiered pricing for various usage levels
As part of a series of proposed market reforms contained in its testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, a witness for the Retail Energy Supply Association proposed that, as part of strengthened ESCO eligibility requirements, the PSC should "review" an ESCO's ability to offer energy-related value-added products and services
New York's current market structure favors utilities over ESCOs and direct customers, and any prohibition on mass market sales by ESCOs is premature until such inequities are fixed, the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) said in testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets
ESCOs have saved New Yorkers, across all customer classes, over $10 billion over the last 16 years, the National Energy Marketers Association said in testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets
In response to a request from the Texas PUC's Director of Docket Management, Oncor has clarified two issues related to language, proposed to be part of an order approving Oncor's acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, that is intended to ensure that Oncor's rates are passed through to customers served by Sharyland Utilities who will become Oncor customers after the Sharyland Transaction closes.
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Staff of the New York Department of Public Service recommended that the PSC prohibit ESCO sales to mass market customers except where there is a guaranteed savings versus default service, where there is a "value-added" 100% renewable product (for electricity only), or where such sales occur through a municipal aggregation for a not-for-profit municipally owned or not-for-profit ESCO.
In testimony in the New York PSC's evidentiary review of the retail energy mass markets, Direct Energy presented an analysis showing that New Yorkers could have saved $18 billion by shopping for an ESCO from 2011-2016
The New York Attorney General and New York Utility Intervention Unit filed joint testimony in the New York PSC's retail energy mass market review proceeding seeking an "immediate" prohibition on ESCO service to mass market customers
The Michigan PSC, in an order on the capacity demonstration process, ruled that LSEs, including retail suppliers, will not need to meet a locational capacity requirement for the period 2018-2021, but opened a new proceeding to determine the allocation of the forward locational requirement starting in 2022
As first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com yesterday, the New York PSC adopted an order extending the deadline for implementation of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to low-income customers and the requirement to return assistance program participant (APP) customers to default service, and which requires utilities to provide updated lists of APP customers to ESCOs
The presiding ALJs in the New York PSC's review of the retail energy mass markets have issued a ruling authorizing limited updates to parties' initial testimony, as a result of their ruling on sanctions sought by the Public Utility Law Project against Robison Energy LLC and Agway Energy Services LLC, with the updated testimony limited to issues related to information contained in discovery responses filed by the two ESCOs after the ALJs ruled on the motion for sanctions
The Texas PUC's Director of Docket Management has requested that parties clarify two issues related to language, proposed to be part of an order approving Oncor's acquisition of Sharyland Utilities, that is intended to ensures that Oncor's rates are passed through to customers served by Sharyland Utilities who will become Oncor customers after the Sharyland Transaction closes.
The New York PSC today adopted an order which Staff described as being more "generous" to ESCOs with regards to the deadline for implementation of the PSC's prohibition on ESCO service to low-income customers and the requirement to return assistance program participant (APP) customers to default service
The Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) largely approved revisions to the retail electricity marketing rules as approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in a second notice, but ordered several key revisions, including the elimination of double verification for in-person sales, according to the Citizens Utility Board which issued a statement on JCAR's actions
Oncor, in a proposal supported by several retail electric providers, has proposed changes to the proposed order that would approve Oncor's acquisition of the Sharyland Utilities territories -- transitioning such customers to Oncor's delivery tariff -- to ensure that retail customers, particularly those on "bundled" products, receive the benefits of the lower Oncor delivery rates
In a September 12 filing, New York Department of Public Service Staff disagreed with requests filed by several ESCOs, who had objected to Staff's interpretation that the process for returning Assistance Program Participant customers to utility supply should commence on September 25, and further said that the process should proceed based on the information already provided by the utilities (rather than updated lists sought by ESCOs)
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio scheduled a workshop concerning the periodic five-year review of Ohio Adm.Code Chapter 4901:1-19, which contains the rules regarding alternative rate plans (merchant function exit, etc.)
The Coalition of Renewable Energy Users and Developers (CORE) requested that the New York PSC fast track the treatment of a billing issue associated with implementation of the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) for C&I customers purchasing supply from an ESCO
A scrivener's error led to the erroneous inclusion of language in proposed changes to the retail electric market rules that would include distributed generation provider under the definition of, "energy supplier," a PSC said in an order last week
Several ESCOs filed individual requests with the New York PSC on Friday asking that the PSC direct the utilities to send updated lists of assistance program participant (APP) customers prior to starting the process of ending service to such customers, ans also sought more time so they may comply with applicable UBP requirements for customer notice of such drops
A New York Appellate Division court denied a request from the National Energy Marketers Association and several ESCOs to stay (pending consideration of the merits of an appeal) the New York PSC's order generally prohibiting ESCO service to assistance program participant (APP) customers, and with such Appellate Division order denying a stay, the temporary restraining order on implementation of the order has expired.
A group of retail suppliers have petitioned the Maryland PSC to issue an order that mandates the implementation of Supplier Consolidated Billing (SCB) as a billing option available to customers of competitive licensed retail electricity and natural gas suppliers by June 30, 2019
Texas State Rep. Chris Paddie, who sits on the State Affairs committee and sponsored SB 1976, which allows the Public Utility Commission of Texas, upon the request and funding by REPs, to develop a list of low-income electric customers, said in a letter to the PUCT that SB 1976 was not intended to mandate that REPs be compelled to use the list to continue providing the various low-income protections on an unreimbursed basis
Several large C&I customers have formed the Advanced Energy Buyers Group, described as, "a collection of large energy users seeking to expand access to energy that is secure, clean, and affordable," with the goal of, "elevating the voice of advanced energy purchasers on policy issues that impact access to advanced energy."
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a memo stating that retail electric providers should prioritize customer assistance and dedicate their focus on customers displaced or impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and to facilitate such focus, and that the PUCT will therefore exercise its enforcement discretion with respect to certain other timelines and obligations otherwise required under the substantive rules for non-prioritized matters.
A proposed order from a Maryland Public Utility Law Judge would determine the components for the bypassable SOS admin. charge at Pepco and Delmarva, and would result in a reduction in the charge versus the current charge.
At the order of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric said in an updated September 4 market notice that it is turning off power to approximately 2,700 residential premises included in the Mayor’s mandatory evacuation order (south of Interstate 10, west of Gessner Road, north of Briar Forest Drive and east of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs).
The executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a memo stating that, in order to allow electric TDUs to prioritize service orders related to utility restoration, outages, reconnection, and de-energized move-ins, the PUCT is exercising its enforcement discretion related to various timelines that would otherwise be required for completion of routine service orders under the substantive rules and standard tariff for delivery service
Sharyland Utilities said in a September 1 market notice that transitory fuel supplier issues that had prompted the suspension of service orders, except for Outage orders, Reconnect for Non-pays, and De-energized Residential Move-Ins, have been resolved and Sharyland has resumed normal processing of Service Orders.
A draft order to be considered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas at today's open meeting would require retail electric providers to offer deferred payment plans to customers, upon request, in an area covered by a disaster declaration
In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor of Texas granted a request from the Public Utility Commission of Texas to suspend several provisions of the Texas Administrative Code in order to allow AEP Texas to provide electric generation service to the community of Holiday Beach and surrounding areas served off the Tatton Substation, until such time that the electric transmission, substation, transformers, and other associated equipment is rebuilt.
NRG said in a PUCT filing, concerning customer assistance provided in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, that its Texas retail electric providers will, "halt disconnect notices through September 30th for customers in affected areas."
In a filing with the New York PSC responding to a motion for sanctions filed by the Public Utility Law Project due to an alleged failure to abide by a discovery order, Robison Energy LLC called PULP's motion, "petty," and sought denial of the motion, reporting that it acted in good faith with respect to PULP's discovery requests and filed a supplemental response on August 25.
In a filing with the New York PSC responding to a motion for sanctions filed by the Public Utility Law Project due to an alleged failure to abide by a discovery order, Agway Energy Services said that it was "confused" by PULP's request and said that it is in full compliance with the relevant PSC order
A settlement signed by numerous parties in AEP Ohio's electric security plan proceeding would affirm AEP Ohio's authorization, from a prior PUCO order, to develop new renewable generation, but would add the ability for AEP Ohio to enter into a contract (known as a reasonable arrangement) with a retail customer for such new generation
The Retail Energy Supply Association issued an analysis finding that many competitive retail electric supply offers listed on the state's Empower RI website are priced below the 53% National Grid default service rate hike which will take effect in October
A lawsuit, seeking class-action status, has been filed in federal court by a low-income ESCO customer against the New York State Public Service Commission concerning the PSC's order prohibiting ESCOs from serving assistance program participant (APP) customers
The workgroup leaders in a Maryland PSC rate design proceeding (PC44) have filed proposals for two pilot programs to offer customers Time of Use rates -- one of which relies on a retail supplier to offer dynamic supply prices, and another designed for SOS customers that would offer TOU rates for delivery service only.
Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson sent a letter to Oncor CEO Robert Shapard inviting Shapard, as well as Oncor's Chairman of the Board, Jim Adams, or another board member, to attend the PUC's August 31 open meeting to discuss various issues related to Oncor's proposed change-in-control and current financial conditions
The Michigan PSC approved one of the options proposed by Consumers Energy under its Voluntary Large Customer Renewable Energy Pilot Program (VLC), which will offer large businesses the opportunity to purchase 100 percent renewable energy.
A regulator has issued for comment several proposed changes to the state's retail electricity shopping website and rate board, and in doing so noted that it has changed the default view of offers listed on the site
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed recommended fees to be allocated to retail electric providers and other companies to cover the cost of broadcasting PUCT meetings online for FY 2018.
Commissioners of the Public Utility Commission of Texas yesterday agreed to hold a second workshop, to be held in October, concerning its project examining potential enhancements to improve the efficiency of the ERCOT energy-only market, including price formation issues
AEP Texas, Inc., as the successor in interest to AEP Texas Central Company, would pay $20,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of 16 Tex. Admin. Code (TAC) § 25.214(c), relating to Transmission and Distribution Utility Tariffs, and specifically tariff provisions governing the use of estimated meter reads