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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
• Parent of Consumers Energy: Michigan Could Save $150 Million from Ending Choice
• New Roadblock Placed in Calif. Community Choice Aggregation Bill
• New Connecticut Draft Maintains Conclusion That Few Benefits Apparent from Supplier Consolidated Billing
• D.C. Proposes Combining Some Rate Classes for SOS Bidding
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."
A state's to-be-developed natural gas choice comparison website should be promoted by alternative suppliers on certain pre-enrollment marketing materials, and should not include historic supplier price data, according to "primary" recommendations from PSC Staff.
AEP Ohio's sought Power Purchase Agreement Rider amounts to "reregulating" the company's generation, reversing the course of prior PUCO orders, Public Utility Commission of Ohio Staff said in a post-hearing brief in AEP Ohio's electric security plan proceeding.
• Another Developer Announces Investment to Complete New Generation in ERCOT
• GDF SUEZ Joins Group to Accelerate Energy Innovations, Access Commercialization Opportunities
• Another N.J. Town Launches Muni Aggregation
• TXU Reminds Customers of Critical Peak Rebate Program
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have petitioned for a good cause exception to P.U.C. SUBST. R. 23.43, in order to assign the non-volunteer POLR (LSP) responsibility for 2015-16 at Sharyland Utilities, LP.
Gas Natural Inc., the parent of natural gas marketer Energy West Resources and several regulated distribution companies, said that it has rejected "unsolicited and inadequate" offers made by Algonquin Power & Utilities on January 14, March 5 and May 7, 2014 to acquire the company
In comments to FERC, the Office of the People's Counsel for the District of Columbia has raised concerns, "about the influence that a company of the size of the proposed post-merger," Exelon-Pepco Holdings company, "would be able to exert on the PJM Interconnection, LLC ('PJM') stakeholder process."
The City of New York has raised concern with the "aggressive" schedule for the New York PSC's Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, contrasting the case's pace to the deliberate approach the PSC took to a similar fundamental restructuring of the industry, the introduction of competition, and also raised concerns with the lack of focus on customer engagement, and particularly the emphasis on opt-out municipal aggregation as a form of customer engagement.
The Texas Third Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, has affirmed a lower court's ruling and a Public Utility Commission of Texas decision which prohibited the sought use of the AEP brand by an Option 1 Texas retail electric provider, on the grounds that such use would be contrary to statutory prohibitions on utility "joint advertising or promotional activities" with a competitive affiliate.
New York should, "ensure a more stable and least cost default service for residential customers and review current mandates, prior to embarking on the REV [Reforming the Energy Vision] proceeding," AARP, the Public Utility Law Project, and NYPIRG said in a list of "principles" which should guide the PSC's investigation.
• Report: Columbus, OH Committee Favors Opt-Out Aggregation, But Mayor Wants More Study
• With Acquisition, Sunwave Gas & Power Offering Home Comfort/Protection Plans
• Mexican Senate Passes Bill Allowing Competition in Selling Electric Generation to End Users
• NRG Energy Acquires Its First Public Solar Facility in the U.S. Virgin Islands
The Office of People's Counsel should have access, subject to a confidentiality agreement, to confidential materials submitted by retail energy suppliers as part of a generic PSC investigation into marketing practices and customer protections, PSC Staff said.
• Direct Energy Chosen As Supplier By Illinois Aggregation Consortium
• DMN: NextEra Ups Bid for Oncor, TXU/Luminant Would Be Spun Off
• Retail Suppliers Want "Streamlined" RPS Compliance Process in Connecticut
After a holiday-impacted week saw Pennsylvania slip back to a statewide loss in residential electric shopping customers, the FirstEnergy utilities are now again driving statewide growth in residential electric shopping, according to the latest stats from the Pennsylvania PUC.
A settlement resolving a complaint by Odessa-Ector Power Partners L.P. against ERCOT concerning ERCOT's manual overrides of Odessa-Ector Power Partners, L.P.'s High Dispatch Limit (HDL) on November 15, 16, and 20, 2012 calls for resettlement of the disputed intervals.
• More Communities Seeking to Join Southeast Ohio Aggregation Council
• PSNH Customers Again Trickling To Competitors During Spring Months
• NRG Retail Providers Seek to Designate Affiliate to Assume POLR Obligation for New Term
• AEP Texas Files to Lower Discretionary Charges Applicable to REPs
• ComEd Letter to Aggregation Customers Sent in Error
The FirstEnergy Pennsylvania electric distribution companies have filed new tariffed PTCDefault rates with the PUC for the three-month period starting September 1, and the residential Prices to Compare will fall significantly at each.
• Retail Supplier Expanding to New HQ to Support 70% Growth
• NRG Names Hall of Famer Bill Walton As Spokesperson for Home Solar Biz
• Muni Aggregation Gets Only Three Bids For Service (Two Qualifying)
The residential retail electric market at Commonwealth Edison remains "moderately concentrated," but did show marginal improvement in the past year, according to the 2014 annual report from the Illinois Commerce Commission Office of Retail Market Development.
The Commonwealth Edison territory saw the number of residential electric accounts on competitive supply decrease by over 30,000 accounts from the end of April to the end of May, according to updated stats on PlugIn Illinois.
• Sycamore Latest Illinois City to Drop Aggregation Customers to ComEd, Warns on Door-to-Door Sales
• Goldwater: Republicans Should Stand For Energy Choice (Arizona)
• Gov't Report: People Who Claim To Worry About "Climate Change" Use More Electricity
• Release: NRG Announces Carbon Capture-Enhanced Oil Recovery Project
• Pepco Files Report on Supplier Consolidated Billing, Seamless Moves, AMI Data
• ISO-NE Again Needs Winter "Reliability" Program; Costs Again To Be Allocated to Real-Time Load
• Retail Theater: WTNH Speaks With Retail Supplier About Lowering Bill
• Retail Supplier Touts 29 Hours of Free Electricity Under Real-Time Pricing
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued a news release on Friday which, "remind[ed] Pennsylvania residents to be wary of door-to-door solicitors, noting that PUC personnel will never go door to door to target customers."
The Independence Holiday week saw a net decline in the number of residential electric customers on competitive supply in Pennsylvania, ending three consecutive weeks of statewide residential shopping growth.
Starion Energy provided the following statement to our July 11 story concerning a District of Columbia PSC order directing Starion and the People's Counsel to provide a status report on a prior settlement between the parties, given that the PSC has recorded 83 complaints against Starion since the settlement, which addresses various customer marketing issues.
The District of Columbia said in an order yesterday that it is "concern[ed]" about the status of a supplier's current activities in the District, as the PSC has already received in excess of 80 complaints regarding the supplier since adopting a settlement in February that implemented a host of remedial measures to prevent such complaints.
• Conn. Gov. Marks July 1 Start of Retail Electric Customer Bill of Rights
• Lincolnwood Latest Aggregation Dropping Customers to ComEd
• Release: Riverstone Holdings Adds Energy-Focused Credit And Capital Markets Team
A PUC has proposed expanding the rescission period from 3 days to 30 days after the first bill, in a proposed order which would also establish a registration process for retail gas suppliers (core transportation agents, or CTAs).
• Reuters: Navasota Energy to Build Three New Power Plants in Texas
• Aggregation’s Rate Set to Jump 15%
• First FERC Price Formation Workshop to Focus on Uplift, But Will "Preview" Price Cap Debate
• Freedom Energy Working with New Hampshire Town to Buy at Wholesale
The Pennsylvania PUC has issued a tentative order to address the timing differences under the PUC's rules for the issuance of electric contract renewal notices and natural gas renewal notices, which are now no longer aligned as the PUC moved to accelerate electric customer switching.
The Maryland PSC granted a request from NRG Residential Solutions and directed Baltimore Gas & Electric to suppress "enrollment" notices that would otherwise be triggered and sent to customers of Dominion Retail which are being transferred to NRG after NRG purchased the Dominion Retail electric book.
The only barriers to implementing opt-out municipal aggregation in New York are existing Uniform Business Practices wholly within the jurisdiction of the PSC, meaning that the PSC is empowered to authorize opt-out municipal aggregation if it so desires, notes a working group report on the PSC's Reforming the Energy Vision Proceeding.
Spark Energy, in concert with a provider of energy efficiency and control systems for business customers, is now offering customers a mobile-enabled system for controlling their major sources of electricity.
Energy Marketing Conferences has announced 12 retail energy executives highlighting discussions at its upcoming September 8 New York retail energy conference, which will focus on bundling, value-added services, and renewable energy
Connecticut's default service procurement manager has requested that PURA grant the manager expanded authority to allow the manager to direct the utilities to procure an increased amount of self-managed default supplies under certain circumstances.
The Massachusetts DPU's "anticipated policy framework" for time-varying default service rates, "will not produce the savings anticipated by the Department and is likely to increase the cost of electricity to Basic Service customers," Nstar and WMECO said in comments to the DPU.
• School Procurement Consortium Files Complaint Over FirstEnergy Solutions Polar Vortex Surcharge
• TruSmart Energy Offering Customers $50 Incentive for Every 60 Days of Service
• Energy Research Council Says 3 Out of 4 Small C&I Customers Favor Fixed Contracts
• Northeast Utilities: Massachusetts AMI Implementation Would Cost $1 Billion
Consolidated Edison and several ESCOs have filed a stipulation at the New York PSC addressing ESCO complaints concerning alleged underforecasting by ConEd, which led to significantly higher imbalances and cashouts by ESCOs this winter.
• Report: "Loyal" PSNH Customers Pay More, Those Who Switch Offered Lower PSNH Rate (Alternative Default Service)
• Sale of Glacial Energy Awaiting State Regulatory Approvals Before Completion
• New Jersey Mayor Laments "Confusing And Misleading" Opt-Out Aggregation Letter
• Des Plaines, IL Debating Aggregation Referendum
Staff of the Maryland PSC have recommended that the Commission direct Baltimore Gas & Electric to change the language of a customer notice triggered by a change in a customer's electric supplier which currently is written as if the change is a new enrollment, but is still being produced and sent in cases of the assignment of existing customer contracts from one supplier to another.
• Pro-Star Energy Services Receives License in New State
• Energy Choice Solutions Receives Licenses in New State
• It's Electric & Water Receives Licenses in New State
• Better Cost Energy Receives License in New State
Weekly growth in the number of Pennsylvania residential electric customers on competitive supply was nearly 2,300 for the most recent week, but continues to be driven solely by the four FirstEnergy EDCs, with declines in shopping continuing to be recorded at PECO, PPL, and Duquesne Light.
About 4% of PECO residential default service customers solicited by PECO and NRG Retail Solutions for a Time of Use electric generation service pilot accepted the offer, according to a report on the pilot filed by PECO.
• Municipal Officials Concerned Residents "Being Taken Advantage Of" By Non-Aggregation Suppliers
•TNMP Files to Lower Discretionary Service Charges Applicable to REPs
• Attorney General: ComEd Wrongly Asking Customers To Pay For Employee Bonuses
A working group charged with exploring the expansion of budget billing to competitive supply and permanently accelerating the switching timeline also addressed more holistically issues which caused unexpectedly high bills for certain electric customers this winter, prompting the workgroup to discuss remedies including capping variable rates, and the elimination of POR for variable rate products.
• NRG Launches Redesigned Website -- Home Services Prominence Stands Out
• What They’re Saying: USG&E: Polar Vortex Could Lead to Solar Vortex (High Summer Rates)
• What They’re Saying: USG&E: Supreme Court EPA Ruling Could Impact Power Prices (Backdoor Energy Tax)
• PPL Electric Utilities Proposes to Update Electric Meters
FERC on Friday issued a letter order to ISO New England calling ISO-NE's filing of the capacity auction results for 2017-18, "deficient," and directed the ISO to submit more information, with a particular emphasis on mitigation and actions taken to prevent manipulation.
The New York PSC found that opposition from other independent power producers to a sale under which the Danskammer would return to service, "defeat[s] the very purpose of instituting electric wholesale markets in the first instance -- to foster robust competition."
• Chicago Tribune: Pay To Aggregation Consultant Expected To Soar
• Bloomberg: M&A Presents Opportunity for Integrateds to Exchange "Sink or Swim" of Free Markets for "Guaranteed Return[s]"
• Constellation Sells Control and Dispatch Unit
• Texas Lawmaker Warns Against Hedge Funds "Flipping" Energy Future Unit
• ComEd Files to Implement Nonbypassable Rider for Clean Coal Plant Costs
Weekly growth in the number of Pennsylvania residential electric customers on competitive supply was over 1,500 for the most recent week, but continues to be driven solely by the four FirstEnergy EDCs, with declines in shopping continued to be recorded at PECO, PPL, and Duquesne Light.
The New Jersey BPU has announced a process to implement, "interim advertising and marketing standards for electric power suppliers, gas suppliers, brokers, energy agents, marketers, private aggregators, sales representatives, and telemarketers ('interested entities') applicable to potential residential customers," as required by recent legislation (L.2013, c. 263).
Expecting questions about the recently modified electricity agreement negotiated by the City of Chicago and Integrys Energy Services, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the City released a free calculator to help 700,000 households better understand their rates under the municipal aggregation program.
A proposal from Niagara Mohawk to defer reconciliations of default service costs for "two or more months" beyond the normal timeframe, "is ill-considered and unreasonable," the Retail Energy Supply Association said in comments to the New York PSC.
The allegations from two "speculators" in a lawsuit against GDF SUEZ Energy North America, "are an attempt to have this Court reject the design of the ERCOT wholesale power market in Texas and impose an obligation on ERCOT participants under the CEA [Commodity Exchange Act] that has never before been required by any court interpreting the reach of the CEA," GDF SUEZ said in a motion to dismiss the suit.
• Marketwiise Is Your Newest Online Energy Shopping Portal
• Claim: PUC Wants to Turn Up the Heat for Pennsylvania’s Competitive Gas Marketplace
• Energy Platform Developer Names Green Mountain Energy Vet As CFO
Since the Pennsylvania PUC Commission may not regulate the rates charged by electric generation suppliers, the Commission has no jurisdiction over EGSs to the extent that a complainant contends that an EGS has charged it an "unreasonable, unjust or illegal" rate for electric generation service, an ALJ concludes in an initial decision regarding a customer complaint against Blue Pilot Energy, LLC.
eCurv, Inc., which describes itself as a privately held technology firm rolling out a patented means to reduce electricity charges for commercial customers, said that it has closed a $2.5 million Series A round of funding led by Constellation Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Exelon Corporation.
A New York collaborative has filed a report concerning EDI changes directed by the PSC in its recent retail electric market order (click here for background), but asked for an extension on several required changes because the issues remain contested on rehearing, or are being further explored in additional phases of the proceeding.
Electric default service in New York should be served under a "prudent mix" of short- and medium-term procurements, Exelon said in comments to the New York PSC in a proceeding on this winter's price impacts.
Integrys' solar generation business, which is currently part of Integrys Energy Services, is not part of the sale process to divest the retail supply business of Integrys Energy Services prior to Integrys Energy Group being acquired by Wisconsin Energy, Integrys executives said yesterday.
The Pennsylvania PUC yesterday issued a Secretarial Letter to inform licensed electric generation suppliers (EGSs) of the procedure to submit for review by Commission Staff the newly required "EGS Contract Summaries" required by recent PUC order (click here for story).
• Slow Organic Growth in NRG eVgo Prompts Analyst to Speculate Company Could Seek Acquisitions
• County Official Says to Be Leery of Switching Electric Supplier
• Claim: Candidates Suspect Utility APS Influencing Corporation Commission Election
• Author of Bill Ending Opt-Out Aggregation Says Bill Gives Customers Choice
• TriEagle Energy to Supply N.J. Municipal Aggregation
• Keeping Tabs on Google’s Plans for New Screens (Including Smart Thermostats)
• Yet Another Chicago Suburb Ceasing Municipal Aggregation Supply
• Utility Billing Error Snags Aggregation Customers
• SunPower Offering Home Energy Storage Solution
• Bloomberg: Rooftop Solar Leases "Scaring" Buyers When Homeowners Sell
• Follow Gulf Brand Ambassadors to Keep Tabs on Gulf’s Live Promotions
• If You Didn’t Know: StarTex Power Ambassador Program
The Pennsylvania Attorney General and Office of Consumer Advocate have filed complaints at the PUC against five retail electric suppliers, seeking license suspension or revocation, alleging various deceptive practices and other violations of statute and PUC regulations.
The disposition of five complaints brought by the Pennsylvania Attorney General against electric suppliers could end effective retail energy telemarketing in the state if such disposition establishes a precedent for interpretation of the state's Telemarketer Registration Act.
In a serendipitously posted initial decision, a Pennsylvania PUC ALJ would affirm that the PUC lacks jurisdiction to enforce the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, and would dismiss a complaint against a retail electric supplier.
Driven by significant June 1 default service rate increases at several utilities, Pennsylvania has seen its first statewide growth in the number of residential electric shoppers since February of this year.
• Here’s How The Pennsylvania AG Calculated 23¢ As The Competitive Market Rate for Electric Supply
• Of Note: Shipley Energy Acquires Heating Oil/HVAC Service Provider
• Retail Theater: TXU Free Nights Featured on WFAA's Good Morning Texas
The Public Utility Commission of Texas won't conduct further formal proceedings regarding the sharing of customer information by retail electric providers with third parties at this time, instead electing to continue to monitor the issue for potential future action as warranted.
• N.J. Town Moves Forward With Aggregation, Broker Fee Disclosed
• Pennsylvania Borough Selects New Retail Supplier
• NYT Repots on Customer Uptake of Solar Gardens (Ownership of Resource Not Sited At Customer Premise)
• Updated New York Migration Stats Now Posted
• Release: InventivEnergy and NRG Energy Services Partner to Restart Texas Power Plant
• FERC Proposes Changes to Market-Based Rate Regulations, Procedures
The Pennsylvania PUC in a tentative order has proposed requiring electric distribution companies to conduct triennial solicitations informing customers of their ability to opt-out of inclusion on the eligible customer list (ECL) provided to retail suppliers.
National Grid has sought approval from the Massachusetts DPU for approval of a proposed contingency plan for procurement of basic service in the event that a Request For Proposals soliciting bids for basic service is: (1) negatively impacted by a significant market event or (2) receives less than two bids for a transaction.
• PSNH Warns Of High Winter Electric Rates
• FirstEnergy Solutions Offering Discount Dining Dollar Certificate for Web Enrollments
• Still Another Aggregation to Charge Rates in Excess of ComEd
• Pepco, Delmarva File New Bypassable Transmission Rates
In what appears to be an uncommon, if not novel, requirement, a notice to be sent to customers of Hop Energy concerning the assignment of their contracts to Public Power must inform the customers of various regulatory actions taken against Public Power, the Connecticut PURA said in a June 17 letter to Hop Energy.
In another part of a Connecticut PURA response to a draft Hop Energy customer notice informing customers of their assignment to Public Power that should give retail suppliers pause, PURA appears to suggest that PURA must receive advance notice of any agreement to assign customers to another supplier.
PSNH has filed to increase its energy service (default service) electric rate effective July 1; however, the rate is slightly lower than its preliminary estimate of the July rate adjustment filed in May.
• Release: EMRF Study Finds Restructured Electricity Markets Challenged to Ensure Reliability Without Major Changes
• Another Suburban Aggregation Returns to ComEd for Electricity Supply, Warns on Solicitations
• APPA's Sue Kelly: Too Much "Faith-Based" Regulation In Wholesale Electric Power Markets
• DFW TV Station, Reliant Offering Sweepstakes Promoting New Flat Bill Plan
Citing an increase in attrition from utility enrollment notification letters sent to customers being served by a new supplier after the acquisition of a customer book, NRG Residential Solutions has requested that the Maryland PSC direct Baltimore Gas & Electric to cease issuance of such letters in such circumstance, given that no customer enrollment is occurring.
• Police Urge Caution in Dealing with Door-to-Door Energy Sales Agents
• Columbus Dispatch: More Energy Marketers Using Door-To-Door Sales
• Pepco, Delmarva File New SOS Rates
• Dayton Power & Light Seeks to Sell Stake in Power Plant
A state has issued an "anticipated policy framework" for dynamic pricing which would require basic service, or default service, to include a time-based component, and would require EDCs to offer customers two forms of time-based basic service (with traditional flat rate basic service no longer offered).
The New York State Public Service Commission announced that it had given its regulatory approval to repower the Dunkirk power plant, owned by NRG Energy, under a $140 million agreement between National Grid and NRG.
Two Pennsylvania electric distribution companies are now seeing an increase in residential shopping, but most service areas continue to see a decline, according to the June 11 stats on PA Power Switch.
• Funding Restored to San Francisco Community Choice Aggregation Effort
• Compensation Jumps for National Grid Executives
• Release: NRG Completes Collaborative Solar Project to Sell Community Clean Energy to 2,200 Homes
The Illinois Citizens Utility Board and City of Chicago have petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission to investigate the Illinois retail electric market, and the compliance of each certified ARES in Illinois with the Public Utilities Act and the Commission’s Administrative Rules
• Is This What Customers Want? How Smart Meters Can Reveal Behavior at Home
• PUC Reminds Electric Consumers to be "Cautious" of Door-to-Door and Telephone Schemes
• Update: First N.J. County-Wide Municipal Aggregation Approved
• FERC to Seek En Banc Review of Demand Response Ruling
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved an amendment to Duke Energy Ohio's corporate separation plan and tariff to grant Duke flexibility to offer, "additional electric-related services to residential and nonresidential customers."
A Connecticut PURA final decision accepted without modification a $4.5 million settlement between Energy Plus Holdings, LLC and the Connecticut Attorney General and Consumer Counsel to resolve an investigation into the supplier's rates and marketing practices.
NRG Energy's retail suppliers are no longer offering to Northeast U.S. customers an electricity supply offer that includes a bundled Nest Learning thermostat, as NRG said that a provision providing NRG with exclusivity to offer the Nest learning thermostat in all of the competitive residential electricity markets that it serves has expired.
Energy Future Holdings, as parent of TXU Energy, has sought bankruptcy court approval of a settlement agreement which would resolve prior litigation concerning the collection by TXU of certain taxes from non-residential customers, and which would facilitate the refunding of such amounts to customers.
Sharyland Utilities LP issued a market notice to retail electric providers yesterday that it temporarily stopped performing disconnections for non-pay in its areas newly open to choice after it became clear that a "large majority" of the DNP requests related to customer confusion or errors regarding customers with multiple ESI IDs, which may have led customers to switch certain ESI IDs to their chosen REP, but which led to other ESI IDs for the same customers to be assigned to the default REP.
• FirstEnergy Solutions "Polar Vortex" Surcharge Now Showing Up In Commercial Customer Bills
• Aggregation Consortium Warns Of Aggressive Electricity Sales Tactics
• Glen Ellyn Muni Aggregation OKs 50% Electric Rate Hike
• FWIW: Texas Transplant Laments Lack of Electric Choice in Arizona, Cites High Bills
• National Grid, KeySpan Face Federal Suit Over Ex-CEO'S "Money Grab"
• Here Are The Official New Jersey Default Service Rates for June
• Op-Ed in San Francisco Chronicle Calls for Expanding Electric Choice
• Lesson for States? A "Bureaucratic Nightmare" Risks Stifling Innovation In Britain's Energy Market (Product Rules Too Narrow)
• Retail Theater: Energy Rewards by Comcast
Granting El Paso Electric Company a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) for two new, gas-fired, combustion turbine generation units would have no effect on retail competition in EPE's service area, a Texas ALJ would rule in a proposal for decision.
Liberty Utilities (EnergyNorth Natural Gas) Corp. has petitioned the New Hampshire PUC for approval of a transaction under which it would acquire New Hampshire Gas Corporation from Iberdrola USA Enterprises, Inc.
Duquesne Light has sought Pennsylvania PUC approval to start obtaining default service supplies for the period after June 1, 2015 prior to the PUC acceptance of its separately filed default service plan for that period.
Citizens' Electric Company of Lewisburg, PA and Wellsboro Electric Company have filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a proposed default service plan for the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018, which would abandon the current portfolio procurement in favor of load following contracts.
• WSJ: Dynegy Among Bidders for Duke Merchant Plants
• Water Authority Drops FirstEnergy Solutions in Favor of New Supplier
• Green Mountain Offering EV Savings Calculator
• Over There: 51% "Do Not Trust Energy Suppliers"
• Ameren Electric Rate Drop Prompts Some To Question Aggregation
Entering June, as residential customers at most of the seven major Pennsylvania electric utilities will see significant spikes in their default service rates, most utilities are still seeing a decline in the number of residential customers on competitive supply.
The adoption of the brand Continuum Energy for Seminole Energy Services, LLC and its family of companies serves several purposes, including to help the companies stand out in a crowded mass market, and to accommodate further expansion of the services offered by the companies to end-use customers.
A generator would pay $10,000 under a settlement with Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to resolve alleged violations of ERCOT Protocols § 184.108.40.206, related to energy offer curves for RUC-committed resources.
• Liberty Power Now Offering Credit Monitoring, ID Protection, Tech Support Solutions
• What They’re Saying: Constellation: "Why You Should Lock in Natural Gas Rates Now"
• Retail Supplier Expands Office Space
• Connecticut to Examine Treatment of Vermont RECs, Potential Doubling Counting
• Report: Judge Set to OK Loans for TXU Parent
"As part of its ongoing efforts to bolster retail competition and strengthen consumer protection in the state's electric and natural gas markets," the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission appointed H. Kirk House as the Director of its Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO).
Direct Energy Business signed a partnership agreement with BuildingIQ to offer a cloud-based software solution to Direct Energy Business customers to reduce heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) energy costs, and to improve the carbon footprint in commercial buildings.
• Letters from Retail Supplier Concerning End of Opt-Out Aggregation Causing Confusion
• New Hampshire House, Senate Pass Bill on PSNH Divestiture
• Retail Supplier Purchases Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station
• Connecticut Approves Pilot EV Charging Rate at CL&P
Direct Energy Business has entered into an exclusive partnership with Panoramic Power to offer a what it described as a, "quickly deployable and cost effective device-level energy monitoring and analytics solution to Direct Energy Business customers to improve operational efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and provide the necessary visibility into operations and energy consumption needed for demand response commitment."
In a second entry on rehearing, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has again changed the timeline for the required divestiture of DP&L's assets, reversing its finding in an earlier rehearing order that had accelerated the timeline for divestiture.
Last week, the Public Utility Commission of Texas adopted an update to its code of conduct rules governing utilities and competitive affiliates which did not contain any major changes to the existing provisions as sought by certain retail electric providers, (such as a blanket prohibition on shared use of a name or logo).
A Connecticut PURA draft decision would accept a $4.5 million settlement between Energy Plus Holdings, LLC and the Connecticut Attorney General and Consumer Counsel to resolve an investigation into the supplier's rates and marketing practices.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have opposed a retail provider's motion for summary judgment of a complaint concerning additional charges due to the customer's classification under the delivery service tariff.
ISO New England's current capacity market design, "fails to provide adequate incentives for resource performance, thereby threatening reliable operation of the system and forcing consumers to pay for capacity without receiving commensurate reliability benefits," FERC conceded in an order Friday.
• NRG Energy Expands Portable Power Stations to Levitt Pavilion (DFW)
• New Delmarva SOS Rates Posted
• Ameren New SOS Rates Lower Than Some Muni Aggregation Rates
• Retail Theater: PUC Releases Video on How to Shop for New Electric Supplier
A settlement among the Glacial Energy companies, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, EDF Trading North America LLC, and Vantage Commodities Financial Services has been filed in Glacial's bankruptcy case
• Choose Energy Releases Customer-Facing Version of Data Platform
• PSE&G Proposes To Reduce Residential Gas Bills By Nearly 9 Percent This Winter
• Release: TXU Teaches New Homeowners, Recent Grads How to Buy Electricity in Texas
NRG Energy and Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed for Commission approval of an amended voluntary mitigation plan that specifies offering practices that NRG can use when offering its generation resources into the ERCOT real-time and day-ahead energy and ancillary service markets during the term of the agreement and those offering practices will not be considered an abuse of market power
Public Utility Commission of Texas Chair Donna Nelson filed a memo in advance of today's open meeting concerning issues related to prospective transmission system upgrades, ancillary services, and the transmission planning process related to renewable resources, as well as problems that have arisen as part of the CREZ build-out.
The Connecticut PURA said that five retail electric suppliers are not in compliance with the currently effective renewal notice regulations, and opened an investigation of all suppliers' compliance with the renewal rules.
The Connecticut PURA said that it has reason to believe that two retail electric suppliers are not in compliance with the currently effective rules requiring the provision of a written contract to certain customers, and opened an investigation of all suppliers' compliance with the written contract rule.
The Illinois Power Agency, which is charged with procuring default electric service, will hold a workshop on June 5 on issues related to the potential use of full requirements contracts for default service.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved implementation of a nonbypassable rider for certain deferred generation costs at Dayton Power & Light, but denied making additional deferred transmission costs nonbypassable.
• Official & Final Ameren Prices to Compare Now Published
• Texas REP NEC Retail Launches Redesigned Website, Highlights Incentives
• OneRoof Energy Introduces SolarSelect Bundled Residential Electricity in Partnership with Choose Energy
• Electricity Supplier Makes Refunds, Lower Rates To Unhappy Customers
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has disclosed the winning bidders of a May auction for 25% of AEP Ohio's standard service offer (SSO) energy requirements for the delivery period November 2014 through May 2015.
The New York PSC has sought comment on a variety of issues emerging from a technical conference on winter rates, including the hedging practices for default service and the offering of fixed price default service by utilities.
• Report: Competitive Energy Suppliers Lure Customers With Perks
• Official FirstEnergy Pennsylvania Prices to Compare Now Posted
• Infinite Energy Adopts New Logo, Look
• Pennsylvania PUC Announces Website Updates to Educate About Variable Rates
• Another Illinois Village Terminates Aggregation Program
• Retail Theater: IGS Energy Promotes Home Services
• California PUC Issues Draft Decision on Local, Flexible Resource Adequacy Requirements for Retail Suppliers
• On Rehearing, FERC Again Denies Phase-In of New Local Capacity Zone in New York
The Massachusetts DPU has approved an alternative methodology for procuring basic electric service supplies at Nstar and Western Massachusetts Electric Co., after the utilities' solicitation of load following supplies for the third quarter of 2014 failed to attract any bidders.
The Retail Energy Supply Association has slammed a petition from Duke Energy to recover from PJM load about $10 million in unrecovered costs associated with procuring fuel for potential dispatch during January's cold weather.
A draft order from the Connecticut PURA would conclude that there is "little supplier interest" in offering supplier consolidated billing (SCB), and would find that, "there does not appear to be real benefits to ratepayers," from supplier consolidated billing.
While Pennsylvania has ordered the electric distribution companies to include the logo of a customer's electric supplier on utility consolidated bills by June 1, 2015, that logo may not necessarily be in color, under a final order published Friday.
• NY Times Profile of Ethical Electric Includes Customer Count
• Local Official Says Energy Solicitor Giving False Info on Muni Aggregation
• Retail Supplier Providing Free WiFi Thermostat for Customer Referrals
• Capital One Bank Invests $100 Million in SolarCity Fund to Provide Solar Power To Homeowners
• Another New Jersey Town Hears Muni Aggregation Pitch
• TXU Again Sponsoring "Chill Out" At Houston Zoo
The Pennsylvania PUC has extended the deadline by which electric distribution companies must implement programs allowing retail electric suppliers, with customer authorization, to remotely access customer account numbers to facilitate enrollment in environments in which the customer may not have their bill.
A petition by Raiden Commodities to eliminate the current Small-Fish-Swim-Free rule in the ERCOT market was opposed by a diverse group of stakeholders, and of the publicly available comments at publication time, Raiden's petition had no support from any commenting party.
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have provided the Commission with two options concerning a proceeding examining sharing of customer information by Retail Electric Providers (REPs) with third parties
An order initially being hailed by competitive generators concerning demand response should ultimately prove most beneficial to retail suppliers and consumers in reining in FERC's unchecked authority to issue regulations over anything allegedly "affecting" wholesale electric rates.
FirstEnergy Service Company filed a complaint at FERC requesting that the Commission issue an order requiring the removal of all portions of the PJM tariff allowing or requiring PJM to include demand response as suppliers to PJM's capacity markets, with a refund effective date of May 23, 2014
A retail supplier will pay $4.5 million to the State of Connecticut, which will be used for retail market enforcement and education activities, to resolve an investigation into its rates and marketing practices sought by the Connecticut Attorney General and Consumer Counsel, under a settlement revealed yesterday.
• Retail Theater: New IDT Energy Commercial Promoting "Right Choice"
• TXU Energy Says Energy Management Is Key in the Internet of Things
• Luminant Launches Ad Campaign: "Powering Texas" and "Here to Stay"
• Energy Research Council Report Explains How Record-Breaking Demand Affects Electricity Cost
• TXU Parent Bankruptcy Venue Remains Delaware
The Pennsylvania PUC issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to implement a uniform interest rate applicable to over- and under-collections of electric default service costs via reconciliation of automatic adjustment clauses.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) said yesterday that it finalized recommendations that will provide consumers with more information from their electric generation suppliers (EGSs) on their utility bill.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced that the state's Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved regulations recently adopted by the PUC to reform disclosures required by retail electric suppliers, and to accelerate the switching timelines.
Constellation announced that it is now offering heating, cooling, plumbing and water heater solutions to customers in south central Pennsylvania, through Constellation Home, the home services division of Constellation.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has opened an investigation into Commonwealth Edison's current rate design which provides generation supply rate subsidies to non-residential space heat and lighting customers
• NRG Develops Brand for Portable Mobile Device Chargers, Touts New EV Charging, Solar Initiatives At NRG Park
• Catching Up With the "Trend" of Municipal Aggregation in New Jersey
• ERCOT Reports Inadvertent Disclosure of Market Participant's Protected Information
PPL Corporation Chairman and CEO William Spence said during an annual meeting that the company's 2013 results underscore the importance of PPL's strategic realignment of the past several years, so that the vast majority of its earnings now come from regulated utility operations.
An order opening an investigation of FirstEnergy Solutions' use of pass-through clauses to pass-on ancillaries charges to fixed rate customers is not listed on the agenda for today's Pennsylvania PUC public meeting as the agenda appears posted online.
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have recommended "significant" changes to AEP Ohio's proposed purchase of receivables program, in testimony filed in AEP Ohio's electric security plan proceeding.
Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio have proposed changes to the procurement of default service under AEP Ohio's proposed electric security plan covering the period starting June 1, 2015 to address "potential rate volatility."
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."
• Release: TXU Energy Program Helps Cut Business Electricity Spending by $51 Million
• New Retail Provider Posts Pricing for Sharyland Area Newly Moved to Choice
• Michigan Gov. Emphasizes Rate Competitiveness, Not Choice
Niagara Mohawk (National Grid) had petitioned the New York PSC for tariff changes that would provide it with discretion regarding the period over which it must reconcile electric default service costs.
• Worth Noting: AT&T to Buy DirecTV, Analysts See Focus on Non-Video Services (Energy Next?)
• Release: NRG eVgo Launches All-Access Card Good At Multiple charging providers
• Texas REP Promoting Hydropower Plans
• CEO of Texas REP Sues Muni Over Power Plant Details
• Texas Approves Settlement to Set CenterPoint AMS Opt-Out Fee
• ERCOT: Statewide Renewable Energy Production Up By 12 Percent in 2013
Under a preliminary PJM Staff recommendation concerning "reforms" to the capacity market, PJM would allow generators to earn windfall energy market revenues without such revenues being used to offset the compensation required from the capacity market.
PECO saw a net increase of over 300 residential electric shoppers in the most recent week, but the rest of the state is still seeing a decline in residential electric shopping, according to the most recent stats from the PUC