EDF Trading North America Receives Maryland
Gas License The Maryland PSC granted EDF Trading North America, LLC a natural gas
supplier license to serve industrial customers at Baltimore Gas & Electric.
Bmark Energy Receives Maryland Broker License The Maryland PSC granted Bmark Energy an electric
broker license to serve all customer classes in all service areas (Only in Matters,
Interstate Gas Supply in Process of Becoming Approved Supplier at BGE In response
to a question from Maryland PSC Chairman Douglas Nazarian of whether it is serving
residential customers in Maryland, Interstate Gas Supply said yesterday that it is
not offering residential service at the moment, but is currently in the process of
becoming an approved supplier at Baltimore Gas & Electric. As only noted in Matters,
IGS Energy received its Maryland gas supplier license in June.
PUCT Approves Order Dismissing Gexa Variable Rate Complaint The PUCT approved an order
of dismissal regarding a complaint case (Docket 37569) against Gexa Energy concerning
whether Gexa was under an obligation to lower its variable retail rates contemporaneously
with decreases in wholesale prices. Under a settlement Gexa has paid the customer
an amount representing the maximum difference between costs under what Gexa charged
and what the customer alleged should have been charged (just under $1,000), though
the settlement did not make any finding of what Gexa's obligations were under the
contract. Had the case been fully litigated, it would have addressed an issue of
market-wide interest, since the complainant's argument was that the fair dealing
provision of the Uniform Commercial Code, which the Gexa contract incorporated into
its terms of service, set an industry standard for variable retail rates to adjust
contemporaneously with wholesale prices, even though the Gexa contract never explicitly
provided for such a relationship (see discussion in 3/4/10 issue).
South Portland, Maine, Weighing Self-Supplying Load, Offering Service to Residents The city of South Portland, Maine, in the Central Maine Power service area is considering forming a competitive retail supplier to directly supply municipal loads as well as residential and small commercial customers with power purchased directly from the NEPOOL market. The city this week has sent mailers to customers gauging interest in the entity, as the city is seeking to meet a minimal load threshold before moving forward with creating the supplier. Estimated savings under the program are 10-15%, according to Erik Carson, Assistant City Manager. Currently, municipal loads are brokered by Maine Power Options.
PUCT Staff Files Brief Opposing Waiver of Subst. R. 25.107(f) PUCT Staff filed a brief
affirming its position that the Commission should deny Clearview Electric's requested
waiver of the financial requirements of Subst. R. 25.107(f) due to its small ERCOT
book of only about 60 customers (see earlier story). Briefs were due September 29,
and though the Commission invited comment from any interested party, Staff's brief
was the only one available on the PUCT's docketing site this morning (Docket 38446).
"If the Commission were to grant a blanket waiver of the requirements of §25.107(f)
for REPs with limited load or few customers the Commission would remove important
financial safeguards for the customers of the REPs that qualified for the waiver
as well as for affected TDUs and other REPs" Staff said.
Fire Fly Electricity Seeks to Relinquish REP Certificate Fire Fly Electricity, LLC,
which forfeited its existence in 2008, filed to relinquish its REP certificate at
the PUCT. PUCT Staff had previously moved to revoke Fire Fly's certificate for alleged
non-compliance with the certification rules under Subst. R. 25.107.
Utilities Saving Services Withdraws Texas Aggregator License Texas aggregator Utilities
Saving Services LLC filed to withdraw its aggregator certificate, stating that it
has never aggregated customers.
PUCT Issues Written Deferred Payment Plan Order The PUCT has issued a written order
in Docket 36131 adopting amendments to Subst. R. §§25.454, 25.480, and 25.483, concerning
deferred payment plans, switch holds, and related issues. The new rules were approved
at the Sept. 15 open meeting (see prior discussion when voted upon).
ICC Forms Plug-In Vehicle Initiative The Illinois Commerce Commission announced a
Plug-In Vehicle Initiative, co-chaired by Acting Chairman Manuel Flores and Commissioner
Erin O'Connell-Diaz. Utilities were directed to prepare an assessment of the expected
impact of the first wave of plug-in vehicle deployments. The initiative will establish
stakeholder working groups to discuss key issues and develop standards and/or best
practices for Plug-in Vehicle deployment.
Portland General Electric Withdraws Requested Waiver from Competitive Bidding Rules Portland
General Electric has withdrawn a petition requesting a one-time waiver of the Oregon
Public Utility Commission's competitive bidding guidelines for new energy resources.
PGE had requested the waiver to expedite consideration of a time-sensitive agreement
with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. for PGE's acquisition of the development
rights assets for the Rock Creek Wind Farm in Gilliam County, Oregon. However, new
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations may require developers to conduct additional
studies regarding impacts on avian species, making the contemplated transaction timeline
unworkable and thus precluding the need for a waiver.