RetailOPCO of Texas to Change Name to Entrust Energy RetailOPCO of Texas, Inc., the
newly certified retail electric provider led by several principals of Australian
Power & Gas (12/2), has filed at the PUCT to change its certified name to Entrust
Md. OPC Raises Concern on Maryland Gas & Electric Trade Name The Maryland Office of
People's Counsel has asked that the PSC require that Energy Services Providers, Inc.
and U.S. Gas & Electric, Inc. be required to conduct their business in Maryland under
separate and distinct trade names, or in the alternative, clearly indicate on all
materials that "Maryland Gas & Electric" is a trade name used by U.S. Gas & Electric.
U.S. Gas & Electric holds a Maryland natural gas supplier license with authority
to use the trade name Maryland Gas & Electric, and its subsidiary, Energy Services
Providers, Inc., is seeking an electric supplier license with the trade name Maryland
Gas & Electric (11/11). OPC said that it believes that Energy Services Providers'
use of the name Maryland Gas & Electric may cause confusion among Maryland customers,
though OPC did not elaborate on the cause of any confusion, though in its comments
it can be inferred that the confusion may stem from two legally distinct (although
affiliated) companies using the same trade name. The PSC will consider Energy Services
Providers' electric application at its meeting tomorrow.
TWP Energy Seeks Pa. Gas Supplier License TWP Energy, LLC applied for a Pennsylvania
natural gas supplier license to serve commercial customers using 6,000
Mcf or more annually and industrial customers at affiliate T. W. Phillips Gas and
Oil Co. TWP Energy, LLC's parent, T.W. Phillips Energy Corp., already holds a gas
supplier license to serve retail customers in Pennsylvania.
GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA Seeks Ontario Wholesale Licence GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing
NA, Inc. has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for an electricity wholesaler licence.
Industry Estimates 10% Consumer Interest in Prepay, DEFG Survey Finds Industry stakeholders
estimate that 10% of a retail load serving entity's customer base are interested
in prepaid service, according to a survey of some 600 industry professionals in competitive
and vertically integrated markets by Distributed Energy Financial Group. The survey
found that 37% of respondents stated that more than 10% of typical utility consumers
would be interested in prepay, while nearly 30% stated that less than 5% of consumers
would be interested in prepay, resulting in a weighted average of just under 10%
for estimated customer interest in prepay. Additional survey results can be found
on DEFG's website.