TXU Launches Interactive, Personalized Web Tool on Energy Conservation
TXU has launched an interactive tool on its website that provides visitors with personalized tips to save energy. Branded the "Brighten Personal Energy Advisor," the tool is available to both customers and non-customers, though TXU customers can save recommended tips and plans to save energy. The Brighten brand, which TXU uses for its energy efficient and smart energy solutions, is also the brand that parent Energy Future Holdings has chosen for its new Pennsylvania electric supplier which is to start service later this year (see 11/18). Visitors using the Personal Energy Advisor enter some information about their energy habits and household details (size of home, number of thermostats, age of HVAC and appliances) and the tool develops custom recommendations to save energy based on the user inputs. The tool does not rely on any usage data from the customer meter. Recommendations are provided in the form of online tips and how-to videos that help visitors avoid wasting energy via things like air leaks, faulty thermostats, insufficient insulation, water heater settings, HVAC inefficiency and more.
Pa. PUC Issues Written FirstEnergy Merger Order, Retail Market Rulemaking Still Outstanding
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a final written order regarding its approval of the merger of FirstEnergy Corp. and Allegheny Energy, but the order only restates that the Commission will open in a separate proceeding a statewide rulemaking regarding retail electric markets, and default service structure in particular (A-2010-2176520). Such a rulemaking has not yet been issued. The written order also only states that FirstEnergy should "address" supplier concerns with respect to several previously enumerated issues, including PLC factors, EDI Advance Notice of Drop, account changes which prompt a change in account number and interruption in competitive supply, and the requirement to take default service for a period prior to competitive supply. See 2/25 story for conditions imposed on the merger, added detail on retail market rulemaking