New York ESCO Seeks Extension Of Waiver Period Allowing Sale Of Green Natural Gas Plans In New York Without Being Subject To Pricing Limits
December 13, 2021 Email This Story Copyright 2010-21 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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Family Energy, Inc. has filed a petition at the New York PSC seeking an extension of the limited, one-year waiver granted by the Commission that permitted ESCOs previously offering green gas products to mass market customers to continue to do so without being subject to product pricing restrictions adopted as part of the New York PSC's retail market reset order
See background on the limited waiver allowing the sale of green natural gas products, without being subject to the mass market pricing limits, in our prior story here
The one-year waiver established by the Commission is set to expire on January 25, 2022, Family Energy noted
Quoting the PSC's order, Family Energy said that the Commission’s rationale for granting the limited waiver, "was to minimize customer disruption during the pendency of Track II," of the retail market proceeding, which is examining value-added products that ESCOs are to be allowed to offer in the mass market. Family Energy noted that the PSC had directed that interested parties engage in discussions regarding "green gas" product proposals.
Family Energy said that, "The Track II discussions have not yet progressed to the point that was likely anticipated by the Commission when it granted the green gas product waiver. Two meetings have been held in the Track II proceeding thus far, on August 19, 2021, and December 9, 2021, with the second meeting focused solely on green gas products. The stakeholder discussions on green gas products are expected to continue."
"There is a continued legitimate interest in 'minimizing customer disruption' for those consumers currently purchasing a green gas product and that wish to renew the product," Family Energy said
"An extension of the waiver is reasonable under the circumstances. Sufficient time is needed for the Track II stakeholder process to generate a proposal for Commission consideration, including a notice and comment period. An extension will provide existing consumers with a continued, uninterrupted opportunity to receive the green gas product. Likewise, it will allow Family Energy the opportunity to continue to meet this consumer demand," ," Family Energy said