A California PUC ALJ has issued a proposed decision concerning a review of expanding electricity direct access which would find that, "the
Commission concludes that at this time, expansion of Direct Access to all
non-residential customers would present an unacceptable risk to the state’s long-term
Several New York utilities have entered into a rate case joint proposal which includes an agreement for the LDCs not to implement a proposed green natural gas supply tariff for utility supply customers through March 31, 2023.
In response to a request from District of Columbia PSC Chairman Willie L. Phillips, the PJM Independent Market Monitor analyzed the impacts of the
creation of Fixed Resource Requirement (FRR) entities in the District of Columbia (DC).
FRR entities elect to not participate in the PJM Capacity Market and to use the FRR
option to satisfy their capacity obligations
In a letter to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the CEO of a REP requested that the PUC end the moratorium on disconnections for non-pay which was adopted in the aftermath of the February winter weather event, arguing that the viability of the retail market is threatened by the ongoing moratorium
An Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) is advising small businesses, multi-dwelling residential, and institutional property owners to review and assess their competitive energy service contracts for terms, conditions, requirements, and consumer protections
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, has announced the successful implementation of renewable energy leader Community Energy’s billing and EDI services for its utility clean energy programs.
Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC filed a petition with the Public Utility Commission of Texas requesting that the PUC grant a good-cause exception to the October 2021 deadline under 16 Tex. Admin. Code ("TAC") § 25.247, and a prior Commission order, for Oncor to file its comprehensive base-rate review by October 1, 2021.
The Pennsylvania PUC last week issued an order providing the Commission’s interpretation as well as implementation of Sections 10 and 14 of Act 114 of 2020, which includes geographical limits on energy resources that qualify as Tier II resources under the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act, and the ability of retail suppliers to grandfather existing contracts for RECs
The Pennsylvania PUC last week voted to issue a tentative order that would grant an electric generation supplier license to Enerwise Global Technologies, LLC d/b/a CPower (Enerwise, Company, or Applicant) for the purpose of allowing CPower to obtain utility data concerning its customers to verify customer performance in demand response programs and assist customers in analyzing their usage and capabilities
NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy filed with the Massachusetts DPU new basic service electricity rates for its Western Massachusetts service territory (WMA), formerly WMECO, for the period beginning July 1, 2021
Octopus Energy US formally announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the residential customer book of Texas retail electric provider Brilliant Energy LLC, which had been exclusively first reported by EnergyChoiceMatters.com on May 5
Exelon Generation Company, LLC and Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. sought, in Travis County, Texas, district court, judicial review of the Texas PUC's order dated February 21, 2021 which Exelon said, "removed the monthly cap on default amounts that can be uplifted onto ERCOT market participants
in the event of market default (the 'Uplift Rule')"
The Texas House has passed HB 4492 which would create a mechanism for the Public Utility Commission of Texas to authorize the securitization of ERCOT market uplift charges related to the winter weather event
The Pennsylvania PUC today issued a tentative order in which the PUC sought comment on a timeline for further modifying or lifting the PUC's March 16, 2020 Emergency Order which generally prohibits in-person marketing of retail energy, except for certain sales channels as previously reported
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said today that it is anticipating record-breaking electric demand this summer due to expected hot and dry conditions and continued economic and population growth throughout the region.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today voted to issue a proposal for publication that would change the ERCOT scarcity pricing rule to eliminate the 50-times fuel index price provision in the ERCOT market low system-wide offer cap (LCAP), such that the LCAP would be $2,000 per MWh and $2,000 per MW per hour
The Texas Senate has passed a resolution (S.R. No. 342) which, "urge[s] the Public Utility Commission of Texas
to significantly reduce the high system-wide offer cap and
evaluate changes to the market structure."
Last week, the Texas Senate passed a bill which, among other things, includes new disconnection protections for customers of retail electric providers, including expansion of the conditions under which disconnections are prohibited, and other customer rights concerning the disconnection process and related service.
Baltimore Gas & Electric has filed new residential and Type I SOS rates for the period beginning October 1, 2021, new Type II rates for the three-month period beginning June 1, 2021, and new bypassable SOS admin. charges, to be effective June 1, 2021 (impacting the previously set summer 2021 SOS rates)
Talen Energy Corporation ("Talen" or "the company") announced today that, as part of its strategic transformation to a "renewable energy and digital infrastructure growth platform," the company is developing one gigawatt of stand-alone battery storage projects across its U.S. footprint.
The Texas Senate has passed an amended version of the House bill (HB 16), banning wholesale pass-through electric products, and the Senate version includes a new mandate that retail electric providers must serve customers, who do not make an affirmative choice at the time of renewal, under a standard "default" product, until such time that the customer makes an affirmative choice
During a call earlier this week updating investors on the impact to Vistra from the ERCOT winter weather event (see story here), Vistra's chief executive officer Curt Morgan said that the company is "absolutely" interested in opportunistic retail growth
In reporting increased first quarter earnings at the corporate level and its utilities segment (which includes its retail energy marketing business), AltaGas Ltd. cited as a driver for the improvement strong performance in WGL's Retail Energy Marketing business driven by ...
The City of Boston has filed a letter directed to Massachusetts DPU Chair Matthew Nelson requesting that Nelson withdraw a December letter which directed the City to stop marketing the discount Boston is working to offer to low-income (R-2) customers in its op-out municipal aggregation, using SMART Incentive payments, as the City said that the DPU's cease and desist letter, "interferes with the City’s clear right and responsibility to set rates for the Boston Community Choice Electricity program ('Program') in an equitable manner."
OhmConnect, which to date has offered a customer-response program for residential energy use without acting as a retail load serving entity, confirmed to EnergyChoiceMatters.com that it will be launching a retail electric provider in Texas, and has named Texas market veteran Don Whaley as President of the Texas branch of OhmConnect
Vistra and its family of retail electricity brands, which includes TXU Energy, announced that they, "are adding another tool to their suite of value-added products and services by treating eligible Texas customers to a free professional A/C tune-up and cleaning."
Staff of the Texas PUC have filed proposed language for a scarcity pricing rule change to eliminate the 50-times fuel index price provision in the ERCOT market low system-wide offer cap (LCAP), such that the LCAP would be $2,000 per MWh and $2,000 per MW per hour
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service recently filed a whitepaper on proposed changes to provisions governing municipal aggregations (community choice aggregations or CCAs), which, among other things, includes a proposed price cap for commodity supply CCAs
A solar developer filed with the New York PSC a proposed Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Implementation and Data Protection Plans and petitioned the PSC for authorization to serve as a CCA Program Administrator
OhmConnect, in partnership with Google, announced a plan to incentivize energy-efficient behavior through the use of Google's Nest thermostats, which OhmConnect said will reduce energy consumption during peak hours across thousands of California homes and help prevent blackouts.
Liberty Power Holdings LLC ("Liberty" or the "Company") issued a statement concerning its filing of a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11, stating that it, "remains open and serving customers."
Just Energy Group Inc. ("Just Energy" or the "Company") announced today that the Company has received resettlement invoices from the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas ("ERCOT") for the week of February 15, 2021 in connection with the Texas extreme weather event in February (the “Weather Event”) totaling approximately an additional ...
Pursuant to Texas Government Code §§ 2001.035(a) and 2001.038(a), Exelon
Generation Company, LLC ('Exelon Generation') and Constellation NewEnergy, Inc.
('Constellation') (collectively, 'Plaintiffs' or 'Exelon') sought from Travis County, Texas district court a declaratory judgment invalidating
ERCOT issued a market notice today stating, "On March 24, 2021, an internal data error occurred during a routine database load, which caused several Market Management System (MMS) parameters to be replaced with incorrect values. ERCOT discovered that this error may have impacted Real-Time Market (RTM) prices, due to the impact of the error on Security-Constrained Economic Dispatch (SCED)."
A state regulator has granted, on a generic basis, all retail electric and natural gas suppliers the ability to resume, "in-person appointments with non-residential customers," as well as the ability to resume in-store marketing with their retail partners.
An energy storage developer filed a pleading at the Texas PUC requesting that the PUC, "direct the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to study the
potential reliability concerns driven by large datacenters that mine cryptocurrencies."
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) filed with the Texas PUC a Notice of Planned Implementation of Default Uplift Invoice Process, "to provide clarity to the Commission and ERCOT Market Participants regarding ERCOT’s understanding of the ERCOT Protocols that control the Default Uplift Invoice process."
The ERCOT Board has approved ERCOT's request to correct prices for operating day February 15, 2021 due to what was termed a software error affecting the calculation of Real-Time On-Line Reliability Deployment Price Adders (RTORDPAs).
The Secretary of the New York PSC has denied a request from the New York Retail Choice Coalition (NYCRR) for a 90 day extension of the deadlines, including the deadline for new price caps and other product limits for the mass market, contained in the New York PSC's retail market reset order
ERCOT this afternoon issued a request for conservation for this late afternoon and evening, stating that, "Due to a combination of high generation outages typical in April and higher-than-forecasted demand from a stalled cold front over Texas, ERCOT may enter into emergency conditions this afternoon."
The New York State Retail Choice Coalition (“Coalition”) formally requested that the New York Department of Public Service Staff hold a meeting and provide a guidance document clarifying the requirements of the new rules and revisions to the Uniform Business Practices adopted under the December 12, 2019 retail market reset order.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas recently entered into a Rule 11 agreement with Luminant Energy Company LLC in which both parties agreed that, among other things, "The PUC has not prejudged or made a final decision on whether to
reprice," the ERCOT market during any period of the recent weather event.
During an open meeting today, Texas PUC Chairman Arthur C. D'Andrea directed Staff to propose for publication a rule change under which the "50 times FIP [fuel index price]" provision in the scarcity pricing rule would be eliminated
Greg Dudkin, president of PPL Electric Utilities (PPL), had an op-ed published in the Allentown Morning Call in which he said, "We need restrictions around introductory, promotion and teaser rates," from competitive retail electric suppliers
The trustee for Brilliant Energy on April 3 filed in a bankruptcy court its previously reported motion for postpetition financing in the form of a trustee-in-possession (TIP) multi-draw term loan facility
During a status conference in the bankruptcy proceeding of Brilliant Energy, the bankruptcy trustee for the retail electric provider said that the sale process for the REP has attracted 18 interested parties thus far
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey released a report that found, "in the last five years, individual residential customers who received their electricity from competitive suppliers paid $426 million more on their bills than they would have paid if they had stayed with their utility companies."
Entrust Energy (and affiliates, collectively known as the Debtors) has filed with a bankruptcy court a declaration in support of its bankruptcy which provides certain information regarding Entrust activities leading up to, and after, the ERCOT winter event
The Retail Energy Supply Association petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for a partial rescission of the Commission’s March 16, 2020 Emergency Order which generally prohibits in-person marketing (subject to exceptions later adopted by the PUC)
The majority of Texans do not support any fees for procuring reserve electricity capacity, according to a poll conducted by Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston in the aftermath of the recent winter storm
Williamson County, Texas, has notified Cavallo Energy Texas LLC, its retail electric provider, of a good faith dispute involving what it alleged were inflated invoice charges for Transmission and Distribution Losses and UFE Fees during February 2021 weather event, and has asked for reissued invoices
A Coalition of Competitive Retail Electric Providers (CCR) filed comments in support of a motion, filed by Exelon Generation, for rehearing of the Texas PUC's decisions February 15 and 16, 2021 which had the effect of setting ERCOT energy market prices at $9,000 per MWh during the winter weather event
A PSC reconvened the Customer Impact Working Group
('CIWG') to resolve the issues raised by Pepco in a report concerning Green Button Connect My Data (CMD), and to develop a plan for implementing Green Button Connect My Data (CMD)
The Texas Senate Committee on Jurisprudence today reported favorably to the full Senate a committee substitute for SB 3, a broad-ranging energy bill that would have, as originally filed, banned all variable retail electric rates
In releasing new Seasonal Assessments of Resource Adequacy (SARA), ERCOT announced today that, "Based on information provided by generation owners to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator anticipates there will be sufficient generation to meet the summer 2021 peak demand based on expected system conditions."
TXU Energy announced the launch of TXU Energy EV Pass, which is described as, "the company's first plan designed specifically for electric vehicle owners," and which, "gives customers 50% off all energy charges every weeknight and all weekend long – providing automatic bill credits at times when customers are normally charging their vehicles."
The Texas Energy Association for Marketers (TEAM) in a new filing with the Texas PUC renewed its request for the PUC, "to enforce its February 16 emergency order ('Order') and protect Texas customers and their electricity suppliers from unauthorized $9,000/MWh pricing and the associated administrative adders on February 18 and 19," as TEAM said that a 30-day deadline for price corrections only applies to those initiated by ERCOT Staff, and does not bind the PUC, Legislature, or Governor
In comments at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Texas Industrial Energy Consumers (TIEC) has proposed replacing the low system-wide offer cap (LCAP) in ERCOT with an event-specific circuit breaker mechanism
Hunt Energy Network announced it has formed a new venture, in collaboration with Manulife Investment Management, that will actively participate in the energy storage space within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
The Supreme Court of Texas, in a 5-4 decision, has dismissed a case, brought on an interlocutory basis, concerning the question of ERCOT's sovereign immunity, as the Supreme Court found that the final judgment by a lower court rendered the interlocutory question moot, and that the proper avenue is an appeal of such final judgment (which has already occurred and is pending)
Just Energy Group Inc. ('Just Energy' or the 'Company') today announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the 'Court') has, among other things, extended the Company’s protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the 'CCAA') to June 4, 2021 (the 'Stay Extension').
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick today called on Gov. Greg Abbott to order the Public Utility Commission of Texas to "correct" ERCOT prices for the period beginning 11:55 p.m., February 17, 2021, and ending 9 a.m., February 19, 2021
PPL Corporation announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell its U.K. utility business, Western Power Distribution (WPD), to National Grid plc for £7.8 billion and, in a separate transaction, to acquire National Grid's Rhode Island utility business, The Narragansett Electric Company, for ...
ERCOT issued a market notice stating that it would seek board approval for a price "correction" for Feb. 15, with ERCOT stating that the change to the Real-Time On-Line Reliability Deployment Price Adder that results from correcting the "errors" ranges from an increase of $0.01/MWh to an increase of $1,241.68/MWh, with an average increase of $58.36/MWh.
A Massachusetts DPU hearing officer issued directives to retail energy suppliers and DPU Staff to develop straw proposals regarding various Tier Two initiatives in the DPU's ongoing retail energy markets investigation (DPU 19-07)
The Manager of Licensing and Compliance for the Texas PUC's Customer Protection Division issued a memo stating, "On March 17, TXU Energy Retail Company LLC (TXU) filed a request to increase the number of ESI IDs that it is willing to serve as a VREP [voluntary POLR]."
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion finding that re-pricing the ERCOT market is within the Texas PUC's authority and does not raise constitutional concerns if such action furthers a compelling public interest
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Senators during session today that he received a statement from Speaker of the House of Representatives Dade Phelan that Patrick said informed the Senate that the House will not take up SB 2142, a bill passed by the Senate that would order the PUC to re-price ERCOT wholesale power and ancillary services prices for the period beginning 11:55 p.m., February 17, 2021, and ending 9 a.m., February 19, 2021
A utility has filed proposed purchase of receivables discount rates with the EDC seeking to maintain the current level of POR discount rates because it says that a shut-off moratorium would otherwise artificially increase payments to retail suppliers under POR
In response to an inquiry from a retail supplier, a regulator's Enforcement office said that a required form that suppliers must send notifying customers of a rate increase of at least 25% applies to all residential contracts, not just variable rate contracts.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has formally asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to issue orders affecting pricing for the wholesale electricity market and ancillary services
The Texas Senate has approved SB 2142, a new bill just filed today, that would order the PUC to re-price ERCOT wholesale power and ancillary services prices for the period beginning 11:55 p.m., February 17, 2021,
and ending 9 a.m., February 19, 2021
Griddy Energy LLC ("Griddy" or the "Company") announced today that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the Southern District of Texas, together with a proposed plan of reorganization -- a feature of which is to give releases to former customers with unpaid electricity bills.
In response to further calls from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick that the Texas PUC should re-price the ERCOT market due to what Patrick says are "errors" in the pricing during the winter weather event, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that the PUC is not able to provide Patrick's sought relief.
SB 1690 has been filed in the Texas Senate which would, through amendments to PURA Chapter 36, cap retail and wholesale electric rates during declared emergencies, and also expand disconnection protections
Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon) moved for rehearing of the Texas PUC's orders from February 15 and 16, 2021 which had the effect of setting ERCOT energy market prices at $9,000 per MWh during the winter weather event
Adam Sinn, of Aspire Power Ventures, LP, filed a letter with the Texas PUC stating that, "I believe that an objective review of the relevant facts supports the Commission’s February 15th Order that retroactively raised prices to the cap for operating day February 15 and maintaining those prices at the cap until the expiration of the EEA3 status on February 19, or whenever it is determined that both industrial and residential load shedding ceased."
Texas State Sen. Kelly Hancock, Chair of the Business & Commerce Committee, announced a series of bills to address the winter weather event, including SB 1757, which is described as follows: "Protects ratepayers by establishing a securitization pathway for ERCOT participants"
CPS Energy announced that it filed suit against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in Bexar County District Court in what CPS described as a move, "to protect its customers from excessive, illegitimate and illegal prices."
The Texas PUC adopted an order which directs ERCOT to extend certain deadlines in, and grants an exception to, relevant sections of the ERCOT Nodal Protocols to grant more time for market participants to file a dispute of invoice and settlement statements
During a hearing of the Texas Committee on Jurisprudence, Texas PUC Chairman Arthur C. D'Andrea agreed that the ERCOT weather event was an, "unusual circumstance," but maintained that continued pricing at the $9,000 cap after residential load shed ended was not a "mistake", and that a cited section of the ERCOT Nodal Protocols does not empower the PUC to change the prior prices
Staff of a state regulator have filed a motion to allow all retail electric and natural gas suppliers to conduct both in-store solicitations and appointment-based non-residential customer solicitations
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today named Adrianne Brandt the agency’s new Director of ERCOT, Inc. Accountability and charged her with enhancing the PUC’s oversight of the grid operator and market manager.
During a Texas House State Affairs committee hearing, Texas PUC Chairman Arthur C. D'Andrea said that re-pricing of the ERCOT market would be a "bail out" of retail electric providers that would not provide rate relief to REP customers.
A retail supplier announced that it has entered into a three-year partnership with Chicago's Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) to provide 100% renewable electricity to McCormick Place, a convention facility
Just Energy Group Inc. ('Just Energy' or the 'Company') today announced that it has received notice from the Toronto Stock Exchange (the 'TSX') that a meeting of the Continued Listing Committee of the TSX is scheduled to be held on March 15, 2021 to consider whether or not to delist the securities of the Company from the TSX.
A PUC Commissioner warned retail suppliers against raising rates to customers in his state to provide revenues and bolster their financial condition to compensate for financial difficulties the supplier may have encountered in other markets
Texpo Power LP d/b/a Texpo Energy filed further comments at the Texas PUC concerning ERCOT invoices resulting from the recent weather event, drawing attention to, in particular, concerns about Unaccounted for Energy (UFE) calculations by ERCOT
Tenaska Energy, Inc. filed comments at the Texas PUC and to Chairman Arthur D'Andrea suggesting measures that the PUC could undertake to reduce certain risks associated with re-pricing, as Tenaska stated that, "We understand that repricing consistent with the Independent Market Monitor's recommendation appears to be moving forward, either through a PUCT order or through legislation."
Attorneys pursuing a class action claim on behalf of almost 30,000 customers of Griddy announced that they, "have filed a motion to prevent the electricity provider from tampering with any internal documentation or physical evidence stemming from the February winter storm in Texas."
Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Dade Phelan has announced seven priority bills meant to address electricity industry reform, as part of a "first phase" of addressing the recent winter weather event
A Texas retail electric provider initially informed Texas residential electric customers on fixed rate contracts that, "non-energy costs such as ancillary charges billed by ERCOT and your local utility, are not fixed and are passed through on your bill."
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on March 8 called on the Texas PUC and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), "to correct the emergency pricing error that continued after the power shortage had ended and the major threat to the Texas grid had passed."
A broker filed a request at the Texas PUC asking that the PUC work with the appropriate state entities and implement a cap on the amount of state sales tax, gross receipts tax ("GRT"), and the Public Utility Commission Assessment fee ("PUCA") that can be assessed to customers who were exposed to market-based prices for the month of February 2021.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. which the AG's office said is, "a natural gas exchange that saw massive price increases during the February winter storm that swept through Texas."
Several Texas bills have been introduced which would allow a customer to provide demand response in ERCOT by contracting directly with a demand response provider, rather than through a retail electric provider
In response to a petition from the ERCOT TDUs, the Texas PUC issued an order directing TDUs to take certain actions to mitigate demand charges and related issues that customers would otherwise incur due to cold load pickup at the time of service restoration from the winter weather event
A REP filed a letter with the Texas PUC stating that, "any REP who short pays ERCOT, with or without Commission approval, should
be barred from enrolling any new customers in Texas for any and all periods during which (a) the
REP is insolvent; (b) the REP owes past due invoices issued by ERCOT; or (c) the REP is opting
or requesting to withhold money owed to ERCOT while they are disputing ERCOT invoices."
The Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA), noting the 25-year anniversary of retail energy choice in Pennsylvania, will be hosting a webinar on March 9 that will focus on several aspects of the retail choice program over its 25-year journey in Pennsylvania, including a discussion of future retail market initiatives
A committee today heard testimony on a bill which would, among other things, authorize a regulator to condition a retail electric supplier's participation in the market on proof that the electric supplier's products are not overpriced or harmful to customers.
The ERCOT Independent Market Monitor has recommended that the Texas PUC, "direct ERCOT to correct the real-time prices from 0:00 February 18, 2021, to 09:00 February 19,2021, to remove the inappropriate pricing intervention that occurred during that time period."
In a 10-K, Spark Energy disclosed a nearly 20% decline in its residential customer equivalents (RCE) count from September 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020, as the company continues to shift away from lower margin C&I accounts and new customer additions were hampered by COVID restrictions
During a hearing before a Texas Senate committee, Thomas Gleeson, Executive Director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said that he "anticipate[s]" more drops of customers to the Providers of Last Resort (POLR) from the winter weather event and related liquidity issues
A provider of Energy Efficiency as a Service which is also licensed as a retail energy aggregator announced the expansion of its sales and marketing teams in response to the company's rapid growth, as the company said that it doubled its revenue from the end of 2019.
The ERCOT TDUs filed at the Texas PUC an Emergency Request for a good cause exception with regard to demand readings and billings that cover the period of February 15-19, 2021 (the Extreme Cold Weather Period).
ERCOT issued a market notice stating that, "Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs) and Congestion Revenue Right Account Holders (CRRAHs) that are owed monies from ERCOT on Settlement Invoices due for payout on March 4, 2021, will notice that the amount of funds transferred is short of the balance payable on the Settlement Invoices."
In reporting fourth quarter and full year 2020 earnings, Spark Energy said that it, "expect[s] the impact of winter storm Uri will result in a significant loss that will be reflected in our first quarter 2021 results of operations," but that the impact remains uncertain due to settlement data and potential regulatory action
During a meeting this morning, the Public Utility Commission of Texas agreed to implement one of the recommendations from the ERCOT Independent Market Monitor: to claw back payments for ancillary services (AS) that were not provided during the winter weather event
A PUC Attorney Examiner ordered that the utility switching fee be waived for customers who are dropped to the Standard Service Offer, due to a supplier default at PJM, and who wish to choose a new competitive retail supplier
The Manager of Licensing and Compliance for the Texas PUC's Customer Protection Division issued a memo concerning requests from retail electric providers to serve as volunteer POLRs (voluntary REPs or VREPs) that were filed after a recent deadline established by the PUC
An EDC has filed at the Pennsylvania PUC to accelerate the start date of recently adopted changes in its Standard Offer Customer Referral Program (SOP), with such changes including a near-tripling of the fee charged to retail electric suppliers
Just Energy Group Inc. announced today that, "it has filed a petition with the Public Utility Commission (the 'Commission') requesting an order that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ('ERCOT') deviate from the deadlines and timing in its Protocols and Market Guides related to settlements, collateral obligations, and invoice payments and suspend the execution or issuance of invoices or settlements for intervals during the dates of February 14, 2021 through February 19, 2021, until issues related to the catastrophic winter event of February 2021 raised by executive and legislative branches of the Texas authorities are investigated, addressed, and resolved."
ERCOT's CEO Bill Magness in a letter to the leadership of ERCOT's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) presented ERCOT's initial list of priority topics that ought to be addressed in the wake of the recent weather event, and creditworthiness issues are among the listed priorities.
ERCOT said in a market notice that it is issuing Real-Time Market (RTM) Resettlement Statements reflecting actual IDR meter data received to date for Operating Days February 11, 2021 through February 19, 2021
ERCOT said in a market notice that Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs) and Congestion Revenue Right Account Holders (CRRAHs) that are owed monies from ERCOT on Settlement Invoices due for payout on March 1, 2021, will notice that the amount of funds transferred is short of the balance payable on the Settlement Invoices.
In reporting earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 earnings today, NRG Energy said that the estimated impact from the ERCOT winter weather event is expected to be within NRG’s current guidance range
Oncor said in a market notice that, for customers who are billed using kW demand, Oncor will disregard the customer's NCP kW demand for the period of February 15th through February 19th for Billing Purposes, as further described below
The City of Denton said that, on February 25, the City, "filed suit against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in the District Court of Denton County seeking to prevent the unconstitutional use of public funds."
ERCOT said in a Feb. 26 market notice that short payments related to Settlement Invoices due for payout on February 26, 2021 totaled over $2.1 billion, and it used $800 million from CRR Auction revenue funds to partially reduce the short-payment
During a hearing before a Texas House committee, DeAnn T. Walker, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, told lawmakers that the PUC currently has authority to prohibit retail electric providers from offering certain kinds of products, and may exercise such authority via rulemaking
Just Energy Group Inc. announced its third quarter results for fiscal year 2021 and updated its previous announcement advising that management is continuing to assess the impact of the extreme cold weather experienced in the State of Texas commencing on or about February 13, 2021 continuing through February 19, 2021 (the 'Weather Event') [all $ Canadian unless otherwise noted].
During a hearing before a Texas House committee yesterday, ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said that ERCOT is working to obtain a "credit facility" to address invoice timing and related issues facing market participants
Texas retail electric provider Southwest Power & Light issued an announcement stating, "Southwest Power & Light, a longstanding retail electricity provider headquartered in
Texas, assures its customers of Southwest Power & Light’s commitment to serving and
supporting its Texas and national customer base through the aftermath of the February
2021 winter storm."
During a hearing before a Texas Senate committee, DeAnn T. Walker, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said that policymakers need to look at the $9,000 per MWh price cap in the ERCOT energy market
Verdigris Energy, LLC filed a letter with the Texas PUC urging the PUC to scrutinize prices for ancillary services during the recent weather event, as Verdigris noted that ancillary services prices were in excess of $20,000/MWh (Docket 51617)
During a Texas House legislative hearing, in response to a question from a lawmaker on the issue, Vistra's president and chief executive officer Curt Morgan suggested that the state may wish to revisit the current 20% market share cap on generation ownership.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio "indefinitely" stayed a prior order that the electricity utilities shall modify their Standard Service Offer (SSO) procurement process to hold "dual auctions" due to prior uncertainty in the PJM capacity market
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved the results of a February auction to procure a portion of Standard Service Offer supplies at Duke Energy Ohio for the period June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022
The Public Utility Commission of Texas formally announced today that it has opened, "an investigation into the business practices of Retail Electric Providers whose plans with pricing indexed to the electricity wholesale rate are reported to have inflicted unusually high bills on their Texas customers in the aftermath of last week’s winter storm grid event."
Exelon Corp. today announced its Board of Directors has approved a plan to separate Exelon Utilities (RemainCo), comprised of the company’s six regulated electric and gas utilities, and Exelon Generation (SpinCo), its competitive power generation and customer-facing energy businesses, including its competitive retail supply business, into two publicly traded companies
A Texas REP requested on an emergency basis that the Public Utility Commission of Texas order the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to deviate from its protocol deadlines and timing related to settlements, collateral obligations, and invoice payments and suspend the execution or issuance of invoices or settlements, "until issues are finalized by State leaders considering solutions to the financial challenges caused by the winter event."
Evolve Retail Energy LLC d/b/a Octopus Energy filed a request at the Texas PUC to be designated a volunteer POLR (aka Voluntary Retail Electric Provider or VREP) for the residential and small commercial customer classes
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) filed with the Texas PUC a notice
of the resignation of four Unaffiliated Directors from the ERCOT Board of Directors (Board), and
the withdrawal of one Unaffiliated Director candidate from consideration for approval by the
Commission to fill the prior sole Unaffiliated Director
vacancy on the Board.
Genie Energy said on Feb. 22 that it, "continues to serve its 10,000 customers across Texas with no change in their rates under their current agreements despite the unprecedented price volatility in real-time electricity prices last week."
The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) will hold a virtual technical conference to establish a schedule for working groups, and determine topics for further working group meetings, regarding the potential benefits to customers of retail competition in the Long Island electricity market, and to develop the overall timeline of the participatory process.
Champion Energy Services today announced that the extreme weather events Texans experienced over the past week, "will have absolutely no impact on the electricity rates for any of its residential customers."
Several Texas non-residential customers, which include several cities, (Coalition of Concerned Customers) have filed a letter with the Texas PUC in support of the previously reported request from the Texas Energy Association for Marketers (TEAM) which had asked the PUC to immediately instruct ERCOT to remove, effective back to 1:05 a.m. on February 18, the administrative price adder which had been directed by the PUC to account for load shed, with ERCOT directed to correct prices to reflect such removal
Just Energy Group Inc. ("Just Energy" or the "Company") today made the following statement, "to reassure its residential customers in Texas that they are protected from higher energy rates on their February bills as a result of recent extreme weather (the 'Weather Event')"
Octopus Energy U.S. (formerly Evolve Energy), which has offered a wholesale pass-through electricity membership plan in Texas, announced that it is capping prices under its plan for the week of Saturday, February 13th through Friday, February 19th
Spark Energy, Inc. ("Spark" or the "Company") said in an announcement that it, "wants to assure its customers that it is committed to serving and supporting its Texas customer base through this highly tumultuous time."
Consistent with previously reported direction from the Texas PUC, ERCOT said in a market notice today that it, "is temporarily deviating from Protocol deadlines and timing related to settlements, collateral obligations, and Invoice payments while prices are under review."
The US central and southern plains experienced some of the coldest temperatures on record this past weekend, sending shockwaves through the Mid-Continent and Southern natural gas markets as spot prices reached as high as $1,250.00/mmbtu, (OnekOK)..
Constellation, an Exelon company, and New York Medical College (NYMC) announced today that construction is underway on a $14 million energy efficiency project spanning 11 buildings at the college’s campus in Valhalla, N.Y.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas at a Feb. 21 emergency meeting issued orders that, among other things, prohibit retail electric providers from submitting requests for disconnections for non-payment, for residential and small commercial customers, effective immediately
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Feb. 20 announced that he is convening an emergency meeting with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan and members of the Legislature to, "discuss the spike in energy bills affecting many Texans following the recent power outages throughout the state."
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) to ERCOT and other power companies, regarding power outages, emergency plans, energy pricing, and more related to this week’s winter weather disaster.
Reliant Energy Retail
Services LLC (RERS) filed a request at the Texas PUC to be designated as a volunteer POLR, formally known as a Voluntary Retail
Electric Provider (VREP), for the residential and small commercial customer classes.
FERC has vacated a prior footnote, in an order on the Minimum Offer Price Rule in the PJM capacity market, which had suggested that New Jersey's basic generation service (BGS) default service auction did not meet the PJM tariff exemption that holds that fuel-neutral SOS auctions do not trigger the Minimum Offer Price Rule in the capacity market for SOS auction participants
Exelon said in an 8-K that, "Beginning on February 15, 2021, Texas-based generating assets of Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Generation) within the Electric Reliability Council of
Texas (ERCOT) market, specifically Colorado Bend II, Wolf Hollow II, and Handley, experienced outages as a result of historically severe cold weather
The Texas Energy Association for Marketers filed an emergency request with the Texas PUC asking the PUC to immediately instruct ERCOT to remove, effective back to 1:05 a.m. on February 18, the administrative price adder which had been directed by the PUC to account for load shed, with ERCOT directed to correct prices to reflect such removal
Pursuant to the authority vested in the New York Public Service Commission by Section 4(2) of the Public Service Law, the Commission has certified to Governor Andrew Cuomo that, "additional commissioners are needed for the proper disposition of the business before the Commission."
ERCOT said in a Feb. 18 market notice that it has, "authorized the Transmission and Distribution Service Providers to restore all Load associated with the EEA that was declared on Monday, February 15, 2021."
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he would use, "the full scope of my Constitutional powers," to launch an investigation into, "ERCOT and related entities," and their "mishandling" of the extreme winter weather
Vistra issued a news release today stating that of the company's nearly 19,000 megawatts of Texas capacity, only approximately 1,000 megawatts are currently not able to produce electricity; however, a larger, undisclosed amount of capacity -- while "able" to produce electricity -- was not currently doing so due to challenges with fuel supply
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has released winning bidders for the January 2021 auction for a portion of the Standard Service Offer load at the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities for the period June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022
An ESCO has sought an extension from the New York PSC of the deadline for it to file standard sales agreements for its bundled home warranty and energy supply product for which the PSC recently granted authorization under which the product need not comply with the otherwise applicable pricing limits or additional renewable content requirements for mass market products
Just Energy Group Inc. announced today that it will miss its filing deadline of February 16, 2021 to file its unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2020 (the 'Interim Financial Statements'), its management discussion and analysis on the Interim Financial Statements, and the CEO and CFO certificates in respect of the Interim Financial Statements (collectively, the 'Reporting Documents') as required by applicable Canadian securities laws.
Griddy, which charges a real-time wholesale pass-through price, on Feb. 13 began encouraging its Texas customers to switch to another retail electric provider due to price spikes which had already been seen at such time, and which have continued in the next few days
"In response to the weather-induced electricity crisis currently affecting Texas, the Public Utility Commission of Texas met in an emergency open meeting this evening [Feb. 15] to address concerns that certain pricing mechanisms were not generating an optimal response to the challenge," the PUC said in a news release
"In response to the weather-induced electricity crisis currently affecting Texas, the Public Utility Commission of Texas met in an emergency open meeting this evening [Feb. 15] to address concerns that certain pricing mechanisms were not generating an optimal response to the challenge," the PUC said in a news release
Staff of the Maryland PSC have updated proposed regulations for supplier consolidated billing (SCB) following direction from the Commission during a December rulemaking session for additional discussion among stakeholders on various non-consensus issues (RM70)
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that bills (SD674 / HD1614) have been re-filed with the Massachusetts legislature that would ban new competitive electric supply contracts for individual residential customers beginning in ...
A retail supplier affiliate announced today that it has furthered its relationship with Howard University by executing a long-term agreement for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a new central utility plant on Howard’s campus located in Washington, D.C.
The New York PSC today ordered the creation of an integrated energy data resource (IEDR) that would provide a centralized platform for collecting, integrating, managing, and accessing customer and system data from New York State’s energy utilities.
The Standard Choice Offer auction to set the Retail Price Adjustment (RPA) at Dominion East Ohio (now d/b/a Dominion Energy Ohio) for the period April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 resulted in an RPA of ...
The New Hampshire House of Representatives' Science, Technology and Energy Committee will on Feb. 12 hold a hearing on HB315 which would amend various provisions of the 2019 statute authorizing opt-out municipal aggregations for electricity
A start-up Texas retail electric provider announced that it is pledging to pay up to $1 million in early-termination-fee reimbursements to consumers who break up with their current electricity provider and switch to Rhythm's 100 percent renewable service.
terrapass, a carbon offset and renewable energy specialist, and a member of Just Energy Group, is rolling out new enhancements to its website that make it easier for consumers and businesses to purchase carbon offsets
The Connecticut PURA has expanded a docket (14-07-19RE06) recently opened to address issues related to the information which appears on residential electric bills and the presentation and formatting of the bills to include a statutory five year review of, "the standard billing format and Internet web site for a customer’s account summary remains a useful tool for customers to compare pricing policies and charges among suppliers."
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service has issued a whitepaper report on New York State's energy affordability policy (EAP) that includes recommendations to increase the number of customers participating in utility low-income assistance program
Arcadia, which describes itself as, "a monthly subscription service that connects renters and homeowners across the U.S. to clean energy through their existing utility," announced a new partnership with ...
The New York Retail Choice Coalition (the 'Coalition' or 'NYRCC'), requested from the New York PSC a seventy-five (75) day extension of the implementation date of the PSC's retail market reset order, including the previously reported pricing limitations under such order
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas has issued a series of interrogatories to Avangrid, Inc., as part of the Commission's review of the application of Texas-New Mexico Power for approval of the merger of its parent, PNM Resources, and Avangrid. Inc.
Citing a lack of "sufficient clarity" with respect to certain changes to the Uniform Business Practices (UBPs), including the identification of customers which meet the mass market definition adopted by the New York PSC, the Retail Energy Supply Association requested a 60-day extension of time to comply with Ordering Clauses 3, 4, and 5 of the PSC's retail market reset rehearing order.
An ESCO requested from the New York PSC a partial waiver from the mass market product limit requirements under the PSC's retail market reset order in order to continue offering its smart home bundle (the 'Smart Home Program') to residential customers
The Ohio Consumers' Counsel has proposed that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio adopt a rule that would require the electric utilities to offer, "as a standard service offer," an optional rate design tariff for demand, load, and time-based options for customers with AMI meters
A retail energy supplier which offers an AI powered platform and energy storage service in the U.K. and Australia ,and which is described as a renewable energy scale-up, has received a "significant investment" from ...
A bill has been introduced in Texas that would establish required disclosures, to residential and small commercial customers, by sellors or lessors of distributed renewable generation resources, including PPAs from such facilities
A bill has been introduced into the New York State Assembly that would require energy brokers and consultants to be registered with the New York PSC, and which would require the disclosure, to customers, of the amount of compensation to brokers
The New York PSC issued a written order regarding ESCOs' petitions to offer green natural gas products and home warranty bundles, which includes specific conditions which ESCOs must meet in order to continue serving green gas customers for a limited one-year period while the PSC further studies the issue
A new poll shows that a super-majority of Virginia residents want the freedom to choose their energy supplier, choose clean energy, and want more renewable energy to be generated in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The New York PSC yesterday approved utility tariff amendments to implement previously reported changes in state law that allow the New York Power Authority to act as the supplier (LSE) for a broader universe of customers (new NYPA customers), and, in doing so, the PSC did not exempt such new NYPA customers from various public policy delivery rate surcharges
EVgo Services LLC ('EVgo'), which is described as the nation’s largest electric vehicle (EV) public fast charging network in the U.S. and a wholly-owned subsidiary of LS Power, and Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition Corporation ('Climate Real Impact Solutions' or 'CRIS') announced today a definitive agreement for a business combination that would result in EVgo becoming a publicly listed company.
The New York PSC today adopted an order which addresses several petitions from ESCOs to offer value-added products for mass market customers that would not be subject to the pricing or renewable electricity limitations established in the previously reported retail market reset order
Staff of the New York Department of Public Service filed a letter directed to the PSC Secretary, in the mass market reset proceeding (15-M-0127, et al.), in which Staff warned, "due to ESCO actions beyond the control of Staff," namely, what Staff alleged are incomplete or non-compliant application submissions, "some ESCOs have placed themselves at risk of temporarily losing the ability to enroll new customers or renew existing customers at the time of contract renewal."
Several retail energy suppliers in Illinois have filed motions with the Illinois Commerce Commission asking that the ICC grant, for both electricity and natural gas, authorization to conduct in-person marketing at storefronts and similar retail establishments under the same conditions as the Commission recently authorized for the NRG Energy retail suppliers
In 2020, Joule Assets, via Joule Community Power, said that it launched three new municipal aggregation programs to more than 100,000 utility account holders in twelve communities across New York State.
The District of Columbia PSC issued an order denying the Office of People's Counsel request for rehearing of the PSC's September 2020 order in which the PSC denied in part, and granted in part, OPC's request for certain billing data from Washington Gas Light related to retail supplier service to low-income customers
The New York utilities have posted their 12-month trailing average utility supply rates for the latest period (i.e. 12 months ended December 31, 2020) for each mass-market service class and for each mass-market customer grouping that receives different supply rates based on the company’s electric and/or gas tariffs.
After reviewing Zone One Energy LLC's updated ESCO Retail Access Application Package filed in response to the PSC's retail market reset order (which included product limits for mass market service), New York Department Of Public Service Staff have determined ...
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, has announced a successful close to 2020, including the announcement of the fourth-annual user conference, new product debuts, and exponential growth, both internally and externally.
During today's Texas PUC open meeting, PUC Chairman DeAnn T. Walker and Commissioner Arthur C. D'Andrea agreed that the Commission should consider the issue of the parent of a transmission and distribution utility (TDU) also owning generation or a retail electric provider, as part of the Commission's review of the application of Texas-New Mexico Power for approval of the merger of its parent, PNM Resources, and Avangrid. Inc.
The Pennsylvania PUC granted the petition of Duquesne Light Company for a waiver to allow the EDC to send the triennial Eligible Customer List (ECL) opt-out notice via electronic means to a larger group of customers than done currently
The Pennsylvania PUC issued a final order addressing the default service plan of Duquesne Light Company (DLC or the Company) for the four-year period commencing on June 1,2021, and ending on May 31, 2025 (DSP IX).
The Pennsylvania PUC approved, without modification, the petition of Duquesne Light Company to modify its supplier master agreement to implement use of capacity proxy price (CPP) in its upcoming March 2021 procurement of default supply contracts
ERCOT will host a workshop on January 19, 2021 to discuss possible changes to Protocol 188.8.131.52.2, Annual Demand Response Report, and to the Other Binding Document titled "Demand Response Data Definitions and Technical Specifications", which could be in effect for the 2021 Annual Demand Response Survey Process.
Several ESCOs requested from the New York PSC a sixty (60) day extension of the deadlines of Ordering
Clauses 3, 4, and 5 of the PSC's retail market reset order on rehearing (related to the product limitations for mass market service), citing pending DPS Staff review of re-applications for certification and the ESCOs' contracts (with one exception)
From 12/16: Harris County, Texas is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide energy consulting for market research, risk management, sustainability and procurement solutions for Harris County for the period beginning on or about April 1, 2021 and ending twelve (12) months thereafter
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of the 2021 State of the State, announced a proposal to prohibit utility disconnections, including for electric and gas utilities, in regions that are under a state of emergency.
FERC, in a 2-1 vote, approved a Stipulation and Consent Agreement (Agreement) between its Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) and NRG Power Marketing LLC (collectively, the Parties) to resolve Enforcement’s investigation into ...
Family Energy, Inc. has requested a 60-day extension of several compliance deadlines from the latest New York PSC retail market reset order (the Sept. 18 order on rehearing, or "Order"), stating that Family's updated contracts and related compliance submissions remain pending with DPS Staff.
During a technical session, the Massachusetts electric distribution companies offered several proposed alternatives that would allow customers to enroll "on the go" while still relying on use of the account number for enrollments, instead of personal data contemplated under "enroll by wallet" proposals
Reliant launched a new plan (Reliant Truly Free Flex Days) for Texas residential electric customers that will provide to customers their two highest usage days per each weekly period for free (8 free days per month), with the selection occurring automatically based on usage, instead of the customer having to pick their free days
The Illinois Commerce Commission has issued a written order granting the petition of various NRG Energy retail electric suppliers to resume marketing in storefronts and similar retail establishments, as first reported in our original story from January 6
The Illinois Commerce Commission issued a final order dismissing a formal customer complaint against Spark Energy Gas, LLC, as the ICC ruled that it is not a violation of Articles IX or VIII of the Public Utilities Act to charge more than the default service provider for gas supply, and ruled that Spark is not required to charge, "market rates."
Public Service Electric & Gas announced that it received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to invest approximately $700 million during the next four years to provide its 2.3 million electric customers with smart meters, under a territory-wide deployment.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has reinstated the requirement that
Ohio Edison Company, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and The Toledo
Edison Company (the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities) shall file a distribution rate case by ...
Taking up a proposed order on its own motion, the Maryland PSC issued an order imposing upon
SmartEnergy Holdings, LLC a moratorium which prohibits SmartEnergy
from adding or soliciting new customers in Maryland, as the PSC also directed further proceedings
As part of developing an Innovation Framework for the electric industry, the Connecticut PURA has issued a Regulatory Sandbox Strategic Vision Document which includes a proposed roadmap of concepts, best practices, and design principles for consideration in establishing an Innovation Framework in Connecticut.
Marathon Power, LLC d/b/a Marathon Energy (Marathon Energy) filed comments at the New York PSC in opposition to tariff amendments filed by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation which modified the Index pricing applied to retail suppliers' over- and under-deliveries, such that the average of the existing Index prices will no longer be used for both over- and under-deliveries.
Parties have filed comments on proposals from Illinois Staff for amendments to Illinois Administrative Code Part 412 detailing the obligations of alternative retail electric suppliers (ARES), and a new Part 512 detailing the obligations of alternative gas suppliers (AGS)
Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. has filed objections to a Public Utility Commission of Ohio Staff Report on the rate case of AEP Ohio (Ohio Power), including objections to proposed tariff language that would allow AEP Ohio to terminate "Company consolidated billing services" in the event that a competitive retail electric service (CRES) provider is not following the, "Ohio Administrative Code rules."
Various retail suppliers have responded to the opposition from the Attorney General of the State of Illinois and Citizens Utility Board to various proposed resumptions of in-person marketing, such as the resumption of in-store marketing as sought by Reliant Energy Northeast and Green Mountain Energy Company (NRG suppliers)
Harris County, Texas is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide energy consulting for market research, risk management, sustainability and procurement solutions for Harris County for the period beginning on or about April 1, 2021 and ending twelve (12) months thereafter
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued a letter to the City of Boston stating that the DPU has identified certain issues with the City's marketing of a low-income customer discount, apparently associated with the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target ("SMART")
Program, as an advantage of the city's opt-out municipal aggregation
ERCOT today released its December Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) report and said that, "New generation resources, including a significant amount of utility-scale solar, continue to be added to the ERCOT region at a rapid pace, resulting in higher planning reserve margins over the next several years."
ERCOT has posted an annual report on demand response, which includes the amounts of ESI IDs in various retail electric provider (REP) demand response programs, based on REP survey responses, as well as MW load reductions associated with each category
Another ARES has petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission for a modification of the ICC's prior order prohibiting in-person marketing by retail energy suppliers to allow it to engage in limited in-person solicitation for in-store marketing and enrollments in retail establishments that have been authorized to re-open by the Governor and the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel said in a regulatory filing with the Connecticut PURA that they understand that certain parties are negotiating a stay of PURA's recent order on the marketing of voluntary renewable energy offers (VROs), as retail suppliers have appealed PURA's decision.
Two New York utilities filed with the New York PSC an errata to each LDC's December 31, 2019 twelve-month trailing average supply rates, which were originally filed on January 29, 2020 (for the 12 months ending December 31, 2019).
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have filed an updated draft to the electric scope of competition report which now includes Staff's proposed legislative recommendations, including a recommendation that the Legislature clarify that an electric vehicle charging station is not an electric utility or retail electric provider.
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson offered an amendment to a recommended order in Tucson Electric Power's rate case to adopt proposed modifications from retail suppliers to a proposed competitive generation buy-through program (Market Pricing Experimental Pilot Program or MP-EX), except that Olson would further modify the program to allow all customers to be eligible for the program (subject to its participation cap), with no minimum size or aggregation requirement for eligibility
AEP Texas North has proposed how to dispose of unused funds remaining under a closed program that reimbursed Texas retail electric providers for providing no-cost programmable communicating thermostats (PCT) and in-home displays (IHD) to eligible low-income customers.
An Illinois Commerce Commission ALJ has issued a proposed interim order that would allow several retail suppliers to resume in-person marketing at storefront establishments, subject to various conditions
ERCOT stated in a December 4 market notice that, "It has been brought to ERCOT's attention that a large volume of 814_24 Move-Out Requests have been processed in the past few weeks, which are bypassing existing CSAs."
With a regulator denying a Staff proposal that would have dissolved a prior prohibition on in-person marketing by retail electric and gas suppliers several retail energy suppliers have sought a ruling on their pending petition for more discrete relief with respect to in-person marketing, and have also modified their sought relief
Duquesne Light Company petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC to modify its supplier master agreement to implement use of capacity proxy price (CPP) in its upcoming March 2021
procurement of default supply contracts
In a white paper, Google noted its support for allowing customers to access renewable energy directly, and stated, "we’ll advocate for organized regional energy markets and more interconnected regional grids."
The Pennsylvania PUC issued an order providing that, "The moratorium on in-person sales and marketing activities for all jurisdictional suppliers is lifted as it pertains to activities at outdoor public events held in accordance with orders and directives issued by the Governor and the Secretary of Health."
The Connecticut PURA has re-opened docket 14-07-19 to redesign residential electric bills, with potential further changes to the information which appears on the bills and the presentation and formatting of the bills
The New Jersey BPU has issued a Secretary’s Letter which states that Staff has developed a pathway for third party retail electric suppliers (TPSs) to reach resolution and
to close out matters addressed in a January 2019 letter to TPSs from the Director of the New Jersey BPU's Division of Energy, which had advised TPSs that any action to increase the supplier's fixed rate contracts due to P.L. 2018, c. 17, which modified various provisions of the state's renewable portfolio standard, would be in violation of N.J.A.C. 14:4-7.12
The Chair of state regulator issued a letter to retail energy suppliers and brokers requesting that they cease all door-to-door marketing activities, due to a, "significant increase in COVID-19's rate of transmission."
A regulator issued a clarification concerning its recent order on the marketing of voluntary renewable electricity supply offers (VRO) from retail electric suppliers, addressing whether suppliers may use the term "green" to describe REC-based products.
Mission:data Coalition has filed testimony with the New York PSC urging the PSC to exercise oversight over a novel and under-recognized technology that a utility proposes to install in its smart meters: distributed
A witness testifying on behalf of the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) said in testimony in a Niagara Mohawk (National Grid) rate case that the current use and treatment of Load Modifiers by NiMo creates an, "ongoing inequity in the commodity market in relation to ancillary services."
An EDC filed to modify its Alternative Energy Rider (AER) and Auction Cost
Recovery Rider (ACRR) to recover, on a bypassable basis, an oversupply of RECs, in light of the wind-down of the state's renewable energy mandate, while also managing AER
rate impacts for non-shopping customers.
A recommended order from an Arizona ALJ in Tucson Electric Power's rate case would modify TEP's proposal for a Market Pricing Experimental Pilot Program (MP-EX) so that medium commercial customers would be able to select an alternative wholesale generation supplier as part of their participation in the program
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has scheduled for January 6, 2021 a remote workshop in its review of the green pricing program standards in Ohio Adm.Code Chapter 4901:1-42 (Case 20-1195-EL-ORD)
An EGS would pay a $120,000 civil penalty and contribute $30,000 to PPL's hardship fund under a settlement with the Pennsylvania PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement ('I&E') to resolve alleged violations resulting from ...
Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP or the Company) and Avangrid, Inc. have filed at the Public Utility Commission of Texas for approval of the previously reported merger of Avangrid and PNM Resources, the ultimate parent of TNMP
As part of alerting customers to various scams preying on utility customers, the Pennsylvania PUC, "continues to caution consumers about involves automated 'robocalls' from unidentified sources – making vague and potentially misleading statements about customer discounts, refunds, rebates and bonuses if the customers act immediately."
The Illinois Commerce Commission denied motions from ICC Staff which had sought orders conditionally dissolving the Commission’s March 18, 2020 Emergency Orders prohibiting alternative retail electric suppliers (ARES) and alternative gas suppliers from conducting in-person solicitations, within the meaning of Section 412.10 for ARESs, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency
Direct Energy is expanding services to its residential customers with more responsive, customized services for its U.S.-based residential customers, by providing actionable energy insights, customized plans, and an easier energy shopping experience.
Acting on a motion from Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille, the Pennsylvania PUC will open a proceeding to consider utility investment in electric storage as a distribution asset utilized for the purposes of enhancing or maintaining reliability
PJM has posted a staff presentation for the November 19 Markets and Reliability Committee concerning updates to the PJM capacity market Base Residual Auction and incremental auctions, now that FERC has issued orders in all necessary proceedings to resume the auctions
The Maine PUC has approved new Standard Offer rates at Versant Power-Bangor Hydro District (formerly Bangor Hydro-Electric, or BHE), as well as for the Large customer class at Versant Power-Maine Public District (formerly Maine Public Service or MPS).
The New Jersey BPU has petitioned FERC to vacate a footnote in FERC's recent order on the Minimum Offer Price Rule which discussed the potential exemption (or lack thereof) of the New Jersey's BGS default service auction from the MOPR, as the BPU called the footnote, "non-binding dicta," that re-introduces uncertainty regarding application of the MOPR to default service auctions
PECO has filed new amounts for the bypassable Transmission Service Charge (TSC), to be effective December 1, 2020, coincident with previously reported new Generation Supply Adjustment (GSA) charges, and a new Price to Compare
Staff of the Texas PUC have proposed new interest rates to be applicable to REP deposits and over-billings, consistent with the calculations set forth by rule, calculated pursuant to the process set forth in the PUC's rules
A Pennsylvania ALJ has issued a recommended decision addressing the default service plan of Duquesne Light Company (DLC or the Company) for the four-year period commencing on June 1,2021, and ending on May 31, 2025 (DSP IX).
PPL Electric Utilities
Corporation ('PPL', 'PPL Electric', or 'Company') petitioned the Pennsylvania Public Utility
Commission’s ('Commission') for a waiver of certain Eligible Customer List ('ECL') solicitation
requirements provided under Interim Guidelines for Eligible Customer Lists, Final Order entered
October 23, 2014 ('ECL Order'), in order to allow PPL to send the triennial Eligible Customer List (ECL) opt-out notice via electronic means to a larger group of customers than done currently
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas said in a brief today that while a 20-year old electric choice pilot program at the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) remains "open," active participation by customers in the program is only appropriate under statute if the Commission finds that the pilot would constitute the first stage of a transition to competition at SWEPCO, or that other related statutory requirements have already been met
Direct Energy Renewable Services has launched ChooseGreen for small businesses, under which Direct Energy Business is offering 100 percent renewable energy to customers across its U.S. footprint through a traditional retail supply contract that offsets all the customer's actual usage with renewable energy credits.
Genie Energy Ltd. reported that its U.S. retail supplier business segment, Genie Retail Energy (GRE), reported higher Adjusted EBITDA of $12.6 million for the quarter ending September 30, 2020 (3Q20), up from $11.2 million a year ago
The Illinois Commerce Commission denied motions from ICC Staff which had sought orders conditionally dissolving the Commission’s March 18, 2020 Emergency Orders prohibiting alternative retail electric suppliers (ARES) and alternative gas suppliers from conducting in-person solicitations, within the meaning of Section 412.10 for ARESs, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency
In reporting third quarter 2020 earnings today, NRG Energy provided an update concerning the financing of its previously reported agreement to acquire Direct Energy, which is pending final regulatory approval from FERC, with the updated financing plan no longer requiring new equity issuance
AEP Texas has filed at the Texas PUC to implement a final refund to retail electric providers, related to service to customers in the former AEP Texas Central service area, resulting from over-collections under Rate Schedule TC-2
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said today that it anticipates there will be sufficient installed generating capacity available to serve system-wide forecasted peak demand this winter and in spring 2021.
An initial decision from a Pennsylvania PUC ALJ in a customer complaint proceeding would find that the Pennsylvania PUC, "does not have the authority to determine the reasonableness of a rate charged by an Electric Generation Supplier."
The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate filed comments at the Pennsylvania PUC stating that, subject to conditions, the OCA does not oppose the petition of NRG Energy, Inc. for partial rescission of the PUC's March 16, 2020 Emergency Order establishing moratorium on in-person sales and marketing
Duquesne Light Company petitioned the Pennsylvania PUC for a waiver to allow it to send the triennial Eligible Customer List (ECL) opt-out notice via electronic means to a larger group of customers than done currently
Proposing various changes to the competitive procurement process established to meet New York's targets for energy storage, the joint New York utilities proposed, "an additional procurement option whereby the utility could solicit and purchase a storage project from a developer upon project operation and, after an established ownership period, seek to sell the storage project if the sale would produce a customer benefit."
During a Markets & Reliability Committee meeting, PJM staff provided an update on implementation of FERC's recent Minimum Offer Price Rule order, and, in particular, its applicability to state default service auctions for electricity supply
Pennsylvania State Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) has introduced legislation that would require the full unbundling of utility electric and gas supply costs, and would also require the adoption of enroll-by-wallet
The AES Corporation, the ultimate parent of Dayton Power & Light and other utilities, launched a new brand ("aes") and announced, "product offerings to help organizations achieve their energy objectives."
In comments at the New York PSC, several non-ESCO parties have raised concerns with Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.'s (the Company) proposal to provide residential and small commercial full-service customers with an optional renewable, carbon-free electricity option (the 'Green Power Program').
The Illinois Citizens Utility Board alleged in a blog post concerning alternative natural gas suppliers that, "many suppliers are violating a new consumer protection law that went into effect this year."
Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L), Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio and several other large customer groups, IGS Energy, and several environmental groups have signed a stipulation that would authorize deployment of advanced meters, an upgraded customer information system, and other grid modernization activities (Smart Grid Plan Phase I or SGP I)
NRG Energy, Inc. filed with the Pennsylvania PUC a new Petition for Partial Rescission of the PUC's March 16, 2020 Emergency Order prohibiting door to door and other in-person retail energy marketing during the pandemic.
An energy & water advisory firm specializing in energy supply & turnkey conservation measures announced that it has been named the preferred energy solutions partner for Delaware Valley Purchasing Group (DVPG)
A state regulator issued a final decision that, among other things, limits voluntary renewable electricity supply offers (VRO) from retail electric suppliers to using only RECs sourced from certain RTOs, and which prohibits the use of the term "renewable energy" to market a REC product
Liberty Utilities ("Liberty" or the "Company"), the regulated services division of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("APUC", or "Algonquin"), announced that it has launched a refreshed brand under the single name, "Liberty."
A provider of Energy Efficiency as a Service, which also operates as an electricity broker, today announced a $7.8 million equity funding round led by Balance Point Capital and Edison Partners with additional participation from Connecticut Innovations.
EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, announced their annual user conference has been moved to November 10-12, 2021 and will remain at The Four Seasons Resort and Spa in Orlando, Florida.
Green Mountain Energy for Texas residential customers announced a new Riding on Sunshine initiative to support electric vehicle (EV) adoption by offering customers in Texas two new electricity plans, as well as an EV-shopping tool, and a free EV charger to promote home charging through the use of solar energy.
Suvon LLC, d/b/a FirstEnergy Advisors and the Retail Energy Supply Association have reached a settlement concerning the electric broker/market application of FirstEnergy Advisors before the Pennsylvania PUC.
FERC has published its written order on rehearing and compliance with respect to revisions in PJM's minimum offer price rule (MOPR) in the capacity market, and FERC's discussion of the application of the MOPR to state default service auctions (or resources which may receive compensation under such auctions -- directly or indirectly) illustrates that FERC, at best, lacks a basic understanding of how default service auctions work, or else is intentionally mischaracterizing the auctions
Various New York utilities have posted their 12-month trailing average utility supply rates for the latest period (i.e. 12 months ended September 30, 2020) for each mass-market service class and for each mass-market customer grouping that receives different supply rates based on the company’s electric and/or gas tariffs.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Maine Governor Janet Mills, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott are calling for reform of the regional electricity market design, transmission planning process, and the governance of the ISO-New England, the independent system operator for the New England power system.
A further partial settlement has been reached concerning several issues -- including the presentation of retail supplier charges on utility consolidated bills -- in the Pennsylvania PUC proceeding addressing the default service plan of Duquesne Light Company for the four-year period commencing on June 1,2021, and ending on May 31, 2025.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas approved a final list of REPs that have been designated to serve as non-volunteer Providers of Last Resort (aka Large Service Providers or LSPs) for the 2021-2022 term, and issued a list of volunteer POLRs (aka Voluntary Retail Electric Providers or VREPs)
National Grid, through its competitive, non-regulated National Grid Ventures unit, today announced the launch of National Grid Renewables, the new brand name for its US renewable energy business which includes solar, onshore wind and battery storage.
Retail suppliers opposed several measures relating to the treatment of bundled products in draft Maryland rules for supplier consolidated billing (SCB), warning that such rules would jeopardize the success of the SCB program
An attorney examiner at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio granted, with modifications, an extension for the electric distribution utilities (EDUs) to file the dual SSO auction plans as discussed in our earlier story
The Pennsylvania PUC adopted an order in a UGI Utilities - - Gas Division rate case that establishes new amounts for the purchase of receivables (POR) discount rates and Merchant Function Charges (MFC)
AEP Ohio, Duke Energy Ohio, the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities, and Dayton Power & Light (the EDCs) asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for a 30-day extension of the Commission’s deadline which requires the EDCs to file plans to conduct simultaneous "dual auctions" for Standard Service Offer supplies, as the EDCs cited pending rehearing requests and a potential FERC order next week setting dates for the currently suspended PJM Base Residual Auctions for capacity.
Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has filed a response at the Texas PUC to East Texas Salt Water Disposal Company's (ETSWD) petition for declaratory order and request for the opening of a pilot retail electric choice implementation project at SWEPCO, with SWEPCO stating that a pilot may only be conducted as part of a larger transition to competition process, and that the PUC and legislature have found that its applicable power region is not ready for retail competition.
The Pennsylvania PUC approved a petition from Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Pennsylvania Power Company, and West Penn Power Company (collectively the FirstEnergy EDCs, FirstEnergy, or the Companies) for approval to modify the FirstEnergy Supplier Master Agreement (SMA) to include a capacity proxy price (CPP) for the FirstEnergy EDCs' upcoming default service auctions.
The ERCOT TDSPs announced that they, "will host an interactive Webex workshop to discuss information related to the current state of the residential solar customer experience in ERCOT’s competitive retail market."
The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers has filed a letter at the Texas PUC in support of East Texas Salt Water Disposal Company's (ETSWD) petition for declaratory order and request for the opening of a pilot retail electric choice implementation project at Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO)
PPL Electric Utilities Corporation ('PPL Electric', 'PPL', or the 'Company'), the Office of
Consumer Advocate ('OCA'), the Natural Resources Defense Council ('NRDC'), and the
Sustainable Energy Fund ('SEF') has entered into a settlement that would, under a pilot basis, allow PPL to actively manage the grid support functions of inverters placed on DERs owned by third parties, using the DER management devices owned by PPL
Staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas requested an extension of the deadline for Staff to file a recommendation on final disposition of the Option 1 retail electric provider certificate application of Blue Star Energy, LLC, which is an affiliate of AEP Texas
The Connecticut House and Senate have passed H.B. No. 7006 which empowers the Connecticut PURA to order retail electric suppliers to pay restitution to customers or to pay a combination of a fine and restitution
The New Jersey BPU has issued a proposed rule by which municipal-owned, 100% low- and moderate-income (LMI) community solar projects may submit an application for a project
that automatically enrolls customers and then allows them to "opt-out" from participating in the
project (Docket No. QX20090594)
A non-unanimous, partial stipulation concerning an EDC's electricity default service plan for the period June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2025 addresses issues related to the Standard Offer customer referral program (SOP) and shopping for Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers