Energy Choice Industry News

When it comes to retail energy, Florida is no competitor

The Pensacola News-Journal published an investigative feature story on May 19 that compares Florida’s non-competitive electricity model with the Texas competitive retail electricity market. The article considers the economic effects of competition, and the reasoning behind why utility monopolies have persisted in Florida. ACCES’ Frank Caliva commented on the policymaking process for Florida, or other…

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Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips from the Department of Energy

Anticipating rising temperatures, rising air conditioner usage, and rising bills, the DOE issued tips for consumers to save on energy costs while still keeping their homes cool. Included are tips for long-term energy efficiency such as an energy audit. US Department of Energy www.energy.gov  USE YOUR WINDOWS TO GAIN COOL AIR AND KEEP OUT HEAT: If…

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What Will Nevada’s Nevada’s Energy Market Look Like if a Deregulation Ballot Measure Passes in 2018?

A committee, chaired by Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison, and made up of lawmakers, energy experts and business representatives, has been established to determine elements of Nevada’s energy market if the deregulation ballot measure passes in 2018.  Issues include the market structure design, whether Nevada should enter the wholesale market and ending NV Energy’s monopoly. The proposed constitutional…

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The Pennsylvania PAPUC Office of Competitive Market Oversight offers tips on door-to-door sales

The PAPUC issued a consumer press release offering tips on door-to-door sales and consumer’s rights when it comes to shopping for energy with a competitive supplier. Chairman Brown advised consumers to immediately seek proper identification before engaging a salesperson.  Brown noted that regulations require agents who conduct door-to-door activities, or appear at public events, to wear…

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A Newcomers Guide to Picking Your Texas Electricity Provider: The Real Power of Choice

Relocating to Texas – how does one go about choosing a Texas electricity provider? Critera can include optimal service, rewards and bill credits, community-minded companies, and green products. PaperCity Mag: The Best of Houston Choice is a powerful thing. Having a good one can change your way of looking at the world. Newcomers to Texas might…

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Study: Lack of competition to blame for Ohio electricity cost increases

A new study by Ohio State University says most of the electricity cost increases in the state since 2008 are due to a lack of competition in the market. Midwest Energy News Contact: Kathiann M. Kowalski With Ohio’s energy and energy efficiency standards again under attack, a new policy paper from Ohio State University attributes…

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Will California consider full retail electricity choice?

California’s top regulator says it’s time to consider full retail electricity choice. Green Tech Media Contact: Stephen Lacey As if California’s electric grid isn’t already changing fast enough, the state’s leading regulator says it’s probably time to change even faster. In an interview on this week’s Interchange podcast, Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities…

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Op-Ed Calls For Retail Electric Choice In Minnesota

An op-ed responding to legislation granting Xcel Energy authority to ratebase a new power plant calls for Minnesota to adopt retail electric choice. Rochester Post Bulletin Contact: Catrina Rorke Competition and consumer choice are good for the Gopher State. The phone you use, car you drive, coffee you drink and clothes you wear all are better…

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Maryland advances review of the state utility distribution grids to ensure they are “customer-centered, affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable.”

MDPSC issued notice (1/31/17), revising the scope of the proceeding to include rate design; electric vehicles; competitive markets and customer choice; the interconnection process; energy storage; and distribution system planning. The notice includes a statement of principles articulated by the MDPSC, including, most importantly, a re-affirmation that “Competitive markets are an integral part of Maryland’s…

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Energy Choice Initiative passes in Nevada

Nevada voters have approved the Energy Choice Initiative which is a constitutional amendment that will require the Nevada Legislature to establish “an open, competitive retail electric energy market,” reduce energy market regulations, and prohibit energy monopolies. It must pass a second consecutive vote in 2018 before it can become a constitutional amendment.. Reno Gazette Journal Nevada…

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