Energy Choice Industry News

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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Utility Question or Concern? Contact the PUCO

The Public Utility Commission of Ohio issues a press release advising customers that the PUCO Call Center is available to answer any utility matter. Public Utility Commssion of Ohio Contact: Matt Schilling The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) urges consumers to contact the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) or visit the PUCO website…

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Electricity Customer Choice Out-Performs Traditional Monopoly (Utility Dive)

A Michigan-based advocacy group highlights the differences between choice markets and non-choice markets. Utility Dive Contact: Wayne Kuipers and Wendy Chapelle The evidence continues to accumulate that the performance of electricity customer choice is superior to that of traditional vertically integrated monopoly. Since the recession of 2008-9, electricity customer choice has been routinely outperforming traditional monopolies in…

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“State energy-choice models show it can work in Nevada” (Las Vegas Sun)

Check out this very informative guest column about the benefits of energy choice and how consumers in Nevada, upon a possible creation of energy choice programs in the state, can benefit from energy competition, with the opportunity for consumers to further assess their energy options to power, cool, and heat their homes, apartments and businesses. With energy choice, consumers in energy choice…

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