Energy Choice Industry News

A South Carolina Policy Council Calls for Deregulating Electric Industry in the state

Guest letter written by: Shane McNamee, policy analyst at the South Carolina Policy Council GreenvilleOnline In South Carolina — as in most other states — regulation has almost completely divorced the energy sector from the free market. Private energy providers must register with the state as public utilities. Once registered, the state helps enforce a monopoly…

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Pennsylvania wants to turn up the heat for Pennsylvania’s competitive gas marketplace

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed the American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers (ACCES) on the topic of natural gas consumer education in Pennsylvania as compared with electric choice consumer education and the future of the natural gas retail market in the state. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Written by: Michael Sanserino Pennsylvania’s competitive electricity marketplace has received a lot of…

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Technology, cable, phone companies ‘cast covetous eye’ on power utility industry’s customers

Technology, cable, and phone companies are beginning to make their way into the retail energy market. Columbus Business First Written by: Tom Knox A lack of technological innovation and a business model that still clings to a regulated market could soon have the utility industry fighting for relevance among upstarts and businesses new to the power…

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Competitive energy suppliers attracting customers with creative perks

Competitive energy suppliers are using innovative strategies to improve the supplier-customer relationship by offering creative value-added services and perks for signing up with a retail energy supplier. Written by: Michael Sanserino Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Competitive energy suppliers in Pennsylvania are wooing customers by offering loyalty rewards, in addition to electricity and natural gas. Consumers can earn…

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Pennsylvania Announces Website Updates to Educate About Variable Rates

The PAPUC has provided additional information on their website for consumers considering a fixed rate or a variable rate from a competitive energy supplier. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Contact: Robin Riley HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced several PAPowerSwitch.com updates to address this winter’s variable rate issues in the retail electricity market, including…

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Michigan Public Service Commission Issues Summer Energy Appraisal

The summer energy appraisal provides a highlighted overview regarding the projected prices of energy in Michigan over the winter months. Contact:  Judy PalnauAgency:  Michigan Public Service Commission May 23, 2014 – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today released the “Michigan Energy Appraisal: Summer 2014.” The demand for energy in Michigan is projected to increase across all…

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Pennsylvania Finalizes Recommendations to Provide More Supplier Information on Utility Bills

Folks in Pennsylvania will begin to see more electricity supplier information on their electric bills. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Contact: Jennifer Kocher HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today finalized recommendations that will provide consumers with more information from their electric generation suppliers (EGSs) on their utility bill. The Commission voted 5-0 to…

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Two new members appointed to NARUC’s Board of Directors

The Chair of the New York Public Service Commission and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities have both been appointed to NARUC’s Board of Directors.  National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Contact: Rob Thormeyer WASHINGTON—National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Colette D. Honorable appointed two new members to the Association’s Board of…

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The Illinois Commerce Commision announces new electricity prices for utilities ComEd and Ameren

ComEd increases its electricity prices to 7.5 cents,  while Ameren decreases its prices slightly to 4.6 cents. Illinois Commerce Commission Contact: Beth Bosch The Illinois Commerce Commission has posted updated “Price to Compare” information for ComEd and Ameren Illinois residential customers at its consumer education website PluginIllinois.org.  With the wide variety of electric supply choices…

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Conn. lawmakers send electric consumer protection bill to governor

The Connecticut state bill on consumer protection has passed both the state House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law. The bill seeks to address complaints about spiking prices, deceptive practices and lack of disclosure about rates and contract terms in Connecticut’s electric supplier market. SNL Written by:…

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