Energy Choice Industry News

Now’s a good time to switch elecricity providers

Many Penelec customers (in Pennsylvania) didn’t like what they saw when they opened their electricity bill this month. Now Penelec customers can save as much as $10 a month by choosing from among 20 suppliers on www.papowerswitch.com, a website provided by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Nearly 200,000 Penelec customers — about one in every…

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Penelec rates jump; consumers urged to shop

The Erie Times-News says Penelec customers might get a jolt when they check their latest bill. new rates took effect June 1, and Pennsylvania customers are seeing an increase in the cost of electricity. The increase could lead consumers who haven’t already made the switch to start scrambling to find an alternative energy supplier with…

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Best Practices for Energy Consumers in Pennsylvania

On Thursday, June 20, ACCES spokesman Michael Meath moderated a panel discussion on best practices for consumer protection at a competitive energy supplier workshop organized by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Harrisburg. The discussion focused on ways suppliers can make sure their sales and marketing efforts are focused on providing real value to consumers rather…

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Granville Township grasps last chance for energy plan

Time is running out on the option for Granville voters to decide whether they want to participate in energy aggregation, under which they would collectively buy power at a discounted rate. The township trustees say the program would save residents money, and officials want to see the issue put on the November ballot. But they…

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Minneapolis the First Domino in Local Energy Choice in Minnesota?

Over the weekend the campaign for a municipal utility option in Minneapolis, MN, got another boost: the endorsement of the city Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.  The campaign’s goal is to increase clean, affordable, reliable, and local energy deployment in the city through meaningful negotiations with the utilities over their expiring franchise contracts in 2014, or by exercising…

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Mount Holly considering energy deal on behalf of residents

At a work session Monday, a few companies that deal in energy aggregation made presentations to the Township Council. The companies said the township could strike a deal that would lead to energy savings for residents. Energy deregulation has been a reality in New Jersey since 1999. However, the program by which municipalities can aggregate…

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Energy Choice in New York State

ACCES was recently featured in the May/June 2013 issue of New York State Realtor magazine. The article about energy choice in New York State is on page 28, and available in a digital copy here: http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NYRS/NYRS0313/index.php#/28

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New Hampshire energy suppliers announce new alliance

Consumer education about energy choice is catching on in New Hampshire. Energy supply companies, trade groups and environmental organizations have announced the formation of a new alliance they say is designed to educate New Hampshire consumers about options they have when choosing their electricity provider and protecting the environment. EmpowerNH plans to roll out a…

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Let’s Democratize Demand Response – Power from the People!

Demand Response (DR) in the Texas restructured market seems to be on verge of becoming the next big thing. Unfortunately, it has been on the verge of being the next big thing for quite a while. The mounting evidence, however, seems to support the democratization of DR by enabling technologies that address the greatest source…

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Customer Choice Education Group ACCES Announces New Members

Briefly from Energy Choice Matters The American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers (ACCES) announced that SouthStar Energy Services and Great Eastern Energy have each joined ACCES. Last summer, Infinite Energy joined the coalition, and founding members include IGS Energy, NRG Retail, and U.S. Gas & Electric. ACCES was formed to provide clear and accurate information…

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