Energy Choice Industry News

Electricity deregulation worth pursuing

The Arizona Corporation Commission has launched an interesting and important discussion of electricity deregulation. But Robert Robb, a columnist for The Republic in Arizona,  says it started the discussion by asking the wrong question. The commission opened a docket inviting interested parties to answer a series of questions. The first is: “Will retail electric competition…

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NH customers continue to switch electricity providers

The latest statistics filed with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission show that more than 90,000 residential electricity customers have left Public Service Co. of New Hampshire (PSNH) for a competitive service provider. More than 98 percent of the electricity consumed by the utility’s large commercial and industrial customers is purchased competitively, and more than…

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Before you switch energy suppliers, or if you are solicited…

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has tried to simplify switching your electricity supplier. Some people remain confused, however… According to the Erie Times-News:  “It’s not illegal to have a website similar to papowerswitch.com that lists electricity suppliers, said Jennifer Kocher, PUC press secretary. In fact, there are others in addition to the Choose Energy website,…

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PUCO offers energy choice information session

For the past year the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has been letting people across the state know they can choose their electric distributor. They’ll come to Middletown next week to the MidPointe Library, 125 S. Broad St., to address any questions and concerns from electric customers as they may have received a phone call,…

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‘Buzzing’ causes headaches for Md. energy consumers

“Buzzing” or “Slamming” to switch your electricity company without your permission is illegal. Learn about your rights in the Consumer Tools section on this website, at www.competitiveenergy.org/consumer-tools/your-rights. But this is still happening… WBAL-TV reports on the latest from Baltimore: www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/i-team/buzzing-causes-headaches-for-md-energy-consumers/-/10640252/20804472/-/item/1/-/wpdxx1z/-/index.html

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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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