utility

New Jersey agency pushes for clearer contracts from third-party energy suppliers

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is seeking to provide greater transparency and more clarity on what prices customers can expect if customers choose to go with an alternative energy supplier (third-party supplier). NJ Spotlight Contact: Tom Johnson BPU looks to shield consumers from  sticker shock when electric and gas bills are far higher than…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

New tool available for Chicagoans to compare electricity rates

The Chicago-based consumer advocacy group, the Citizens Utility Board, has launched an interactive calculator tool to allow consumers to compare electricity rates. Chicago Tribune Written by: Julie Wernau Chicagoans who are confused over whether to stick with the city’s chosen electricity provider, Integrys Energy Services, or to go back to ComEd, now have a free…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

Pennsylvania PUC Moves into Next Phase of Its Retail Natural Gas Markets Investigation

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will move forward with their investigation into the state’s retail natural gas market. Among the numerous issues to be addressed includes expanding consumer education. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Contact: Denise McCraken HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today directed its Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO) to move…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

In New York, plan approved to expedite transmission line projects

The New York Public Service Commission approves plan to expedite development of electric transmission projects. New York Public Service Commission Contact: James Denn Albany, NY—08/14/14—The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today established a policy that would allow for a 10-month expedited review process for future electric transmission projects that can be built within existing…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

In Maryland, power plants coming to electricity-hungry state

For the first time in over a decade in Maryland, a state that imports more electricity than other states, which has been causing higher charges for consumer for years, now intends to have two new, large power plants developed, with construction beginning as soon as this year. There are two additional projects currently seeking approval…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

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…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

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…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

Connecticut Senate unanimously OKs electricity supplier rules

An energy consumer protection bill passes the CT Senate. my foxny.com The Connecticut General Assembly moves a bill forward that aims to increase transparency in billing and marketing by electric suppliers as consumer protection has become a greater priority. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Consumer protections that promise more transparent billing and marketing by electric suppliers…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

New York State Senator offers strategy to confront high electricity bills

New York state Senator George Maziarz issued an op-ed, informing constituents about the opportunity to shop for energy.  Shopping for energy empowers consumers to make smart decisions about their energy purchases…. Posted by George D. Maziarz on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 While this bitter winter is hopefully behind us, there is no doubt that one of its most…

Read the full article

View this News Release (external link)

Why Have Energy Bills Increased – Explaining Price Volatility

It has been a record cold winter across much of the country, and many have been expressing deep concern as to why energy bills have been so high. Regardless of whether energy is purchased from a utility or a competitive energy supplier, customers have seen electricity and natural gas prices spike in many parts of…

Read the full article