PG&E, Insurers Reach $11 Billion Settlement to Resolve Wildfire Claims

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced a $11 billion settlement representing about 85 percent of insurance claims associated with the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California, according to a Sept. 13 press release. The agreement comes on the heels of PG&E’s reorganization plan filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California,…

Ohio Regulators Approve Winter Reconnect Order to Safeguard Consumers During Heating Season

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the winter reconnect order, which is designed to help Ohioans reconnect or maintain electric and natural gas service during the winter heating season between Oct. 14, 2019 and April 15, 2020, according to a Sept. 11 press release. Under the order, any customer of a PUCO-regulated electric…

SCE Seeks Over $1 Billion Revenue Hike to Support Wildfire Risk Mitigation

Southern California Edison Company asked the California Public Utilities Commission to authorize a revenue requirement of $7.6 billion to become effective January 1, 2021, according to an Aug. 30 filing. The request represents an increase of nearly $1.3 billion, or 20.1 percent, in 2021 over currently authorized and requested base rates, including sales reductions and…

Maine Commission Proposes Rule Changes to Enhance Electric, Gas Consumer Protection

The Maine Public Utilities Commission opened a proceeding on Sept. 3 to revise consumer protection standards for electric and gas utilities in accordance with legislation enacted in the 2019 session. The measure amends rules addressing service standards for utilities, billing practices, record keeping, and customer complaints. In May, the state passed three bills amending rules…

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: California’s Quest for Clean Energy

California’s energy landscape is evolving rapidly driven by its ambitious clean energy and carbon reduction goals. Recent actions range from enhancing renewable integration to reforming carbon market rules, strengthening auto-emission standards, and revising energy efficiency policies.

Ohio Regulators Approve Vectren Energy’s $22 Million Rate Hike, Infrastructure Spending

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement allowing Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio to raise its annual distribution rates by $22 million, according to an Aug. 28 press release. The agreement also resolves Vectren’s infrastructure replacement and capital expenditure programs, allowing the company to continue to replace aging pipelines through 2023. The company will…

DTE Gas to Refund $330 Million to Michigan Customers in Final Round of Federal Tax Cut Adjustments

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE Gas Co.’s third round of federal tax cut refunds that will return a total of $333 million, or $12.7 million annually, to customers, according to an Aug. 20 news release. The commission established a three-step process to address the short- and long-term impacts of the federal tax law, which…

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: How New York Is Charting a New Energy Future

New York has adopted sweeping measures to propel the state’s clean energy agenda, including adopting the nation’s most ambitious climate targets, awarding the largest offshore wind contract, and refining compensation rules to boost distributed solar.

Texas Regulator Advances Streamlined Broker Registration Process

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has voted to approve forms that will be used for electric broker registration, the first step in implementing Senate Bill 1497, which sets new rules for brokerage services in the state. New rules for broker registration empower the commission to hold brokers accountable with its customer protection provisions, disclosure requirements…

Maryland Commission Paves Way for Multi-Year Rate Plans Tied to Performance-Based Goals

The Maryland Public Service Commission on Aug. 9 issued a decision to convene a working group tasked with developing a procedure for implementing a multi-year rate plan, an alternative rate-setting process that would extend utilities’ approved rates for up to three years. Multi-year plans can combine the stability of traditional ratemaking while allowing adjustments that…

Michigan Electricity Providers Pass Regulator Demand Test for 2022-2023

The Michigan Public Service Commission has concluded that electric providers in the state have demonstrated that they have adequate electricity supplies to meet the needs of their customers for the 2022-23 planning year, according to an August 8 press release. The annual review by the regulator aims to ensure long-term reliability by verifying electric providers’ energy supply arrangements.…

West Virginia Regulator Expects Lower Utility Bills for 90 Percent of Natural Gas Customers

The West Virginia Public  Service Commission expects lower gas utility bills for the upcoming heating season, based on an initial review of utilities’ annual adjustments to the purchased gas portion of their rates, according to an Aug. 5 press release. Utilities that serve over 91 percent of the natural gas customers in the state have…