Texas Regulators Extend Electricity Relief Program Through August

The Public Utility Commission of Texas on July 2 announced an extension of the state’s Electricity Relief Program deadline from July 17 to August 31, 2020 as COVID-19 challenges continue.  The commission launched the program on March 26, in order to relieve the burden of retail electricity customers by protecting them from disconnections for non-payment...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Utility Regulators Focus on Assisting Customers, Rekindling Economy as COVID-19 Evolves

As the pandemic continues to unfold, utility regulators across the U.S. are focusing on the core issues of providing relief for the hardest-hit customers and reviving the economy with the help of utility initiatives. To date, several states have extended disconnection moratoriums and implemented customer relief programs, while others are examining how additional spending by the utilities could provide new jobs while minimizing customer bill impacts in the future.

Xcel Energy Proposes $3 Billion in Utility Investments to Aid Minnesota’s Economic Recovery From COVID-19

Xcel Energy Inc. on June 17 filed a plan with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to invest almost $3 billion in accelerated and incremental projects in an effort to help the state’s economy recover from the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal follows the commission’s request for information from electric and gas utilities…...

Colorado Regulator to Conduct Survey of Electric Utility Retail Rates

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission established a proceeding to examine retail rates of electric utilities in the state, according to a June 17 press release. The proceeding will specifically focus on recommendations intended to provide rate relief for utility territories whose rates are materially higher than the state’s average. The commission will conduct a survey…...

Wisconsin Plans to Lift Moratorium on Utility Disconnections

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reached a consensus to end the temporary moratorium on utility disconnections for nonpayment from July 25 as the state reopens, according to a June 11 press release. The commission encourages customers facing difficulties to seek a payment plan or apply for energy assistance with the utilities, while ensuring most…...

New York Regulator Opens Proceeding to Address COVID-19 Impacts on Customers, Utilities

The New York State Public Service Commission established a proceeding to identify and address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on utilities and ratepayers and other commission-regulated services and programs, according to a June 11 press release. The proceeding will examine impacts to customers and explore mitigation methods. The agency will examine the unprecedented change…...

FERC Approves Transaction Allowing Delta Montrose to Exit Tri-State

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 9 approved a request by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., a wholesale generation and transmission cooperative, to authorize the transfer of electric service contracts as part of a 2019 agreement, allowing Delta-Montrose to exit Tri-State on June 30. The cooperative will assign its wholesale electric service contracts…

Virginia Allows Load Aggregation for Commercial Customers to Purchase Power From Third-Party Suppliers

The Virginia State Corporation Commission announced a pilot program that will allow Dominion Energy Inc.’s commercial customers to combine the load of separately metered retail stores to purchase electricity from third party suppliers, according to a June 10 press release. The measure is in response to legislation enacted in April that directed the agency to…...

California Regulator Approves PG&E Bankruptcy Plan With Oversight Conditions

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s bankruptcy reorganization plan with conditions, including changes to the company’s governance structure, enhanced oversight, and creation of local operating regions, according to a May 28 press release. Under a new oversight framework, PG&E’s operating permit will be subject to an ongoing review as part…...

Virginia Regulators Approve Dominion Energy’s Voluntary Time-of-Use Rate Program

The Virginia State Corporation Commission on May 20 authorized Dominion Energy Inc. to establish an experimental, voluntary residential time-of-use, or TOU, rate schedule and a solar incentive program. Under the new schedule, participants will be subject to time-varying energy charges based on the season and the time period of consumption that the company categorizes as…...

Alaska Commission Begins Process to Regulate Electric Reliability Organization

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska on May 18 opened a proceeding to establish certification standards for regional electric reliability organizations, or EROs, and create a regulatory framework to oversee them. The move stems from legislation enacted in March that authorized the commission to certify EROs and define their duties including submission of integrated resource plans,…...