Maine State Lawmaker Proposes Bill Allowing Choice of Single Power Provider for Municipality

Maine House lawmaker Diane Denk, a Democrat, introduced legislation on April 11 that would establish a process to enable a municipality, which is served by two transmission and distribution utilities, to choose one of them to meet all its power needs. (LD 1542) To make the choice, the municipality would hold a referendum made by…

New Mexico Governor Signs Efficiency Bill Decoupling Energy Use From Utility Revenue

New Mexico’s Democratic Governor Michelle Grisham has signed legislation on April 3, which amends the 2005 Efficient Use of Energy Act, creating better incentives for utilities to engage in energy efficiency and conservation by removing the economic incentive to sell more energy. The Efficient Use of Energy Act of 2005 allows electric and natural gas utilities to implement cost-effective energy…

Pennsylvania Regulators Remind Retail Suppliers to Follow the Rules After Dubious Sales Practices

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued a secretarial letter on April 3 to all electric and natural gas suppliers in the state reminding them of sales and marketing guidelines for the state’s residential energy market. The letter follows the imposition of civil penalties and remedial action against multiple electric generation suppliers for violating rules that govern door-to-door…

Idaho Power Seeks Rate Bump to Finance Coal Plant Retirement

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is taking comments on a proposal by Idaho Power for a uniform increase to all base rates of 0.11 percent in order to finance the retirement of the North Valmy generating station, a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a capacity of 522 megawatts. The utility’s proposal calls for additional retirement costs to be…

New York Regulators Slash Orange and Rockland Utilities Rate Request by 80 Percent

The New York State Public Service Commission established a three-year rate plan for electric and gas service for customers of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., reducing the rate request by 80 percent. Under its last proposal, the utility sought a total electric revenue increase of $30 million, or 3.3 percent, and a $2.2 million gas revenue…

FPL Seeks Approval for Solar Subscription Program Following Customer Interest

Florida Power & Light Company submitted a petition with the Florida Public Service Commission for approval of a new voluntary community solar program, FPL SolarTogether, which allows customers to subscribe to a portion of new solar capacity built through the program and receive a credit for a portion of the system’s savings, according to a March 14…

Pennsylvania Regulator Proposes Enhanced Penalties in Retail Supplier Door-to-Door Sales Violation

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission doubled down on the civil penalties imposed as part of a settlement agreement with Vista Energy Marketing LP, following an investigation into the company’s marketing and sales practices as a licensed electric generation supplier in Pennsylvania, according to a March 14 press release. The Commission voted 5-0 to approve a…

Xcel Energy Unveils Renewable Energy Option for Wisconsin Customers

Xcel Energy Inc. announced its Renewable Connect Program, which allows customers who subscribe to source up to 100 percent of their electricity from renewables like wind and solar, according to a March 11 press release. The program gives customers the flexibility to choose how much of their electricity should come from renewables and for how long, with subscription options…

AEP’s Wholesale Auction Gets Approval From Ohio Regulators, Setting Lower Default Service Rates

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio accepted the results of AEP Ohio’s wholesale power auction which resulted in six winning bidders and an average clearing price of $46.63 per megawatt hour (MWh), according to a March 6 press release. The auction, held on March 5, 2019, will be combined with previous results to set the…

AEP Subsidiary Reaches Settlement, Slashing Rate Hike Request by Almost Half

The Public Service Company of Oklahoma reached a proposed settlement seeking a revenue increase of $46 million, down from the originally requested $88 million, according to a Feb. 27 press release by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The settlement would raise monthly residential electric bills by about $2.38 compared to an increase of $7 that would…...

ONE Gas to Return Nearly $18 Million in Federal Tax Cut Savings to Kansas Customers

The Kansas Corporation Commission on Feb. 25 directed Kansas Gas Service, a division of ONE Gas Inc., to refund about $17.9 million to its customers, rejecting the company’s request to retain the savings accrued from the federal tax cut law to offset its cost of service. Residential customers will receive a one-time bill credit to…

Duke Energy to Return Nearly $240 Million in Federal Tax Cut Savings to Ohio Electric Customers

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 20 approved rate reductions for Duke Energy’s electric customers to account for the federal tax law, which slashed the corporate income tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Customers will see a $2.13 decrease in their monthly bills. The company will refund $8.1 million…...