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…

New Hampshire Law Expands Municipal Aggregation, Paving Way for More Clean Energy

Republican Governor Christopher Sununu signed legislation on Aug. 2 that allows municipalities and counties the option of implementing aggregation programs, in which retail electric customers will be automatically enrolled unless they opt out. Previously, community choice aggregation was allowed only for residents who consent to being included in the program. Municipalities can also operate energy…

Maryland Regulator Issues Record Fine Against Energy Supplier for Illegal Enrollment

The Maryland Public Service Commission has taken action against the retail energy supplier Smart One Energy LCC for enrolling customers without their consent, a practice known as ‘slamming’ and other violations of state law, according to an August 2 press release. The Commission suspended Smart One’s 2011 license to operate as a natural gas supplier in…

Massachusetts Retail Choice Power Market Cost Consumers $250 Million Over Three Years: Attorney General

Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, released a report on Aug. 1 showing that Massachusetts electric customers who switched to a competitive electric supplier paid about $76 million more on their bills from July 2017 to June 2018 than they would have if they remained with their utilities. Healey underscored the need for legislation to…

Community Choice Aggregators Seek Equitable Cost Allocation in PG&E’s Rate Case

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s proposed allocation of customer service-related costs in its rate case for the 2020-2022 period fails to reflect the cost differentials between bundled and unbundled electric distribution customers, according to a group of community choice aggregators operating in the utility’s territory. The differentials have become important with the advent of community…

Utility Regulators Approved Total Electric Rate Increase of $2.8 Billion Last Year: EIA

Last year, 89 utilities, representing nearly half of all major U.S. electric utilities, filed rate cases with state regulatory commissions, the largest number since 1983, according to a July 19 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The aggregated value of utility-rate hike requests in 2018 was $6.8 billion, and regulators approved a total increase…

FirstEnergy to Refund $900 Million in Federal Tax Cut Savings, Advance $500 Million Grid Modernization Plan

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission on July 17 adopted a settlement requiring FirstEnergy Corp.’s distribution utilities to revise their rates to reflect the savings from the federal tax cut law that slashed the corporate income tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The agreement calls for credits and rate revisions…