Columnists: Cheryl Kaften

Consumers Energy Customers to Save $172M Through Early Termination of Palisades PPA

Entergy and Consumers Energy announced on December 8 that they have agreed to an early termination in 2018 of their power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Palisades Power Plant – reducing the costs to Consumers’ customers by as much as $172 million over four years.

Mississippi PSC to Consider Discount on Power Bills for Armed Forces on Active Duty

Members of the Armed Forces who are deployed on active duty overseas soon may see a break back home on their power and gas bills, if they are Mississippi-based.

Pennsylvania PUC Proposes Revisions to Electric Supplier’s Marketing and Sales Practices

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued a proposed settlement agreement (Docket No. M-2016-2536806) with licensed energy retailer Great American Power for comment on December 8  following an informal investigation into the company’s marketing and sales practices in the Keystone State. The commission voted 5-0 to issue for comment the proposed settlement between Great American   …Continue Reading

Kemper Plant Commissioning Pushed to January, Costs Continue to Rise

The problematic Kemper Project clean coal power plant being constructed by Mississippi Power will miss its next targeted start-up date of December 31 – and now will likely start operations in January 2017, according to a December 5 report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Ambit Energy Is Defendent in Class Action Suit Alleging Consumer Fraud

Three New Jersey ratepayers filed a class action lawsuit on November 28 in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey against a retail energy provider, alleging that customers who are enrolled in the company’s budget billing plans “often find themselves saddled with several hundreds of dollars in hidden and illegal fees.”

Despite Equipment Failure, Lakeland Electric Succeeds in Keeping Fuel Rates Flat

The low retail prices enjoyed by Lakeland Electric’s 120,000 customers in the Sunshine State throughout 2016 will last into 2017, because the City Commission has decided to keep fuel rates flat through next March, according to a December 5 report in The Ledger.

Energy Retailer Crius Marks Millionth-Customer Milestone with Customer Sweepstakes

Crius Energy, an independent retailer that now serves nearly one million residential and commercial customers nationwide, announced the company’s first cross-brand promotion at the beginning of this month. Designed to celebrate the company’s one-millionth customer milestone, the campaign will offer residential electricity and natural gas customers the opportunity to win prizes in a sweepstakes. Through the   …Continue Reading

Boulder Ratepayers Reconsider Renewal of Utility Occupation Tax

A plurality of Boulder , Colorado, voters say they would support a renewal of the Utility Occupation Tax, which funds the city’s now five-year-old bid to separate from Xcel Energy and form a municipal electric utility, a Daily Camera poll has found. But backing for the movement is declining overall, the news outlet has found.

Louisville Metro Government Announces Plans to Intervene in LG&E Rate Case

Later this month, the Louisville Metro Government plans to formally intervene in a request before the Kentucky Public Service Commission (Case No. 2016-00347) from Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) to raise utility rates , according to a December 2 report on WFPL News, the local National Public Radio affiliate.

Colorado PUC Reduces Black Hills’ Request for Higher Electric Rates by 85%

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) slashed 85 percent from Black Hills Energy’s request to increase electric rates at a meeting last week (Docket No.16AL-0326E), according to a December 2 report in The Denver Post.