Colorado General Assembly Ponders Measure Mandating More Transparency on Utility Bills

In the Colorado General Assembly, a measure (SB17-105) that would require investor-owned electric utilities – such as Xcel Energy, serving the Denver area; and Black Hills Energy, serving Pueblo – to provide their customers with a comprehensive breakdown of costs on their monthly bills passed … Read more…

Rancho Mirage Bails on CVAG Community Aggregation Plan

Rancho Mirage Bails on CVAG Community Aggregation Plan

The animosity between Rancho Mirage and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments surrounding CV Link – a proposed 50-mile biking and hiking pathway in Southern California that initially would connect eight of the nine cities in the Coachella Valley and three Indian reservations – has spilled over to complicate an unrelated regional community choice aggregation plan, according to a February 20 report by The Desert Sun

Nevada Governor Forms Committee on Energy Choice

Nevada Governor Forms Committee on Energy Choice

On February 13, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) released an Executive Order (EO# 2017-03) establishing the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice, as promised during his State of the State Address in January – and as the Silver State’s voters had mandated when they approved Ballot Question 3 last November 8, eliminating energy monopolies and establishing a competitive market.

GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

GSEMNA Ordered by FERC to Pay $80M for Alleged Market Manipulation

On February 1, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order (Docket No. IN17-3-000) approving a settlement (158 FERC 61,105) between its Office of Enforcement and Houston-based power marketer GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA (GSEMNA) following an investigation into whether the retailer had violated the commission’s Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation regulation between May 2011 and September 2013.

El Paso Electric Requests $42.5M in Rates, Plus Distributed Generation with Demand Charges

On February 13, El Paso Electric filed (Docket No. 46831) with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to request an increase in non-fuel base revenues of approximately $42.5 million, or 8.71 percent over its adjusted test year base rate revenues. .

New Mexico Bill Would Require Public Utilities to ‘Shop’ for Energy Prices

New Mexico Bill Would Require Public Utilities to ‘Shop’ for Energy Prices

New Mexico State Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-District 52) introduced a bill (SB-360) on February 8 that would require publicly owned electric utilities to choose the least-costly alternative when proposing purchases of new energy sources.

TEP to Offer Demand, TOU Pricing Plans in March

TEP to Offer Demand, TOU Pricing Plans in March

Tucson Electric Power‘s 417,000 customers in southern Arizona will be able to choose from several new pricing plans under revised rates approved (Docket No. E-019933A-15-0322) on February 8 by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).

Florida Senate Passes Bill to Exempt C&I Solar from Property Taxes

In the Florida Senate, the Communications, Energy & Public Utilities Committee voted unanimously (5-0) on February 7 to approve a measure (SB 90) sponsored by State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-District 24) that exempts solar and renewable energy devices from property taxes on real and tangible personal property installed on commercial and industrial property.

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