See No Evil? | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas …
Dallas Morning News, Aug 30, 2007 -
From the start, the chairman of our state’s Public Utility Commission expressed misgivings about the proposed buyout of TXU.
Oncor may seek rate increase next year | Dallas Morning News …
Dallas Morning News, Aug 29, 2007 -
The filing from Oncor Electric Delivery Co. was in response to a rate review begun this spring by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Oncor won’t seek rate hike now 3:55 PM CT | Dallas Morning News …
Dallas Morning News, Aug 28, 2007 -
would be “appropriate, supportable and justified,” said Oncor Electric Delivery Co., in a regulatory filing with the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Archive for August 2007
Aug 26 – The Dallas Morning News
Commission staff filed this settlement agreement on Friday, August 24th. The settlement resolves and concludes an investigation of Direct Energy related to the Commission’s substantive rules relating to
automatic renewal of service.
According to the settlement agreement, Direct Energy sent renewal notices to all small commercial customers whose contracts were about to expire. The notices offered to renew the contracts for a minimum term of at least one year, and would be effective if the customer did not take action by a specific, disclosed date. The notices included the appropriate Electricity Facts Label and Terms of Service document applicable during the term of the renewal product, including notice of an early cancellation fee. Each small commercial customer was also provided the opportunity to contact Direct Energy to decline the renewal offer without penalty. In 5,246 instances, a small commercial customer’s contract was renewed for a term of at least 12 months when the customer did not respond to the notice sent to the customer. Of those customers, 1,469 subsequently terminated service with Direct Energy and 3,777 customers continued to receive service from Direct Energy under the renewal offer.
Staff contends, but Direct Energy denies, that Direct Energy’s renewal process violated PUC Substantive Rule 25.475(e)(2). Staff concludes that Direct Energy and Staff interpreted Substantive Rule 25.475(e)(2) differently, and although Staff contends that Direct Energy’s interpretation of this rule was incorrect, Staff found no evidence of any willful or negligent violation.
Substantive rule 25.475(e)(2) states:
“A REP may utilize an automatic renewal clause. Any service renewed through the activation of an automatic renewal clause shall be in effect for a maximum of 31 days and such clause may be repeatedly activated unless cancelled by the customer or unless the REP materially changes the terms of service.”
failed to comply with P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.107(f)(l)(A)(iii), which provides the basis for ongoing financial qualification to hold a REP certificate;
violated P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.214(d)(l) by failing to comply with the terms and conditions of Centerpoint’s Tariff, TXU’s Tariff, and AEP’s Tariff, all of which required that payment for all Delivery Charges be made within 35 calendar days after the date of transmittal of the invoice;
violated ERCOT protocols, defaulted on payments to ERCOT, and failed to cure the default; and
failed to comply with P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.107(f)(2), which requires that REPs maintain sufficient cash to cover all deposits and advance payments, and that REPs refund all obligations to customers within 30 days of notifying the commission of its intent to withdraw its certification.
Prepaid providers have existed almost from day one in the Texas electric market. How does that model work and how does it compare with the models now covered under §25.498? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both prepay models?
Following this session you will:
· Understand the recently adopted prepaid electricity rule — §25.498.
· Understand the operational considerations in using the prevalent prepaid models currently in use and their regulatory limitations.
· Benefits of Prepaid Electricity
· Existing Model (Firefly, Freedom, et al)
· Practical Challenges in the Existing Model:
o Business Procedures
· Understanding the New Model — §25.498:
Who Should Attend:
Staff responsible for: Business Strategy, Regulatory Policy, Marketing, and Customer Service.
News Clips of Interest…
TXU promises may come up empty
By Janet Elliott, San Antonio Express-News, 08/17/07
The Public Utility Commission on Thursday said it lacks authority to hold investors buying Dallas-based TXU to their stated promises to reduce electric bills and build fewer coal plants.
Using TXU infrastructure, residents in an affluent area just north of downtown Dallas including Lower Greenville, Highland Park and University Park will be offered DirecTV-branded high-speed Internet and voice-over-Internet telephone services either at the end of the year or early 2008, said Brendan Herron, a vice president of Current Group, which is installing the technology.
Few critical care clients make CenterPoint’s priority list: Company’s criteria are found to be stringent and frustrating
Aug 16 – McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – Alexis Grant Houston Chronicle
Power outages at Don Corolla’s house are more than an inconvenience.