38550 1 PL 8/12/2010 E PUC LEGAL AGREED NOTICE OF VIOLATION AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT RELATING TO ACCENT ENERGY TEXAS L.P.’S VIOLATION OF PURA §17.004 AND §39.101 AS WELL AS PUC SUBST. R. §25.475 AND 25.479, CONCERNING CUSTOMER PROTECTION RULES FOR RETAIL ELECTRIC PROVIDERS
Accent agreed to pay $50,000 to settle the allegations.
Talked to Christine Wright this afternoon. She clarified that she’s looking to bring a proposal for publication on changes to 25.498 to the September 29th Open Meeting. She expects the new rule to better distinguish between prepay products supported by collars (the REPower model) versus products supported by TDSP smart meters. She is also exploring various customer protection rule exemptions depending on the sophistication of the deployed product. She is having meetigns with REPs who have redlines already for this rule. So, if you have ideas, it is in your best interest to get them developed and meet with Christine sooner rather than later.
As for any prepay model that does not rely on metering technology and would fit under 25.498, I get the strong, strong sense that the Commission is trying to put that model out of business. So, if that is your dominant model, it is in your interest to figure out how to make a product work under 25.498 as well.