Donna Nelson On Residential Customer Demand Response

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Deregulated Electricity, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

I’ve been fairly critical of the PUC in recent posts, but recently Donna Nelson did speak out on something that I do actually agree with…or at the very least, it seems fair. As the generation capacity of Texas continues to shrink, and as the PUC’s efforts to lure new generation to date have failed, 

Is There an Texas Electricity Market Bubble?

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I’ve written before about my concerns about how Texas electricity companies are selling electricity plans at a loss, and I’ve written before about my thoughts on electricity companies potentially going out of business during summer months. Now, I’d like to take a look at something based on both of those concerns combining to cause 

PUC Continues to Drop Ball on Consumer Advocacy?

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Consumer Advocacy, Direct Energy, Green/Renewable Energy, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Deregulated Electricity, Texas Electricity, Trends, TXU Energy, YEP-Energy

I revieve reader questions on a regular basis about how the PUC handles their ranking system. The general thrust is “I see there is a state rankings system for Texas electricity, but it looks dated.” Or “I don’t see the electricity provider that I’m interested in listed on the PUC’s page. What gives?” I wrote an […]

Texas Electricity Fines: What Do The Fines Mean?

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Consumer Advocacy, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

On Monday I saw a couple of different notes over at Energy Choice Matters, both of which discussed a couple of Retail Electricity Providers (REPs) that have been levied fines by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Texas. Fines are nothing new to REPs, and having waded through much of the PURA documentation myself, I […]

UPDATE 1/10/2013: PUC Complaint Scorecard Still Needs Some Work

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

A couple months back I spoke with the PUC, on a story linked here, regarding the PUC’s handling of their self-trumpeted ratings system for REPs. When I started asking questions, they quickly turned around an update the following date and the improvements in their process were clear. Since then, they’ve not done anything else. In the […]

PUC To Implement Smart-meter Opt-Out Plan

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The PUC announced last week that they’d be coming up with an opt-out program for Smart Meters. This isn’t surprising, given the natural Independence of Texans in general, and some people have had concerns about the effectiveness of Smart Meters, as well as the idea that they don’t like agencies gathering their data on electricity usage. […]

PUC Rules Electric Companies Can’t Alter Fixed Price Rates

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Ambit Energy, Deregulated Electricity, Fixed Rates, PUC/ERCOT, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

After the PUC voted to raise the market cape earlier this summer (with more cap raises coming in upcoming years), there were a lot of concerns about whether or not Texas electricity companies would alter the rates of their fixed rate electricity plans because of increased costs on their end. This was a controversial concept, […]