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, […]

PUC Looking to Revise Financial Requirements for REPs

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Amigo Energy, Consumer Advocacy, First Choice Power, PUC/ERCOT, StarTex Power, Tara Energy, Texas Electricity, Texas Electricity News

This news is a bit old, but it is worth a quick mention. Per Paul Ring, at Energy Choice Matters, the PUC is looking to reexamine and likely revise the financial qualifications it takes for REPs to be certified to sell electricity in the state of Texas. This is a direct result of the PUC […]

PUC Complaint Summary & Scorecard Need Some Work

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The PUC Scorecard and Complaint Summaries have been a part of how Texas Electricity Ratings evaluates the different retail electric providers in Texas since we first began the site back in 2009. After all, the Public Utilities Commission’s own view of different electricity companies was a logical voice to include when trying to create a […]

PUC Denies AEP to Sell Electricity in Texas as “AEP Retail Energy.”

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In what I consider great news, and despite an earlier ruling by a Texas judge, last week the PUC voted 2-1 to forbid AEP from using the name “AEP Retail Energy” to sell electricity in the state of Texas. I wrote extensively about what I saw as the dangers of selling Texas electricity under the […]

Are Voluntary Mitigation Plans a License To Steal?

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There’s been lots of controversy over the PUC’s acceptance and adoption of NRG’s Voluntary Mitigation Plans (VMP). And it is all justified. The Houston Chronicle’s chief Business and Energy columnist, Loren Steffy, wrote an article on recently blasting this move as against the interest of consumers and where one energy expert he quoted called the […]