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

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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, […]

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 […]

Texas Electricity Manipulation Questions Possibly Reveal Larger Concerns

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After writing a post asking some questions about whether or not it was possible if the Texas electricity market was being manipulated on 06/26/12, I have since received a fair amount of attention. On top of the previously linked articles, my post was also mentioned at the bottom of another Houston Chronicle piece discussing the […]

Texas Independent Market Monitor Response To Market Irregularities June 26th, 2012

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Since I released my article questioning strange behavior in the ERCOT electricity market on June 29th I’ve been receiving a lot of attention. I had a very long follow-up call with the Independent Market Monitor (IMM), Dan Jones, and some of his associates. Additionally I was contacted by a reporter at Platts who wanted my […]