Texas Electricity Fines: What Do The Fines Mean?

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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 Read More

More Signs Pointing to Imminent EFH/TXU Bankruptcy

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Per the Wall Street Journal, Energy Future Holdings (parent company to TXU, Oncor, and Luminant)  formerly known as TXU Corp., has hired restructuring lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, according to people familiar to the matter. Speculation about the financial woes of Energy Future Holdings has been rampant for years now, and I’ve written about Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

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, Read More