Regulatory Updates

The History of Energy Deregulation in Ohio

Natural Gas Deregulation In 1997, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) began unbundling natural gas services which separated natural gas delivery charges from the cost of the actual gas itself. This allowed for customers to purchase their gas from an actual supplier. Since this time, the market competition has grown, which allows consumers the [...]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Approves NEXUS Pipeline

The long-awaited and controversial NEXUS natural gas transmission pipeline has gained federal approval from FERC in late August. This comes after months of stagnancy due to the lack of a FERC commissioner board quorum. President Trump appointed Neil Chatterjee and R​obert Powelson to the board to give FERC the quorum needed to make decisions on [...]

Base Residual Auctions (BRA) – Capacity Costs

As we have discussed in a previous blog, capacity costs are the second largest component of an electric supply rate. It’s important to understand how they are calculated. Capacity prices are decided through auctions, which are organized by the regional transmission organization (RTO). In early June, PJM, the RTO that coordinates the movement of wholesale [...]

Energy Efficiency – Lighting Rebates Doubled

Save money with available bonus incentives! As of June 15, 2017, FirstEnergy is offering doubled lighting rebates in reward for energy efficiency. The double incentives are available to commercial and industrial customers of Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison, and the Illuminating Company. Current and prospective customers should act quickly to take advantage of these savings, as [...]

Change in Law – PJM Balancing Congestion

On January 31, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a change to PJM Interconnection's Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) that just recently went into effect. The change will result in the reassignment of Balancing Congestion Costs to retail electric suppliers (and all load serving entities) for their customers effective June 1, 2017. The [...]