Utilities vs. customers in rate-hike debate

By: Thomas Suddes|

Here, schematically, is a Capitol Square fight card: About 3.5 million Ohio customers of FirstEnergy and American Electric Power vs. roughly 30 top-shelf Statehouse lobbyists that the utilities employ in Columbus, some connected to Gov. John Kasich’s administration like conjoined twins.

The stakes: A potential increase of $3.9 billion in the bills […]

2015-12-21T09:18:39-05:00December 19th, 2015|Ohio Market|

PUCO sets questions in probe of electricity resellers

By: Dan Gearino|

Ohio utility regulators have begun looking into whether companies that resell utilities in apartments and condominiums should be treated as utilities. They are asking for interested parties to answer a few questions.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opened the investigation on Wednesday, following through on plans announced last month in response […]

2015-12-21T09:13:26-05:00December 17th, 2015|Ohio Market|

ComEd delivery rates set to fall in 2016

By: Steve Daniels |

Commonwealth Edison will charge you less next year to deliver your electricity.

No, you’re not reading the Onion.

The Illinois Commerce Commission today approved a $67 million rate decrease, $17 million more than the $50 million decrease ComEd proposed.

That should reduce the typical household’s average monthly electric bill by about a dollar […]

2015-12-10T14:59:01-05:00December 10th, 2015|Illinois Market|

Electricity, natural gas rates going up for Ameren Illinois customers

By: Joseph Bustos |

Ameren Illinois customers can expect to see increased utility bills beginning next year.

The Illinois Commerce Commission on Wednesday approved delivery rates for Ameren’s electricity and natural gas services.

The typical residential customer can expect to see their electricity bills increase by $2 to $7 a month beginning in 2016. Typical residential […]

2015-12-10T14:57:21-05:00December 10th, 2015|Illinois Market|

PUC staff urge rejection of Hunt takeover of Oncor

By: James Osborne |

A top staffer at the Texas Public Utility Commission recommended Wednesday rejecting Dallas billionaire Ray L. Hunt’s proposed takeover of Oncor, arguing it enriches investors at the expense of Texas consumers.

Darryl Tietjen, director of the agency’s rate regulation division, said in written testimony the proposal by Hunt Consolidated would give […]

2015-12-10T14:52:48-05:00December 10th, 2015|Texas Market|

With court case cleared, Energy Future Holdings bankruptcy case moves toward end

By: James Osborne |

An all-consuming 19-month court fight with its creditors now all but over, the stage is set for cash-strapped Texas power giant Energy Future Holdings to exit bankruptcy court in the spring.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi ruled Thursday that the best thing for the company and its creditors was to split […]

2015-12-04T07:57:39-05:00December 4th, 2015|Texas Market|