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Electric Competition

Phillip Cross

Electric Competition

The Illinois Commerce Commission has issued a statement calling for more prominent disclosure by electric utilities and other electric suppliers of the  Price to Compare— the cost to a consumer should they decide to purchase supply and delivery service from an established public utility company.   It said that even though there is evidence that consumers are already responding to market signals as the average price of supply by alternative retail electric suppliers (ARES) has increased, it has been reported that statewide customers spent $195.3 million more than the utility rate by taking supply service from ARES in 2018, which is...

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Electric Vehicles

Phillip Cross

Electric Vehicles

The Alabama Public Service Commission has ruled that an entity who owns, operates, leases, or controls an electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) in Alabama is not a utility under the state public utility code. The ruling is based on its finding that EVCSs do not hold themselves out to the public as a utility that is ready and willing to serve any or all of their electricity needs, engage in supplying the public necessary services, and do not service all inhabitants within the area they operate. In this regard, EVCSs are not a natural monopoly or an enterprise in its...

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Rate Case Digest

Phillip Cross

Rate Case Digest

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has authorized Emera Maine to increase its electric delivery rates by $4,453,645 or 5.32% based on a return on common equity of 9.35%. The rate increase will be implemented through the “across the board” methodology based on the billing determinants on October 2, 2017. The company had proposed that any distribution rate calculation not include the tax savings associated with the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Ac (TCJA) and instead permit Emera to accumulate the on-going tax savings as a regulatory liability. The commission disagreed, finding that the TCJA has significantly decreased the company’s expenses...

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North Carolina and New York Rate Rulings

Phillip Cross

North Carolina and New York Rate Rulings

North Carolina Commissions sets Duke Energy Carolinas's ROE, and NY PUC approves new electric and natural gas rates for Central Hudson G&E. 

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Driver-less Cars

Phillip Cross

Driver-less Cars

The California Commission rules on allowing permits for certain transportation companies to use pilot programs for autonomous vehicles.

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