DPU commission investigating changes to electric supply market

Commissioners looking to find ways to help people when choosing an electric supplier.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Department of Public Utilities Commissioners (DPU) are considering new initiatives to improve the retail electric competitive supply market in Massachusetts.

Peter Lorenz, Communications Director for the Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs, provided the 22 News I-Team with information about an order issued in December by the DPU in regard to retail electric competitive supply market (D.P.U. 14-140).

“On December 11, 2014, the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) issued an Order opening an investigation into initiatives to improve the retail electric competitive supply market. This investigation was docketed as D.P.U. 14-140.”

“This investigation will consider the following initiatives to enhance the value that the retail electric competitive supply market provides to customers, particularly residential and small commercial and industrial (“C&I”) customers: (1) developing a “shopping for competitive supply” website; (2) revising the existing information disclosure label; (3) eliminating the basic service bill recalculation provision for residential and small C&I customers; (4) establishing reporting requirements for door-to-door marketing; and (5) establishing reporting requirements and rules for the assignment of customers to another competitive supplier (i.e., the migration of large numbers of customers from competitive supplier to another).

This proceeding was initiated by the Department, and the Commission will make the final decision through an Order. DPU currently has no timeline on that final decision.

So far, the Department has received comments from interested stakeholders – available through the DPU File Room. Also, the Department held two technical sessions on the website portion of the proceeding. The DPU will hold another technical session tomorrow (March 24th).”

The 22News I-Team will continue to follow the DPU Commissioners investigation and final decision as that information becomes available.


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