AUSenergy News Update 12/18/2013
Dec 18, 2013

In today’s AUSenergy News Update: Former Texas PUC Chair speaks out in support of opt-out MEA in Ohio, energy benchmarking in San Francisco is regarded as a success, and ComEd’s electricity delivery rate will increase in January.

Former Chair of Texas PUC Supports Opt-Out MEA

Summary: Former Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Pat Wood, told the PUC of Ohio that opt-out municipal aggregation is a great tool for opening up energy markets, though not for larger energy consumers.
AUS Comment: AUS agrees with Mr. Wood’s assessment and can help communities in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio and other deregulated markets establish opt-out aggregation programs that provide residents with increased energy savings and communities with economic growth.

Benchmarking Deemed a Success in San Francisco

Summary: A 2011 Benchmarking Ordinance has saved San Francisco $450,000 in energy costs and reduced the city’s carbon footprint by 3.6%
AUS Comment: As a strong proponent for benchmarking, AUS is pleased to report on San Francisco’s progress.

Approved Rate Increase Means ComEd Customers Pay More

Summary: Electricity customers will see a delivery rate increase on their bills beginning in January. After reviewing ComEd’s expenses, the Illinois Commerce Commission allowed the increase.
AUS Comment: All electricity customers in ComEd’s territory, whether they have switched to alternative suppliers or not, will see the rate increase reflected in the delivery side of their bill.

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