|Staff Filing on Electric Suppliers Electronic Rate Posting Requirement|
Staff has filed a list of issues with the Commission with regard to the statutory requirement that electric suppliers post information about residential and small commercial customer rates on the internet. Staff requested that the Commission offer the issues for industry comment for aid in implementation of the requirement. The issues identified by Staff are as follows:
"1. Do we need to create a distinction between suppliers who have “open offers” to any eligible customer and suppliers and brokers who generally have only negotiated contracts with customers?
2. Can a supplier’s ‘services’ and ‘prices’ be described in broad terms? (i.e., Would a phrase such as “We will work with multiple suppliers to get you the best price” qualify as “readily understandable information about . . . prices”?)
3. Does PUA §7-507(j) require all suppliers to have a web site?
4. If a supplier only provides service via negotiated contracts, how would that supplier comply with PUA §7-507(j)?
5. What should be the rule for a variable price product offer?
6. Does every service offering need to be posted on the internet, or does posting a single offer on the internet qualify?
7. Is a posting that includes some variation of “Not offering service at this time” acceptable?
8. Is a posting that states “contact the supplier for a quote” acceptable?
9. Should PUA §7-507(j) apply to natural gas suppliers?
10. Must a specific rate be posted on the website?
11. Should the Commission define the term “small commercial”?"
The full text of the Staff Filing is available on the NEM Website.
|Amended RFP for New Generation|
The Commission issued an amended RFP for new generation to be issued by Maryland electric utilities. The changes were prompted by questions raised at a pre-bid conference on the RFP. Elements of the RFP that were modified include:
1) extending the due date to January 20, 2012;
2) encouraging each respondent to submit proposals for both a fixed gas price offering and a variable gas price offering; and
3) requiring each respondent to disclose whether it plans to demonstrate financial strength by relying on the financial commitment of a parent or other company.
The full text of the Amended RFP is available from NEM headquarters.