Clearview Electric in Danger of Retail Electric Provider Certificate Being Revoked

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has stated in their latest filing that they believe the requirements of a retail electric provider certificate holder are well known and should have been known by Clearview Electric. The commission does not believe a waiver should be given to Clearview Electric in order to allow them to comply with the requirements of being an REP in Texas unless specific circumstances warrant it.

The PUCT has asked that Clearview give them at least 90 days notice prior to the expiration of their suspension period on whether they plan to come into compliance with the PUCT rule P.U.C. Subst R.25.107 by the compliance deadline. So what is this rule all about and how does it relate to the Texas electricity consumer? Below is a summary of the rule that the PUCT is trying to get Clearview Electric to be in compliance with.

The amendment to §25.107 (1) provides requirements for a change in control of a REP, (2) strengthens the reporting and certification requirements related to managerial resources and ability, (3) limits the number of business names (dbas) a REP may operate under, (4) provides requirements for certification as a distributed generation REP serving large commercial customers, (5) allows the commission to draw on a letter of credit upon the revocation of a REP certificate, (6) defines erroneous switch-holds related to deferred payments plans as a significant violation of the commission’s rules, and (7) makes other clarifying changes.

As you can see the rule seems to be related to making it transparent who owns an electric company as well as limiting the amount of names one REP can hold. I would imagine these rules are in place so that an electric provider cannot hide behind many names for the sole purpose of gaming the system and advertising and promoting to customers in a way that could be seen as unethical and bad for the retail electric markets. We are not saying that Clearview Electric has done any of these things as it appears their violation has more to do with the letter of credit rule. The PUCT may not believe this provider will do anything bad but by enforcing these rules they protect the electric consumer from the possibility of something bad happening.

Currently this company is suspended from selling electric service in Texas. I went on their website and they no longer have Texas listed as one of the states they sell electric service in. From what I can find online they only have about 30 electric service customers in Texas. The PUCT wants a $30,000 letter of credit from them to protect the investment in energy of these current customers but will eventually need a $500,000 letter of credit for them to fully comply. Some of the things the PUCT would like Clearview to agree with in writing to avoid revocation of their REP certificate in Texas are listed below:

  • They must agree to revocation if they fail to comply with rule P.U.C. Subst R.25.107 by the deadline date.
  • Must agree to revocation if they significantly violate any additional rules of P.U.C. Subst R.25.107 before the deadline date of compliance.
  • Clearview must agree that its $30,000 standby letter of credit cannot be withdrawn until they file a $500,000 letter of credit to comply with P.U.C. Subst R.25.107(f)(4)(F)
  • Clearview must agree that once revoked or through Clearviews voluntary ceasing of service to Texas customers it must pay their $30,000 letter of credit to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
  • They must agree to not add any new Texas customers until the conditions of P.U.C. Subst R.25.107 are met.
  • Clearview must agree to give 90 days advanced notice advance of the June 30 2012 deadline if they will be ceasing operations in Texas or providing the letter of credit.

The PUCT believes that if Clearview Electric cannot agree to these requests that the commission should consider revoking the REP’s certificate.

I looked at the information the PUCT had on Clearview Electric and they do not list any DBA’s this company uses or any bizarre change of ownership information. My opinion is that this electric company may have just not had the required $500,000 letter of credit the PUCT requires for them to operate as a retail electric provider in Texas.

If this is the case it makes sense for the PUCT to be heavy handed in this regard because many electric providers have gone out of business and did not have the money to cover the investment in the energy they purchased when the market moved against them.

The $500,000 letter of credit helps protect customers, investors, and the tax payers from a provider buying energy and then never paying the ERCOT electric grid back for that purchased power.

 

Tips for Conserving Electricity in Lewisville, Texas

lewisville texas electricity pricesLiving in Lewisville, Texas means dealing with those sweltering Texas summers. The Public Utility Commission of Texas has even been known to issue power watches. Power watches are issued during peak times of usage. Hot Texas summers mean people use their air conditioners more than usual. During these times of increased electric usage, following a few tips for conserving electricity will help you do your part to save energy and prevent electric shortages in Lewisville, Texas.

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees when you are gone. These temperatures might seem extreme, especially in 110-degree weather, but if you use a fan while you are home, you will stay comfortable. When you are not home, there is no reason to waste cool air. By closing your drapes, you can still come home to a comfortable house while conserving energy.
  • Do not use your large appliances during times of power watches. Avoid doing laundry or running the dishwasher. Cook your foods in the microwave and save the oven for later. Even keeping your refrigerator and freezer closed unless necessary can help conserve energy.
  • Turn off lights and appliances that you are not actively using. If you are not in the bedroom, turn off the light. If you are not using your computer, shut it down. If everyone is watching one television, turn any other televisions off.

To save even more money, use our comparison chart to find cheaper electric rates. Our chart makes it easy to compare the rates of service providers in Lewisville, Texas. While you are busy conserving energy, you can lower your electric bill even more by switching service providers. Take a few minutes and let our handy comparison chart “show you the money”!

The PUC of Texas Takes Care of Killeen, Texas Residents

killeen texas electricity companiesThe Public Utility Commission of Texas takes care of residents in Killeen, Texas and the rest of the state. Two major enforcement orders earlier this year fined two different electric providers. The providers were guilty of leaving the retail electric business without refunding deposits and prepayments. Both providers were ordered to pay back the deposits and prepayments.

Cases like this prove that not all electric service providers are created equal. Some shady providers only wanted to rob unsuspecting customers of their hard-earned money. In the struggling economy of today, this type of behavior will not go unpunished. The Public Utility Commission of Texas makes sure that companies like the two in this case do not get away with shady business practices.

Our comparison chart makes it possible for you to ensure that you are paying the lowest rate for your Killeen, Texas electric service. Instead of taking a chance with a company that might steal your money, use our comparison chart to compare the rates of quality, competing service providers. Our comparison chart takes just a few seconds to use. It is simple to understand and spells out the information in terms that are easy to understand.

Do not take a chance with your Killeen, Texas electric service. The Public Utility Commission of Texas can only protect you once you have been had. Once your money is gone, it may take months or years to get it back. Our comparison chart can help you save money now by allowing you the option of comparing all the rates at once.

Do You Have a Smart Meter in Harlingen, Texas?

harlingen texas electricity pricesThe Public Utility Commission of Texas conducted a study on smart meters. The results were simple: smart meters clearly outshined traditional meters. The study revealed that smart meters were shown to be 99.96% accurate. Compared to an accuracy level of 96% in traditional meters, this is quite a change. Customers also gave positive feedback on the use of smart meters. The question remains: do you have a smart meter in Harlingen, Texas? Or are you still stuck with an outdated traditional meter that might be costing you money?

If you still have a traditional meter, check with your electric service provider about smart meters. In today’s tough economy, every little bit saved helps. A smart meter can make a big difference in the accuracy of your electric usage. Your electric usage is the number used by service providers to calculate your bill. Why pay for electricity if you are not using it? Request a smart meter and see what a difference it might make.

If you already have a smart meter and still want to save money, use our comparison chart to help. Our comparison chart displays the Harlingen, Texas electric service providers. It compares the electric rates of the providers and gives you a chance to evaluate your provider. You may or may not be getting the best rate on your electricity usage. It costs nothing to use our comparison chart and you are never obligated to switch providers. Give it a try and see where your provider stands in comparison to the others!

Handling Electric Service Disputes in Denton, Texas

Denton Texas electricity compareAlthough disputes over your Denton, Texas electric service may not be common, problems do arise. Should you ever find yourself in the position of disputing a charge, service or other issue with your electric provider, knowing the rules about the dispute process can be helpful. The first step in the dispute process is to contact your service provider. If you have filed a complaint, your provider has 21 days to respond. If you are left unsatisfied with the results of the complaint, you have the option of a supervisory review.

Your electric provider has ten business days to let you know what results the supervisory review turned up. If you are still unsatisfied, not all hope is lost. You can file a complaint with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. You can even file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office. The point of the dispute process is to allow you the opportunity to follow the proper channels until you reach a resolution.

If disputes are common for you with your current service provider, use our comparison chart to compare the rates of other Denton, Texas providers. Instead of having to deal with the hassle of a troublesome provider, you are in control of the situation. You can easily switch electric providers in just a few easy steps. Enter your zip code, compare the providers and choose the company that fits your needs. The comparison chart is free to use so take your time and do your research before making the switch.

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