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June 18, 2020

What Happens if a Hurricane Hits During the Pandemic?

What Happens if a Hurricane Hits During the Pandemic?  By Patricia MazzeiJune 18, 2020 It’s deep into the summer and a massive hurricane looms off the […]
June 17, 2020

‘We are in uncharted waters’: FPL executives talk hurricane preparation amid a global pandemic

‘We are in uncharted waters’: FPL executives talk hurricane preparation amid a global pandemic By Max ChesnesJune 17, 2020 As the rumblings of hurricane season grow […]
June 12, 2020

Few Texans apply for electricity payment help

Few Texans apply for electricity payment help By L.M. SixelJune 12, 2020 Only a fraction of Texans who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic […]
June 2, 2020

2020 Hurricane Preparedness

Below please find links to regulated, municipal, and cooperative utilities throughout Florida, as well as associations and federal and state governmental entities, with information and resources […]
June 1, 2020

FPL adds COVID-19 precautions to hurricane preparation plans

FPL adds COVID-19 precautions to hurricane preparation plans Those precautions could add some delays to storm response times. By Ryan NicolJune 1, 2020 A late June […]
May 29, 2020

Duke Energy prepares for hurricane season during COVID-19 pandemic

Duke Energy prepares for hurricane season during COVID-19 pandemic As the June 1 start of hurricane season approaches, Duke Energy is preparing to respond to power outages as quickly as […]
May 22, 2020

TECO to cut bills in June due to coronavirus pandemic

TECO to cut bills in June due to coronavirus pandemic By WFLA StaffMay 22, 2020 TECO is giving customers a break on their next few electric […]
April 24, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Q: Who is Floridians for Affordable Reliable Energy (FARE)? A: FARE is a group of citizens who oppose energy deregulation in Florida because it […]
April 20, 2020

Power disconnections continue as customers wait on hold

Power disconnections continue as customers wait on hold By L.M. SixelUpdated: April 20, 2020 The Texas Public Utility Commission launched a program last month to help […]
April 18, 2020

Texas utility regulators have programs to prevent shutoffs during the pandemic. But some Texans are falling through the cracks.

Texas utility regulators have programs to prevent shutoffs during the pandemic. But some Texans are falling through the cracks. By Juan Pablo Garnham April 18, 2020 Carly Eaves […]
April 10, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATES

Below please find links to regulated, municipal, and cooperative utilities throughout Florida, as well as associations and federal and state governmental entities, with up-to-date information on […]
April 9, 2020

ERCOT sets April peak demand record, real-time prices spike into $300s/MWh at same time

ERCOT sets April peak demand record, real-time prices spike into $300s/MWh at same time By: Kassia MicekApril 9, 2020 Houston — Peak power demand in the Electric […]
April 6, 2020

A disaster was brewing for the Texas electricity market. It’s been staved off — for now.

A disaster was brewing for the Texas electricity market. It’s been staved off — for now. L.M. SixelApril 6, 2020 A disaster was brewing last month […]
March 27, 2020

Texas regulators vote to ban residential utility shut-offs during pandemic while buoying companies

Texas regulators vote to ban residential utility shut-offs during pandemic while buoying companies BY KIAH COLLIER AND JEREMY SCHWARTZ, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE AND PROPUBLICAMarch 26, 2020 The Texas Public […]
February 29, 2020

A Mixed Record For Energy Deregulation

A Mixed Record For Energy Deregulation Ike Bannon, ContributorFebruary 29, 2020 A primary argument offered by those who advocated for the utility deregulation of the 1990s […]
February 21, 2020

Mainers spent $132 million more on electricity than they needed to over 7 years

Mainers spent $132 million more on electricity than they needed to over 7 years By Darren FishellFebruary 21, 2020Updated: February 25, 2020 Mainers have spent $132.5 million […]
February 19, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL SUES ALTERNATIVE RETAIL ENERGY SUPPLIER FOR DEFRAUDING CUSTOMERS OUT OF $77 MILLION

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL SUES ALTERNATIVE RETAIL ENERGY SUPPLIER FOR DEFRAUDING CUSTOMERS OUT OF $77 MILLION Raoul Seeks to Shut Down Liberty Power Over Deceptive Practices That […]
February 6, 2020

Door-to-door deception: Gas bill spikes after surprise switch

Door-to-door deception: Gas bill spikes after surprise switch By Henry ErbFebruary 6, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — They may have knocked on your door: salespeople […]
February 3, 2020

Pennsylvania regulators seek to revoke energy retailer’s license

Pennsylvania regulators seek to revoke energy retailer’s license  By Justin HorwathFebruary 3, 2019 Prosecutors for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission are seeking to revoke the license […]
January 30, 2020

Electric deregulation bill fails in Missouri committee

Electric deregulation bill fails in Missouri committee January 30, 2020 by Jaclyn Brandt A Missouri Senate Committee on Thursday rejected legislation that would have let voters decide […]
January 24, 2020

Yo, Arizona! Don’t deregulate your electricity market like Texas unless you want games galore

Yo, Arizona! Don’t deregulate your electricity market like Texas unless you want games galore By Dave LieberJanuary 24, 2020 Attention residents of Arizona: DON’T DO IT! […]
January 13, 2020

Texas missed out on drop in power prices last year

Texas missed out on drop in power prices last year By L.M. SixelJanuary 13, 2020 Wholesale electricity prices last year fell nationwide except in one place […]
January 9, 2020

Florida Supreme Court pulls the plug on ‘energy choice’ ballot initiative

Florida Supreme Court pulls the plug on ‘energy choice’ ballot initiative By Jeffrey SchweersJanuary 9, 2020 A constitutional amendment that would upend Florida’s utility industry misleads […]
January 9, 2020

Supreme Court tosses energy deregulation amendment off 2020 ballot

Supreme Court tosses energy deregulation amendment off 2020 ballot By A.G. Gancarski on January 9, 2020 In a major setback for proponents of so-called “energy choice,” […]
December 31, 2019

Healey wants investigation of energy suppliers

Healey wants investigation of energy suppliers By Christian M. WadeDecember 31, 2019 BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on state regulators to expand an […]
December 26, 2019

Will the real Power to Choose stand up?

Will the real Power to Choose stand up? By L.M. SixelDecember 26, 2019 The Public Utility Commission operates the online shopping website Power to Choose, which […]
December 19, 2019

AG warns of energy-sales scams picking up around holidays

AG warns of energy-sales scams picking up around holidays Debra PresseyDecember 19, 2019 CHICAGO — Beware of alternative retail energy suppliers offering deals that sound just […]
December 3, 2019

Maryland must crack down on energy suppliers that entice people into bad, pricey contracts

Maryland must crack down on energy suppliers that entice people into bad, pricey contracts By The Baltimore Sun Editorial BoardDecember 3, 2019 The often aggressive pitches […]
December 3, 2019

Companies promise Maryland residents free electricity, but lock them into expensive contracts, advocate says

Companies promise Maryland residents free electricity, but lock them into expensive contracts, advocate says By Scott DanceDecember 3, 2019 Maryland’s top utility customer advocate is accusing […]
December 3, 2019

PURA poised to order low-income electricity customers out of retail market

PURA poised to order low-income electricity customers out of retail market By Matt PilonDecember 3, 2019 The state’s utilities regulator appears ready to forbid third-party electricity […]
December 3, 2019

Connecticut regulators propose restrictions on third-party electricity providers

Connecticut regulators propose restrictions on third-party electricity providers By Emilie MunsonDecember 3, 2019 NEW BRITAIN — Connecticut utility regulators have issued a tentative ruling that would […]
November 1, 2019

Analysis: The murky and confusing Texas electricity market

Analysis: The murky and confusing Texas electricity market L.M. Sixel | Nov. 1, 2019 A basic economic principle holds that a key to well-functioning and efficient free markets […]
October 30, 2019

Consumer electricity complaints up in Texas

Consumer electricity complaints up in Texas L.M. Sixel | Oct. 30, 2019 Electricity complaints filed by Texas consumers increased for the second consecutive year and now stand […]
October 8, 2019

Skokie Woman’s Energy Bill Triples With Third-Party Supplier

Skokie Woman’s Energy Bill Triples With Third-Party Supplier By Jonah MeadowsOctober 7, 2019 SKOKIE, IL — A local woman says her energy bill tripled after signing […]
September 26, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO passes resolution opposing Energy Choice Amendment

Florida AFL-CIO passes resolution opposing Energy Choice Amendment By Ryan Nicol September 26, 2019 The Florida AFL-CIO announced Thursday it is opposing the proposed 2020 amendment aiming to […]
August 29, 2019

Supreme Court Grills Florida Energy Choice Counsel On Amendment’s Ballot Language

Supreme Court Grills Florida Energy Choice Counsel On Amendment’s Ballot Language  By Ryan DaileyAug 29, 2019 The Florida Supreme Court is weighing approval of ballot language […]
August 28, 2019

Supreme Court dubious on so-called ‘utility choice’ amendment

Supreme Court dubious on so-called ‘utility choice’ amendment By Jim Rosica on August 28, 2019 A largely skeptical Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about the proposed […]
August 28, 2019

Opponents to justices: Energy choice proposal deceptive

Opponents to justices: Energy choice proposal deceptive By BRENDAN FARRINGTONAugust 28, 2019 Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would deregulate the power industry told the […]
August 28, 2019

Opponents to Justices: Energy Choice Proposal Deceptive

Opponents to Justices: Energy Choice Proposal Deceptive By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press Aug. 28, 2019 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would […]
August 27, 2019

‘Energy choice’ amendment unpopular with Florida voters

‘Energy choice’ amendment unpopular with Florida voters Only two in five voters back the proposed amendment. By Drew Wilson on August 27, 2019 Voters are lukewarm […]
August 27, 2019

Polling Reaffirms Why Floridians Stand Against “Energy Choice” Proposal

Polling Reaffirms Why Floridians Stand Against “Energy Choice” Proposal When presented with just two simple facts, more than 60% oppose the Deregulation Amendment Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, […]
August 26, 2019

ICYMI: Florida League of Cities officially declares energy choice initiative “deceptive and misleading”

ICYMI: Florida League of Cities officially declares energy choice initiative “deceptive and misleading” Memorandum To:  Interested Members of the Media From:  Ryan Wiggins, Spokeswoman for Floridians for […]
August 25, 2019

The ‘energy choice amendment’ might actually cost you more. Here’s why

The ‘energy choice amendment’ might actually cost you more. Here’s why By Drew Wilson on August 24, 2019 It’s not often, but every now and then, […]
August 22, 2019

Florida League of Cities officially declares energy choice initiative “deceptive and misleading”

Florida League of Cities officially declares energy choice initiative “deceptive and misleading” by Brian Burgess | Aug 22, 2019 The Florida League of Cities isn’t playing around with […]
August 15, 2019

Power plant outages, low wind puts Texans on high alert to conserve power

Power plant outages, low wind puts Texans on high alert to conserve power By L.M. SixelAugust 15, 2019 Unexpected power outages and reduced wind levels sent wholesale […]
August 12, 2019

Texas Power Prices Briefly Surpass $9,000 Amid Scorching Heat

Texas Power Prices Briefly Surpass $9,000 Amid Scorching Heat By Chris Martin and Naureen S MalikAugust 12, 2019 With temperatures in Dallas approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), the […]
August 12, 2019

Florida Chamber sounds alarm bell over energy choice initiative

Florida Chamber sounds alarm bell over energy choice initiative By A.G. GancarskiAugust 12, 2019 A proposed Constitutional amendment that would change Florida’s energy industry is working […]
August 7, 2019

NRG CEO Gutierrez says ERCOT overstates generation capacity

NRG CEO Gutierrez says ERCOT overstates generation capacity By L.M. Sixel Aug. 7, 2019 The CEO of NRG Energy said Wednesday that the state’s power grid manager […]
August 3, 2019

Blunder That Sent Power Prices Surging 24,000% Ends Up on Bills

Blunder That Sent Power Prices Surging 24,000% Ends Up on Bills By Chris Martin and Rachel Adams-HeardAugust 3, 2019 When Kristen Kern left for work the morning […]
August 2, 2019

Many Worcester residents in the red after switching electricity suppliers

Many Worcester residents in the red after switching electricity suppliers By George Barnes August 1, 2019 WORCESTER — City residents who switched their electric suppliers in recent […]
August 2, 2019

AG: Residents Who Switched to Competitive Electric Supply Continue to Lose Millions

AG: Residents Who Switched to Competitive Electric Supply Continue to Lose Millions AG Healey calls for legislation that protects competition while stopping house-to-house sales By Cape […]
August 2, 2019

AG Healey continues to put pressure on competitive electric suppliers

AG Healey continues to put pressure on competitive electric suppliers By Jessica Trufant August 1, 2019 BOSTON — Quincy residents who have contracted with a competitive supplier are together […]
August 2, 2019

Healey says electricity suppliers still overcharging customers

Healey says electricity suppliers still overcharging customers By Max Jungreis Globe CorrespondentAugust 1, 2019 Many Massachusetts residents who have switched energy suppliers are still paying too much for […]
August 2, 2019

Time to put an end to whack-a-mole electricity sellers

Time to put an end to whack-a-mole electricity sellers Companies promise savings, but customer bills actually go up By Massachusetts Maura HealeyAugust 1, 2019 We’ve all […]
August 2, 2019

AG Healey Report: Massachusetts Residents Who Switched to Competitive Electric Supply Continue to Lose Millions Each Year

AG Healey Report: Massachusetts Residents Who Switched to Competitive Electric Supply Continue to Lose Millions Each Year Press Release 8/1/19Office of Attorney General Maura Healey BOSTON— A report […]
July 29, 2019

Release: MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OPPOSE “ENERGY CHOICE” IN LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL MOODY

Release: MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OPPOSE “ENERGY CHOICE” IN LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL MOODY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Monday, July 29, 2019                                                                MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OPPOSE “ENERGY CHOICE” […]
July 29, 2019

Florida congressional members latest to oppose ‘energy choice’ amendment

Florida congressional members latest to oppose ‘energy choice’ amendment By A.G. GancarskiJuly 29, 2019 The petition process for the 2020 ballot continues apace, with an “energy […]
July 26, 2019

A May price spike shows vulnerability of power market to manipulation — and cost to consumers

A May price spike shows vulnerability of power market to manipulation — and cost to consumers By L.M. SixelJuly 26, 2019 The error was inadvertent, an […]
July 25, 2019

ERCOT rejects opening electrical can of worms

ERCOT rejects opening electrical can of worms By L.M. SixelJuly 25, 2019 The manager of the Texas electric grid said Wednesday that it should not be […]
July 7, 2019

Point of View: Electricity deregulation would hurt Florida’s families and economy

Point of View: Electricity deregulation would hurt Florida’s families and economy If advocates of a proposed ballot petition have their way, Florida would be the first […]
June 25, 2019

Utility ballot measure sparks battle

Utility ballot measure sparks battle By Jim Saunders on June 25, 2019 State leaders and powerful business groups are trying to kill a proposed constitutional amendment […]
June 24, 2019

Proposed ballot measure would limit the role of Florida utilities in power business

Proposed ballot measure would limit the role of Florida utilities in power business By JIM SAUNDERS News Service of Florida June 24, 2019 State leaders and powerful […]
June 22, 2019

Florida Chamber files legal brief against ‘energy choice’ amendment

Florida Chamber files legal brief against ‘energy choice’ amendment By Staff Reports on June 22, 2019 The Florida Chamber of Commerce on Friday said it had filed a brief with […]
June 21, 2019

Chamber contends ‘Energy Choice’ amendment backers admit it violates rules

Chamber contends ‘Energy Choice’ amendment backers admit it violates rules By Scott Powers onJune 21, 2019 Contending that sponsors of the proposed constitutional amendment aimed at […]
May 29, 2019

Electrical union warns Energy Choice hazardous to workers

Electrical union warns Energy Choice hazardous to workers Members of the Florida Electrical Workers Association charged up members to vote down the proposed Florida Energy Choice amendment. The […]
May 17, 2019

Bill to rein in retail power suppliers at a crossroads in Springfield

Bill to rein in retail power suppliers at a crossroads in Springfield Retail electricity marketers want to continue to renew contracts at higher prices without customer […]
May 14, 2019

Opinion: DPU failing to protect Mass. consumers

Opinion: DPU failing to protect Mass. consumers Competitive electricity suppliers getting a free pass CHARLIE HARAK and JENIFER BOSCO May 9, 2019 MASSACHUSETTS UTILITY CUSTOMERS who switched to competitive […]
April 30, 2019

Proposed protections from alternative energy scammers

Proposed protections from alternative energy scammers By Dennis Horton / Better Business Bureau Apr 27, 2019 One of the most frequent calls and complaints we receive at the […]
April 30, 2019

Illinois attorney general calls for greater regulation of ‘deceptive’ energy suppliers

Illinois attorney general calls for greater regulation of ‘deceptive’ energy suppliers By JERRY NOWICKI, Capitol News Illinois 4/23/19 SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Tuesday […]
April 30, 2019

Raoul calls for tough regulation of ‘deceptive’ energy suppliers

Raoul calls for tough regulation of ‘deceptive’ energy suppliers By JERRY NOWICKI, Capitol News Illinois 4/25/19 ‘Almost nobody’ pays lower prices for energy purchased from alternative […]
April 22, 2019

FL House and Senate down on energy choice ballot initiative

FL House and Senate down on energy choice ballot initiative In filings to the state Supreme Court late Thursday, both the Florida House and Senate said […]
April 22, 2019

Bill Galvano, Jose Oliva seek to cut off Florida Energy Choice amendment

Bill Galvano, Jose Oliva seek to cut off Florida Energy Choice amendment Senate and House counsel filed briefs against the measure. By Jacob Ogles on April […]
April 19, 2019

Urban Leagues denounce ‘deceptive’ energy choice amendment

Urban Leagues denounce ‘deceptive’ energy choice amendment ByDrew Wilson April 18, 2019 Business groups, the League of Cities and Attorney General Ashley Moody have already come out against a proposed […]
April 19, 2019

Release: Urban Leagues of Jacksonville, Central Florida & Palm Beach County join with FARE in opposing Energy Deregulation Ballot Initiative

Release: Urban Leagues of Jacksonville, Central Florida & Palm Beach County join with FARE in opposing Energy Deregulation Ballot Initiative The deceptive proposal would be detrimental […]
April 19, 2019

Still No Relief for Massachusetts Consumers Tricked by Competitive Electric Supply Companies

Still No Relief for Massachusetts Consumers Tricked by Competitive Electric Supply Companies From August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities […]
April 18, 2019

Florida Chamber joins legal fight against Energy Choice amendment

Florida Chamber joins legal fight against Energy Choice amendment The Florida Chamber of Commerce has filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court in opposition to a proposed 2020 amendment […]
April 18, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG, CONSUMER COUNSEL KATZ SUPPORT BAN OF “AUTO-RENEWALS” IN THIRD-PARTY ELECTRIC SUPPLIER CONTRACTS

ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG, CONSUMER COUNSEL KATZ SUPPORT BAN OF “AUTO-RENEWALS” IN THIRD-PARTY ELECTRIC SUPPLIER CONTRACTS (Hartford, CT) –Attorney General William Tong and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson […]
April 18, 2019

Energy Fairness Joins Suit Against Flawed Electricity Deregulation Amendment

Energy Fairness Joins Suit Against Flawed Electricity Deregulation Amendment For immediate release – April 18, 2019 Contact – Paul Griffin, 202-577-5454, paul@energyfairness.org TALLAHASSEE, FL –Today, Energy Fairness filed an […]
April 12, 2019

Floridians beware: Energy deregulation will hurt families

Floridians beware: Energy deregulation will hurt families As a former city commissioner in a community that has a publicly-run utility company, I can say that the […]
April 1, 2019

Joe Gibbons: Electricity deregulation would hurt Florida’s families and economy

Joe Gibbons: Electricity deregulation would hurt Florida’s families and economy If advocates of a proposed ballot petition have their way, Florida would be the first state […]
March 21, 2019

League of Cities worries Energy Choice measure will cripple cities

League of Cities worries Energy Choice measure will cripple cities Count the Florida League of Cities among skeptics regarding a proposed energy choice referendum. The League took a […]
March 18, 2019

Texas Power Prices Surge 700% on a Chilly Morning in Dallas

Texas Power Prices Surge 700% on a Chilly Morning in Dallas By Jim Efstathiou Jr March 18, 2019 A chilly morning in Dallas combined with calm winds […]
March 12, 2019

More utility competition was supposed to drive down prices, but many Marylanders are paying more for energy

More utility competition was supposed to drive down prices, but many Marylanders are paying more for energy By Scott Dance December 7, 2018 Marylanders were supposed […]
March 5, 2019

Ashley Moody to challenge Florida Energy Choice amendment

Ashley Moody to challenge Florida Energy Choice amendment Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody will challenge a proposed constitutional amendment promising choices to energy consumers. “While phrased both in […]
March 5, 2019

Tight power supplies for Texas this summer may trigger voluntary cuts

Tight power supplies for Texas this summer may trigger voluntary cuts The manager of the state’s power grid expects record electricity demand this summer, increasing the […]
March 4, 2019

Release: Fare Board Member & Former Rep. Joe Gibbons Responds to the Financial Impact Estimating Conference Meeting on Energy Deregulation

Release: Fare Board Member & Former Rep. Joe Gibbons Responds to the Financial Impact Estimating Conference Meeting on Energy Deregulation CONTACT: Christian Ulvert | (305) 336-3631 […]
March 1, 2019

Attorney general opposes ballot proposal that rewires Florida’s electricity industry

Attorney general opposes ballot proposal that rewires Florida’s electricity industry In a filing to the state Supreme Court late Friday, the state attorney general’s office said it opposes […]
March 1, 2019

Lisa Madigan sues to shed light on alternative electricity supplier ‘fraud’

Lisa Madigan sues to shed light on alternative electricity supplier ‘fraud’ By Mark Brown 04/09/2018 Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit Monday against an alternative electricity supplier […]
March 1, 2019

Shocking electricity prices follow deregulation

Shocking electricity prices follow deregulation By PAUL DAVIDSON USA TODAY Aug 12, 2007, 9:16 PM ET When Deborah Jackson opened her electric bill in February, she had […]
March 1, 2019

Attorney General Moody rejects ‘energy choice’ petition, calls it misleading

Attorney General Moody rejects ‘energy choice’ petition, calls it misleading In a filing to the state Supreme Court late Friday, the state attorney general’s office said it opposes […]
February 27, 2019

Group Lauches Efforts To Prevent Energy Deregulation

Group Lauches Efforts To Prevent Energy Deregulation A group aimed at keeping reliable energy affordable has launched efforts to try and get ahead of what they […]
February 25, 2019

State hears warnings against deregulation of electricity market

State hears warnings against deregulation of electricity market Florida TaxWatch released a study forecasting state and local revenue losses ranging from $426 million to nearly $1.4 billion based […]
February 25, 2019

Release: Energy Deregulation is Bad for Florida

Release: Energy Deregulation is Bad for Florida FARE launches efforts to set the record straight on the dangers of deregulation CONTACT: Christian Ulvert | (305) 336-3631 […]
February 4, 2019

Eliminate third-party electricity suppliers, officials urge

Eliminate third-party electricity suppliers, officials urge Customers of third-party electric paid $200 million more, official says By CLARICE SILBER FEBRUARY 4, 2019 Consumer advocates have a way […]