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Natural gas spikes during winter storm and regulatory commission wont require disclosure of pricing

The Polar Vortex of February 2021 sparked numerous lawsuits and multiple investigations at nearly every Government level. Consider Kansas.

The Kansas Attorney General is investigating the price spike and looking to enforce the states prohibition against anti-profiteering law.

However, the Kansas Corporation Commission (oversees regulatory matters) denied two motions of the anti-profiteering investigation.

Consider this statement from an oversight commission whose job includes ensuring open and fair price disclosure.

The commission said the consumer coalition “has not demonstrated that disclosure will benefit the public interest,” and release of the proprietary information has “great potential to harm current and future Kansas natural gas customers through higher purchased gas costs. A general argument in favor of transparency cannot outweigh this very real harm to customers.”

Yes, the commission responsible for regulatory oversight has said disclosure of pricing during the polar vortex COULD HARM customers. Mind you, the pricing has already been paid and this request is to see what contributed to the higher prices.

The principal role of a utility oversight board is to investigate pricing. Kansas Corporation Commission appears to stand alone in not wanting disclosure.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

Additional Information: Kansas AG says winter storm natural gas prices appear illegal (salina.com)

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Looking to save money through an alternative gas supplier?

The MPSC posted a press release today regarding the Michigan Choice Program. Realgy along with the MPSC recommends customers review contract terms when enrolling in a new program to fully understand agreement details. They offer tips on how to ensure clear understanding of alternate offers.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

Additional Information: https://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,9535,7-395-93307_93313_17280-568345–,00.html

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Michigan Launches Inquest into Power Outages

Last week’s Michigan storms left over 1 million customers without power. Many were in the dark for over a week. Damage assessment and restoration are a priority as is planning and preparation for these disasters. Residents want to see improvement in all areas and the MPSC states “… we have more work to do, and we have to do it faster.”

Concerns aren’t limited to the Midwest and are voiced across the country since the increase in frequent, intense storms are apparent. We can’t rely solely on historical data to prepare for the ever-changing weather. The MPSC is pushing utilities to be more transparent around their efforts while encouraging customers to discuss impacts of outages, especially those that are more at risk.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

Additional Information: https://thesuntimesnews.com/g/chelsea-mi/n/39406/state-launches-inquest-power-outages

 

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DOE EIA Weekly Gas Storage Report

Working gas in storage was 2,776 Bcf as of Friday, August 6, 2021, according to EIA estimates.

This represents a net increase of 49 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 548 Bcf less than last year at this time and 178 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,954 Bcf. At 2,776 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.

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Utilities to refund customer fees from tainted energy bill

Three Ohio Utilities of FirstEnergy; Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric and Toledo Edison will refund customers $27,500,000.

This amount will vary by each utility as follows; $8.95 Ohio Edison, $13.19 Toledo Edison, and $16.18 Cleveland Electric.

The refunds stem from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in settling a lawsuit where the utilities over collected from January 2020 through February 2021. Ohio legislature passed a bill in March requiring the refund. In addition, the bill refunds a $1 billion bailout of the two nuclear plants operated by FirstEnergy. This action stems from the bribery scheme to get the bailout bill passed.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

Additional Information:

Utilities to refund customers fees from tainted energy bill (apnews.com)

How misinformation propped up Ohio lawmakers’ latest attack on renewables | Energy News Network

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Illinois Shines

With the rise of solar usage, incentives are more available now and many are implemented through state programs. Illinois Shines was created by the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) to support developments for distributed solar generation and community solar. Monitored in accordance with the Future Energy Jobs Act, the IPA purchases Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from community solar projects and sets costs through the Adjustable Block Program known as Illinois Shines.

Community solar benefits areas that cannot install rooftop arrays due to limited space, high costs, and issues with zoning laws. Illinois Shines increases solar access for residents that may not easily receive green energy while also providing information and inspections for vendors to become approved.

Illinois Shines’ evaluation of Realgy Energy Service’s solar arrays at Ridgeland Recreation Complex recently concluded. They state Realgy’s project is in compliance with program guidelines. We are proud to serve the Illinois community and help the state meet its renewable energy goals.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

Additional Information: https://illinoisshines.com/

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$8.3 Billion Proposal for Addressing Texas Blackouts

Berkshire Hathaway is a public company that owns several utilities. Their proposal illustrates the difference between a company taking risks versus a utility.

Berkshire is proposing the Texas Grid operator (utility oversight company) build a gas-fired power plant that would be weather normalized and fixed to support a large portion of Texas’ energy demands. Berkshire is proposing to spend $8.3 billion to build this plant.

The cost: Berkshire would earn what a Texas utility earns on investments which is 9.3%.

So, Berkshire like any utility in Texas that receives regulatory approval, earns a return regardless of whether what they build works.

Berkshire as a public company takes risks building and operating businesses such as Dairy Queen, Burlington Northern Railroad, or Sherwin-Williams. Any investment in these businesses comes with no guaranteed return.

EVERY utility makes money by spending money to provide service. The Texas Grid operator will undoubtedly not accept this proposal but, it does show the difference between private businesses and utilities.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.

Additional Information: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/buffett-s-berkshire-floats-8-3-billion-fix-for-texas-grid/ar-BB1eXRHl?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds

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