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Detailed Customer Switching Data
Contains data from state PUC's. Updated monthly, the data details customer switching activities by state.
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A complete listing of approved alternative suppliers in states that have undergone deregulation.
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Contains a listing of the electric companies under state PUC jurisdiction.
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A quick summary of the regulatory activity in each state.

Regulatory Summary

06/06: Donald L. Carcieri signed into law Senate Bill 2903 (SB 2903) which created an Office of Energy Resources as a successor to the state energy office. The new office was created to implement programs that promote the use of energy resources, develop energy programs in order to achieve and demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency, and advise the governor and the general assembly on energy resource matters.

03/06: The Rhode Island Senate passed Senate Bill 2906 (SB 2906). The bill would require the proposed Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources to offer assistance to low and middle-income households so that they may become more energy efficient through weatherization and energy conservation projects.

03/06: The Rhode Island State Senate passed Senate Bill 2905 (SB 2905). The bill extended standard offer service through 2020 and integrates energy efficiency into procurement decisions.

9/05: The Narragansett Electric is proposing to increase the Standard Offer rate from its current level of 6.7¢/kWh to 8.2¢/kWh effective September 1, 2005, and to maintain this Standard Offer rate through August 2006. This increase has not yet been approved.

Energy Efficiency programs are available through Narragansett Electric. They offer technical assistance and incentives in areas like: Lighting & Controls, HVAC Systems, Motors, Custom Projects, Compressed Air, and Variable Speed Drives.

2/04: On June 18, 2002, the governor signed H7786, which modified the state's public utilities law. The new law allowed for municipal aggregation, supported renewable energy and self-generation, and increased the Public Utility Commission from three to five members. It also allowed customers who had switched, then returned to their previous utility, to be charged at the lower-priced standard offer rates. Some of these customers - mostly large users - found themselves paying rates nearly 50% higher than they had previously been charged.

12/00: As part of its contract to purchase electricity for its customers, Narragansett Electric Company (NEC) must pay a fuel surcharge when oil and gas prices reach high levels. As a result of very large increases in the prices of natural gas and fuel oil in the open market in recent months, which directly affects the cost of Standard Offer power, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved an increase in the Standard Offer rate effective on October 1, 2000 from a rate of 4.5¢ kwh to a rate of 5.401¢ kwh. This will have the effect of raising a typical residential customer's monthly bill, assuming 500 kwh of usage, approximately $4.50.

12/97: The PUC issued an order accepting interim rates and approving retail choice for all RI consumers on January 1, 1998.

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