Ruling Gives Pa. Electric Providers Greater Discretion

Law360, Philadelphia (July 26, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday found that an electric company could provide customers who had not opted to purchase electricity from another purveyor with power solely from purchases on the “spot market,” upholding a ruling by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

An en banc panel of the appeals court rejected the state’s consumer advocate’s argument that the strategy violated the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act. The statute asserts that when electric providers buy power for its default customers, it must use a “prudent...
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