Investigation of Pennsylvania’s Retail Electricy Market
Docket No. 1-2011-2237952
Delivered Via By Hand
Terrance J. Fitzpatrick
President & CEO
Dear Secretary Chiavetta, Enclosed for filing, please find an original and five (5) copies of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania’s Comments in the above-referenced Docket Number.
On April 29, 2011, the Commission entered an Order initiating this “Investigation of Pennsylvania’s Retail Electricity Market.” The Commission first announced its intention to conduct this investigation in its Final Order resolving the First Energy – Allegheny Power merger proceeding.1 In that proceeding, the Commission rejected a proposal by an intervenor, Direct Energy, to remove the post-merger electric distribution companies (EDCs) from their roles as the default suppliers of electricity to customers who have not chosen an Electric Generation Supplier (EGS). The Energy Association of Pennsylvania (EAP) filed an amicus curiae2 brief in that proceeding for the purpose of opposing the Direct Energy proposal on procedural and substantive grounds.
The Investigation Order stated that the investigation will consist of two phases, and that the Commission will conduct two en bane hearings. The Order also invited comments by June 3, 2011 on eleven questions set out in the Order. These questions focused on a number of issues in the retail electricity market, especially default service and whether EDCs should continue to provide default service.
EAP is a trade association that represents and promotes the interests of electric and natural gas distribution companies operating in the Commonwealth. EAP respectfully submits these comments on behalf of its EDC members3 in response to the Commission’s Investigation Order.
Please direct any questions or requests for more information to Debra Kitner by email or phone at (717) 901-0609