Group seeks community choice aggregation in Oregon; Utility lawyer calls for ending competitive residential sales in N.H.; RESA calls for passage of Nevada energy choice ballot measure

Group seeks legislation for community choice aggregation in Oregon. The Community Renewable Energy Association is promoting legislation for community choice aggregation in Oregon, which advocates say will promote green energy in a more competitive market. “We believe in the ability for communities to determine what’s the best power supply portfolio to best serve their communities,” said the association’s Brian Skeahan. “We think there will be sponsors,” he said. “Those conversations are already beginning.”

Utility lawyer says ending residential customer choice in New Hampshire will save consumers cash. Eversource Energy’s chief regulatory counsel, Robert Bersak, pointed to a recent report from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in calling for New Hampshire to end competitive electricity sales to residential customers. The Massachusetts AG asserted that competitively served residential electricity consumers were paying too much compared to utility service and called for Massachusetts to end competitive choice for residential consumers. “Perhaps a low-hanging fruit thing that should be done is to think about doing away with residential competition on the retail level,” Bersak said during a statewide energy summit. “They’re paying more than they would otherwise.”

RESA calls for passage of Nevada’s energy choice ballot question. The Retail Energy Supply Association is calling on Nevadans to Vote YES on 3 to enable the state to create a competitive energy market for consumers and end the current energy monopoly. Voting YES will give all consumers in the state the choice to decide who provides their electricity and will lead to better prices, more job creation, improved innovation and environmental stewardship, RESA said. “Opponents to Question 3 are attempting to scare voters with false claims about risks, reliability and costs. The simple reality is that monopolies are unnecessary and inefficient. Competition solves problems, innovates, finds a way, and then repeats these steps again and again. Nevada can join the 13 other states and several countries where competition has flourished and benefited consumers,” said Philip O’Connor, former Illinois utility regulator.

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