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The Federal Trade Commission has approved amending language in its Rules of Practice that applies to the collection of outstanding debts owed under FTC orders and judgments.
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that David C. Shonka, the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the agency, has received the 2015 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. “As this prestigious award demonstrates, the FTC is very fortunate to have the services of Principal Deputy...
The New York State Public Service Commission is on a path to move away from traditional cost-of-service regulation for electric utilities. This is good news for New York consumers who might be looking to lower their electric bill or reduce their reliance on the power grid. In fact,...
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment in the New York State Public Service Commission’s (NY PSC’s) Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding regarding that agency’s “Staff White Paper on Ratemaking and Utility Business Models” (Revenues White Paper).
It’s easy to be blasé about electric power: Flip a switch and the lights come on. Plug in your phone and it recharges. Maybe you have a vague sense that behind the plug is a vast infrastructure of lines and junction boxes, all leading back to far-away power plants that generate...
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment to the New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) regarding that agency’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a reply comment in response to certain comments filed with the New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) regarding the NY PSC staff’s proposal to transform the function of the electric distribution system that serves residential, commercial, and...
CORRECTED The Federal Trade Commission filed an amicus brief in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that a federal district court ruling that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) preempts state privacy laws regarding children between 13 and 18 years of age was not...
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment in response to a request from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (Mass. DPU) for comments on its investigation of dynamic pricing for residential electricity customers. Dynamic prices are rates that vary over time...
The Federal Trade Commission has adjusted some of its civil penalty dollar amounts in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, which directs federal agencies to increase civil penalties under their jurisdiction to account for inflation at least once every four years....
This will come as no shock to anyone familiar with the Federal Trade Commission’s policy and advocacy function: FTC staff has a long history of advocating for effective competition and consumer protection in electricity markets.
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a reply comment in response to a request from the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (DC PSC) for comments on Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco’s) proposed dynamic pricing program for residential customers.
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment in response to a request from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for comments on demand response (DR) as one aspect of the PUC’s ongoing review of the reliability of electricity markets.
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment in response to a request from the New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) for comments on competition and consumer protection rules in New York’s retail electricity markets. The FTC staff comment emphasizes that carefully designed...
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz today announced four appointments to leadership positions in the agency. Andrew I. Gavil will join the FTC from Howard University School of Law and serve as Director of the Office of Policy Planning (OPP), and Steven M. Bellovin, from Columbia...

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