PUC Seeks Comments on Proposed Settlement with Liberty Power Holdings, LLC Concerning Company’s Sales and Marketing Practices
August 08, 2019
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today issued for comment a proposed settlement agreement with Liberty Power Holdings, LLC (Liberty Power) following an investigation into the company’s marketing and sales practices as a licensed electric generation supplier (EGS) in Pennsylvania.
The Commission voted 5-0 to issue for comment a proposed settlement between Liberty Power and the PUC’s independent Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement (I&E). Interested parties have 20 days to file comments on the proposed settlement. Instructions on how to file are contained in the Commission’s Order.
I&E initiated an informal investigation of Liberty Power based on a referral from the PUC’s Bureau of Consumer Services (BCS), which had received informal complaints alleging that a third-party marketing vendor of Liberty Power had enrolled, or attempted to enroll, residential customers into electricity accounts without proper customer authorization – otherwise known as “slamming” – and presented a lower price in the disclosure statements and marketing materials then the actual price they charged customers.
As part of the proposed settlement,
the company agreed to refund each customer improperly switched to Liberty Power
the amount of the electric generation supply portion on customers’ bills for
the first two billing periods, and to pay a civil penalty of $82,800 to resolve
all allegations of slamming and unlawful marketing. Liberty Power previously
had terminated its contract with the third-party vendor and revised language in
its disclosure statements and other marketing materials.
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Docket No.: M-2019-2568471
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