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Brian Greene

Looking Forward With A Generous Heart

We are delighted to again be among the sponsors for the Lev Nadiv Gala where Rudlin Torah Academy (RTA) will present the 2015 Chesed Award and the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award on May 31.

The recognition of our friends Ellen Renee Adams and Rebecca Kalman-Winston with the Chesed and ABCD Awards, respectively, is especially exciting. We know that a deep, personal commitment to the Richmond Jewish community, and to Jewish education, has been a hallmark of their careers.

We’re also looking forward to the keynote address from David Krohn, a Juilliard-trained opera baritone originally from Hampton Roads and now the Associate Director of Development at the Houston Grand Opera. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and numerous opera companies. He will bring his love of opera and Yiddish music to Richmond and also talk about the importance of his Jewish education and how it has influenced him as he has performed around the world.

GreeneHurlocker has long been a proud supporter of RTA, which is Richmond’s only Jewish day school. RTA provides exceptional general and Judaic education to students in grades K-8. RTA’s students consistently score in the highest percentiles in standardized testing and, in the past 12 years, at least 95% of RTA’s 8th graders that have applied to the area’s most selective leadership or Governor’s high schools have been accepted. For more about RTA, please visit the school’s website, www.rudlin.com.

We hope you will make plans to join us at this year’s Lev Nadiv Gala, which is Hebrew for “generous heart.” Contact RTA at 804-353-1110 for full dinner details!

Maryland’s New Consumer Protection Rules Hearing

The Maryland Public Service Commission has set a June 16-17 hearing date to consider the publication of new consumer protection rules for electricity and natural gas retail suppliers.  The new rules would impact several aspects of a supplier’s marketing and enrollment processes. In January 2015, the Commission Staff, the Office of People’s Counsel, and the Retail Energy Supply Association submitted extensive redlines of the proposed rules. The Commission held a hearing in February that was more of an educational hearing, and then new proposed rules were communicated to stakeholders last month.

One of the biggest issues involves the impact of the new rules on  a supplier’s ability to offer contracts where the price of the electricity or natural gas can change every month (“variable” contracts), and also contracts that automatically renew at the end of the initial term. The proposed rules would require advance notice of any price change and also customer approval, even if the customer had already consented to these terms when he or she initially enrolled. According to suppliers, the new rules would increase customer acquisition and retention costs and would discourage suppliers from doing business in Maryland.  Consumer advocates take the position that these rules are necessary to protect customers from price increases about which they might be unaware.

Another issue is the ability of a customer to quickly switch to another supplier or to his or her utility service. The new proposed rules would reduce that amount of time from 12 days before your next meter read to three business days from the date your switch request is submitted to the utility. The Commission, before setting the June 16-17 hearing date, indicated in a letter order that it wanted to see this “accelerated switching” go into effect.

For more information on Maryland energy consumer protection law or retail electrical markets, please contact the electrical power regulatory lawyers at GreeneHurlocker.

Energy Regulators Reviewing Consumer Protection Rules

In restructured energy markets,consumer protection regulations are being hotly contested. Many of these markets are in the northeast, and suppliers and customers in them are subject to key rules under which suppliers must operate  when marketing their products and enrolling customers. Public service commissions in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia are reviewing their respective rules and have allowed stakeholders to submit comments.

We’re watching these debates on rules with interest for our clients in the energy industry. The salient issues are outlined in this post at LinkedIn:  https://lnkd.in/dvDTWCn.

If you have questions or concerns about this process or about energy market regulation in the Mid-Atlantic, please contact one of our utility regulation lawyers.

Brian Greene Again Listed as Legal Elite

January 8, 2015, RICHMOND, VA — For the seventh consecutive year, Virginia Business magazine has recognized Brian R. Greene, co-managing partner of the Virginia-based GreeneHurlocker law firm, as one of its Legal Elite.

Greene’s recognition in the Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative Law section of the publication reflects his long-term practice in utility regulation and energy law, an area he and his partners have been developing for nearly twenty years.  The list is compiled by the votes of members of the Virginia State Bar and organized and sponsored by Virginia Business magazine.

Greene has helped create many of the governing rules in utility distribution and rate regulation over the years of his regional regulatory law practice throughout the mid-Atlantic. This is why he maintains a diverse and sophisticated regional energy practice, representing a wide range of clients in several jurisdictions.