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“This new Pennsylvania complaint seeks over $8.8 million in civil penalties against Verde’s affiliate, Verde Energy USA, Inc,” the counsel’s office said in its filing, which was submitted Wednesday. “Alternatively, OCC moves for administrative notice of the Pennsylvania commission complaint.”
In the complaint by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the commission seeks to revoke the license of Verde Energy for operating in Pennsylvania and to fine it nearly $9 million.
"There is good cause to grant OCC's motions because information regarding the Pennsylvania complaint is directly relevant to whether Verde is capable (it's not) of continuing to provide gas service to Ohioans and whether Verde is able to comply with PUCO rules and orders," the OCC filing states.
The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that Pennsylvania utility investigators have proposed an $8.8 million fine against Verde Energy USA for allegedly committing “marketing violations, including switching customers’ energy supply without their consent and threatening to shut them off.”
The newspaper quoted a Verde statement, which said: “We do not condone misleading sales practices under any circumstances and are committed to providing green energy choices for Pennsylvanians in full compliance with all laws and regulations.”
A message seeking comment was sent Thursday morning to Houston-based Verde, which calls itself “one of the top suppliers of residential electricity and natural gas services in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Illinois.”