TORONTO, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Blue Power Distributed Energy Corp./morEnergy Savings Corp. (Blue/morEnergy) will pay a
$120,000 administrative penalty and give impacted customers the option
to cancel contracts which were signed online and not verified
The action is part of a settlement agreement filed by Blue/morEnergy and
accepted by the Board.
The agreement follows a recent inspection by the Board's Regulatory
Compliance staff. It found evidence suggesting that Blue/morEnergy
breached its legal and regulatory requirements in two main areas:
Blue/morEnergy sales agents were signing consumers to contracts without
the consumer's knowledge or consent;
The company did not make proper verification phone calls to consumers
who entered into contracts over the Internet.
The company has agreed to send a notice to customers:
who signed a contract after October 11, 2011 during an in-person visit
by a sales agent equipped with an electronic tablet such as an iPad;
whose contracts were not verified.
These customers will have the option to terminate the contract without
As set out in the settlement agreement, customers who wish to continue
with their contracted price with Blue/morEnergy can request to do so.
Board staff also conducted a Contract Pricing Audit which revealed that
incorrect price comparisons were provided to consumers in some
instances. Affected customers will be notified by Blue/morEnergy and
will be given the option to opt out of their contract with
Blue/morEnergy and will be provided with a corrected price comparison
Affected Blue/morEnergy customers are primarily from the areas of
Kitchener, Oshawa, St. Catharines, Chatham and Brantford;
Blue/morEnergy has agreed not to solicit or sign any new contracts with
low volume customers for a period of three years; and
Blue/morEnergy has agreed not to re-apply for a submeter license from
the Board for a period of three years.
The Ontario Energy Board is an independent and impartial public agency.
We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to
promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides
consumers with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.
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SOURCE: Ontario Energy Board
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