FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania Default Service Program

Bidding Rules

RUL 00001
Published On: 11/02/2012

Question: Do all winning tranches for a product get paid the same price?

Answer: Yes, all winning tranches for a product procured in the same auction are paid the same price.

RUL 00002
Published On: 11/02/2012

Question: Must all products in the auction clear simultaneously?

Answer: Products in the auction do not close product by product. The auction will continue, and bids can be placed on any products, as long as at least one product is over-subscribed. The Bidding Rules provide the complete set of conditions that determine when the auction concludes.

RUL 00004 (revised 11/06/2014)
Published On: 12/14/2012

Question: If we bid on certain products and do not bid on certain other products, would we still be able to follow the auction for these other products. i.e., would we know the clearing prices of the products we did not bid on?

Answer: During the auction, while you have eligibility to bid in the auction, you will see the status of all products in the auction including any products that you do not bid on.  At the close of the auction, the winning bidders for any product in the auction will see the closing prices for all the products in that auction.  Bidders who do not win any tranches in the auction will not be able to see the closing prices for any product.

RUL 00005
Published On: 01/10/2013

Question: Is the price decrement formula going to be available to the bidders?

Answer: The price decrement formula is not going to be available to the bidders.

RUL 00006
Published On: 01/11/2013

Question: Referenced in 5.4 of the Bidding Rules, when will the reporting ranges be made available to bidders? Also, will the pre-determined level that determines when total supply will be reported simply as below that level be made available prior to the auction?

Answer: The ranges that will be used to report total supply bid after each round in the auction will be provided to Registered Bidders no later than one day before the start of the auction.  This information also will include the level below which total supply bid is reported simply as being below a pre-determined number of tranches.

RUL 00008
Published On: 10/29/2014

Question: In the Default Service clock auctions, if no products receive a price decrement after a round, does this mean that the auction is over?

Answer: Not necessarily.  Pursuant to the Bidding Rules, the presence of free eligibility can keep the auction open even if no product receives a price decrement.

RUL 00009
Published On: 02/10/2016

Question: What determines the reduction in price from one round to another?

Answer: Formulas based on a number of factors and pre-specified guidelines are used to determine the price decrements. Generally, the price decrement for a product will be larger for the earlier rounds in the auction and when the excess supply for the product is greater.  As noted in the Bidding Rules, the Independent Evaluator reserves the right to override the price decrement guidelines.

RUL 00010
Published On: 02/08/2017

Question: When multiple tranches are rolled back to multiple bidders, how do you determine the tranche numbers allocated to different bidders?

Answer: As explained in the Bidding Rules, a random number is assigned to each tranche that is bid. For selecting tranches to roll back, reduced tranches that reflect reduced eligibility for bidders are given priority over reduced tranches that reflect switches to another product. Within each of those two groups of reduced tranches – reduced-eligibility tranches and switched tranches – the random numbers are used to select tranches to roll back. In effect, the rolled back tranches will be proportional based on the number of tranches by which each bidder reduced its bid on the product, but with the condition that reduced-eligibility tranches first are given priority over switched tranches.

RUL 00011
Published On: 02/07/2018

Question: In the Part 2 Application, is it possible to indicate only 1 tranche in 1 zone and still be able to move within zones during the actual auction (for a max 1 tranche) or would an applicant need to submit 1 tranche per EDC in order to do this?

Answer: In the Part 2 Application, you can indicate that you wish to bid on only 1 tranche across all products in the auction by entering 1 for your Indicative Offer at the Maximum Starting Prices.  In this case, your initial eligibility for the auction will be 1 tranche and you will be able to switch your 1 tranche among EDCs and products in response to changes in announced prices (subject to any bidding restrictions).  The Bidding Rules posted at provide more details.

RUL 00012
Published On: 01/11/2021

Question: We are asked in the Part 2 Application to indicate interest for both the Fixed Price auction and the Hourly Priced auction in order to set our Initial Eligibility – will initial eligibility be aggregated between the two auctions, or will we have a separate eligibility cap for each auction?

Answer: There is a separate eligibility cap for each auction. Thus, if a bidder indicates 7 tranches for the Fixed Price (FP) auction and 5 tranches for the Hourly Priced (HP) auction, their eligibility will be 7 tranches for the FP auction and 5 tranches for the HP auction, respectively. The two eligibilities are not added together.

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