Description: Enforcement action against alternative retail electricity supplier for alleged misrepresentations regarding clean energy product.
In re Ethical Electric, Inc.
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/08/2016 Settlement Agreement Download Parties entered into Assurance of Voluntary Compliance. Illinois Attorney General Settled With Alternative Retail Electricity Supplier Over Alleged Misrepresentations Regarding “Clean Energy Option” Product. On August 8, 2016, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a settlement with Ethical Electric, Inc., an alternative retail electricity supplier (ARES) that the attorney general contended misled consumers regarding the sources of energy provided through its “Clean Energy Option” product. The ARES direct mail solicitations promoted the product as providing power exclusively from renewable sources but the product instead provided power from a mix of sources matched with the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). The attorney general also alleged that the ARES misrepresented the cost of the Clean Energy Option and misrepresented the Clean Energy Option as “licensed” for “green energy” supply. The settlement, which the attorney general entered into under authority of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, provided for a $10 refund for consumers enrolled in the product as well as additional refunds to eligible consumers upon request, a renaming of the product, and increased transparency regarding products, including disclosure of the purchase of RECs.