State Regulations – TPV and eSign Compliance

Most energy suppliers and brokers are fully aware of the legalities involving Third Party Verification (TPV) and eSign or Digital Contracts, most energy suppliers and/or brokers are not fully aware of legislation regarding these subjects specific to their state.

*It is important to note that while almost every deregulated state has adopted the federal laws regarding digital signatures, digital contacts, etc. (re: UETA and EULA respectively) there are as of 2015 three states that have not (New York, Illinois, and Washington D.C.). While these states DO HAVE written legal precedence to allow for digital contacts as referenced below

Below is information regarding TPV and eSign (sometimes referred to as Digital Contracts) specific to each state:

 

California

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://ct.gov/pura/site/default.asp

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=civ&group=01001-02000&file=1619-1633

Connecticut

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://ct.gov/pura/site/default.asp

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap015.htm

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap015.htm#Sec1-272.htm

Delaware

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://ct.gov/pura/site/default.asp

http://depsc.delaware.gov/contact.shtml

http://delcode.delaware.gov/title6/c012a/

Illinois

*Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://www.icc.illinois.gov/

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=89&ChapterID=2

Maine

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/

http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/legislative/rules/part3-electric.shtml

Maryland

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://law.justia.com/codes/maryland/2010/commercial-law/title-21/21-106

http://law.justia.com/codes/maryland/2010/commercial-law/title-21

Massachusetts

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/dpu/

http://www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/All/4BDF59B70BABE01585257687006F3A57?OpenDocument

Michigan

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://michigan.gov/mpsc

http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/dpu/

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(v4gjxutfueefa2d5ajgrkir3))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-Act-305-of-2000&queryid=22528171&highlight=Uniform%20AND%20Electronic%20AND%20Transactions%20AND%20Act#top

*New York

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://www.dps.ny.gov/

http://www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/All/4BDF59B70BABE01585257687006F3A57?OpenDocument

New Jersey

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – Yes!

Source(s):

http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2000/Bills/PL01/116_.PDF

Ohio

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4928

Pennsylvania

Accept Digitally Signed Contracts? – YES!

Source(s):

http://www.puc.pa.gov/

http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/ulc/uecicta/uetast84.htm – See more at: http://corporate.findlaw.com/law-library/governor-ridge-signs-pennsylvania-electronic-transactions-act.html#sthash.0JnruNYp.dpuf

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