Monthly Archives: June 2007

Power Outage Mystery

On June 27, 2007, one of the hottest days of the year, residents and businesses on the upper east side of Manhattan in New York City were affected by a Con Edison power outage. According to an AP story, “Consolidated Edison said the blackout affected 136,700 customers in all, or more than 500,000 people.” This Read more…

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"Nonregulated" Sellers of Electricity Become "Market-Regulated" Under New FERC Rule

In 2006 FERC proposed to codify new regulations and “streamline” its market rate policies, currently contained in a number of lengthy orders. FERC claimed to be issuing the new regulations under Federal Power Act Section 205, although that section makes no reference at all to market rates. FERC’s “streamlining” of existing policies included modifications that Read more…

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PULP Urges Changes in Furnace Replacement Component of State Home Energy Assistance Program

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has issued a draft plan for administration of the state’s low income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) in 2007 -2008. Under the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), states are given wide latitude in designing programs to meet home energy needs. Most Read more…

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Justice Department Investigating NY Energy Markets

New York’s wholesale energy market is being investigated for possible antitrust violations, according to a recent news report. A Newsday story indicates that a subject of the investigation may be possible withholding of capacity from the market, to drive prices up. This revelation has raised further questions regarding the proposed merger of National Grid and Read more…

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