Monthly Archives: March 2008

Landlords Charging Tenants for Utility Service?

PULP recently received a call on its helpline from a tenant, inquiring about his landlord’s effort to collect separate charges for natural gas service. The landlord changed the lease upon its renewal to allow separate charges for electricity and natural gas service, perhaps in response to higher energy prices. Many years ago, New York’s highest Read more…

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ESCO Marketing Practices Subject of New PSC Proceeding

The Consumer Protection Board and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs filed a Petition, supported by PULP in its Comments, seeking Public Service Commission action regarding the marketing practices of some Energy Services Companies (ESCOs). See PULP Files Comments on Regulation of ESCO Sales Practices. On March 19, 2008, in response to the Read more…

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PSC Puts 315 Area Code Changes on Hold Pending Investigation

Responding to PULP’s Motion for Interlocutory Relief in the New York State Public Service Commission’s proceeding to consider numbering relief options in the 315 area code, the Commission issued a Notice Establishing Response Time for Comments on PULP Petition and Suspending Comment Period Regarding Staff White Paper. The Commission requested interested parties to submit comments Read more…

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PSC Nullifies National Grid’s $1,000 "Grand Plan" Requirement for Utility Service

In October, 2007 applicants for utility service represented by PULP who had been denied service under Niagara Mohawk d/b/a/ National Grid’s $1,000 “Grand Plan” requirement for utility service, and whose requests for help from the Department of Public Service Consumer Services Division Hotline (1-800-342-3355) had been denied, petitioned the Public Service Commission for a Declaratory Read more…

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FCC Orders Telephone Lifeline Providers to Include Digital TV Transition Information in Customer Bills

In its March 3rdOrder regarding the digital television transition, the FCC announced that local exchange carriers which have been designated as Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (“ETCs”) must provide information in the monthly bills to their low-income Lifeline and Link-Up customers about the transition to digital television in February 2009. This information must be included in every Read more…

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