Monthly Archives: April 2008

Parties Propose Resolution of Con Edison Queens Outage Prudence Proceeding

BackgroundActive parties in the Con Edison Queens outage prudence proceeding have entered into a Joint Proposal for its resolution. This proposal, if approved by the Public Service Commission, will prevent Con Edison from recovering, through electric rates paid by its electric customers, $46 million related to capital costs of new equipment that was installed to Read more…

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Is There a Need for a "Broadband" Universal Service Fund?

Background In many places around the country, there are actually more broadband Internet subscribers than dial-up customers, and as slow dial-up users migrate to any one of several broadband offerings, that trend should accelerate everywhere that the Internet is available. Unfortunately, broadband is not yet available everywhere and, in low population density areas, especially, there Read more…

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FCC to Require Improved Reporting of Broadband Deployment and Subscribership

By and large, regulators have allowed communications companies to decide where and when they will deploy the service and what they will charge for it. The lack of accurate information regarding geographic deployment of broadband infrastructure and subscribership within local communities frustrates efforts to assess whether sufficient progress is being made toward achieving affordable, universal Read more…

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See No Evil: FERC Refuses to Examine Gaming of RTO/ISO Electricity Spot Markets

Background: Order 697The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) and other utility consumer advocates requested rehearing and clarification of FERC Order 697 on market-based rates for the sale of wholesale electricity. No bona fide consumer organization had supported the further relaxation of regulation over wholesale electricity rates embodied in that order, and many Read more…

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Consumer Advocates’ Case Challenging FERC Market Rates

After the California market rate debacle in 2001 FERC issued an order in 2003 declaring all market rates to be illegal, and required certain “market behavior” conditions to be added to all market rate tariffs to discourage market manipulation. Several utility consumer advocates argued in their 2003 comments that these anti-manipulation conditions were not enough Read more…

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