Monthly Archives: July 2008

OTDA Must Relax Its Administrative Restriction on Utility Assistance Loans for Persons with Incomes Above the Public Assistance Level

BackgroundIn 1981 the Legislature overhauled the utility consumer protection laws creating the landmark Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA), whose comprehensive provisions advance the declared state policy of continuous residential utility service. Among the many provisions of HEFPA are deferred payment agreement (DPA) options which protect consumers who fall behind in their utility bills due Read more…

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Reform of OTDA Fuel Allowances and Utility Assistance Loan Program is Needed

With growing recognition that the rising costs of fuel will cause enormous hardship to low income families in the coming months, attention is being paid to raising federal appropriations for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). See State Commissioner Discusses Plans for Upcoming Heating Season: Calls on Washington to Boost Funding for Low-Income Read more…

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Enron-Like Gaming of NYISO Market Rules: Did it Cost New York Consumers At Least $125 Million?

In a cryptic NYISO filing at FERC on July 21, 2008, the NYISO asked FERC to approve a prospective market rule change to prohibit what appears to be gaming of market rules by NYISO market participants. Apparently uneconomic wholesale energy transactions are scheduled over circuitous routes involving other areas adjacent to the NYISO New York Read more…

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Time of Use Rates and "Smart Meters"

Today’s interesting New York Times article, Rewarding Those Who Wait to Flip the Switch, explores why residential time of use rates, offered for many years by Con Edison and other electric utilities, have not received wide customer acceptance. Those who advocate widespread replacement of millions of existing meters with so-called “smart” meters would be well Read more…

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PULP Comments on HEAP Plan for 2008 -2009

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) this week completed its hearings on the Draft Plan for the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) for 2008 – 2009. HEAP is New York’s federally funded energy assistance program for low income households. See OTDA to Hold Hearings and Receive Comments on Draft 2008 Read more…

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PULP’s Con Edison Bill Estimator

Because of the lack of transparency of Con Edison prices, it is impractical if not impossible for most customers to wade through the calculations needed to identify what Con Edison would charge for a particular amount of electric service during a particular period. There are several common situations where consumers want to know what Con Read more…

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